pizza la stella photo by davies photography

pizza la stella photo by davies photography

Loosen Your Belts

Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy,

La Stella Wood Fired Pizza is officially open on Hillsborough Street in the space formerly occupied by H Street Kitchen (2420 Hillsborough Street to be exact). And the $9.95 weekday lunch special includes a fountain drink.

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Pho Sure has opened in the Celebration at Six Forks shopping center in North Raleigh, serving fast, tasty, healthy Vietnamese food. The brand was founded in Saigon in 2004, and has expanded from cities across Southeast Asia to include locations around the U.S. They are focused on serving Vietnamese noodles and rolls, and always with an eye to healthy choices.

Rumor also has it that Saigon Vietnamese Grille and Bar is coming to the former Indio space at 222 Glenwood Avenue. No word yet on a timeline, nor could we find a web presence just yet. Stay tuned.

NCSU’s student newspaper The Technician reported that a new Mexican restaurant, Coco Bongo, has opened in the former La Rancherita spot at 2400 Hillsborough Street.

And, there’s a sign at 610 Glenwood Avenue for The Dogwood Bar & Eatery, from Bunch of Fives Hospitality Group. (It’s hanging in the spot where ViewBar formerly was.) Expect shareable bites, cocktails and local drafts (of course), outdoor deck areas, and more. Again, no timeline announced yet…but one to watch!

You can set your calendar for November 4th, when the 5th annual Salt & Smoke Festival, led by Chef Kevin Callaghan and his team from Acme, will capture a perfect autumn day in the South with bluegrass, whole hog barbecue, oysters on the half shell, and local drinks—so many rich traditions rolled into one singular and spectacular celebration at Rock Quarry Farm. This is a “don’t miss” event.

And then on November 5th plan for the 27th annual A Tasteful Affair.  Held at The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, where an estimated 500 guests will enjoy delicious samples from more than two dozen of the area’s best restaurants, catering companies, beverage purveyors, and food trucks—all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

Mid-month you can reap the spoils of competition when top Triangle chefs compete to be named Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s annual Stone Soup Supper, on Wednesday, November 15th, at the NCSU McKimmon Center. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low-income individuals living in Wake County. Guests receive unlimited bowls of specially crafted soup from more than a dozen chefs, plus one piece of artisan pottery, hand-crafted by the Triangle Potters Guild.

Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House will host TxotxFest on November 18th from noon to 4pm. TxotxFest returns for a second year, offering award-winning regional and national ciders, with North Carolina cuisine, and the txotx—a traditional Spanish cider barrel. This year, Beason will kick off TxotxFest on November 17th with a prix fixe five-course cider-paired dinner ($50) at Black Twig Cider House, featuring Asheville’s Chef Steven Goff of Brinehaus Meat & Provisions and ciders from Noble Cider, Urban Orchard, Appalachian Mountain, and James Creek.

Sean Lennard runs his own online corporate catering business, Triangle Food Guy, serving the entire Triangle for any size event. Tapping into local restaurant partners, he is your one-stop order for any type of food or foods you want. Read and subscribe at for full weekly reports with links.