Jan 30 2015

Media Event: A Beautiful Option for Sushi in Downtown Durham at Basan!

Front of Basan Restaurant in Durham- NC Triangle Dining

Front of Basan Restaurant in Durham- NC Triangle Dining

 

Over the past several years, the Eschelon Group led by G. Patel has put up restaurants in downtown Raleigh at a dizzying pace. From Mura to the Oxford, Cameron Bar and Grill, Zinda, Faire and more.  So it was surprising but totally sensible when I heard about their first foray into the Durham market.  While Durham is doing great with Southern eats and beer, some more ethnic flava like Basan makes total sense.  So I was pretty excited to get an invite for their media event and hoofed it over, early on a Wednesday evening. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 28 2015

First Take: Brothers of New York Pizza in Cary!

Front of Brothers of NY Pizza in Cary- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Brothers of NY Pizza in Cary- Foodalicious Follies

 

If you’re looking for good NY-style pizza, Cary is a great area to start your search!  With all the NY and NJ folks in this area, you can guess that their pizza has followed them to the NC Triangle.  And I’m ALWAYS on the look-out for great NY pizza.  Friends talked up the newish, Brothers of NY Pizza in Cary so it was time for a quick lunch visit…. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 25 2015

Media Event: A Singular Food Experience at ONE Restaurant, Chapel Hill

Front of ONE Restaurant, Chapel Hill- NC Triangle Dining

Front of ONE Restaurant, Chapel Hill- NC Triangle Dining

 

Several years ago, ONE Restaurant out in Chapel Hill had popped up on my foodie radar screen.  But, given its location in Chapel Hill along with less than stellar online reviews, I put it on the back of my list to try.  Pretty face with less than impressive food was the overall theme I had seen online after it first opened.  But about a year ago, I started noticing glowing reviews for ONE Restaurant.  A bit of research and I discovered that there had been a change of ownership and change of chefs at ONE so things had improved for the better.  I put ONE Restaurant on my short list for 2015 along with the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston and surprise, I was contacted by their PR firm for a media visit.  So on a cold Thursday evening I headed out to Meadowmont Village in Chapel Hill to check out the new and renewed ONE! Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 24 2015

Best Dining and Restaurants at Waverly Place in Cary

Sunset at Waverly Place, Cary- Foodalicious Follies

Sunset at Waverly Place, Cary- Foodalicious Follies

 

Over the years, Waverly Place has seen good and bad days. I used to live in this neighborhood and I never found much of a reason to visit this large, sunken strip plaza. But over the past two years, things have really picked up at Waverly Place. A new developer has spent a lot of money bringing in some high-end touches to the plaza such as water fountains, ambiance lighting and more. And the incoming restaurants have been a cut above your usual strip mall fare with a diverse group of eating choices. And also really nice patios given the strip mall setting!  So where to go when visiting Waverly Place in Cary?  Here are some of my favorites… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 17 2015

First Take: Totopos Doing Mex-Mex, Not Tex-Mex!

Front of Totopos in Cary- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Totopos in Cary- Foodalicious Follies

 

Out on Kildaire and Maynard across from the Trader Joe’s plaza is a newer Mexican eatery, Totopos.  And with all the Mexican restaurants in the area you may be thinking so what? Reviews for Totopos online had a been a bit uneven so when a co-worker suggested we check it out, I was curious.  Would it be better or worse than expected, I wasn’t sure.  A quick lunch at Totopos told it all and it was better than expected, gracias… Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12 2015

Bojangles for Chicken, the Cheddar Bo Biscuit and Much Mo

Front of Bojangles on Western Blvd, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Bojangles on Western Blvd, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

In the world of fried chicken, you can say I’m a Bojangles fan.  Since I didn’t grow up around here, my favorites used to be Church’s and then Popeye’s.  But yes, living in North Carolina, you can bet your bo that I’m all about the Bojangles now.  It’s a guilty pleasure but most of my road trips over 4 hours involve a stop at a Bojangles for a biscuit or fried bawk bawk.  Oddly enough, I normally don’t do BoJo’s here in Raleigh since it just seems like overkill to me unless… Read the rest of this entry »

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