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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In Imbibe, Chapel Hill Favorite Zog's Gets a Sister Bar and Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Thanks to the arrival of Imbibe, Chapel Hill has a new restaurant, bar and bottle shop. The joint project of Mandey Brown and Jedd Tyler has taken over the old Rec Room space below local fave Zog's, which Brown also owns. “I've been saying for a while that if the space ever opened up, I wanted to take it over,” Brown says.  Imbibe officially opened last Friday, January 29, offering an array of taps of beer, cider, wine, and nitro-tapped cold coffee. A bottle shop component sells beer and wine, too. If you're the impatient type, you can take whatever...

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Try This Beer: Dogfish Head's Surprisingly Strong Immort

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Yesterday, Facebook informed me that a pal was “interested” in attending a tapping of Dogfish Head's Immort Ale at Raleigh's Tasty Beverage Co. I hadn't seen him in a couple of months, so swinging by seemed like a good idea. He never showed, but I barely noticed—sipping Immort was the real reason I came. Immort is part of Dogfish's occasional rarities collection. While the beer isn't impossible to find, it isn't a constant presence on any shelf, either. To wit, Tasty said Immort was “returning to shelves for the first time since 2014." There's maple syrup involved, too, so there's...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Five Durham Breweries Collaborate to Help Habitat for Humanity Build a Home

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

One notable trait of the Triangle craft-brewing community is how often its members pitch in to help one another out. Turns out, they don't limit their generosity to the beer community, as a new collaboration between several Durham brewers and Habitat for Humanity demonstrates. Each year, Bull City Burger and Brewery presents an Oktoberfest celebration to support Durham's Habitat for Humanity. Habitat generally considers $50,000 the threshold for building and setting up a house, according to BCBB's Seth Gross. Those Oktoberfest proceeds help, but “that's a long time to wait to build a house,” Gross explains. “So I approached some...

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Triangle Restaurant Week, Night Seven: Underwhelmed in high style at Mura

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Sushi in the Triangle has come a long way during the past decade. Gone are the days when our only exposure to Japanese cuisine was through flavorless California rolls and fake crab-meat hibachi. As more and more Triangle restaurants specialize in ever-fresher and inventive Japanese cooking, expectations in quality have risen tremendously. And through endless exposure to food and travel documentaries and reality shows, customers at least have an idea of long-standing traditions in their cuisines of choice. They seek ever-deeper, ever-tastier cultural experiences. It’s a rewarding rabbit hole. Or so I thought. For Triangle Restaurant Week, I decided to...

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Triangle Restaurant Week, Night Six: Not a lot to love at Nazara

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Sleek and modern seem to be two words rarely used in describing the many Indian restaurants dotting Cary and Morrisville. Despite its generic strip mall location, though, Nazara Indian Bistro is just that. Deep blue walls and white leather booths and chairs glow beneath hanging pendants. Ambient house music plays overhead as waiters in black saunter about. Indeed, all was calm, cool and collected in the packed, fairly new eatery owned and operated by friends Mangal Singh and Shatman “Sunny” Singh, who have 30 years in the restaurant business between them. Sunny managed Raleigh’s popular Indian restaurant Azitra for a decade....

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Triangle Restaurant Week, Night Five: Smitten with 18 Seaboard

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 6:10 PM

I kind of have a crush on 18 Seaboard. On our first date, this iconic Raleigh restaurant did everything right. And for Triangle Restaurant Week, an event that can be fraught with negatives like boring choices and uninspired food, the joint nailed it again. Located on the outskirts of downtown in the ever-busy Seaboard Station, this restaurant always appears to be bustling, and the same held true for Restaurant Week's Friday night, of course. All three of my hot “dates” came down with the flu, so I was flying solo. I was the only lone soul in the dim, romantic, completely packed...

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Here are three loving ways to help Durham's Urban Ministries in February

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Here comes February, which means Valentine's Day, which means you're likely to be wracking your brain for something to get your sweetie in just a couple of weeks. On top of that, you may be annoyed and put off by the crass Hallmark commercialism of Valentine's Day in the first place. Grrrrr. We're here to help. Bryan Gilmer, director of marketing & development at Urban Ministries of Durham, has  a great suggestion for you that will delight your loved one, and help some folks who really need it. It's the No. 2 item here on a list of three ways you...

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Triangle Restaurant Week, Night Four: Foul fowl—and then redemption—at Raleigh's Faire

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 5:42 PM

When I asked a friend if she wanted to join me for dinner at Faire, a steak-and-seafood restaurant in Cameron Village, her dismissive response was, “Oh, you mean that place where everybody’s parents like to go?” I took her quip to mean she believed the surf-and-turf restaurant concept to be an out-of-date one, appealing to the same folks who shop only at The Fresh Market—an outdated culinary shibboleth, geared towards the moneyed, traditional Raleigh set. “Yes," I shot back, “but this place claims it runs from ‘traditional to trendy,’ so you’re coming with me.” She agreed, albeit with a raised...

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Triangle Restaurant Week, Night Three: Local fondue? Who knew?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Weary from a food culture that can take itself entirely too seriously, I opted for kitsch and whimsy for my third night of Triangle Restaurant Week. I wanted yummy fare and good fun, and The Little Dipper—a fondue restaurant that opened in 2013 in Durham’s Brightleaf Square—fulfilled that dream last night. There are worse ways to spend a chilly January evening than lingering over warm bubbling pots of cheese, peanut oil and chocolate with friends, right? I'm not saying there's no place for taste trendsetting in fondue, either. In fact, The Little Dipper moves fondue away from the traditional cholesterol-heavy cheese...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Triangle Restaurant Week, Night Two: The superficial spoils of Babylon

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 3:06 PM

After surviving the first ice storm of 2016, I felt the need for a brief respite from the short winter slog. So for night two of Triangle Restaurant Week, I chose Babylon, an upscale Moroccan restaurant on the edge of downtown Raleigh. Exotic, right?   In 2011, workers renovated this century-old yarn mill, painstakingly transforming it to reflect the sultry opulence of ancient Mesoptamia. The owner, Samad Hachby, a Glenwood South force who opened Mosaic Wine Lounge in 2006, visited his home country of Morocco several times to hand pick the elements for the restaurant’s interior design. The spot touts its expansive...

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Alternative lender Merchant Cash USA names Raleigh as America's top food-truck spot. LOL.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Merchant Cash USA—an alternative lender with 1,234 Facebook "likes" as of this morning and, as best I can  tell, no credentials in the food-and-beverage industry at all—has named Raleigh, North Carolina, as the top spot for food trucks in America, just ahead of Portland, San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and, well, everywhere else in the country. The list is getting some media attention, too, with Time Warner Cable News even airing a segment about it.  Slow clap, everyone. While the Triangle's food-truck scene has certainly exploded in recent years, and while Raleigh's downtown food truck rodeos are crowded enough to look like...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Triangle Restaurant Week, Night One: Making the most of Mez

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 4:26 PM

I must confess: I have avoided Triangle Restaurant Week since I first heard of it several years ago. To me, the entire affair smacked of an amateur-hour prix fixe circuit, appealing to those who might visit a new or expensive restaurant only for Thanksgiving or Valentine's Day. Like New Year's Eve and Halloween, it's a time for infrequent revelers, not discerning imbibers.  But this week, I decided to approach the event with a different, refreshed attitude. With almost 100 restaurants participating across the Triangle, I have the opportunity to explore restaurants I've been meaning to try or that weren't even...

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Talking Triangle Restaurant Week, which starts Monday, with Kelly Stewart

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 6:02 PM

For more than a decade, Triangle Restaurant Week has aimed to give area eaters access to a plethora of local restaurants for a reasonable prix fixe rate. For the ninth anniversary, which begins today and runs through Sunday, a record-setting 97 eateries are set to participate, with hopes of passing the 100 mark next year. I spoke with Kelly Stewart of the marketing agency Triangle Blvd, the organization that produces the event, to talk about participation, return on investment and quality control for Triangle Restaurant Week.  The INDY is also sending a food writer to Triangle Restaurant Week each day, so...

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Carrboro's Southern Rail to reopen with barbecue restaurant CrossTies, The Station to remain a music venue

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 5:36 PM

At the end of December, Carrboro's Southern Rail closed hastily after many months of money troubles. Community members  mourned the loss of its Station, especially, a hub for free music and rowdy, low-frills fun. Today, Andrew Moore, owner of the nearby restaurant Venable, announced his plans for the spaces that The Station, Southern Rail and The Tiger Room all called home. Moore's new establishment will be the barbecue-focused CrossTies. (A train joke!) Moore, who owns both Venable and B-Side Lounge in Carr Mill Mall, says a lack of Carrboro barbecue and the space's history inspired the new direction. "We saw a need,"...

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Poole's Diner named in Eater's National Top 38 restaurant list

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Poole's Diner has joined another elite cast: Esteemed critic Bill Addison named chef Ashley Christensen's Raleigh flagship to Eater's second-ever National Top 38 restaurant list. It is the only North Carolina restaurant to earn the honor, which aspires to answer the question that drives Addison's work: "'What is essential dining?" "Poole's is one of the South's great modern restaurants," Addison told the INDY. "The restaurant's macaroni au gratin may be its most famous dish (every time I'm there I spot people ordering only it for dinner), but beyond that decadent icon, the menu revolves with the seasons in precise, always-appealing ways." Christensen...

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Picking up the Picnic: On the road with Wyatt Dickson, as he buys the cookers for his new barbecue joint

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Barbecue man Wyatt Dickson stands in an aisle at Tractor Supply in Hillsborough. He’s searching for the right pintle hitch so that he can haul a 12,000-pound trailer to Elm City, a little hamlet outside of Wilson. There, he will retrieve the two 2,500-pound BBQ smokers of which he’s dreamed. His highly anticipated new Durham barbecue joint, Picnic, opens at the beginning of February, and it's time to install the centerpieces. First, he has to get them. Today, Dickson is behind schedule and not even sure the store has the hitch—the first small snafu of the day's many. “Turkey nuts!”...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ponysaurus named in Food & Wine's list of hot trends for 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Food & Wine restaurant editor Kate Krader has included Durham's Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in her 2016 food trend predictions story. Based on a recent visit, she hailed the Hood Street taproom as a "next-level brewpub" that offers creative snacks to complement its craft beer. Krader especially liked the crunchy dried okra, one of about a dozen snacks kept in temptation-inducing glass jars and sold for a buck a scoop. "The dried okra is my favorite, too," says Ponysaurus partner Nick Hawthorne-Johnson. He selects the assortment of nibbles, which currently includes another of his favorites, Bugles, the cone-shaped corn snack. "It's...

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Friday, January 15, 2016

North Carolina wins big at the Good Food Awards

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:00 PM

It’s been a good year for Goat Lady Dairy. In July, the Climax farm's creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chevre and semi-soft Providence brought home awards at the annual American Cheese Society competition. In September, the family institution celebrated its 20th anniversary. By the end of the year, extensive renovations on the 42-acre farm allowed the creamery to increase cheese production by more than 50,000 pounds. And today, Steve Tate and Alexander Kast—lead cheese maker and sales manager at Goat Lady Dairy—claimed two Good Food Awards in San Francisco for their Lindale and Providence cheeses. The Good Food Awards honor outstanding American...

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Help Top of the Hill catch a boozy bandit

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Identify that (presumable) fratty bro, win free beer! Yes, another Triangle culinary caper occurred this weekend, this time at a downtown Chapel Hill staple, while Ashley Christensen's cooker remains on the loose. Just before closing time on Saturday night, a young man in a striped collared shirt yanked three taps from behind the bar of The Great Room, the event space owned by brewery and restaurant Top of the Hill, resulting in damages to the bar and neighboring property. Top of the Hill is one of the state’s first microbreweries, serving “craft beer and justice,” according to its Facebook post about...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

No, WTVD, restaurants aren't closing because of changing Raleigh ordinances

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Last night, Raleigh television station WTVD 11 published a story lamenting the rash of restaurant-and-bar closings in downtown Raleigh of late. Fair enough—I’ll miss The Borough, too. But reporter Anna Laurel—with help from the story’s only quoted source, Shop Local Raleigh director Jennifer Martin—stepped beyond mere eulogy to suggest that these closures stem from new Raleigh DrunkTown-related ordinances concerning noise, parking and public alcohol consumption. And while those issues will require adjustments from current and future downtown bars and restaurants, none of the businesses she’s lamenting closed for any of those reasons at all. Not one! In her fearmongering report,...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Joule's new family-style series takes you on a geographical dining tour

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 2:41 PM

It may be a long way from high-end pour-overs to red sauce, but Joule's chef de cuisine, Sunny Gerhart, says he is "looking forward to sharing something new each month with the community"—yes, including red sauce for meatballs. This week marks the beginning of a dinner series at Joule, Ashley Christensen's popular coffee shop and brunch spot. The series is Gerhart's pet project. The menu will have a different theme each month. In January, the menu features old-school Caesar salad, meatballs and sausage in red sauce, butternut squash and mushroom lasagna, wilted greens and toasted garlic and garlic bread. Next month's...

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East Durham Pie Company teams up with Ponysaurus for a pop-up pie shop tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Ali Rudel continues to take steps toward opening a storefront for East Durham Pie Company—this time, steps down the block from her home to Ponysaurus Brewing Co. "I'm doing a series of Pop-Up Slice Shops to give folks an opportunity to grab a slice at a local business they already visit and love," says Rudel, recently profiled by the INDY. "This is just the first of many. I've reached out to several local Durham businesses to partner with them to sell slices on a single day over the next few months." Rochelle Johnson works at Ponysaurus, which her husband, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, co-owns....

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Guglhupf update: Back in the food donation business

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 3:45 PM

This morning, The INDY reported that Durham's popular Guglhupf restaurant, bakery and cafe was looking for volunteers to deliver day-old baked goods to people in need. As it turns out, on a day when executive chef David Alworth was emotionally  wrecked — as we all are — by the death of David Bowie, there was some good news too. By early afternoon, someone stepped up to fill the void that was created when TROSA stopped making daily surplus food pickups at Guglhupf, after many years. After Monday's blog piece ran, the calls and emails started coming. "I had a dozen...

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Be on the lookout: Ashley Christensen's cherished, charity-contributing cooker stolen from Raleigh lot

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 10:04 AM

This morning, Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen learned that one of her prized cooking possessions was missing from the gated-and-locked lot of Aux, her Raleigh restaurant group's commissary kitchen near Capital Boulevard.  The cooker was a gift from Nick Pihakis, the Birmingham, Alabama-based barbecue master, in celebration of Christensen's James Beard Award win in 2014. Its original design came from Sam Jones, the North Carolinian responsible for Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden and, now, his own Sam Jones BBQ near Greenville. But Christensen says the theft is about far more than a missing piece of property, as she uses the cooker...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Borough steps out, Hadley's steps in: The owners behind a Raleigh restaurant switch discuss what's next

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:11 AM

A pioneer in downtown Raleigh nightlife is shutting its doors, as owner Liz Masnik sells The Borough to pursue a passion for saving animals. The Borough will remain open until the end of January. On Feb. 1, it will begin the transformation into Hadley's, closing for approximately a month of renovations before reopening the first week of March. A sandwich-and-soup shop with cocktails, Hadley's will aim to retain some of The Borough's best traits.  Opened in 2006 at the corner of Morgan and Dawson streets, The Borough has long been a popular hangout, thanks to a casual, familial atmosphere and...

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