Category Archives: Southern cooking

Lucky 32, Hooray!

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Last Thursday was the Triangle Tweet-up at Cary’s Lucky 32 (7307 Tryon Road
Cary, NC 27518).  As always, the event was hosted by the lovely ladies @andreaweigl and @durhamfoodie. Tony and I thought that the Moldy Peaches’ song “Lucky Number Nine” should have been co-opted for the event, but I guess we wouldn’t have been able to get the rights in time. Luckily, the food there was so good, it didn’t need fanfare.

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Down home at Backyard Barbecue

 

Since we’ve moved to North Carolina, I have been touting the superiority of North Carolina to Tony. He’s a northernor who didn’t grow up with the sweet, tangy vinegary taste of NC BBQ.  We’ve been trying to find the best North Carolina barbecue in the Triangle area. Lexington is of course the barbecue mecca in North Carolina, but the Triangle has had a lot to offer too. Three places stand out in particular, the ritzy The Pit, Allan and Sons in Chapel Hill (that will be a future adventure), and Backyard Barbecue in Durham. Backyard Barbecue has two locations, one of which was featured on “Man vs. Food,” so we had to see if it was worth the hype. Continue reading

Getting away from it all in Winston-Salem

It’s been a while since Tony and I went away and our empty pockets made a beach getaway a no go, a week in the city completely out, and an all-expense paid month touring Europe so unlikely, I think I had to pay $5.00 just to think about it. However, a day away was greatly needed, so we looked around at what we had in North Carolina.  Luckily, we have some neat places to tour and get away from it all right around the corner in Winston-Salem(well, maybe if that corner was a couple of hours away). Continue reading

What makes good BBQ in Raleigh?: The Pit versus Cooper’s

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Raleigh is in this growing pain stage. Like Durham, which is trying its hardest to prove that it can be an upscale food destination with its latest advertising campaign, Raleigh is at a point where it’s trying to keep its Southern comfort food roots while trying to be a center of fine dining. That leads to weird mashups as far as restaurants.

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Brunch at Humble Pie: Raleigh’s Perfect Hangover Cure?

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Whether a great cure for the Sunday blues or just a way to shake off too much partying from the night before, Sunday brunch is a great invention.   Raleigh’s own Humble Pie (317 S Harrington St Raleigh, NC 27603-1817)  is a great place for Sunday brunch, regardless of the reason you need it.

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Woody’s Barbecue

Whenever I enter a barbecue joint of any kind, part of me hopes for bluegrass blaring, sawdust on the floor, and a smoke filled whiskey splattered dive bar.   Given a choice between a rundown restaurant in the sticks that is badly in need of renovation after fifty years of neglect and a spotless shining new more gourmet barbecue place, I will always choose the former.  I don’t want to turn this into an anti-corporate rant about the McDonaldization of the world, so I will just say that I would prefer that barbecue places make a greater effort to acknowledge their roots.

Woody’s (6176 Falls of Neuse Rd Raleigh, NC 27609) is a barbecue place that opened up recently at the Northridge shopping center on Falls of Neuse in a building that used to be a Hardee’s.  It should also be noted that Woody’s is a chain barbecue place that can be found in a lot of areas of the Southeast.  The building doesn’t look like much from the outside as it still holds a great deal of that crappy fast food restaurant charm including  crumbling drive thru.  Once I got inside I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had put a lot of work into renovation including new booths, pine paneling on the walls and many many signs with a vaguely country theme.   The bar at the back was a nice addition though, and I was very happy to consume a Blue Moon with my meal.  The signs irked me a little and they are likely the source of my discussion of barbecue authenticity at the beginning of this post.

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