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Triangle Foodie News: NC BBQ Revival is this weekend

Posted October 28, 2016

A look at the barbecue available at PICNIC. (Courtesy of Picnic)

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

Featured Restaurant News

And so it is. A bit of normalcy and pride will return to downtown Raleigh next week with the much-anticipated opening of Scott Crawford’s Crawford & Son. It will open this coming week, just a few months after he announced he was leaving Standard Foods for his own gig. His own kitchen. His own space. Raleigh is lucky to have kept Scott’s talents and this will undoubtedly leave its mark for a long time on this little corner of Raleigh.

Wake County Restaurant News

Durham is sharing a little of their love with Wake County beginning next week - that is if you consider waffles smothered with chicken, warm syrup and powdered sugar as love! That’s right, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles will open a location in Cary Tuesday, adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop on Harrison Avenue in the former Firewurst location according to WRAL. Check out Dame's here.

Tulum, a Mayan-themed restaurant, is coming to Fayetteville Street and will fill the spot formerly occupied by La Volta, Twisted Mango, and most recently, San Lorenzo at 411 Fayetteville St. Owner Alfredo Lara is known locally for the successful launch of two locations of Mi Cancun. Tulum is looking to open before the end of the year.

Saw that New World Raleigh coffee shop, located in Raleigh on Pleasant Valley Road, has reopened after a week of major interior renovations (and a new logo). I haven’t been by yet, but the pictures look amazing! They even hosted a latte “throw down” last night.

Over in Cary, got word from reader Ashley Mills that effective immediately, the ownership of Academy Street Bistro has changed hands. Apparently, during the transition to new ownership, it is not open. Obviously this story is unfolding, so we will keep an eye on it.

Things are about to get sweeter in Holly Springs with the opening of Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, a new shop featuring handmade ice cream and treats. The shop will open set to open on Nov. 3 at 304 N. Main St.

And a ‘happy birthday’ to Glenwood Avenue's Plates Kitchen as they celebrate three years with a special Spanish Tapas party on the afternoon of Nov. 5.

Durham, Orange and Chatham Restaurant News

Down in Chatham County, just over the county line from Chapel Hill, the second of four restaurants has opened in the new Veranda development at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel. Capp’s Apizza opened Thursday featuring a few pizza specials including their Caponata and Pumpkin pizza.

The folks over at Bull McCabes Irish Pub in Durham announced this week that they have secured RJ St. John as their new executive chef. RJ has experience from the beaches of Sarasota, Fla., to New Orleans and even to a food truck right here in Durham. Look for him to raise the bar on “pub grub.”

Also in Durham, Northgate Mall announced the addition of Chef’s House which will feature a variety of hand-breaded chicken, seafood and pork options cooked daily by Carmen and Paul Dascanio.


Got word from multiple sources this week that Durham’s Shrimp Boats is closing their doors at the end of business today (Oct. 28). Shrimp Boats opened originally in 1970.

510 Tavern and Raleigh Roadhouse (located in the 510 Glenwood building) are closed. That’s less than a year for both of those.

And got word from reader Ashley Mills that Pita Bon on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary has also closed.


PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this weekend. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’.

The second annual Pork + Vine festival will be held on Oct. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. outside of The Wine Feed’s downtown Raleigh store located at 602 Glenwood Ave. Chefs from five well-known area restaurants, including Gravy, Oval Park Grille, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro, Buku and Gonza’s Tacos y Tequila, will each prepare their own pork-inspired small plates, which will then be thoughtfully paired with a pour of high-quality wine specifically chosen from The Wine Feed’s extensive selection.

On Nov. 6, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year.

Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parlaare teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on Nov. 15, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’sacclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

This is really cool. They are setting up a 1,000-seat table in the middle of Fayetteville Street (between Morgan and Martin Streets) on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 12-4 p.m. to host “The Sunday Supper” to to support businesses and families impacted by the catastrophic flooding. Ticket sales and donations will go online soon.

Enjoy soups from top Triangle chefs as they compete to win the title of Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s 12th annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, Nov.16tat the McKimmon Center at NC State University. For a $25 donation, guests receive unlimited bowls of artisan soups from more than 10 competing chefs and one hand-crafted piece of pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low income individuals.

Food Bank Corner

Exciting things have been happening at your Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! They have moved to a much larger facility to accommodate their expanded operations and the continued need for food assistance. In celebration of this move, they invite you to their Community Open House on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (tours, food truck rodeo and fun & games). The new facility is at 1924 Capital Blvd.


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