Monday, April 29, 2013

If You Lived in Raleigh in the 80's....

 you might remember Ragamuffin's restaurant. That was back when North Hills was an enclosed mall, not the fancy shopping center it is today.

Ragamuffin's had the best soup in the city. It was called beer, cheese and cauliflower soup and I could have eaten it every day for years and not been tired of it. Their other specialty was muffins; specifically bran muffins. When mr. kenju heard they were going out of business, he asked me to buy some of those muffins and freeze them. I bought a dozen, but we both wish I had bought many more. 

I tried hard to find out the recipes for the soup and the muffins, but the ones I got were never completely true to the originals, so I gave up trying to duplicate them. I do still have several boxes of matches from there and every time I see one of them it makes me crave that soup and those muffins. Promise me that if you ever run across a place with these two items, you'll let me know where they are....okay?  I heard that the woman who owned that place moved to the west coast and I have always wondered if she opened a restaurant out there. I just might have to schedule a vacation soon if she


Arkansas Patti said...

That is a shame you can't find the recipe. Have you tried to wing it.
I hate have a craving that can't be satisfied. I wish you luck.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

It is funny how something like that can stay with you forever and you can miss the Goodness of it like you miss an old friend. Where on the West Coast did she move?? And maybe she did open another restaurant....Time for a visit to Los Angeles Judy....! (lol)

kenju said...

Patti, I got a recipe that was supposed to be "The One", but it was a pale substitute for the real soup. Someone sent me a recipe after I posted this and I am going to try it ASAP. I'll let you know if it is a success.

Naomi, I don't know where she moved; only to CA, I heard.

robin andrea said...

I'm looking forward to hearing how the soup from the new recipe turned out!

sage said...

I don't know if I've eaten there, but I remember going to North Hills--how did they "unclose" the mall?

Gilly said...

Its always the way, isn't it? Just as you find some really good food, the place either goes out of business or moves, and you can't get the recipes! The soup sounds a bit odd to my ears, but I'll take your word for it being great!

Ginnie said...

We moved here in 1978 and I seem to remember a friend talking about Ragamuffins ... never got there though.

Pat said...

What a shame she doesn't know what faithful devotees she had.

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tiff said...

Great. Now I'm hungry.