Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NOFO at the Pig Revisited

You all know I love Nofo! It's one of my favorite lunch spots! Nofo is an eclectic little cafe across the street from Hayes Barton Baptist Church inside the belt line at Five Points. They have a shop upstairs with nifty gifties. They have the best cards too!

The reason for the name....Named for its first home on North Fourth Street in Wilmington, the restaurant was named NOFO for short. The Wilmington location was relocated to Wrightsville Beach. In 2001, the owner opened a second location at the old Piggly Wiggly Store in Five Points. It still has a lot of the elements from the Piggly Wiggly. The bar is made from Piggly Wiggly food cans. There was a third NOFO in Charlotte on Elizabeth Ave near Presbyterian Hospital. I'm not sure if it's still opened.

Daryl and I ended up going for brunch on Easter. I had never had the brunch there. You'll never guess what Daryl ordered. Shrimp and Grits! Really? They were delicious shrimp and grits! I ordered an omelette with smoked salmon, goat cheese, and asparagus. It was such a fresh omelette! The ingredients were delicious together! The omelette came with a big heaping side of fruit and two small biscuits with butter and jelly.

Would I go back to Nofo for brunch? Hell yes! Would I make a reservation? ABSOLUTELY!

Shane's Rib Shack

Good ribs, good mac n cheese, good food! We tried this hidden gem at Triangle Town Center thanks to the Money Mailer buy one get one free coupon. That seems to be the best way to get out to dinner in this economy. Daryl and I now eagerly await the next round of Money Mailers to get our Shane's Rib Shack Coupons.

We've tried almost all of the side dishes after our numerous visits. You can't go wrong with ANY of them! I especially like the mac n cheese. Daryl's favorite is the steamed corn on the cob. They give you a ton of food with some Texas Toast on the side. The open dining area has multiple TV's, all tuned to sports. I would recommend avoiding Fridays. Friday is the night where they have the band playing around the pond and it's a zoo to get in and out of.

If you like ribs and Texas toast, go to Shane's Rib Shack. Daryl and I prefer it over the Q Shack.

Thai Spices & Cuisine

I never would've found this restaurant had it not been in the City Pass Coupon Book. If you don't own one, buy one next year. You'll get the $25 back within 2 or 3 dinners out. Heck, some of the places will only take you one dinner.

Six of us ventured to Thai Spices & Cuisine in Cary off of High House and Cary Parkway last Sunday. We all ordered a variety of appetizers and meals. I highly recommend the Wonton Soup. I'm not a huge soup eater, but that was some good soup! It had very fresh ingredients, including cilantro. The house salad should be ordered with the peanut dressing. Delicious! I ended up getting the Pad Thai as my meal with chicken and shrimp. It also had tofu in it. The pad thai was pretty tasty. I've had better elsewhere, but it was definitely worth the trip to Cary.

My friends all liked their meals as well. Anthony had sweat pouring down his head, so they definitely let you order it spicy! If you are staying for dessert, the green tea ice cream and fried cheesecake plate can feed an army of 6. According to Dave, the sushi is still better at Sushi Thai in Cary, but it was better than some other restaurants in the area.

If you have the City Pass Book, DEFINITELY check this restaurant out! The decor is very shiek too!