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Downtown Raleigh’s Restaurant Week Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary in 2018

Indulge your palate during the 10th year of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week — a week-long dining extravaganza showcasing the many culinary talents in the heart of the capital city, available for lunch or dinner, kicking off Aug 13th through 19th. Produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, this year around 40 total participating restaurants will offer delectable, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person. Also, as a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown...

Back-to-back Restaurant Weeks Are a Real Thing in Raleigh This Year

For the first time ever, North Hills is hosting it's very own Restaurant Week which officially kicked off today. Dine with friends or family and try out new restaurants from August 6th through August 12th. Enjoy prix fixe menus, specials, giveaways and more at all your favorite eateries. A total of 20 restaurants will be participating in the inaugural event in North Hills. Then Downtown Raleigh will be in the spotlight as they host the 10th year of Restaurant Week...

Kaiju is Open For Business, Finally! Serving Up Yummy Asian Bowls and Buns

In a move that’s been over a year in the making via cryptic "coming soon" signage and sporadic posts via social media of what is in the making, Kaiju Bowl and Bao is now finally open in the heart of Downtown Raleigh! The hot new spot is dishing out Asian specialties in an environment that any gamer, anime lover (Japanese animation for the non-initiated) or adventurous diner willing to eat outside the box will genuinely enjoy. Kaiju, meaning ‘strange...

Raleigh’s First Food Hall Will Blow Your Mind — Get Familiar With The Hottest New Foodie Spot in All of NC

Thousands of foodies from Raleigh and beyond have been waiting with baited breath for the all-new Morgan Street Food Hall to open; a highly anticipated urban dining destination in Downtown Raleigh, a couple of years in the making. It seems like the delays have been endless. Some even began doubting its existence about a year ago! However, the 919 Blog crew has the inside scoop. We have been there, and we can confirm that the Morgan Street Food Hall will...

Time is Running Out for Local Raleigh Chef — Votes Needed to Win JBF Competition

Chef Sean Fowler Burger Raleigh NC
The prestigious James Beard Foundations' Blended Burger Project competition runs from May 28 to July 31, 2018. Currently, Mandolin restaurant chef/owner & Raleigh native, Sean Fowler's unique burger creation is not anywhere close to winning or making it to the top 20, in order to advance to the next stage of the competition which will conclude in NYC. But there is still a bit of time left for the popular Raleigh based farm-to-table restaurant operator to make some noise...

Some of The Most Delicious & Instagrammable Cupcake Shops in Raleigh

Everyone loves a delectable treat, right! And Raleigh has many decadent bakeries, cupcake and dessert shops that cater both to the sweet tooth and visual eye. So, whether you are heading out to work and just need a little something sweet to complement your cup of coffee, breaking away for an afternoon confection, or trying to find “the go-to place” to grab a late night pastry, consider one of these heavenly cupcake spots in Raleigh that will not disappoint. We...

The Haymaker Cocktail Bar — It May Very Well Knock You Out!

Tucked away discreetly in the back of the newly built Charter Square Building in Downtown Raleigh's City Plaza, you’ll find The Haymaker, one of Raleigh’s most unique new cocktail bars which recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary. Inspired by fighters and 90’s rappers, the decor is as fascinating as that combination. Manager Josh Gagne describes it, as “....if your rich Grandma was out of town and you threw a house party at her house.” This is a pretty accurate description, right...

Enjoy It While You Can — Global Street Food For Lunch @ Buku in Downtown Raleigh

Buku is a trendy dinner spot in the downtown Raleigh area, but did you know they also serve lunch as well? We can’t think of a better escape from the daily grind! Buku is known for serving the best in global street food. Their culinary team just launched a brand new lunch menu recently to add excitement to your lunch hour. Though there are fewer options on the lunch menu than the dinner menu, there is still a great...

At Soca Restaurant – You Can Get an Authentic Taste of the Caribbean, Right Here in Raleigh

Did you know that there’s a Caribbean paradise right here in Raleigh? At the corner of Oberlin and Clark, conveniently located in Cameron Village and just outside of Downtown Raleigh -- you will find Soca, a Cocina Latina featuring menu items found in regions such as Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Fajardo. The name of the restaurant is the Peruvian word for sugarcane and is also a popular style of Carribean music. The new concept was brought to life...

A Few of Raleigh’s Most Popular & Iconic Video/Photography Spots

If you call the City of Oaks home, you know it isn’t short on scenic spots that look great in pictures and videos! However, if you’re shooting film for your local business, not just anywhere will do in Raleigh. You’ll want to make sure that the location you choose is easily recognizable and unique so you can identify with your target audience - the locals! To help you out, we’ve compiled a short list with the help of Raleigh-based professional...

Yummy Brunch Dishes in Raleigh Which You Won’t Forget Anytime Soon!

Trendy new restaurants pop up all over the Triangle with nary a complaint. And while there’s the desire to try every new diner, café and cinema drafthouse (looking at you, Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh) as soon as the Instagram photos appear on your feed, there is something about the “old reliables.” So yes, new places can be fantastic, and there is no shortage of food for every palette. But while in Raleigh for brunch, the holiest of meal outings when the...

New Raleigh Restaurants Shine at Thrive NC!

The month of May was definitely a memorable one that won't soon be forgotten for the local foodie scene here in Downtown Raleigh. Thrive NC, a two-day foodie festival & community gathering event attended by thousands, held in the historic city market near Moore Square, presented a unique opportunity for new Raleigh restaurants to provide samples of their best dishes and to also get to know the community. With so many fantastic restaurants, bars, and breweries in the Raleigh...

Thrive On, Raleigh! Foodie Wrap-Up of The 2018 Thrive NC Festival

The inaugural Thrive NC in 2018 opened stakeholders’ eyes and festival-goers’ palates to a cultural tool used to bring people together and create change: food. Thrive, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, aimed to support eight of the area’s nonprofits in hopes of reducing food insecurity and addressing childhood nutrition. In addition to the community Summit hosted as an awareness event to bring community leaders together and open the discussion on food’s impact, Thrive was also a...

Thrive Festival Showcases Local Food Scene & Importance of NC Culture

The goal of the inaugural Thrive NC event was to bring the community together through food, culture, and community. The event featured a 2-day festival featuring food and drink samples, cooking demonstrations by the area’s most popular chefs, and live music by well-established local musicians. Though the true draw was definitely the foodie festival, Thrive NC, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield, also featured a Summit, which brought food policy thought leaders and community leaders together to address nutrition...

Cool Dog Friendly Restaurants Worth Checking Out in Raleigh

Warm weather often gives way to your desire to spend more and more time outdoors on the patio at most places, of course with your pets by your side. I’m completely objective in saying a meal shared with a pet is better than a meal shared with a Tinder date. So, I searched around Downtown Raleigh high and low to see what local restaurants not only cater to my human needs but also the needs of my furry side-kick! Here...

Taste Years of Mediterranean Traditions at Sassool in Raleigh / Cary

To tell the story of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe, you first have to tell the tale of Neomonde Bakery. When the Saleh family came to America, they longed for the Lebanese food they left behind, particularly fresh pita bread. Inspired by family recipes going back generations -- four brothers, Sam, Joe, Mounir, and DeGaulle, opened Neomonde Bakery in 1977. It eventually expanded into a standalone restaurant with multiple locations throughout the Triangle. In 2011, Mounir decided to start his own restaurant, Sassool....

Foodie Adventure Around The World @ The Newly Opened Buku in Wake Forest

The team at Buku is bringing their global street food concept to a whole new audience in Wake Forest! Why Wake Forest? Co-owner Todd Ohle lives in the charming and fast-growing town of Wake Forest and felt the Northernmost Wake County area was in need of a new restaurant concept. There’s certainly no other restaurant in Wake Forest quite like Buku! Though the space shares the same contemporary, modern look as its original Raleigh location, the Wake Forest location is...

Chef Sean Fowler’s Raleigh Restaurant is The Essential Farm to Table Local Spot

Sean Fowler experienced a long culinary journey before opening Mandolin, his debut restaurant in Raleigh back in 2011. He attended culinary school in Colorado and refined his skills at some of America's best fine dining establishments such as the award-winning Le Bernardin in NYC and Fearrington House in near-by Pittsboro over in Chatham County. Executive Chef/Owner Fowler is a Raleigh native, and the menu at Mandolin reflects his love for his home state of North Carolina. The unique, Southern-inspired...

Raleigh’s Hottest New Event Space “Whitaker & Atlantic” Helps Launch New Red Bull Organics Drink Line in Style

Energy drinks giant Red Bull selected Raleigh, North Carolina as one of the two exclusive markets for the launch of their new line of refreshing beverages called "ORGANICS -- authentic organic refreshment captured and canned." The other US city chosen was San Diego. The Raleigh crowd was most definitely thrilled to represent the east coast and did so to the fullest! The well-attended event took place at Whitaker & Atlantic, a new, hip event space located near Lynnwood Brewing...

New Pizza Food Truck Debuting in Raleigh – Enjoy Italian “Pizza-in-a-Cone” On The Go…

Kono Pizza will be officially launching in Raleigh this weekend. The authentic Italian mobile food truck will be the first of its kind in North Carolina, offering a menu of creative Pizza cones for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert. The fun & unique menu at Kono includes over a dozen of the most popular all-time pizza varieties and legendary Italian desserts as well, all stuffed into a thick deliciously unique cone. Their flavors will include meat kones, veggie kones,...

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Food Town: Durham, NC — Brand New TV Documentary is Worth Watching

The newly released food-focused documentary goes behind the scenes through lunch rush and nightcaps, from midnight bakery shifts to 7 am seafood deliveries, as Durham chefs hustle through the pulse of a dynamic restaurant scene. Charting 24 hours in the life of some of the bull city's best local chefs and tastemakers, Food Town:...