October 18, 2013
- The 2013 North Carolina State Fair is now officially in session. The fair opened its gates October 17 and will last until October 27. If you did not catch my fair preview earlier this week, you can read it here. The army of new fair food items this year includes pink lemonade funnel cake, deep fried Sugar Daddy candy, and deep fried red velvet Oreo cookies. Look out for my fair food review with photos later this week.
- And, if you are not up for the large crowds at the fair this weekend, you might want to consider heading over to the Cooke Street Carnival this Saturday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Raleigh’s Historica Mordecai district. It’s a community-organized event aimed at unifying surrounding neighbors and fellow Raleigh residents. The carnival is free and will feature local bands, food trucks and beer from local breweries. Find out more information about the Cooke Street Carnival here.
- And, if you’ve been wondering what the latest news with Market Restaurant is, Chef Chad McIntyre announced on Market Restaurant’s Facebook page earlier this week that the plans for the re-launch of the restaurant in its Franklin Street location is no longer going forward. Market Restaurant previously operated on Blount Street next to Escazu. Stanbury is now open in Market’s old location.
- Market Restaurant may not be opening downtown, but Jessica Giglio at The News and Observer reports that a new taqueria called Gringo A Go-Go will indeed be opening on North Person street soon. The new restaurant is headed by the former chef of Lilly’s Pizza and will feature authentic Mexican fare and an eclectic atmosphere. Gringo A Go-Go will be located at 100 North Person Street.
- And in other Mexican restaurant-related news, I have spotted signs up for Salt and Lime Cabo Grill hanging up on the window in Amedeo’s North former location in the North Ridge Shopping Center next to the Harris Teeter. Salt and Lime’s Twitter indicates that the restaurant will be a baja-style bar and grill concept with a “Cabo” flair. The restaurant hopes to open its doors sometime in December.
- And down the road at 5009 Falls of the Neuse Road, a second location of locally-owned restaurant called TerraFin Station will take the place of Falls Tap Room which closed earlier this year. The restaurant will serve American fare with locally-sourced ingredients, including steak and seafood entrées. TerraFin Station currently has a location open in Garner.