Friday March 6
By all accounts Buffetbuster owns
this trip report. But I've been getting a little rusty. Considering that I haven't really had the opportunity to really do a trip report since last October and the fact that I don't do a trip report everytime I go to the supermarket, local coffee house or my friend's birthday party, Buffebuster and I agreed that I would take the lead on this one.
In the words of Travelin' Man
my flight from TF Green left at "O' Dark 30
", literally at 5:30 in the morning which meant I was up at 3:15 am! Unfortunately this is what happens when you save $100 on your flight with priceline. The good thing is I arrived in Raleigh-Durham NC at around 10am.
After getting my insanely cheap rental- a PT Cruiser, I found myself here! Allen and Sons
. It's been too long- 13 months too long. You see, I rarely get Travelin Manned
, and when I do, I get angry
Well after seeing that bright orange "open" sign I knew I've been vindicated!
I walked in a little after 11am at the start of lunch hour and there were plenty of empty tables.
After reviewing the menu
The "stew and q" combination caught my attention. What's this? No boiled potatos?!! But this is eastern style "Q". I inquired with the waitress who relayed that the usually offer the boiled potatoes as a special and it is on their catering menu. Ok no boiled potatoes, I can live with that.
I asked for unsweetened iced tea, all they have is "sweet tea" ok, I guess I can live with that too.
These suu-weet crispy hushpuppies arrived first
Hot, crispy crunchy, fresh from the fryer and with a intensely sweet corny flavor, these alone were worth my visit to Allen and Sons.
Then the Q n' Stew arrived...
I'm not sure if I came at the right time, but this Q tasted like it was fresh from the wood burner. Chopped n Shredded, with just the right texture of dark crunchy and light silky morsels of piggy goodness with just a hint of smoke. The brunswick stew had a nicely thick consistency, slightly sweet with shreds of pork.
I spritzed just a little of the vinegary sauce that was at the table on the pork for a little added depth
After the main meal, I viewed the dessert board and noticed the sign said "yes we have sweet potato pie today" That's all I needed to know so, that's what I ordered..
I was somewhat dismayed by the size of the pie, I thought the serving size was "slight" however the pie offered a rich intense flavor somewhat overpowering with cinammon and nutmeg, but not offensively so. The whipped topping was nice touch. Overall despite the slight disappointments (no boiled potatos, no unsweetened iced tea and small serving of pie) my first meal was very much a satisfying one.
After lunch, I called Buffetbuster
from the parking lot to let him know I arrived safely at Allen and Sons and felt like a huge 13 month long weight....er...I mean wait...was lifted off my shoulders.
After Lunch I decided to head to head to University of North Carolina
and take a stroll. I'll be the first to admit I'm not one to tour college campuses, it's just not my thing, but It's obvious that Raleigh Durham is "college central" and as I always say..."when in Rome"...besides it was a beautiful day with temp's hovering around 70 degrees.
I arrived at the Campus
found an open parking meter but realized I had no change, luckily there was about 45 minutes left on the meter so I wandered around amelessly and took pictures of these pretty buildings having no idea what they are.
After walking around obliviously, I had to return to my car before the meter ran out....
My next stop was the Patterson's Mill Country Store
An interesting mix of an active country store and museum. I spent some time browsing around and enjoying some of the quaint knick-knacks being displayed.
There's even an authentice recreated apothecary
offering not only liver syrup
, but also
cod liver oil- mint flavored too!
and of of course you never know when you may need a crutch.
Here's a couple of folks I ran into...
I guess they were browsing around too!
I was amazed at the abundance of antiquated items..
and of course being in North Carolina...you can't forget...
Good ol' Aunt Bee's cookbook!
Being the history buff I am, I literally ate this place up...
My next stop was....The Duke Homestead and Museum
As most of you know, Duke University was named after....well the Duke Family, who were famous Tobacco Magnate family....
I always wondered if they were related to the Dukes of Hazard
The museum offered a guided tour.....
Raw tobacco was apparently processed in these buildings.
This is where the Duke's resided
And this was their kitchen...
Overall, a very informative tour...
My next stop was Downtown Durham
Unfortunately I have not yet had the opportunity to see the Triple AAA Durham Bulls, so I thought I would at least catch a glimpse of their ballpark...
The ballpark is located in the American Tobacco Historic District, an area of downtown which is currently undergoing renovation..
This lucky strike smoke stack caught my attention..
And here's Bull Durham
And of course Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Right about the time I was heading back to my car, Dennis in Cary
called. We chatted for a while and I advised of him of my plans for the rest of the day, or at least until Buffetbuster
arrived later that evening. He was surprised I survived walking through downtown Durham without being shot. I really didn't think it was that bad...
After our conversation, I was running short on time. I drove around both the west and east campus of Duke University
, my final "touristy stop" of the day. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to get out and take some photos....I found it interesting that the two campuses had entirely different styles of architecture. One Georgian, and the other Gothic....
Well...that's it for now... much more to come...
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