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Eat, Love, Pay?

I was lucky enough to share a cup of coffee on Tuesday with Chris Taylor, director of Food Fight, a documentary that portrays the history of America’s food system and America’s current food culture. The documentary was screened on campus by FLO Foods.  The film was certainly provocative; charts and graphs of the death of farms in the U.S. after WWII were shocking, and interviews with food world royalty (Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, and more) that detailed the current state of things were depressing.

Guglhupf Fritatta Special

But after much more reflection, I realized the gastronomic opportunity that we, as Carolina students, are presented with.  The local food movement that is near omnipresent in the Triangle area is getting some national attention. The New York Times featured three of Durham’s restaurants that cook with a local conscious, all of which are about a 15-minute car ride away from campus.  Weaver Street Market is an afternoon’s stroll away, the Carrboro Farmer’s Market allows customers to shake hands with their produce producers and Chapel Hill Creamery couldn’t produce more delicious cheeses.  For those of us ready to make a statement with our food dollars, as Taylor said in his film, being a student in Chapel Hill is a great place to be.

I’ve just started putting this “Eat Local” mantra to the test.  Can you reasonably, affordably and satisfactorily eat food produced locally and not eat salads every meal? Today was incredibly successful.  I visited Guglhupf on 15-501 and had a delicious brunch.  I ordered the frittata special which changes daily.  Mine arrived with spring onions, asparagus and goat cheese, along with fresh fruit and a hearty hunk of freshly baked baguette.  Along with a coffee from Carrboro Coffee Company, it was a breakfast fit for a paper-writing machine of a college student.  And for $6.75 my stomach couldn’t have been happier. So my Food Fight continues, hopefully with just as much delicious success.

– Anne Kreuser

The Q Shack brings barbecue on a budget to UNC

In case you missed the signs around Lenoir, you can eat from The Q Shack in Lenoir Mainstreet on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Born and raised in North Carolina, I consider myself to be somewhat of a barbecue expert. The Q Shack has quickly become one of my favorite joints.

They serve three different types of barbecue: pork, chicken and beef – and I’ve tried all three. The pork barbecue is like traditional southern barbecue with a vinegar flavor. It was a little dry, but most pork barbecue is. I thought the beef barbecue would be my least favorite, but I actually liked it better than the pork. It’s a deep brown color and tastes like a better version of a bottled barbecue sauce – sweet, but the pepper flavor adds a kick. Plus, it’s much more tender than I expected. I tasted the pork barbecue on a separate occasion, so it’s hard for me to judge, but it’s my favorite. It’s not vinegary and it doesn’t have any spice, but it’s very tender and I ate all of it.

Q Shack barbeque pork (top) and beef (bottom). Photo by Danielle Cushing

Q Shack barbeque pork (top) and beef (bottom). Photo by Danielle Cushing

Hushpuppies are served with every meal, but the side items change daily. The hushpuppies taste – well, like hushpuppies. They are definitely best eaten hot. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and they aren’t too greasy.

The macaroni and cheese is delicious (and I’m not a huge mac and cheese fan). It’s homemade with real cheese, not the runny Kraft kind. It’s creamy and has a little pepper flavor. The string beans are cooked to perfection – they aren’t soggy and overcooked nor are they too crispy. They have a nice smoky flavor. If you want something green on your plate, I definitely recommend these over the collard greens, which are too undercooked and a little too spicy for my liking.

Q Shack string beans, hush puppies and macaroni and cheese. Photo by Danielle Cushing

Q Shack string beans, hush puppies and macaroni and cheese. Photo by Danielle Cushing

Check out The Q Shack. The prices are good, especially considering the amount of food you get.

If you’d rather check out the restaurant, there’s one in Carrboro and one in Durham.

Lenoir Mainstreet meal choices:

Sandwich plate: sandwich, hushpuppies, one side $4.95

Barbecue plate: barbecue, hushpuppies, two sides $6.95

Double barbecue plate: two types of barbecue, hushpuppies, two sides $7.95

Vegetarian plate: three sides $4.95

-Danielle Cushing