Up & Coming Weekly

September 19, 2017

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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SEPTEMBER 20 - 26, 2017 UCW 33 Best of Fayetteville Best Japanese Restaurant Miyabi Japanese Steak and Seafood House 1990 Skibo Rd. (910) 864-5987 or www.miyabimyrtlebeach.com/ fayetteville.php The Japanese word "miyabi" refers to a traditional Japanese aesthetic ideal associated with elegance, refinement and courtliness. Step into this upscale restaurant and you'll understand why the name's a perfect fit. Staff at Miyabi Japanese Steak & Seafood House pay as much attention to their customers' holistic experience as they do the cuisine they serve. Patrons enjoy sitting in large square perimeters around expert hibachi chefs as they cook customers' preferred combinations of rice, noodles, eggs, vegetables, meats and seafood on large, flat metal sheet grills. The chef isn't just cooking your food to perfection, though; he's showing off his knife skills, tossing eggs through the air and telling jokes, too. A full-service sushi bar offers an alternative dining experience with dishes that highlight insightfully paired flavors, textures and temperatures. Whatever you choose, enjoy a Sake flight alongside it and finish your meal off with mochi ice cream in flavors like green tea, red bean, black sesame or mango. Best Korean Restaurant Shila Korean Restaurant 404 Santa Fe Dr., Suite 101 (910) 860-4800 With few choices for genuine Korean food in Fayetteville, locals are happy and grateful to have a restaurant like Shila that serves authentic Korean dishes. Shila offers a lunch buffet Mondays through Fridays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet option is great for those who want to try all the banchan (side dishes) like cucumber kimchi or blanched, seasoned mung bean sprouts. A variety of traditional Korean favorites is also available to order individually. One example is dolsot bibimbap — a dish of rice and fresh and pickled vegetables served in a hot stone bowl that slowly crisps the rice into a chewy and crunchy texture as you eat. Another example that locals enjoy is mul- naengmyeon — a refreshingly cold broth made spicy with mustard oil and filled with thin buckwheat noodles, cucumber and boiled egg slices. The unique, icy broth is delightful on a hot summer day. Best Mexican El Cazador 1904 Skibo Rd. or 12800 Gillespie St. (910) 864-0700 or www.elcazadormex.com El Cazador was re-named in 2002, changing from its previous name — Pedro's. The new name doesn't change the fact this eatery has been a locally owned family business for over 50 years. Many favorite dishes come straight from owner Agustin Alvarez's family recipes. One very popular dish, Pedro's Quesadilla, comes from a recipe originating in Guadalajara, the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco. No matter the recipe, the chefs work hard to differentiate their cuisine from the crowd by buying only the freshest ingredients and staying true to traditional methods of preparation. The menu is almost as appealing as the food itself, featuring easy-to-read, clear descriptions of the vast array of options and multiple large, high-quality photos of the food on every page. This demonstrates the restaurant's consideration for both those familiar with Mexican cuisine and those who have only tried tacos — customers can in many cases see exactly what they'll be ordering. The menu also features a page dedicated to vegetarian options. Lunch is the prime time to nab a plate of the best Mexican food in town, with generously portioned dishes priced at $6-7. Get started on the Right FOOT BEST A Family Business For 23 Years No Longer A Secret Among Local Folk! Honest Personal Service used furniture store 1708 clinton rd. Fayetteville | 910-483-4712

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