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The Best Kept Secret in Indian Cuisine: Laziz Biryani Corner

In the past week I’ve found that I’ve recommended my favorite Indian restaurant to at the least 10 separate people, so I figured that the next time I stopped by for dinner I’d bring my camera and spend some time talking to the staff.

From left to right: Salman, Abdul, Aisha, Sultana, and Mariam (note the 102 Sanitation Grade on the wall)

Laziz Biryani Corner has been in business for around a year or so. It’s a complete family-run operation out of the back corner of GoPaks Bazaar on Hillsborough St., next to I Love NY Pizza. Yes, it is a restaurant run out of a convenience store, but the meals you get are always of the greatest quality and taste as well as at a fantastic price.
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Kuki – Best Sushi in Town

Kuki, located off of Wake Forest Road in North Raleigh, has the best sushi in town. I’ve tried almost all of the other places: Sono, Sushi-Thai, Sushi Blues, and countless more, and while most of those places were good, none have left the impression on me that Kuki has. Kuki’s food beats anywhere else in town hands down, and is wonderfully free of the pretension and edge that plagues most high quality sushi bars.

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Ringing in the New Year with the Cool Kid Collective

This was an enormous year for us all, and probably the most significant of my life. To reflect, I went to the bar and got blisteringly drunk.

I went to Mojoe’s first for a bucket of beer and 2 dollar burger, and then walked next door to The Black Flower to watch The Cool Kid Collective play.

I like The Black Flower. Unlike most places on Glenwood, it has class without the reek of snobbery. The owner gave me free Energizers when my camera died, something I just can’t see happening in most of the other bars down there.
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