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If peak barbecue exists, North Carolina is already there. With one of the country’s richest barbecue traditions, diners are never far from expertly smoked meats. Some destinations are a day’s drive down narrow roads and others seemingly immovable from their city blocks. But pitmaster Chris Prieto isn’t concerned about barbecue saturation, believing North Carolina will always have room in its pig-loving heart. “Barbecue is kind of like a kiss,” Prieto said. “All are great, some are better than others.” Prieto, 34, is opening Prime Barbecue in Knightdale this year, hoping it will be the next

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great North Carolina barbecue joint. But it won’t just serve the pork that made the state famous. Prime Barbecue will do whole hog and beef brisket, plus ribs three ways: spare, baby back and beef. Prime will be near the Knightdale Station Park, with its live pits humming in the middle of the dining room, putting the art of smoking meats front and center. Prieto said Prime will be focused on its meats but will have a handful of sides, usually baked beans with whole hog meat, a smoked Gouda mac and cheese, a vinegary mustard-based coleslaw and a sweet potato salad. It’ll be served market style, selling meat by the pound on trays lined with parchment paper. “No plates, no hushpuppies, not corn sticks,” Prieto said. “We’re not a region. We’re the craft of barbecue. We’re a new grade of barbecue. I didn’t invent it, I’m just out to perfect it.” Read more at

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TRY THE BEST SALAD SHOPS IN THE TRIANGLE Greg Cox for Triangle Today Find relief from the heat in the cool green crunch of entree salads.

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Friday, May 18 | 7:30 p.m. Yo, Vikings Presented by Applause! Youth Theatre Cary Arts Center, Town of Cary 101 Dry Ave, Cary The story of 5th grader Emma Katz, the fiercest Viking in Swarthmore, PA, and her quest for real adventure. entertainment Advance price: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8, Children (age 5 & under) $5 arts-culture/youth-theater/upcomingproductions Saturday, May 19 | 10 a.m. to noon Barnyard Birthday Bash Historic Oak View County Park 4028 Carya Dr, Raleigh Help the goats celebrate their birthdays at Oak View! Enjoy games, activities and, of course, cake! Free event, no registration required. events/536433876733170/ Sunday, May 20 | noon to 4 p.m. Free Family Day at the Nasher Museum Nasher Museum of Art 2001 Campus Dr, Durham Create abstract masterpieces while watching and participating in dance performances

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B. good’s Watermelon and Feta salad pairs the quintessentially cooling fruit and mild, creamy goat cheese with a supporting cast of arugula, baby spinach, cannellini beans, snap peas, sun-dried tomato and toasted corn in a light red wine-olive oil dressing. If you like, add the protein of your choice: grilled chicken, organic tofu or a local egg.


420 Daniels St., Raleigh; 1490 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill 919-670-2333 (Raleigh); 919-2407660 (Chapel Hill) When the going gets tough, the tough head for Palm Beach – the Palm Beach salad, that is, a medley of grilled chicken, avocado, grape tomatoes, English cucumbers, hearts of palm and romaine lettuce in a hot honey vinaigrette. The fact that it’s 320 calories only adds to the cool factor.


1028-234 Oberlin Court, Raleigh; 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary 919-307-3613 (Raleigh); 919-377-8572 (Cary) Sweltering, but can’t get to the beach? Plunge into the Shrimp Caesar, featuring wild-caught shrimp, shaved parmesan and croutons on a bed of crisp romaine tossed in a house-made Caesar dressing. And no need to worry about sunburn or sand in your shorts.

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A salad served at Chopt. Photo courtesy of Shay Harrington


2316-106 Hillsborough St., Raleigh 919-424-7900 Dreaming about a Hawaiian vacation? Pokii is freshii’s vegetarian take on poké, the island’s famous raw fish salad, serving up pickled ginger, cucumber, avocado, cabbage, carrot, edamame, green onion and sesame seeds on a bed of brown rice and kale, with an Asian sesame dressing and spicy yogurt sauce. Better hurry, though. Pokii is a limited-time offer.

Giardino Gourmet Salads 821 Bass Pro Lane, Cary 984-664-3030

As cool and chic as its name, the Parisian is a melange of brie, green apples, red grapes, sliced almonds and baby mixed greens, tossed in a honey apple cider vinaigrette and topped with house-made garlic croutons. Be advised that the Piccolo (small size) salad is an ample meal for most people.


4421 Six Forks Rd., Suite 103B, Raleigh 919-326-7799

Decisions, decisions. Grabbagreen’s salad menu reads like a travel agency’s list of vacation packages, tempting with destinations ranging from South Beach to the Gulf of Mexico. Let’s say we set sail for the Amalfi Coast (chia seeds, cucumber, kalamata olives, red onion, red pepper, spinach, tomato and feta in a Mediterranean pomegranate sauce)?

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443 Fayetteville St., Raleigh; 703B Ninth St., Durham (A North Hills location is planned.) 919-307-4148 (Raleigh); 984-4391790 (Durham) Say you’re the sort who likes to fight fire with fire. Beat the summer heat with the spices savor or the Happy Harissa Bowl: harissa-marinated chicken, black lentils, arugula, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, pita crunch, harissa and curry yogurt dressings. Note: this one’s only available at Raleigh and Greenville, S.C., locations.



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How did mating fireflies become a tourist attraction in western NC? Martha Quillin for Triangle Today

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 The annual search for two elusive species of lightning bugs — blue ghost and synchronous — has become a surprisingly bright spot for tourism in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. During the tiny creatures’ two- to four-week mating seasons that run in May and June, thousands of people trek to the wooded southern Appalachian mountains and squint for hours into the dark in hopes of glimpsing photic romance. The voyeuristic attraction to the blue ghosts’ ritual is that the male insects emit an indigo glow for up to a minute at a time before going dark for a few seconds and lighting again. Synchronous fireflies fascinate because hundreds of the males in search of mates will turn their lights on and off in concert.

Two viewing sites have become so popular that officials have had to restrict access to protect the little flying lanterns’ habitats. In North Carolina, DuPont State Recreational Forest will temporarily close part of the High Falls Loop Trail near the visitor center to prevent trampling of blue ghost populations, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has gone to a lottery system to disburse parking passes and shuttle-bus seats to go to Elkmont to see synchronous fireflies. This year, 21,000 people registered for 1,800 available passes to Elkmont, a relic community inside the park. The much anticipated lottery selections were announced last week.

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Try some amazing barbecue, nominate an interior designer you love, dress up your favorite salad and check out some weird bug action in weste...

Triangle Today | Wednesday  

Try some amazing barbecue, nominate an interior designer you love, dress up your favorite salad and check out some weird bug action in weste...