Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Fun Food Facts - August 6, 2010

Triangle restaurant news...that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler

Now, after a week off for vacation, let's get back to it!...

  • If you're over in Chapel Hill this afternoon, the much-anticipated Piola opens today at 5 pm in the new East 54 complex! The Triangle's newest addition offering Italian fare promises a most unique experience. Check it out!
  • Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro is celebrating its 3rd anniversary. Starting at 11 am Friday (hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere!), they will release a limited edition anniversary lager with a free logo pint glass to the first 500 customers who purchase a beer.

  • This weekend is the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. The menu features 60 varieties of beers, 40 types of bourbon and 10 styles of barbecue. Tickets to the event allow unlimited access to tastes of beer and bourbon; barbecue costs extra, except at the Friday Night Pig Pickin'. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, catch up on a bit of bourbon history with Nikki Smith of Maker's Mark Distillery or see who's up for the title of Ms. Bar-B-Q-Babe or the Triangle's Best Beer Belly.
  • Not long ago, Raleigh lost the popular Evoo restaurant, but this past week two restaurants opened in that space at the corner of Fairview and Oberlin roads. The first, called Mangia, is a European-style bistro, making fresh fish dishes, breads, pastas and specialty dishes like bouillabaisse and steak frites. In an adjoining space is Eat, a classic American restaurant serving 25 types of shakes, specialty burgers and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches. Both opened this past week.

  • Over in Durham, King's Sandwich Shop reopened this week, with tasty burgers, 'cue, brats, hot dogs, milkshakes and more flowing out of the iconic Bull City structure at Foster and Geer.

  • If you're up in North Raleigh (specifically at 9650 Strickland Road in the Harvest Plaza) the owners of the Lemongrass Thai restaurant on Litchford Road have opened a second restaurant called Cafe Asia which will serve more types of Asian cuisines, including sushi.
  • Over in Durham at 317 W. Main Street, Dame's Chicken and Waffles opened this week.

  • There is lots going on at University Mall in Chapel Hill, but on the food front, Alfredo's Pizza Villa is planning a major expansion and renovation that will include adding outdoor seating. We'll keep you posted on their progress.

  • In Wake Forest, the Olive Garden at 12600 Capital Blvd. is scheduled to open next Monday, August 9.

  • In Cary, China Buffet and Hibachi Grill is scheduled to open later this month in the old Gregory's space at the corner of Shannon Oaks and Kildaire Farm Road. We'll keep an eye on it for you.
  • Downtown Raleigh's Oxford restaurant is now offering a Sunday brunch buffet. Keep in mind this ain't your "Golden Corral" buffet as your selections are served up by a chef. The new Sunday brunch is served from 10 am until 3 pm.

  • All good things must come to an appears. The Creedmoor location of Dos Taquitos' has ended their popular lunch hours and will return to just being open in the evening.

  • The Peddler Steak House in Raleigh is celebrating its 41st birthday by offering a three-course anniversary dinner for two for $41. That includes a salad buffet, entree and anniversary cheesecake. The restaurant, which opened in 1969, is offering the deal through Aug. 26. The restaurant is at 6005 Glenwood Ave. Reservations may be made by calling 787-6980.

  • Local bakery Simply Cakes is moving from its Apex location to Cary at 1881 Lake Pine Drive. They plan to to open the new location to the public to sell coffee and cupcakes later this summer.
  • Also in Raleigh, the folks behind the Village Draft House are opening a new venture in the old Stonewood Grill space at Falls Village on Falls of Neuse Road. Called Tap City, the restaurant is an "American saloon" with 32 beers on tap and a steakhouse inspired menu. It's scheduled to open this fall.

  • Blu Seafood and Bar's Lobster Night on August 11 has sold out so they have extended the dinner to Thursday, Aug. 12. It costs $25 for 1 1/4-pound lobsters plus two sides. Call 286-9777 for a reservation.

  • The Crabtree Valley Mall location of Kanki is undergoing a facelift. The owners wanted everyone to know that they are still open for business. We'll keep you updated on their "make over" process.

  • Carino's Italian has launched a kids' menu featuring only dishes with fewer than 500 calories. The new kids' items include: Pizza pasta, Chicken and broccoli penne, Grilled mozzarella and turkey panini, Pizza dippers, Grilled chicken with either spaghetti and tomato sauce or Italian vegetables and Cheese-stuffed pasta with tomato sauce. The Triangle has two locations ~ Brier Creek and Southpoint.
  • Wendy's has coupons available for $1 off any of their new salads. Take a look here.

  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants has a coupon for a free appetizer during their Happy Hour and is good through the end of August (sounds good after a day of shopping during the tax-free weekend craziness!).
  • Looking to stay cool? Well, Dairy Queen launched the new Mini Blizzard® Treat, a smaller Blizzard Treat size. The debut of the new size comes during the 25th birthday year of DQ's signature treat.

  • T.G.I. Friday's is treating guests to a free $10 gift card when they purchase two entrĂ©es from Friday's new Caribbean-inspired summer menu. The deal is good through August 21.
Exciting Additions to Snapfinger Catering
I've probably never been more excited about the two new additions to our site this week, and I know you will be too!

I have been friends with Sheila Ogle (owner of The Matthews House in Cary) for a d
Matthews House Logoozen years now and have always had a tremendous amount of respect for her. She called me a few weeks ago wanting to know how we could partner up. Needless to say I was eager to make that happen and am pleased to welcome them to the Snapfinger Catering line-up.

Since buying The Matthews House, Sheila has made their food, and now their catering, a primary focus. Not only do they dazzle their wedding guests every weekend, but they are extending their focus as they take their "show on the road" into corporate catering. Their brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen is headed up by Chef Rich Lucido, and his work is simply amazing.

When you've got to impress, look no further than The Matthews House Catering.

Speaking of impressive, we are equally excited to welcome to the site the Triangle's largest catering service for the past four years running (according to Triangle Business Journal) -Picnic  Basket The Picnic Basket.

Let's just say their menu is absolutely amazing. I dare you to look over their menu without drooling. It simply isn't possible. They have everything from breakfast options galore, to every kind of sandwich known to man, to themed lunch and dinner buffets that will leave your guests talking about it for weeks.

Do yourself a favor and try The Picnic Basket today!

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