Jason Perlow and Off the Broiler in the Triangle

April 10, 2008

My friend Jason Perlow, one of the co-founders of eGullet and creator of one of the busier food blogs in the country, Off the Broiler, will be in the Triangle over the next four months. Now Jason’s primary purpose for being here is to handle a large computer consulting matter (Jason is one of the nation’s leading authorities on Linux-based systems), but he’s determined to report on a lot of restaurants in the area. When his gig is over, I suspect Off the Broiler will have more detailed content on Triangle restaurants than any other site.

He’s certainly hit the ground running with his fabulous podcast of Ed Mitchell and his Raleigh-based barbecue restaurant, The Pit. If you have some time, listen to the podcast and look at the photos, and you’ll get a sense of what Jason is recording. Jason’s a really good interviewer — this is great stuff.


Haru Sushi Open in Glenwood Village

April 10, 2008

I dropped by the new Haru Sushi in Glenwood Village yesterday for a little — OK, a lot — of take-out sushi, and I’m very pleased to have this new place in my neighborhood. Haru is owned by sushi chef Fang Yongxing, and he’s obviously committed to bringing a high-end selection of fish to his clientele, featuring several types of “fatty” toro selections, including tuna, salmon and yellowtail. Haru Sushi has a number of creative rolls, too, and frankly, this was some of the freshest, best tasting fish we’ve had in the area. Plus, the ginger they serve with their sushi is fantastic: fresh, with amazingly clean flavor. This stuff is white and slightly more pungent than most of the overly sweet pink and yellow ginger served at most places these days. The restaurant is very small, with much of the room taken up by the sushi bar (featuring some gorgeous granite countertops), so Haru is a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of some of the larger places in Raleigh.

Haru only has two sushi chefs, so if you’re in a hurry, this may not be the place for you. But if you want a quiet evening with the freshest fish in town, head to Haru Sushi.

Haru Sushi
Glenwood Village Shopping Center
2603-155 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608