WHAT WE’RE E AT I N G ➾ NEWS BITES NOW OPEN Don Rotisserie Chicken opened in the former Monterrey Mexican Restaurant location on 237 S. Elliott Rd. in March. Chef Brandon Sharp’s Hawthorne & Wood opened in April in East 54. Cindy and Dave Somasunderam opened Blue Spoon Microcreamery in the former Sugarland spot on East Franklin Street in April. RELOCATED In March, Mexican restaurant Pueblo Viejo moved across Churton Street and into the former Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs spot. COMING SOON Peño Mediterranean Grill will replace Tama Cafe on East Franklin Street that closed at the beginning of this year.
wish you could have tried Vimala Rajendran’s Seminole pumpkin erisheri at a food festival I attended in Raleigh in March. Her contribution to the menu at Brown in the South and the Holi Grail featured field peas over Kerala hand-milled rice, topped with a roasted coconut-shallot tadka. I definitely went back for seconds. The afternoon brought together 10 critically acclaimed Southern chefs of Indian descent from restaurants as far away as Nashville and Atlanta. I left the festival full and even more grateful that Vimala has called Chapel Hill home since 1985 and that we can all enjoy her cooking closer to home. And when I say all, I mean all – Vimala’s motto is “Vimala cooks, everyone eats.” No one is turned away at her restaurant for lack of funds. When I stopped by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe for chicken curry not long after, a donation jar for this very purpose sat next to the register, confirmation that her heart’s as big as her talent. Lunch portion of chicken curry, $9, with garlic naan, $3.50 – Jessica Stringer VIMALA’S CURRYBLOSSOM CAFE 431 W. Franklin St., Ste. 16, Chapel Hill curryblossom.com 22
SAVOR THE DATE 2019 Grand Taste Experience June 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Spend the evening at the Durham Armory with hundreds of guests savoring dishes created by 30+ of the best chefs and artisans in the area. This “culinary experience of the year” will feature craft spirits and beer with an emphasis on wine in the Wine Garden. tastetheevent.com Taste 2019: Let There Be Brunch! June 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. At Clouds Brewing, enjoy brunch with sweet and savory food stations by five local chefs – plus, a Bloody Mary Bar with other daytime cocktail options and locally crafted beer selections. tastetheevent.com
Durham’s The Mad Hatter’s Café & Bakeshop is expected to open this summer on UNC’s South Campus outside of the Beach Café between the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals. Epilogue, an independent bookstore and Spanish-style chocolatería, is expected to open in July in the former FRANK Gallery location on East Franklin Street. Steel String Brewery announced plans in April to build Pluck Farms: a production brewery, working farm, festival site, culinary pop-up venue and disc golf course seated on 57 acres of farmland 10 miles west of their current brewery in Carrboro. Slated for completion this winter, the 6,000-squarefoot production brewery will double the annual production of Steel String’s current capacity. CLOSED Cuban Revolution closed in March after two and a half years of operation on West Franklin Street. LaPlace Louisiana Cookery closed on April 8 after five years of business in downtown Hillsborough. After some renovations, the space will reopen as James Pharmacy and specialize in seafood. CHM
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