P INK R D & FOOD
EATING WHAT WE’RE
News from our restaurant community, plus local dishes we love
lmost nothing has done more to make pandemic-era work-from-home more enjoyable for me and my husband than “Wing Wednesday” at Pie Pushers. We order every week! Not only is it a great lunch deal, with 10 wings – in a variety of flavors or sauces – for $5, but we almost always pick up a pizza and some Pusher Stix or fried Brussels sprouts at the same time, and then dinner’s taken care of, too! Our favorite pies include the My Boy Blue, the Queen Anne and the State of Nirvana – or a delicious Sicilian when we can account for the longer bake time. – BETH MANN, photographer
I have a hard time pinpointing one favorite brewery – especially as Durham’s beer scene continues to expand. (Case in point: newly opened Flying Bull Brewery on Ninth Street.) But I will tip my hat to Hi-Wire Brewing and its incredible deals during the pandemic. On multiple occasions, my partner and I ordered a $30 case, which could last us weeks. I can’t recommend the Go Getter or Pink Lemonade Sour Session Ale enough. When we were finally able to dine out again and enjoy a socially distanced flight, I realized how much I missed our weekends hopping from brewery to brewery. – HANNAH LEE, assistant editor
I’m a stress eater, and nothing calms me down like a basket of Southern goodness from The Original Q Shack. The smiling pig sign has been a bacon, err … beacon of hope in my life. Among all the unknowns right now, one thing I can be sure of is where I can get some of the best barbecue in town. My go-to order is the smoked pork butt sandwich with slaw, hush puppies and a side of fries. If I’m feeling down, a side of macaroni and cheese will usually do the trick. – MARIE MUIR, editorial, digital & marketing coordinator 66
ABOVE Queen Anne pizza with baked wings, fried Brussels sprouts and Pusher Stix. LEFT Hannah and her partner, Brendan Marks, enjoy a couple of beers at Hi-Wire Brewing to wind down the day.
The Food and Drink Issue