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Here’s what Bon Appetit says to eat, drink and enjoy in Raleigh

“It’s hard to live in Raleigh and not feel like you’re a part of it,” says Jordan Wells, co-manager and trainer at Jubala Coffee, the city’s premier coffee shop. Jubala earned its reputation by pulling expert shots from Counter Culture beans—and serving life-affirming breakfasts of liege waffles and sweet biscuits with pimento cheese. Living in Raleigh is a three-for-one deal: In 30 minutes, Wells can be in Chapel Hill or Durham, and all three have bumping music venues, diehard sports events, and abundant bourbon. And in Raleigh, he knows where to get it all, from old-school American chili dogs (no ketchup allowed!) to beer that tastes like candy.

Where should I stay?
The Durham Hotel has an excellent coffee program for a hotel and just opened an awesome rooftop bar. It’s centrally located and a great way to experience that city for what it is. If you want to stay in Raleigh, specifically, I’ll say the Aloft, because you can come downstairs and be at Jubala’s second location.

Great cup of coffee?
I love the batch-brewed iced coffee at Joule. The place also has really outstanding coffee cocktails if you’re into that uppers and downers thing. Sometimes I’m into the specialty drip coffee at Boulted Bread. Then there’s Yellow Dog, which is up and coming, it’s a bakery but it serves Lamplighter, which out of Richmond. The last one is Brew; it’s in an old train station that’s been renovated and is now home to some local businesses. They serve beer and use an extremely local roaster, Raleigh Coffee Company.

Best place to grab breakfast?
If you want something on the lighter side, I’m a sucker for the macarons at Lucette Grace. I also love Boulted Bread and it’s hard for me not to eat the Videri chocolate croissant every day. Videri is a chocolate factory in Raleigh, and we use their chocolate for our mochas. The underbelly Raleigh breakfast institution is Finch’s—it’s the old-school counter service been-there-forever place. Get the chicken fried steak. For weekend brunch, there’s a Tex-Mex place called Centro that’s just unreal: Huevos Rancheros are all I really need. Beasley’s Chicken + Honey and Joule have awesome huevos rancheros too.

Best brewery to spend the day?
I’m not big into bicycle culture but my friends who are love Crank Arm is neat. It has garage doors and is super open. Trophy Brewing, does session IPAs but isn’t only about hoppy beers. The W Morgan Street location has all of its beers plus killer pizza. I’m not even a stout guy, but I love the Milky Way stout; it actually tastes like a candy bar.

Best place to walk around and eat?
The State Farmers’ Market is enormous and is affiliated with one of the biggest agriculture schools in the country. There’s a deep culture here of supporting local farmers and advocating for high quality food. My favorite vendor, Big Spoon Roasters, based out of Durham, sells peanut and nut butters. I love the almond cashew and cashew peanut butters. They also have these neat little protein bars—in flavors like apricot pepita—that I order by the case.

Hottest new dinner spot?
Bida Manda. It’s traditional Laotian food. If you eat meat, get the green papaya salad. You get to pick your protein, so you can go with lamb or, if you’re me, the filet mignon. It also has one of the best cocktail programs in the city; it’s so intentional and seasonal. I also love Centro for dinner; upstairs there’s a mezcaleria, Gallo Pelón. Poole’s is awesome too. And, if you’re in Five Points, Lilly’s Pizza is the spot.

Super classic old-school restaurant?
The Roast Grill, because the people who run it, an old woman and her son, only serve one thing: hot dogs. And they do not allow ketchup. They will make fun of you if you ask for ketchup. So it’s just mustard, onions, chili, and maybe slaw. It’s so American.

Where can I get some good barbecue?
In Raleigh, I like The Pit. But I’d venture out to Chapel Hill to The Pig, which is my favorite barbecue place in The Triangle.

Where do you eat often?
Raleigh Times is a pretty easy stop-in; you don’t have to worry about finding a seat. It’s a bar with better-than bar food, including cheesesteak and nachos.

Community events coming up – Cary & Raleigh

Triangle Chili Challenge

 The new event, originally scheduled Oct. 24, has been rescheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 in downtown Cary. Local restaurants and food trucks will compete in a multi-style chili contest to win the title of Best Chili in the Triangle. Tastings are free. The event is at 111 W. Chatham St., Cary, between Harrison Avenue and Academy Street. The event will run in conjunction with Downtown Cary Food & Flea, which is a monthly market that features local artists, craft makers, vintage items, local craft beer, music, food trucks and more.

Veterans Rally

The Exchange Club of Swift Creek Township will hold an 11/11@7 Rally at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, to raise awareness about homeless veterans at 6221 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh. There will be hot dogs for sale, a bake sale and raffle. There will be 20 U.S. flags on display that will be available for purchase. Funds will go to Veterans Matter. To contribute, go to firstgiving.com/team/308072.

American Legion Barbecue

Cary American Legion Post 67 will hold its annual barbecue fundraiser 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the post, 8523 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. Plates are dine-in or carry out for $9 and include barbecue pork or chicken and potatoes, green beans and rolls.

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ, Oh My!

After a sell-out event in 2014, the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is back at the end of July for what is sure to be another hit weekend that everyone will love.

On July 31 and August 1 at Koka Booth Amphitheater, patrons can enjoy beer and bourbon tasting, live music, barbecue, and more. At the festival, you can expect a souvenir glass for as many beer or bourbon tastings as you would like (though please be responsible!) from the 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap. There will also be a  great barbecue selection from pulled pork to ribs, briskets, chicken, and even sausage. For those interested, there will even be seminars in the Tasting Theater with master distillers and brewmasters, and pit masters. On the main stage, enjoy live music and contests, and be sure to browse exhibits like Brewerania, BBQ accessories, and more. There will even bee a BBQ competition!

If it interests you, there is also a Whole Hog Pickin’ Session on Friday night, available for $59 in advance and $65 on-site on the day of the event. This VIP session offers a barbecue dinner with pulled pork and all the fixins! For Satruday, VIP tickets are priced at $59 in advance and $65 the day of the event. Regular session tickets are priced at $35 in advance and $45 on-site. For designated drivers, a $29 advance and on-site price will be charged. This includes admission only.

This event spans the course of two days: Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m.. For the VIP session, the event begins Saturday at noon. While children ages 12 and under are free, the event is geared toward adults.

Guests may feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, rain wear, cameras, and one factory-sealed bottle of water, but are prohibited from bringing weapons, umbrellas, and outside food or beverages.

This year’s festival will be held at the Koka Booth Amphitheater, at 8003 Regency Parkway Cary, NC 27518. For more information, visit www.beerandbourbon.com.