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Inspector Picks: 9 Favorite Places to Dine in the Carolinas

AAA/Inspector 24
October 13, 2021
From chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy—to fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks and delectable desserts, the Carolinas have more to offer than just barbecue!
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Biscuit Head

Greenville, South Carolina
AAA Inspector: NOT FOUND
"Put Some South in Your Mouth" is the catch phrase of this eclectic restaurant. The owner/chef uses locally sourced produce, cured meats, poultry and eggs. Biscuits are huge, light and fluffy, and can be ordered plain (all the better to help yourself to the jam and butter bar) or with a variety of toppings, like fried chicken with sriracha slaw or country ham and egg. There are even sweet versions, including biscuit French Toast with strawberry syrup.
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Brewery Bhavana

Raleigh, North Carolina
AAA Inspector 33: How often do you find a bookshop, flower market, craft brewery and dim sum palace in one spot? Try a chicken curry bao and a pint. Yum!
To grasp the charm of this much-acclaimed brew bistro, you need to experience it for yourself. While you wait for a table, sip on a pint from the list of 40 creative crafts, or peruse the bookshelves or the flower market. The menu is an intersection of Asian flavors offered in a variety of dim sum (steamer baskets of snack-size noshes) and large plates. An array of egg rolls, bao and dumplings is featured, along with the restaurant's signature scallion pancakes with bone marrow and oxtail jam. On the entrée side, Peking duck and steamed whole fish are specialties. The restaurant's version of General Tso’s chicken or beef with exotic peppers will cast a long shadow over your local take-out joint. Bring friends and select several dishes to create a shareable feast, or pop in for a small plate to pair with one of the delightful drafts or a hand-crafted cocktail.
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Dame's Chicken & Waffles

Greensboro, North Carolina
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Kannika's Thai Kitchen

Greenville, South Carolina
AAA Inspector 24: NOT FOUND
Don't be dissuaded by the strip mall location; the interior of this eatery is cozy and has comfortable Thai décor. The menu features some of the better known dishes: tom yum soup, cashew chicken and pad thai to name a few. The spicy heat can be tailored to your taste, anywhere from mild to dragon’s breath!
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The King's Kitchen

Charlotte, North Carolina
AAA Inspector 33: Talk about value? 100% of the restaurant's profits go to help those in need in the Charlotte region. Nice way to have your dining dollar go farther!
Do good while you eat well. This not-for-profit café donates its proceeds to community programs that fight hunger and offer job training. First-class fare is made from fresh ingredients, with meat-and-three-veggie meals as the centerpiece. Entrées include delectable fried chicken, pot roast and meatloaf. Dinner features 'big plates,' including scallops, pork chops and shrimp and grits. Desserts, including treats like pecan pie, banana pudding and caramel cake, are homemade and vary daily. The on-site bakery turns out sweets and breakfast treats, like chocolate croissants, muffins, danish and cookies. Lunch is served on Saturdays.
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Saint Jacques at the Burke Manor

Gibsonville, North Carolina
AAA Inspector 33: Classic French fare served with style in the elegant environs of a historic home...the scene is set for romance!
Enjoy exquisitely prepared classical French fare in the elegant dining room of this 1906 inn. Service is accomplished and unobtrusive, ensuring a relaxing evening punctuated with a delightful amuse-bouche and intermezzo, compliments of the chef. The menu changes seasonally and features dishes like braised lamb, salmon en croûte, and filet mignon topped with a bleu cheese sauce. Let the classic tastes of escargots, French onion soup, and foie gras transport you to the French countryside. The crème brûlée is a heavenly conclusion to your meal, but you can't go wrong with any of the delectable desserts.
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Sole Italian Restaurant

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Vue 1913 An American Brasserie

Asheville, North Carolina
AAA Inspector 24: I come for the excellent meal, but am always blown away by the view of the mountains. There is not a bad seat in the house.
The name is derived from the year the historic hotel was built and the exceptional view you have from its wall of windows. The spacious, attractive dining area is nicely decorated with upscale, craftsman-style furnishings and affords the best view of the city and mountains. Cordial, competent servers provide detailed descriptions of the chef's innovative take on updated American and French fare. Servers may offer suggestions from the restaurant's award-winning wine list. The menu changes seasonally to utilize the best ingredients from local markets. Elk, Wagyu beef and fresh seafood are tempting options.
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