Scott Howell of the venerable Nana's in Durham has announced plans for a new venture, Nanataco. He plans to open the Mexican restaurant later this month in the former Rockwood Filling Station, which previously housed Rockwood Pizza and the Fish Shack. Howell says Nanataco (2512 University Drive, Durham) will feature fresh tamales, burritos, and of course, tacos. In addition, he says to expect rotisserie chicken, plus housemade chorizo and other meats.
Howell promises an abundance of outdoor seating at the new space. A fabric-covered deck is being built between the Rockwood building and the Original Q Shack and will provide a spot where customers can cool off with a margarita or daiquiri.
Across town at Fullsteam Brewery (726 Rigsbee Ave., 682-2337, www.fullsteam.ag), raise a glass to Rainier cherries. Northwest Cherries, a division of the Washington State Fruit Commission (nwcherries.com/treetotable), has challenged Fullsteam's "Plow to Pint" concept to become "Tree to Table" in honor of National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11. The cherry organization selected an iconic restaurant or food producer in each state to incorporate the yellow red-blushed cherries into its menu this month. Fullsteam will represent North Carolina.
The sweet Washington Ranier seems a stretch for a brewery built on Southern ingredients, but owner Sean Lilly Wilson says Fullsteam is up for the challenge. "It was a great honor and a great surprise," he says of being selected, adding that Fullsteam will take "advantage of the opportunity while staying true" to its "Southern beer style."
Wilson anticipates an imperial stout that will feature the Northwest cherry and the South's abundant blackberries. Look for the fruit-filled brew on Fullsteam's tap later this month, and visit Northwest Cherries' website to learn more about other participating restaurants and the Tree to Table campaign.
Late last month, Matthew Daniels and Jane Howard Crutchfield launched Triangle Raw Foodists (www.trianglerawfoodists.com) from the Durham Cookery Space. The business is currently a Web-based delivery service, though Daniels and Crutchfield eventually hope to expand the business and operate a food truck.
The two were inspired to start Triangle Raw Foodists after their own experience as raw food eaters and vegans in the Triangle, where they found it difficult to order much beyond a standard salad. Examples from their menu include an Asian broccoli and pear salad, raw pad Thai and cucumber-dill gazpacho.
Here's how it works: Triangle Raw Foodists places a weekly menu of soups, salads, sides and entreés online each Wednesday, and orders placed by Friday are delivered on Monday throughout the Triangle. Weekly orders are available in one ($75), two ($120), or four ($190) serving size portions. Delivery is available in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham.
The Carrboro Farmers' Market (301 W. Main St., www.carrborofarmersmarket.com), just installed an ATM with a worthwhile fee. Once the market-owned ATM has been paid for, all proceeds from the $2.25 service fee collected will support the market and its outreach. Also a plus, the new machine eliminates the former quandary of which vegetable merits a final few dollars of cash.