Casual lunch from Meherwan Irani, James Beard semifinalist for "Best Chef: Southeast," brings lots of surprises, with food that offers a flurry of bold flavors and textures.
'North Carolina' on Serious Eats
The Triangle, named for the three cities clustered in the center of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh—is full of great, cheap eats. Check out some of our favorites spots for a great meal that'll set you back a mere $6 or less.
You can always count on three or four food trucks parking alongside the Durham Farmers' Market, ready to serve an eclectic mix of portable breakfast and lunch offerings to the town's locavores and early risers.
Meet the man behind NYC's The Hog Days of Summer, a financial research manager-turned-pitmaster who's committed to importing some of the best in barbecue culture from the American south.
There's a trend of increasing transparency in sweets making, and I'm not just talking about letting people know where you source your ingredients. I'm talking about transparent walls and windows—or total lack thereof—that let customers actually see the product being made. One place on the band wagon? Videri Chocolate Factory.
Until the passage of the "Pop the Cap" Initiative in 2005, it was illegal to sell beer above 6% ABV in the state of North Carolina. But now it can be hard to keep track of all of the new craft breweries popping up on the local beer map. Here's our list of the five best recently-opened breweries in North Carolina.
Naturally, this is a knife-and-fork affair, as the egg yolks ooze out beautifully into the chewy, buttery bread. The flavors are well-balanced, with the meat mingling well with the melted cheese.
The hardest part about being a comedian on the road is that things don't always go according to plan: audiences betray, performance spaces fail, and shows get cancelled. The key to dealing with such setbacks, however, is to make lemonade whenever possible—and luckily I had just the right lemons in Charlotte, North Carolina.
When the word "wholegrain" is used in conjunction with "pizza," I am usually "out." But when renowned baker Peter Reinhart came up with a new sprouted grain dough for Charlotte's Pure Pizza, it immediately became a must-try. The party line for sprouted grain is, "all the nutrition of whole wheat with the taste of white." So is there truth in advertising?
The Taste Explosion Roll is not really a burger, and it's not really sushi, so I just assumed it would be...not really good. I was really wrong. It was unlike anything I've ever had, but with just enough of that "essence of cheeseburger" to be strangely familiar.
It's been awhile since I graduated from NCSU. Longer than I care to admit. And in the time since I left the Triangle and returned earlier this year, Raleigh has done a lot of growing up. Here are some great spots near campus.
Fall is in the air in Chapel Hill. This means that everywhere, locals are readying themselves for Festifall, college football, and, of course, the annual return of 30,000 hungry UNC students. Here's a rundown of the best places to eat on Franklin Street and beyond.
Durham sometimes gets a bad rap. But you, Duke students, were not fooled and chose to attend school in the culinary core of the Triangle. Here are some of the places that you should make sure to check out before you four years are up.
Klausie's Pizza has been serving up Detroit-style pizza in the Triangle since 2010. We caught up with chef and owner, Mike Stenke, to talk about his quest to bring his hometown slice way down south.
Food trucks have been sprouting up so quickly around Raleigh and Durham that it's getting hard to keep track of them all. But don't worry, we're here to help. Our list of our 8 favorite trucks is a great place to start your own food truck journey.
This Cuban-sandwich-with-a-twist starts with a flat, tender-crispy roll made by local Guglhupf bakery. Next come layers of melted cheese, slow-roasted pork, and mashed avocado with garlic and salt, topped off with a schmear of yellow mustard and dash of tangy house-made mojo.
We're not going to lie: As any West Coast or Southwestern transplant can tell you, finding great tacos on the East Coast is no easy task, but it's not impossible. You just have to be willing to go a bit off the beaten path. Head to neighborhoods with large Mexican immigrant populations and the trucks hanging out on street corners. The east coast is where we also found some more of the high-end chefs making everything from the ultra-traditional to the far more rarefied taco.
John McEntire is the only person in the world, as far as he knows, that grows Crooked Creek Corn, a once common crop in the southeast. While at his North Carolina farm, John shared stories about his heirloom corn and the moonshine it can produce, as well as a drink made from sorghum.
For this Perennial Plate video, we stopped to chat with some farmers at the American Indian Mothers Three Sisters Farm in Shannon, North Carolina. Plagued with high poverty rates and little access to good food, these folks remain inspired in their efforts to farm sustainably. "In order to eat, you have to know something about agriculture."
When it comes to grilled cheese sandwiches, everyone has their favorite. From extra sharp cheddar to havarti to tetilla, I thought I'd tried them all. At Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, North Carolina, I experienced yet another variation on this old favorite. The Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich ($6.50) layers pimento cheese, tomatoes, and spinach on toasted, buttered whole wheat bread.