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In Durham, 21C Museum Hotels Serves Up The Ultimate All-Inclusive Leisure Experience

In various parts of the country, there is a unique hospitality venture that incorporates hotel amenities, activities, and dining in one cohesive and artful experience. The 21c Museum Hotel properties allow a stay in a boutique hotel while contemporary art is just steps away -- and resides on multiple floors generally right below or above your hotel room. The concept is only enhanced further by a dining option with a dedicated chef and team that is hard to find anywhere...

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: Durham, NC gives viewers a unique behind the scenes look at the city and some of its signature cuisines. The Food Town: Durham, NC show, which...

Second Annual Tacopalooza Food Truck Rodeo and Competition in Knightdale

The RDU Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) will be hosting their second annual Tacopalooza food truck rodeo and taco eating competition, August 19 at the popular Knightdale Station park in Knightdale. Be sure to head over to Knightdale this upcoming Sunday for a taco-filled day from 12 PM to 4 PM. With over a dozen food trucks participating, Tacopalooza’s mission is to showcase some of the best tacos in all of the Triangle. The highlight of the event will be watching 10...

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...

Thousands Expected at The First Ever Summer Daze Music Festival in North Hills

Tickets are selling fast for the first ever Summer Daze music festival, an all-day party in Raleigh. Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the summer with good vibes at Coastal Credit Union's Midtown Park in North Hills on Sat, Aug 18th from early afternoon into the evening. Experience one of Raleigh's best outdoor music venues with fun performances by the headliners -- Shwayze and Cisco Adler, who are celebrating their 10th annual summer tour. They will be hitting...

The Secret is OUT About Bartaco in North Hills — One of The Best New Restaurants

Bartaco recently opened their 3rd restaurant location in North Carolina, within the popular North Hills shopping area, a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of Raleigh. The newly opened hotspot is inspired by the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay, and Southern California. Bartaco is an upscale street food concept with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. They are mostly known for their freshly-squeezed juices, specialty cocktails, and impressive taco selections. Bartaco evokes a visit to a stylish beach resort...

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...

Relax in Style! Experience The Ultimate NC Staycation at Washington Duke Inn

If you are looking to add a touch of class to your next NC staycation by keeping it local, look no further than the prestigious Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club -- Durham's only resort-style luxurious destination. It offers large, comfortable, and inviting guest rooms and suites with fantastic views of its perfectly manicured golf course in the heart of the world famous Duke University campus. It’s also convenient to many of the City of Durham’s best spots for visitors, such...

Triangle Chefs Will Compete in The NCRLA Chef Showdown Competition in Charlotte

No one person from the Triangle has ever brought home the coveted titles of Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year or Mixologist of the Year, but maybe this is the year and third time's the charm? In 2016, Tim VanBeek of Durham's Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club won People’s Choice Mixologist. Nobody else since has gotten their hands on any of the coveted titles. This is the first time the main NCRLA Chef Showdown event...

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...

Enjoy All Things Local, Southern Style at Local 22 Kitchen + Bar in Durham

Local 22 Kitchen + Bar is truly a hidden gem, located somewhat off of the beaten path in the Erwin Square directly on W. Main Street. This is between Duke's central campus and the 9th Street district. It’s worth hunting down, as this local spot is a unique farm-to-table gastropub serving up modern Southern fare in a relaxed, casual vibe that is all about "sharing what they love." The first thing you will want to do when you walk...

JB Duke Hotel Staycation — Great Local Spot To Immerse in All Things Duke University

A much needed long weekend or a holiday rolls around and you want to take advantage of that extra day or two off from work to scratch your traveler’s itch. What if you could experience an excursion without the long travel time by car or airplane? I was introduced to the idea of a staycation, and the JB Duke Hotel proved that you can truly escape in your backyard. The JB Duke Hotel hosts 198 guestrooms and suites in the...

Farm Table Kitchen & Bar in Wake Forest: Staying True to The Seasonal Promise

With the highly anticipated recent grand opening of Buku's second location in Wake Forest in addition to many other foodie delights around town that have been popping up as of late, Wake Forest is well on its way to becoming a powerhouse foodie destination of its own in the Raleigh - Durham region! Helping it along is Farm Table, a unique farm-to-table kitchen & bar that has been around for four years. This unique large and well-appointed restaurant can accommodate...

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...

The Triangle’s First Year-Round Indoor “Public Market” Launches in Chapel Hill

There really is no shortage of popular mobile food purveyors in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill "Triangle area" such as food trucks and on-the-go mobile vendors, but another food movement that has been taking off as of late revolves around a new kind of convenience for customers: the food market or food hall. This brand new business model allows multiple different vendors to create and offer their delicious creations under one roof. Food markets have been on the horizon for some time in...

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...

In Durham, 21C Museum Hotels Serves Up The Ultimate All-Inclusive Leisure Experience

In various parts of the country, there is a unique hospitality venture that incorporates hotel amenities, activities, and dining in one cohesive and artful experience. The 21c Museum Hotel properties allow a stay in a boutique hotel while contemporary art is just steps away -- and resides on multiple floors generally right below or above...