On the road at WRAL.com – Advice Eating

– Is Darryl’s make a comeback? The News & Observer reported this week that current owner William “Marty” Kotis definitely has Raleigh at the forefront of his future expansion plans. The N&O has taken note of this Darryl’s was founded in 1971 by Angus Barn co-founders Thad Eure and Charles Winston, along with the restaurant’s namesake, Darryl Davis. The founders left the company at different times when Darryl’s was sold to larger restaurant groups. At its peak there were 39 locations, five of them in the triangle alone. The Hillsborough Street location was the last in the area to close, in 2003. Visit Darryl’s in Greensboro here.

Wake County Restaurant News

As the weather warms up and we approach summer, we were reminded of that this week The Redneck Grill Lab is scheduled to open in North Hills this summer as The BBQ Lab. Their first location opened in Benson in 2016 and has appeared in the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Its new location will serve BBQ, new menu items, Sunday brunch and traditional small plates with a twist. Stay up to date with announcements on their Facebook page here.

RalToday also shared an update in Raleigh. Warm biscuit delivery company Tiff’s treats opens June 4th in the Village District. To celebrate its grand opening, the shop Give away a dozen cookies to all new subscribers. Sign up for free cookies here.

Down in Fuquay-Varina, reader Chris Creighton shared some quick updates. The first is The Gyro Spot at 1005 E. Broad St., which serves authentic Greek food. And the second news is a wing it I go to the new parcel building in front of the Walmart on E. Broad Street. This will be their second Triangle location as one is on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. No word on an open date for either of them. Visit Wing It On here.

This is fun (and tasty!). The people of morning roll (think cinnamon rolls!) at Quail Corners mall in Raleigh are holding a contest for kids to tell them why their mom is the cutest. After reading all the entries, they choose a winner who will win a free breakfast or lunch for the whole family! Share this with your kids! Visit her on Facebook here.

Some exciting news from the folks over there Cary’s Catering by Design. Owners Philip and Amy Lin have set up a charitable foundation with the aim of bringing Hello homemade ice cream to the triangle. If you’re not familiar with Howdy, it was founded to train and mentor young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with smiles and great ice cream. To make that dream a reality, they are hosting their first fundraising luncheon on Thursday, May 5th at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cary. Will Lunch details hereand Learn more about Howdy Homemade Ice Cream here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

Carrie Brogren shared through her Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies group that Carrboro’s Belltree Cocktail Club is underway with a “soft” reopening schedule for the next two weeks leading to a grand reopening on May 6th. This means they will have limited hours from 5pm to 10pm this week and a reduced menu. Reacquaint yourself with Belltree here.

And thanks to a post by Ian Enverga to the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies group, we learned a “sweet tea” place was calling Romance tea comes to the corner of Mt. Moriah and Erwin in Durham. Best to follow them on Instagram for updates/announcements.

Closures / Cancellations

Reader Stephen Head shared the news Dharani in Morrisvile has closed its doors. However, new management plans to reopen this location (1000 Lower Shiloh Way, Morrisville) under a new brand. Stay tuned.

And no restaurant (but we have so many “foodies” among our followers)…Vanessa Guirguis shared this Whisk carolina (a shop for chefs, foodies, cooks and gadget lovers) at Waverly Place Shopping Center in Cary is closing its doors, including cooking classes, on June 11th. So you still have some time to get through and/or attend a class. Get their closure schedule and details here.

food truck

OK, pay attention. Some changes to the Food Truck Rodeo in downtown Raleigh 2022 Schedule. These are just two dates for Rodeos 2022 and they are as follows – June 12th and September 25th. There is NO this weekend. The Rodeo takes place on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh and features a half mile of food trucks and restaurants spread over 10 city blocks. details here.

The rest Food Truck Rodeo in Durham Central Park The schedule for 2022 is as follows: June 5th, September 4th and October 30th. Mark your calendars. All details can be found here.

Looking for your favorite food truck (or stalking it and just don’t want to admit it)? We understand. Find them here in the Street Food Finder.


Big grapes at Cary’s Saltbox Village continues its 20th Anniversary party series with the next event on April 30th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The event will feature lobster (provided by The Lobster Dogs), beer (Fullsteam) and wine (15 seafood-friendly vernal wines). All details and tickets are available here.

Lafayette Village in North Raleigh will be hosting Wine Cheese and Chocolate Festival 2022 this Saturday, April 30 from 1-6 p.m. There will be live music and vendors in the courtyard. Explore the unique shops while sampling wines, cheeses and chocolates in this beautiful locally owned shopping village. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the event. General admission tickets are $39.99; VIP tickets are $99. Visit their Facebook event page here.

On May 1st, the people of Pittsboro will gather under the stars Local on Lorax: A Farm & Art Dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the facility at 192 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro. It’s a pop-up dinner with a super local twist where farmers, chefs, restaurants, craft drinks and visual and performing artists all have a good time. Tickets cost $125. All details can be found here.

The folks over in Cary are proud to announce this Festival in the West, Western Cary’s Signature Event, will be held again at Thomas Brooks Park on Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. There are two stages of entertainment featuring some of the Triangle’s best talent. Food trucks will be in three areas, a centrally located beer garden and a fun kids corral with family activities and a petting zoo. Mark your calendar and get all the details here.

Thanks to the folks at RalToday, we were reminded of that Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard hosts a Spring Music Festival on Saturday, May 14 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the Brewyard for a night of shopping from local vendors, sipping cocktails and cold brews, and listening to NC bands. All details and tickets are available here.

The folks at Bites of Bull City shared the great news The Glass Jug’s Third Annual Hops & Blues Fest returns this year on Saturday, May 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Glass Jug Beer Lab RTP location (5410 NC-55). Note: The event is limited to 250 people, so secure your tickets early. The $45 ticket price gets attendees unlimited samples from the area’s top IPA and hop-forward brewers along with live music from some of the top local blues musicians: Brett Chambers & The Usual Suspects and The Pheobees. In addition to The Glass Jug, other on-site brewery representatives include Aslin, Resident Culture, New Anthem, Wilmington, Commonwealth, Triple Crossing, Funguys, Durty Bull, Wooden Robot, Grimm, Equilibrium and Southern Grist. Get tickets here.

The second yearbook Blisters and Brisket is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 2pm to 6pm at Smoky Hollow in downtown Raleigh. The event is a collaboration of chefs, pit masters, wine producers, sommeliers and brewers combining sparkling bubbles with a variety of cooking techniques and side dishes that include everyone’s favourite: brisket. Early bird tickets for the month of April are $65/person. On May 1st, tickets are $75/person. All details and tickets are available here.

After a 2 year break Dinner in the meadow will return as attendees will gather again on the lawn on Sunday 11th September from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The dinner sells out every year, so you are encouraged to get your tickets early. All details can be found here.

Like beer? Excellent. Visit Raleigh has an established Raleigh Beer Trail This gives you a pass that allows you to get stamped at over 30 breweries in the Raleigh area, from Wake Forest to Raleigh to Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina. Once you’ve stuffed your passport with stamps, send it in to receive prizes. Nothing beats a drink treat! But as always, please drink responsibly. Find out more here.

corner of the food bank

You can make a difference every month! Although last year a record amount of food was distributed to individuals, seniors, children, veterans and families of all kinds who are suffering from hunger, the food bank still does not meet the increased needs in the 34 boroughs Central & Eastern North Carolina Food Bank serves. Their frontline partner agencies are still reporting a sustained 35% increase in demand from pre-pandemic levels. They need your reliable support to feed all their neighbors in need. Sign up this January and your 1st monthly gift can be up to $2,500! Start giving today! #NoOneGoesHungry

Sean Lennard, a Raleigh native, has been in the Triangle food scene for…well, a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the triangle food blog, formerly known as Friday Fun Food Facts, in 2008. You can find his blog here. And you don’t have to wait until Friday for updates because you can follow Sean throughout the week Facebook and Twitter.

Leave a Comment