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Triangle Foodie News: Anisette bakery opens Saturday

Posted November 18, 2016
Updated November 21, 2016

— The latest on restaurant openings, closings, food trucks, foodie events and more in the Triangle and beyond.

Featured Restaurant News

Anisette, a new bakery from former Videri Chocolate Factory head confectioner, Nicole Evans Groth, and her husband, Jason, opens Saturday at 11 a.m.. It is located in the Five Points neighborhood in Raleigh.

It is turkey time! If you don’t want to spend your Thanksgiving in the kitchen, we have some information you will be interested in. Raleigh’s Q Shack offers up everything from whole smoked turkeys, to sides, to the entire turkey-day meal! Today Nov. 18) is the last day to order! My family has been doing this for several years and it has been fantastic!

Planning your holiday desserts? Check out Out and About's list of great local places to order from this holiday season.

Wake County Restaurant News

Not sure how I missed this, but Dawat’s Indian Restaurant at the corner of Davis Drive and McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville has closed. But it didn’t take long for that space to fill back up. It has become Hyderabadhouse Indian Restaurant at Birayni Place. This will mark the chain’s 18th location.

Raleigh ice cream shop Fresh will open a second location (original location is at 6033 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh) in downtown Cary at 138 E. Chatham St., according to owners. Look for them to open next spring.

Also on E. Chatham Street in Cary, the News & Observer reported that a market, cafe and wine bar featuring European cuisine is slated to open next year in the former Dorry’s Downtown space (and before that the legendary deli The Food Factory). Pro’s Epicurean Market and Cafe is the creation of chef Richard Procida.

And next door, in the new building going up, Pizzeria Faulisi, which will serve Neapolitan-style pizza, expects to open in late January or early February. Check them out.

Also in Cary, got word from Michael DePersia that the former San Remo space in Cary’s Millpond Village (where Publix just opened) will become a Thai restaurant called Thai Lotus.

The Outpost, a tiki-style bar in the old home of Holly's on Hargett, Located at 306 E. Hargett St., this tiki-bar will be serving up lots of rum-based fruit drinks by at night. By day, they plan to serve coffee and smoothies. Their official opening weekend is underway now. Check them out Friday through Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m. nightly.

Michael also shared that the Michael Markham will transform the former Amedeo’s of Apex into another Brew n Que, serving craft beer and bbq. This will be the second location of Brew n Que (original brick and mortar location on Maynard Road in Cary). No word yet on an open date. We will keep an eye on it.

The Raleigh Agenda reported that next month Song Peebua will open his second restaurant (he owns the Thai House on Wake Forest Road) named Mama Jee, a new Thai and sushi restaurant which will be located on the ground floor of the Friendly Apartments, located at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Friendly Street.

Amorino, a dessertery straight from Italy, will open to the public Tuesday, Nov. 22, in downtown Raleigh (more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 137 E.Davie St.). It’s best known for its gorgeous cones in which servers create a gelato rose. They also serve amazing hot drinks, crepes, macaroons and more. This is a BIG deal for Raleigh, joining Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston and New York among other locations in the United States. .

And then there were three...The Triangle's third b.good fast-casual eatery opened yesterday in Morrisville’s Park West Village. b.good already has locations in Raleigh’s North Hills and in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street.

Down in Holly Springs, Blaze Pizza opens today and will be offering free pizza to all who follow them on one of their social media platforms. It is located in the Holly Springs Towne Center, beside the Carmike Cinemas Ovation Cinema Grill 9.

And in Fuquay Varina, reader Aaron Bradshaw tweeted that he noticed that there is a banner for a Zeera Indian Restaurant on the front of the closed Mt. Fuji Restaurant.

Durham, Orange and Chatham Restaurant News

Over in Durham, the British Indian gastropub, Viceroy, located in the five-points area of downtown Durham, has opened.

Got word that The Cookery, one of Durham’s favorite event spaces, is expanding into the adjacent building. The expansion will include a ballroom, bridal suite, private garden and extended kitchen space.

Also in Durham, WRAL reported that the Belgian Waffle Crafters food truck has opened a kiosk at Southpoint just in time for the holiday. WRAL noted this is the third food truck to open a “brick and mortar” location in the mall’s food court.


Reader Bianca Bradford tipped me off to the fact that Tom Yum Thai in Cary closed.

Reader Chris Creighton informed me about multiple closures. They include Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Morrisville; Able Bar & Grill in Cary; and the Qdoba Mexican Grill on Walnut St in Cary.

And we learned from reader John Norris that Mesa Latin Kitchen on Durham’s Hillsborough Road has closed. Looks like it might be turned into an event space.

Food Trucks

Rudolph's Food Truck rodeo will be held in Knightdale on Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon-4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park. Look for more than 10 trucks, beer, Santa Claus, live music and children's activities.


On Nov. 30, Piedmont’s Executive Chef John May welcomes Chef Dean Neff of PinPoint in Wilmington, NC to collaborate on a 6-course Gullah-inspired dinner celebrating sustainably farmed oysters; each course will be paired with sparkling wines from different regions, highlighting the breadth and variety of these wines. Locals Seafood will supply North Carolina oysters from Chadwick Creek, Harkers Island, Newport River, and Masonboro, and funds raised support North Carolina Catch. The dinner is at 6:30pm. The $65/ person menu is also available for $95, with sparkling wine pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.

Triangle Family Services will host its 14th annual Gingerbread Benefit on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP. This daylong fundraising benefit, running from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., features the Triangle’s best chefs and bakers creating gingerbread masterpieces in lieu of the upcoming holidays. Get all the details here.

On Thursday, Dec.1st, Humble Pie and Wine Authorities are hosting their first ever Meinklang Wine & Winter Feast on the patio complete with a dinner served family style (fire pits to ensure guests are cozy) and of course select Meinklang natural wines. Cost is only $50 pp plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating available so make your reservation today on their website using the reservation page or by calling 919.829.9222.

Piedmont’s general manager and beverage director Crawford Leavoy welcomes Bernie Lubbers, global whiskey ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY, for a 5-course whiskey-paired dinner Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30. This unique dinner will feature 3 whiskey cocktails, two whiskeys served neat, and one on the rocks - all alongside chef John May’s locally sourced, Southern cuisine. The 5-course menu is available for $60; and an additional $25 for the whiskey pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.

On Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio, will join forces with international seafood expert, Barton Seaver, to craft a fresh approach to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Hosted at Il Palio in Chapel Hill, this historic Italian feast will feature exclusively sustainably sourced seafood, showcasing recipes from Seaver’s acclaimed cookbook, Two If By Sea, and classics from chef Diggs’ Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s Two If By Sea cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Food Bank Corner

Tuesday, Nov. 29, is also known as Giving Tuesday at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Donations to fight hunger go twice as far on #GivingTuesday, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from their generous partners: Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Double your impact.


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