Elvis Presley would have been 78 years old on Tuesday. Though "The King" is gone, he lives on through his music, merchandise and rumored eating habits. "The King" reportedly enjoyed peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches. Not the healthiest, but apparently they were pretty good.
So in Elvis' honor, we searched the Triangle to find foods that he would have enjoyed today.
Elvis Breakfast at Hibernian (Cary) - So good! This is an egg roll stuffed with peanut butter, chocolate and bananas, then topped with a caramel bacon sauce. Decadent isn't even the right word. Make sure you order these with a group or you will wind up eating the entire order yourself.
Peanut butter, bacon and banana panini at Parker and Otis (Durham) - This sandwich, which is topped with honey and served on wheat, is something that screams "The King." (Note: This restaurant is temporarily closed due to a fire late last year.)
Peanut Butter Special at Serendipity (Cary) - This small deli is packed at lunchtime for its sandwiches that include the Smokey Cowboy (Fresh roast beef topped with gouda, horseradish and lettuce) and Greek Grilled Cheese (provolone, feta, and cheddar cheese with taziki sauce on a flat pita). But it made our list for the Peanut Butter Special (fresh peanut butter, sliced banana and honey in pocket bread.)
The "Love Me Tender" at The Borough (Raleigh) - The staples are the same - peanut butter, bacon and banana - but this is served on grilled sourdough.
Maple Bacon Bar and Peanut Butter Cup doughnuts at Rise (Durham) - From homemade biscuits to handcrafted donuts, Rise has been taking Durham by storm since opening late last year. Two of their popular items are definitely something that made us think of "The King." We imagine Elvis would have taken the Maple Bacon Bar doughnut (a glazed doughnut topped with maple icing and a perfectly crispy strip of bacon) and combined it with their Peanut Butter Cup doughnut (Big Spoon peanut butter creme filled and covered with Videri chocolate icing).
And we have to mention an award-winning recipe for peanut butter bacon sliders. This dish scored Gail Fuller, of Raleigh, first place and $200 in last year's N.C. Peanut Tailgating Recipe Contest at the N.C. State Fair.