"I noticed the ones that seemed to really strike a chord and touch a nerve were the ones about restaurants," Mason said.
Whether it was Britt's Donuts in Carolina Beach or Clyde Cooper's Barbecue in Raleigh, emails would flood in from viewers feeling connected to the restaurants themselves, not just the food.
It was hard to narrow down which stories would make the book. Mason said he focused on the ones with the best stories to tell.
Each chapter focuses on a different restaurant and features Mason's behind-the-scenes story. "We're pulling back the veil of journalism," he said.
Mason has been a feature reporter at WRAL-TV for 30 years. His popular Tar Heel Traveler segments air Monday through Thursday at 5:55 p.m. on WRAL News.
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