New restaurant reviews…

Posted May 13, 2010 by Andy Medlin
Categories: "Dive" Restaurants

Excuse for the length between posts: My fiance, Jolie, and I bought a townhouse in Raleigh a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve been really busy lately. But I’ve got a couple new posts up on my page. I revisited Chubby’s and Brigs so I’ve got some new info in those old reviews.

I might drive out to California and give the Wear twins’ father (Carolina BBall thing) a stern talking to. So, maybe I’ll have a review of a dive from there. What are they thinking?


Sunny’s Diner – Raleigh, NC

Posted April 30, 2010 by Andy Medlin
Categories: "Dive" Restaurants

My fiance, Jolie, and I just closed on a house in northwest Raleigh this week. We already know the area pretty well and know exactly where our two best hangover breakfast/brunch options are located. Even better, they’re right beside one another. Bojangles’ being one, and Sunny’s Diner being the other.

Bojangles’ obviously speaks for itself, but see my review of Sunny’s.

Barbecue Lodge – Raleigh, NC

Posted April 21, 2010 by Andy Medlin
Categories: "Dive" Restaurants

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The barbecue I grew up on was a result of where my dad took me. Holden’s BBQ in Youngsville was the mainstay, but trips to Barbecue Lodge in Raleigh were sprinkled in.

Like most barbecue restaurants these days, Barbecue Lodge doesn’t use wood to smoke the meat. Gas is much cheaper and efficient, and it’s a shame too. But their ‘cue is worth a stop by the restaurant if you’re in the area.

Here is my review on

Brigs Restaurants – Four Triangle Locations

Posted April 19, 2010 by Andy Medlin
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If you haven’t eaten at Brigs before, please do yourself a favor and check one of the four Triangle locations out (Raleigh, Durham/RTP, Cary and Wake Forest). They aren’t the most obvious choice for a meal out, but once you’ve had their breakfast and brunch offerings, you’ll start keeping it top-of-mind. Imagine a classier version of Denny’s but with the same prices and better food.

I’ve got to get back there by the end of this month so I can try the April special of lamb eggs Benedict. They sound awesome.

Check my post for the full review.

Note to the Wake Forest folks I grew up with: Brigs has been successfully holding down the location that formerly housed Safari Grille. If they can pack in the business behind that shopping center, you know they’ve got something good going.

New “gig” for my restaurant profiles

Posted April 16, 2010 by Andy Medlin
Categories: "Dive" Restaurants

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something, so here is my excuse. I was contacted by to be one of their Raleigh contributors. It’s basically a network of sites that focus on larger cities across the country. It features locally written content in a number of different categories. The one I’m now doing is Raleigh Restaurants – Comfort Food. Pretty good fit, since I was doing that already with my blog, and should be a decent resume builder as I continue my funemployment.

Click to check out my homepage and the two new reviews of Big Ed’s (I really miss working downtown) and Ole Time Barbecue (and living in the 27607).

So my profiles of Raleigh comfort food restaurants will reside on, but I’ll continue to post other things on this blog and direct traffic to my page when appropriate. So check out the site, sign up for the email notice if you want notification when I post a new profile, and tell anyone you know who likes great homestyle food in the Raleigh area. Let me know if you have any interest in writing for one of their other categories. It’s good writing experience and can be fun sharing your “expertise” on a category you enjoy.

Fat Daddy’s Market and Grill – Raleigh, NC

Posted April 7, 2010 by Andy Medlin
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Fat Daddy’s is a Raleigh institution and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. They had a second location off Falls of Neuse Road that was closer to where I lived growing up. While that location is long gone, the one on Glenwood Avenue near Crabtree Valley Mall is thriving. It’s similar to the national Fuddruckers chain, but has a distinctively southern menu, not to mention a unique atmosphere including a separate bar complete with several pool tables and live music on the weekends. Here is a closer look at the restaurant… Read the rest of this post »

High Park Bar and Grill – Raleigh, NC

Posted April 5, 2010 by Andy Medlin
Categories: "Dive" Restaurants, Sports, UNC Tar Heel Sports

High Park Bar and Grill
625 E. Whitaker Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27608

Before I get into the food, let me mention something timely. High Park always has a Carolina-friendly crowd for major sporting events and usually has the volume turned up for the broadcast. I watched a couple of basketball games there during the Heels’ title run last year, a televised Late Night with Roy and more recently (and painfully) the NIT Championship loss last week. So that should also mean it’s a good place to go tonight and cheer against Duke in the Championship game. And now the grub…

You don’t expect to see a large comfort food menu at a sports bar, but High Park Bar and Grill on Whitaker Mill Road near Five Points in Raleigh offers just that.

Sure, all the usual bar fare is offered. The wings are large, crispy and cooked just right. A numerous sauce collection that can provide a change of pace from the standard buffalo sauces is also available. So by all means try the wings, the sandwiches or the appetizers if you’re in the mood. But High Park Bar and Grill takes pride in the “Southern Style” menu with some great options you can’t find at sports bars very often. Read the rest of this post »