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Triangle Foodie News: Pho Nomenal Dumplings named best food truck in N.C.

Posted October 21, 2016

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

Featured Restaurant News

Congratulations to the ladies at Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck as Buzzfeed, the national website that loves cultural trends, has named them the best food truck in North Carolina. Congratulations! And thanks to the Triangle Business Journal for pointing this out via Twitter. Check them out here. I will say, I still miss their original name - Dump Pho King Truck. Classic.

Buku owners Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins will open their second restaurant, Soca, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village in the space formerly occupied by Faire. Where Buku tends to focus on updates of popular, approachable dishes from Asia, Soca will shift its eye to South and Central America, the menu bouncing between Colombia and Mexico, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Chile, according to Raleigh Agenda. They are eyeing a Jan. 17 opening date, the News and Observer reports.

Wake County Restaurant News

Up in Youngsville, just north of Raleigh in Franklin County, the folks over at Rocky Top Hospitality have purchased The Boondocks, a special events facility located in historic downtown Youngsville and are rebranding the venue as Cross+Main. Rocky Top Catering and Southland BBQ Catering will now be the exclusive caterers of Cross+Main. Congratulations to Dean Ogan and his team!

The Triangle Business Journal reported that over in Morrisville, Guasaca, a Venezuelan grill-style restaurant, will be opening a third location in the region by December. The owners of Guasaca have signed a lease inside the new Weston Corners retail complex at the intersection of Weston Parkway and Chapel Hill Road.

Also in Weston Corners, the developers have announced that leases have also been signed by Toast Cafe, Marco's Pizza, Jasmin Bistro and Charlie Graingers.

And just down the street, Lubrano’s Italian Restaurant at 101 Keybridge Drive in Morrisville is now Paolo’s on 54. Same ownership and team, just new name.

Also in Morrisville, food blog FoodCary reported that Morrisville will be getting its first Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 9662 Chapel Hill Road as the Chicago sandwich store comes to the area, with three more openings planned in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The plan for the Potbelly in Morrisville is to open either in the last week of January or the first week of February.

Over in Raleigh, we saw on James Borden’s Raleigh Public Record blog that final site work permits were issued last week for Raleigh’s newest Panera Bread (yawn), which will be located at the redeveloped Villages of Lake Boone. Actual building permits have not been issued yet, so we don’t have a timeline on that project.

Congratulations to Jill Donovan of Donovan’s Dish as she announced this week that they have launched their Dish to Door service. Now you can enjoy their signature dishes such as Chef TJ's Famous Shrimp & Grits or their signature Stuffed Chicken right in the comfort of your own home.

And finally, a couple of “anniversary” shout outs - Capital Club 16 recently celebrated 6 years and Moonlight Pizza turned 20 last week. Thanks to Ashton Mae Smith for bringing those to my attention.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

Noticed over in Chapel Hilll at East 54 that CocoBean Coffee & Tea has opened. They are located adjacent to Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and directly across from elements.


Thanks to a tip from Ashton Mae Smith, she noted via New Raleigh that the Dickey’s BBQ location on Davie Street in downtown Raleigh has closed.


This Saturday, Oct. 22, the Carolina RailHawks are hosting Minnesota United as the final home game this season and will hold a food truck rodeo prior to AND during the game. Featured trucks include: Bulkogi, Backyard Bistro, Bam Pow Chow, Kocina, Arepa Culture and CJ's Street Food.

Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about 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 fall, Oct. 28-30.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.

And John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, pointed out that 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.

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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