Foodie News: Fair food, a new rooftop restaurant and more – WRAL

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Just six days (but who is counting) until the 2022 edition of the NC State Fair! And what does that mean???? Guilt-free indulgences and all calorie-free! Check out this year’s line-up of palate-pleasing “fair food” – like frozen banana pudding tacos, chicken pot pie biscuits, Oreo crumble cookie dough on a stick and deep fried piggy tails (yes, deep fried bacon topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar, drizzled with syrup). Check out the line-up at this year’s State Fair which runs Oct. 13-23. And don’t forget the “lunch pass” option to enjoy for weekday lunches. All the details here on their Facebook page. Oh, and they have rides and games too.

Wake County Restaurant News

The folks over at Raleigh Magazine shared the news that La Terrazza, a new concept by Raleigh restaurateur Samad Hachby (think Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar), is opening on The Dillion’s rooftop in downtown Raleigh in the spring of 2023. The interior dining room will feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls and will seat over 100 people. It will also host two bars — one inside and another in an enclosure on the patio. The menu will place a large emphasis on Mediterranean and Italian offerings to include fresh seafood, crudi, handmade pastas and artisanal pizzas. Keep up with developments and progress at Hachby’s Umbria Hospitality Group site here.
We have great news for those up in the North Raleigh/Wake Forest/Rolesville area. We learned this week that The Pickled Onion will be opening its third location (and fourth spot counting the The Pickled Pub) at 8440 Louisburg Road in the Forestville Crossing Shopping Center where The Buried Hatchet was. They will open by year’s end. One of the coolest features of this location will be an outdoor “container bar” and their own Picked Onion Food Truck in the courtyard behind the new location. Stay tuned for updates here.
Over at Smoky Hollow the folks at RalToday tipped us off to a new tenant announcement and provided an update on the status of the other dining/drinking concepts. The newest addition to be announced this week was that New Anthem Beer Project, a craft beer brewery and taproom, will be opening their first location outside of Wilmington. And here is a quick update on the other projects: J. Lights will be the next spot to open, as early as this month. Milklab is under construction + opening by the end of 2022; Madre is under construction and opening in early 2023; Midwood Smokehouse is under construction and opening in early 2023; and finally, The Crunkleton is waiting for permits, with no opening date announced just yet. Keep up with updates here.
RalToday shared that Tiff’s Treats is now open in the Village District. The cookie spot will host its Grand Opening on Saturday, Nov. 5 and the first 100 customers in line at or before 8:45 a.m. will receive a $50 gift card. Get to know Tiff’s here.
Want to support a local success story. Between now and Oct. 24, you can vote for Brewgaloo, NC’s largest craft beer festival, for USA Today’s Best Beer Festival Readers’ Choice award.Vote for them here. You can vote once a day. (Editor’s Note: As of this morning, they were in 5th place….let’s go!)

Durham County Restaurant News

Over in Chapel Hill, as we continue to wait for the much-anticipated re-opening of Crook’s Corner, we get to be teased by another of their infamous menu items. This Saturday, October 8th from 12-5 p.m. they will be selling their Persimmon Pudding. Each container is $15 and is enough for two servings. Pro tip: it won’t last until 5 p.m. Heck, you’ll be lucky if they still have any at 12:30. In other words, get there early! Follow along on Instagram here.


Got word this week that after a 26-year run, the Red Hot & Blue location on Raleigh’s Falls of the Neuse Road has closed. That’s the bad news. The good news is that they just opened a brand new location in Morrisville’s Park West Village Shopping Center. Visit them there.

Also got word from a reader that Jeddah’s Tea in Durham has closed.

Food Trucks

Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder.


The eighth-annual WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards presented by M&F Bank is here! Nominate your favorite local businesses today and help them make it to the voting round in October. Nominations close on October 9. The top five finalists in each category will go on to the voting round Oct. 17 through Nov. 20. Winners will be announced in January 2023 at an event in Downtown Raleigh. Vote here.
The Raleigh Beer Garden will hold their Oktoberfest party this Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. until close. The day will feature live music with the Little German Band, a DJ and a brat eating contest. Oh, and beer. Get details here.
The 6th Annual Oak and Smoke Festival, a beer, BBQ and bluegrass festival, will take place this Saturday, Oct. 8 from 12 noon until 8 p.m. at Oak City Brewing Company at 616 North First Avenue in Knightdale. Attending the event itself is free. Don’t like BBQ? Food trucks will also be on site. Get all the details, as well as regular and VIP tickets, here.
This Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 8 and 9) A Taste of Greece will take place at Durham’s St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. They are located at 8306 NC Hwy 751 just 1/2 mile south of I-40 Exit 274, near the Streets at Southpoint Mall. Visit their site for all the details.
After a two year hiatus, the 30th annual A Tasteful Affair, the tasting event of the season and fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, returns. This year’s event will feature samples from some of the area’s very best from the food and beverage industry, exciting silent auction, incredible live entertainment, and more! The event will take place at at The Carolina Club from 5:30-8 pm on Sunday, Oct. 23. Pro tip: Use code: SOCIAL for a discount on your tickets! Get all the details here.
The Bull City will be celebrating Oktoberfest in Durham Central Park on Friday, Oct. 28 this year, thanks to The Glass Jug Beer Lab. The event is scheduled for 4 until 10 p.m. and includes a live interactive performance by The Little German Band & Dancers, as well as a “kids zone” hosted by Bull City Inflatables. And, of course, there will be beer. The Glass Jug will be serving several German-style lagers both from their taproom and from a rolling mobile beer trailer inside the park. Food will be available from several food trucks on site as well as in the Durham Food Hall. Get all the details here on their Facebook event page.
On Saturday, Oct. 29 beginning at 5 p.m., Durham’s Vin Rouge will throw a 20th Anniversary Fête celebrating two decades! Trays of hors d’oeuvres, tabletops filled with oysters, house pâté, beautiful cheeses, and so much more. Bars inside and out for Champagne, a glass of Muscadet, or a cold martini! And… live Gypsy Jazz throughout the night from the ONYX CLUB BOYS!!! Ticket covers admission and food – cash bars upon entry. Cost is $60 per person. Get all the details on their Facebook events page here.
Also on Oct. 29, The Optimist and Brookside Bodega will be hosting their first ever Fall Fest from 2-6 p.m. featuring plenty of family fun, including food trucks, music, trick-or-treating, and games. Vendors interested in setting up a booth can still apply. Get all the details on The Optimist Instagram page here.
On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., the NC Museum of Art, Vitis House, and Catering Works present “The Art Inside the Bottle” – a very special evening to explore the history, tradition, and process of winemaking. As you foster new insights that await you in the galleries, be immersed in a sensory experience of fabulous wines, specially curated food pairings and eye-opening works of art! Tickets are $150. Get tickets and all the details here.
Sean Lennard, a Raleigh native, has been around the Triangle food scene for…well, a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the 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 as you can follow Sean throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.

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