North Carolina is home to a number of great fast-food chains, including some that were recently named among the best in the country.  Three N.C.-founded fast-food restaurants received top honors in a new report based on reader votes from USA Today.  These restaurants that got their start in the Tar Heel State made the list of best regional fast-food chains.  Bojangles Bojangles, which first opened in Charlotte in 1977, was No. 10 on the list for its all-day breakfast, seasoned fried […]

A well known food stuff chain is opening another new area in North Carolina this week. Read through on to find out much more. Picture byVicky HladynetsonUnsplash On Friday, January 6, 2023, the popular dessert chain Crumbl Cookies will be opening its latest North Carolina site in Charlotte. The new Crumbl Cookies shop will be positioned at 9821 Northlake Centre Parkway in Charlotte in close proximity to REI, Verizon, and On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina. On grand opening […]

The guava cake at Tropicana Cuban Restaurant (photo by Yasmin Diallo Turk) Whenever I don’t know what to eat, I head up North Lamar to Austin’s International District. It has variety not found anywhere else in town and does not disappoint. Here are 10 places worth a try when you visit the district. Selam Market and Cafe Tucked away on the side of a small shopping center is a market selling Ethiopian essentials on one side and serving up traditional […]

Healthy wrap and salad shop Unleavened Fresh Kitchen has closed in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood. Its last day of service was Dec. 7, 2022. The Advocate reported the news first, noting that Unleavened once had restaurants in Southlake and in Dallas near Central Expressway and Walnut Hill. Those have closed, as has an Unleavened in Snider Plaza. The Lakewood shop was the first — and then the last. It opened in August 2015. Unleavened developed a reputation as a breezy place […]

Whether you are planning a trip to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, driving on US Highway 17 between Wilmington and New Bern, or visiting loved ones at Camp Lejeune, eating in Jacksonville is a must, and it just got even better with the launching of the new Jacksonville International Food Trail. Jacksonville is a true melting pot of people, culture, and food and is an exceptional hidden culinary gem. Note: Thank you to Visit Jacksonville for hosting our visit. The opinions […]

A selection of smoked meats from 8 Hands Farm and smoked fish from Hook & Net. (Photo Credit: David Benthal: Food Styling: Alice Falcone) I feel in control in my kitchen, but the grill has always intimidated me a little. High heat? Low heat? How do I know when something is done? Turns out, all I needed to learn was how to turn my grill into a smoker. It’s easy, hard to mess up and there’s plenty of control. Once […]