Raleigh, N.C. — City BBQ is holding a grand opening celebration Saturday for its newest location next to Cabela's in Garner. Look for N.C. State's mascots, live music, food samples, balloon art and a barbecue sauce contest. The fun will be in the parking lot from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. I previewed the menu on Wednesday and highly recommend the corn pudding (should be its own food group!) and the turkey! The ribs, brisket and pork shoulder are all smoked in house and expertly seasoned. Oh and don't leave without some peach cobbler or banana pudding - made from scratch in the back. They also have local beer available (Big Boss and Aviator are on the list) and get their bread baked fresh from Neomonde. This is City BBQ's second Triangle area location. They opened their first North Carolina restaurant last year in Cary.
Ms. Mong has opened at 163 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The restaurant offers a mix of Asian fusion dishes.
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta and Spirits Arboretum is getting closer to opening in Cary next to SAS.
Neighborhood Bottle Shop in Cary will hold its grand opening celebration on July 11. It is located at 1341 Kildaire Farm Road.
In the works
The conversion of the former Gregorias steakhouse in Durham is almost complete! A July 17 grand opening is planned for Mesa Latin Kitchen, led by Chef Douglas Rodriguez, a James Beard award winner for his Philadelphia joint, Alma de Cuba.
Mesa will feature tapas-style food flavored in the Latin style with local ingredients.
Make sure you check out The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig at Carolina Ale House on Saturday. The beer, bourbon and barbecue event is from noon to 4 p.m. at the Glenwood location. Tickets are $30.
On Sunday, the Raleigh Food and Wine Fest will host a tasting event at Babylon. Tickets start at $24.50.