Our Latest Obsessions: Grilled Cheese, Gastropub and The Grinch

Our Latest Obsessions: Grilled Cheese, Gastropub and The Grinch

The busiest time of year, and we're taking full advantage with DPAC shows, Carolina Theatre fundraisers, and plenty of eating and drinking!


20161128_182001_resizedParker & Otis‘ pimento grilled cheese is just as good at dinnertime as it is at lunch! Plus, no lunch crowds to worry about!

hunky-doryJust a dog and his records … we couldn’t help snapping a pic of this adorable scene at Hunky Dory when we stopped in to browse over the weekend.

onlyburgerOur usual pre-DPAC ritual includes a stop by OnlyBurger. This time we went with a turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pepperjack cheese and guacamole, paired with an Appalachian Mountain Brewery IPA.

the-grinch“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical” was  funny, heartwarming, nostalgic … definitely a must-see at DPAC this holiday season! Additionally, the show will have a special sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., which will be presented in a welcoming and supportive environment for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

20161123_172015_resizedThe Veggie Wrappers Delight at Mattie B’s – apart from having the best name ever – is so scrumptious with its goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. And we upgraded our side of housemade chips to the south Durham restaurant’s signature South of the Border chips!

monuts43Another Sunday, another Avocado the Kid bagel and Bloody Mary at Monuts for Executive Editor Amanda MacLaren.

viceroyViceroy – an Indian British gastropub – is now open downtown in the old Beyu Caffe space. We loved the bhaji with chaat, as well as the “Lamb Lollipops.”alley-26A big Alley Twenty Six cheers to the team at The Carolina Theatre, as their recent food truck dinner helped the organization raise the final funds meet their 90th-anniversary goal of $600,000!

trosaSpread some holiday cheer this season by purchasing your tree (and adorable reindeer decor) at one of the TROSA lots around the city. Proceeds help substance abusers become healthy, productive members of their communities and families, and they’ll even trim, bag and load up your tree for you.

20161116_131452_resized_1We’re so – ahem – happy to have Happy & Hale in Durham now, but love that we can also get a City of Oats smoothie delivered when you’re at Internet Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center, too!

20161118_202604_resized_1For a meal where you’re sure to have leftovers for lunch the next day, choose Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas‘ Patacon Piscao sandwich with blackened pulled chicken!

ale-8Assistant Editor Laura Kirk is so excited for Ale-8 – her childhood soft drink of choice – to come to the Triangle (which it is, very soon!). No more Ale-8 hauls from Kentucky for her!

Laura Zolman Kirk
Associate Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned North Carolinian who can't get enough of this buzzing community.