Known for its dance clubs and bars, S. Glenwood has always seemed to lack really good food, especially on the main strip. So I was a little excited when I heard that Plates Neighborhood Kitchen was opening up in the old space that used to be Zely & Ritz. With the departure of Frazier’s a year or so ago, I had been missing a nearby, small plates restaurant and had my fingers crossed that Plates would fill that gap. I popped in on a Sunday morning for their brunch and let’s just say we’re close but there’s still a little work to be done at this new neighborhood eatery!
When I first moved into Raleigh, the Hibernian Pub on S. Glenwood was my GoTo bar for a beer or cocktail and idle conversation. This Raleigh stalwart had really been key to the re-development of S. Glenwood and it was always a convenient place to hang out at. A fire at the end of 2012 left the place in shambles but owner Niall Hanley was committed to rebuilding the Hibernian, bigger and better than ever. And did he succeed? Well my friend, I’d have to say yes after my first visit. And maybe a bit more.
Out at the Shoppes of Kildaire which is already pretty durn crowded, they’ve added a new playa to the food scene, Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza. I’ll confess that I’m a purist when it comes to my pizza given I grew up in the Northeast. Great crust, sauce and cheese in the right proportions in a blazing hot oven is what gets me excited but the reviews for Patrick Jane were pretty solid. So I stopped in for lunch to try out their gourmet pies.
Check out this interesting event for NC Beer month offered by Eschelon Hospitality. Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer at the Cameron Bar & Grill for $40. I’m intrigued by the bacon jam-filled donuts! And how can you go wrong with brinner? I’ve done a bunch of their dinners and it’s always great value and great fun…
I have to confess that outside of the food Holy Trinity of Italian-Chinese-Mexican, I’d have to say Vietnamese is my next, most favoritest food type. With the mix of Asian and French flavors, the cuisine is very similar to Chinese but tweaked a bit with some slightly different flavor profiles and spices. And it can be done in so many different ways: on bread (banh mi), on rice (com) and on noodles (bun). So when I heard that Pho Vietnam was opening up in the old Hot Point Cafe space on Buck Jones, I was pretty excited since that area is within my work-lunch range. After stalking it for a month or so, I finally see online that it’s open and the reviews are coming in. Zero will-power here, I had to stop in today for an inaugural lunch!
So into everyone’s life a little BBQ must fall and I’m not complaining. Last week I received an invite to a “Meat-Up” at the new Big Mikes BBQ @ View Bar from my friend Kristen Baughman (Gadabout Food). I had eaten at Big Mike’s food truck several times and found his smoked meats pretty tasty. So I was of course excited to see what he can do in more permanent digs. So a group of food bloggers got to enjoy a six course meal paired with brews from Triangle Brewing Company on a chilly Tuesday night…
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