Dear Serious Eats,
I wanted to thank you for yet another wonderful food suggestion, but wasn't sure how, so I figured I'd do it here.
Last night, after nearly three years of living in the Raleigh-Durham area, I finally made it to Ed Mitchell's The Pit in Raleigh. I know, took me long enough, right? With all the recent talk on the awesomeness of Ed Mitchell, I figured it was time to get myself in gear and make my way out to Raleigh. And boy, Serious Eats, was I glad that I did.
The meal was quite wonderful. My dinner mates and I waited for about an hour for our table (reservations are taken, but they fill up fast!). Luckily we snagged seats at the bar and started with appetizers of fried green tomatoes with basil (delicious) and skillet corn bread with maple butter (I've never been the biggest fan of corn bread but I'd eat that butter on anything). When we finally were seated we were given a basket of hush puppies and biscuits (awesome and awesome, and MORE BUTTER). This was then followed by our meals, mine was the best brisket I've ever had with a side of excellent macaroni and cheese and cole slaw not swamped in sauce (yay). And desert: banana pudding, a little too sweet for my taste, but the marshmallow topping was great.
So thanks, Serious Eats, for finally convincing me to get to The Pit. And thanks for past recommendations, from NYC favorites such as Levain, Kefi, Bouchon Bakery, Keste, Motorino (and heading to 11 Madison Park this week, after reading such great things!), to recipes such as Best Ever Salad for Leftover Meat and Turkey Chili. And, of course, looking forward to trying out other recommendations in my area (Allen and Son's! Scratch Bakery!) and seeing future recommendations.
Yours truly, The Dilettantista
P.S. I would love to know what places/recipes/suggestions your readers have enjoyed, and I hope that they will post them in this thread!