Thursday, July 24, 2014

Roxy's Grilled Cheese Food Truck

Green Meunster ($6) - with guacamole, applewoord bacon and muenster: Really salty, a little mouth-scraping, bread-wise, not as flavorful as I'd hoped.
Mighty Rib ($7) - with short rib, fontina, and caramelized onion: Lots of meat, tasty but ultimately kind of boring. I found myself looking longingly at the sauce/condiment station of the Chicken and Rice Guys' truck next to them, as all Roxy's has is ketchup. The toast was once again just the tiniest bit mouth-scrapey. They should really be only lightly toasting these.

Sample Menu
They take LevelUp.

Two sandwiches and I'm out. They just aren't mastering the art of a balanced sandwich.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


A mushroom and walnut chocolate bar? Really? There was a time when I would've done my foodie duty and immediately shelled out the $8 fucking 50 they're asking for curiosity satisfaction, but at least that day, I didn't feel like it. Anyone tried this fucking garbage? Super foods... ugh. Eat a mushroom and then eat a bar of chocolate. It would cost a lot less and both would taste a lot better.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beasley's Chicken & Honey

I was concerned when Shana said she wanted to eat what would be the last meal of our Research Triangle trip at Beasley's Chicken & Honey, as it's another one of Ashley Christensen's restaurants. We haven't been to her award-winning Poole's Diner yet, but her Chuck's burger restaurant was a real let down.

The Beasley's servers were all very friendly. All the seating here is stools, whether at the bar or the tables. They have local beers, a wine nice selection, bourbons, fun cocktails, and a cute bar snacks menu you shouldn't ignore.

Chicken Biscuit ($6.75) - with pickled green tomato and Dijon honey: Perfectly fried chicken and a perfect biscuit. It's just my personal preference, but I think that I'd've taken mayo or honey or pimento cheese instead of the Dijon honey. Next time. Still, it was excellent.
Quarter Fried Chicken ($7.5): Again, perfectly Southern fried chicken, with this perfect crunchy honeyed coating. Holy fuck, I've never had better fried chicken in a restaurant.

Ashe County Cheddar Pimento Mac and Cheese Custard ($3.50): Just look at that. Oh dear. Custard? Jesus. A little heat, delightful pimento flavor, tons of melty cheese.

Creamed Collard Greens ($3.50) - Best collards I've ever have (though maybe if more people were doing them creamy there's be more competition).

Beasley's was miles, no, light years better than Chuck's.

I also didn't realize Joule Coffee was also hers, which may be my favorite coffee shop ever, though it's so much more than a coffee shop I'm not sure that's a fair fight. Also, I'll give her this, that girl can name a restaurant.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Loaf - Another Kouign Amann!

Kouign Amann: This was really fucking good. Soft in the middle, crispy outside, perfect caramelized sweetness, like a palmier on crack
Ham and cheese croissant: gooey and buttery, not really my cup o' tea, but maybe for some

Twice baked almond croissant ($4.50): This was more like a soft brea than a croissant, and it was too sweet for me, but it must be really good for people with more of a sweet tooth.

They just have drip coffee here, but there's Intrepid or Scratch for espresso drinks. The lady here was so friendly. They also have local food stuffs for sale.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Tacos Movil Jr. - Delicious Food Truck in Durham

There are a lot of websites listing Durham food trucks, but none of 'em seems to know about Tacos Movil Jr., which is a shame because its awesome. They don't have a website or any web presence as far as I can tell. It's just a couple with a truck making delicious Mexican food every morning, day, and late into Friday and Saturday nights. Is there anything better to eat at 1:30 in the morning?

Address: 3438 Hillsborough Rd Durham, NC 27705 - It used to be Tacos Lopez, but now it's Tacos Movil Jr. 

Al Pastor Tacos - So good - Handmade tortillas, radishes, onion, cilantro, avocado and all the great Mexican-style meat options
Chorizo Tacos - Even better - I will say I prefer chopped up raw onion in my tacos rather than these strips of sauteed onion, but I love the unexpected slices of avocado!
They still have the same hot hot hot sauces Tacos Lopez had. The green is a little easier for the uninitiated.

He told us the tamales are only available Monday through Thursday or on weekend mornings.

This makes two great Mexican food places I know in Durham, authentic, delicious, and cheap.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Scratch - Favorite Durham Bakery

Places named Scratch something usually make for awesome bakeries, it seems. Sweet, savory, indulgent breakfasts and pastries, fresh everything, ristretto espresso, some tables outside... what more could I possibly want in a cafe?

Fried Duck Egg Sandwich (Subbed onto a Biscuit): Next time I'd ask for an over easy egg, but I loved the size of this breakfast on the smaller biscuit option. The bacon jam was delicious on this concoction.

Biscuit Benedict (with sausage instead of ham): This was so good, with the best tomatoes I've had in a long time, lots of yummy hollandaise, and fresh herbs, oh ho ho ho ho.

The Spanish Tortilla was oozing with cheese, the Tomato Pie looks amazing, if you think that Lemon Chess Cake looks good you should see the Key Lime Pie and the Blueberry Crumb Cake... Oh dear...

I can't wait to come back and try these crostada. Mmm...

Chocolate Donut Muffin: Really good, with, I believe, a little anise in there to accent the sweet sugar and chocolate

Espresso: ristretto! 9/10

Iced Americano: One ristretto shot added to water then topped with ice. This was good, but I actually Americanos better with just two regular shots over ice, it seems. They told my fiance they couldn't do iced espresso, only an iced Americano. I'm not sure what that means: They couldn't get a cup of ice and pour espresso over it? I think what they meant was they wouldn't do that because they don't believe in watering down ristretto shots like that. Or else my fiance and the girl had a miscommunication. Maybe I'm confused about this whole thing. If anyone understands, please tell me.
What a nice idea to sell fresh tomato juice! And rosemary-infused iced coffee!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Taqueria La Vaquita - Durham, NC

Want some real tacos or tamales? They're so close.

Tacos al Pastor plate - Perfect Mexican tacos with homemade corn tortillas, lots of cilantro and chopped raw onion and rich pork, great refried beans 

Lengua Tacos - even better than the pastor

Hot sauce. It's really hot. The red one especially is to be respected.

It's an unassuming little taco shack with some benches, and they have a little produce mart next door.

This tamal would turn out to be one of the top three tamales I've ever had. There's a ton of good filling in there, and the masa itself is so flavorful. 

You can also get authentic, delicious, cheap, real Mexican food at the Tacos Movil Jr. food truck. Now go out and support these great places!

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