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Barbecue Lodge – Raleigh, NC

April 21, 2010

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

April 19, 2010

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.

Chubby’s Tacos – Three Triangle Locations

February 9, 2010

Chubby’s Tacos
Lake Boone: 2444 Wycliff Road, Raleigh, NC
Ninth Street: 748 Ninth Street, Durham, NC
Woodcroft: 4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC

I love Mexican and Latin food. I wish I lived in San Antonio. Can’t get enough of it. So I’ll frequent the local options like El Rodeo, Las Margaritas, Qdoba and yes, even Taco Bell, several times a week. But most of their offerings aren’t that close to authentic Mexican/Southwestern U.S. dishes. There are a couple options around that break through the cookie-cutter mold of local Mexican, but they’re not as obvious nor as prevalent.

Luckily Chubby’s Tacos second location opened in Raleigh’s Lake Boone Trail shopping center about a year ago. It took over the 19th Hole Bar & Grill spot, which creates a small, tucked away restaurant that is perfect for a taco joint. But the owners, also responsible for the local Bandido’s Mexican restaurants, offer so much more than the 17 different tacos on the menu. They have the usual burritos, quesadillas, taco salads and nachos, but also gorditas (mexican pita sandwiches as they put it), tamales, pupusas and tortas. They also have a salsa/condiment bar with lots of unique options to go with your meal.

Gateway Restaurant – Raleigh, NC

January 15, 2010

Gateway Restaurant
2411 Crabtree Blvd
Raleigh, NC, 27604
Facebook page
Lunch menu

Gateway Restaurant in Raleigh might be the epitome of a hole-in-the-wall diner. I had never heard of it until a recent diners, drive-ins and dives contest held by The N&O. As it turns out, I’ve driven by the tiny strip mall near the Raleigh Flea Market Mall on Capital Boulevard that houses the restaurant hundreds of times, but never realized it was there. (more…)

The Diner – Raleigh (Glenwood South)

January 8, 2010

The Diner
410 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Having opened January 4, 2010, The Diner is one of the newest restaurants to open in Raleigh, taking over the space in the heart of Glenwood South vacated by Hard Times Café. The owner also runs Solas and Hibernian, both just up the street, but the Diner is a different animal from these nightlife hotspots.

Hannah’s BBQ South – Hickory, NC

January 8, 2010

Hannah’s BBQ South
3198 S. 127 Hwy
Hickory, NC 28602

I arbitrarily came across this place when looking online for a bbq joint to serve as a pit stop on the way to Asheville. Not knowing Hickory from a hole in the ground, I took a chance on Hannah’s, hoping I didn’t choose the area’s red-headed stepchild of bbq joints. You know, the one the locals laugh at you for saying you ate there. Luckily for me I was impressed and recently made a return visit on another road trip.

Tropical Picken Chicken – Wake Forest, NC

January 5, 2010

Tropical Picken Chicken
2010 S. Main St.; Suite 406
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Tucked away in what is basically an office park in Wake Forest, the Picken Chicken, featuring Cuban and Dominican home cooking, proved to be a nice surprise the SECOND time I ate there. The first time I ventured in alone and rushed myself through the menu and settled on a chicken sandwich with a side of french fries. Pretty standard, right? That’s exactly why I had no business ordering it from this Latin restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, it was good (huge breast and the fries were awesome). But as I ate it, I had more time to look over the menu and realize what I had just passed up.