So I post about recipes I've made, Non-foodie nuggets, and High Five for Fridays, but what about the restaurants I go to? Enter in Ranger Review, blog posts about where I'm eating and what I ate. Particularly for you in the Triangle area, I hope these reviews are informative. I promise to be honest about the successes and the failures of the restaurants. Do let me know if you try any of these for yourself, and if you have any suggestions of where I should go. As a full-fledged foodie, I'm up for anything!
On Friday night, I went to Nofo and after perusing the menu, I selected their 8 oz burger (with a side of sweet potato fries, obviously not pictured). You might be asking, what exactly is on top of that burger? Is it cheese? Oh yes, it's PIMENTO cheese. A couple of summers ago, my dad introduced me to the burger/pimento cheese combo, and I haven't looked back since. This burger was only further proof of this no-fail pairing. Adding bacon, well, that was a no brainer (what doesn't taste better with bacon?). I had a little help in clearing my plate (thank you Doc), but for the most part, I devoured my sandwich. I give this burger 4 stars.
The next night we went with some other couples to Nanataco, a culinary offshoot of Nana's, a beloved Durham restaurant. Thanks to Elise's recent recommendation on her blog, I knew that I needed to try this place out myself. Lots of options and reasonably priced, I was impressed with the menu. I mulled over a few and eventually decided on the fish tacos (options: corn/flour tortilla, fried/grilled fish, black beans/pinto beans). This meal was very good, but I would say that I wish that each taco had two pieces of fish instead of just one, and while the pineapple salsa was the perfect flavor compliment to the fish, it was a little spicy for me (hello jalapeno!). I really liked the black beans, rice, and their pico de gallo. And my foodie partner in crime even said he liked Nanataco's guacamole better than Chipotle's. Gasp! Could that be true? It just might be. Overall, I give this meal 3.5 stars. I will definitely be back for more guac and to try out another menu item.
(you'll have to excuse the poor picture quality...just whipped out my phone to snap these)