Sep 01 2014

Char-Grill for Tried and True Burgers from a Raleigh Institution

Sign out front of Char-Grill, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Sign out front of Char-Grill, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

When you think of all the new burger places in the Triangle, you sometimes forget about classic spots like the Mecca and of course, Char-Grill.  The Hillsborough Street location is a tribute to a simpler place and time with the 50′s retro sign, interesting roof-line and cooks and servers dressed in white.  Char-Grill had been a favorite of mine when I first moved into Raleigh but like a lot of other spots, fell off my food radar screen over time.  But I had a GroupOn in hand so it was time for a re-visit. And I have to say, it was not what I remembered which is sorta sad. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27 2014

First Take: Bittersweet for Delectable Desserts and Cool Cocktails…

Interior of Bittersweet in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

Interior of Bittersweet in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

 

Founders from Helios and Foundation put their talents and passion together to bring you the newly opened Bittersweet on E. Martin Street.  The small store-front opens up to a modern, interior with lots of black, white and hipster decor.  A Pie Hard poster shows a whimsical touch to this otherwise urban space.  I grab a quick seat at the bar while waiting for friends.  Bittersweet’s small list of house cocktails are in the $10 to $11 range, right in line with other bars in the area.  But I get my usual gin and tonic which Bittersweet serves up with a can of tonic.  As I hang loose at the bar, I scan the room at Bittersweet.  Probably seats about 50 people and the place is bustling on a Saturday night.  Some young-un’s, some not so young’uns and everyone in between. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24 2014

Fast Food Review: Wendy’s Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

WendysPretzelBunChicken

 

When it comes to fast food, Wendy’s seems to be a cut above the rest.  A bit more attention to detail, higher quality ingredients makes their fast food a bit better than competitors like McDonalds and Burger King.  Thankfully, there just happens to be a Wendy’s right next door to me at work. So going through the drive-thru I see the tantalizing photo of the new Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich and she’s coming home with me!  At the window I order one up for about $5 which is certainly not a bargain fast food deal but what the heck.  Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21 2014

First Take: NC Seafood Restaurant at the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh!

Front of NC Seafood Restaurant, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

Front of NC Seafood Restaurant, Raleigh- Foodalicious Follies

 

As a huge fan of the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh, I’ve passed by the NC Seafood Restaurant many times.  Located in the back row in a stand-alone building, you’ll immediately notice the red tents and picnic tables on the side of the building.  And it had been a while since I had done some fried seafood so I took advantage of a day off to check out this Raleigh and Farmer’s Market classic! Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15 2014

First Take: Harvest 18 in South Durham Does Southern Right

Front of Harvest 18, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

Front of Harvest 18, Durham- Foodalicious Follies

 

Southern is as Southern does and I’m not sure what the heck that means but I love me some Forrest Gump!  Harvest 18 is the latest offering from Chef Jason Smith who also operates Seaboard 18 and Cantina 18 in Raleigh.  Reviews on Yelp were really strong so I was excited to try out this new restaurant located on Renaissance Parkway in Durham.  Located near the very popular Southpoint Mall, is Harvest 18 worth the ride for a Raleighite like me?  Read on, my friend!  Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 11 2014

Media Event: Grand Re-Opening of Sassool Cafe in N. Raleigh

Front of Sassool in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

Front of Sassool in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies

 

When you think of Lebanese food, what comes to mind? Well around these parts, your thoughts should go to Neomonde and the family of restaurants operated by the Saleh family.  Beyond Neomonde, they also run Sitti with Empire Eats and the newly re-named Sassool way up in N. Raleigh. Located off of Strickland Road, Sassool has a familiar feel to it but the name is in homage to the Saleh family matriarch, Cecilia Saleh.  So of course I was a bit excited to get an invite from my friend Kristen for their grand re-opening!  Who can say no to delicious Lebanese eats and a family celebration? Read the rest of this entry »

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