The Scariest Halloween House in Raleigh!


Halloween is here and one of the best places to visit to see some scary decorations is located in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood of downtown Raleigh. There is a nice background story by the N&O from 2013 about the owner, Jesse Jones, and his inspiration for the the haunted house.

You can find the house on the corner of Oakwood Avenue and East Street. It’s fun to stop by during the day to check out all the detail, but I hear it is even cooler at night when it is lit up. There are even a few motion sensored gadgets that are sure to give you a scare. Apparently a zombie or two are known to show up on Halloween night and pose for pictures with onlookers. Here is a map to the exact location of the house. Happy Halloween!

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Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – Seaboard Station Raleigh


Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar ~ Raleigh, NC

I am forever on the hunt for a great burger. As luck would have it there is a Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Seaboard Station right across the street from my office in downtown Raleigh. Seaboard has seen a surge of activity over the past few years and is quickly becoming a hotbed of dining activity with the addition of Bad Daddy’s, Kimbap, Seaboard 18, Brew Coffee Bar, and a bakery on the way. I don’t take advantage of working so close to Seaboard so I recently made point to stop by and check out Bad Daddy’s along with my wife to feed my cravings for a tasty burger.

Backyard Chicken Nachos

I usually don’t get appetizers, but it just so happened on the day I visited I had just completed a 20 mile run training for the City of Oaks Marathon. I arrived a bit tired, but very hungry and ready to eat! After speaking with the owner and listening him describe their new backyard chicken bbq nachos I  knew I had to give them a try. This app is a twist on traditional nachos with tortilla chips tossed with pulled bbq chicken, diced tomatoes, black beans, pineapple, red onion, cheddar cheese, queso, corn slaw, and drizzled with ranch sour cream and bbq sauce. It was quite flavorful and I enjoyed the seasoning of the chicken and sweetness of the bbq sauce and pineapple. The nachos were a meal in itself and I had to make sure I didn’t completely fill up before my burger arrive.

Bad Ass Burger

I usually get a regular cheeseburger when I eat out, but Bad Daddy’s is known for their specialty burgers and I was pretty ravenous from my run and decided to be a little adventurous. I ordered the “Bad Ass Burger” which comes with a 10 oz beef patty topped with lettuce tomato, pickle, american cheese, horseradish mayo, and a helping of buttermilk fried bacon on brioche bun. I’m a stickler for good buns and even with all the toppings I found the brioche bun did this burger justice. I loved the burger and the slight kick from horseradish mayo. The buttermilk fried bacon was a bit of an indulgence. Ultimately I had to take a few pieces off and eat them on the side to make the sandwich a little more manageable, but I enjoyed the flavor it added to the burger and was glad I tried something new. Bad Daddy’s has almost 20 different specialty burgers along with a “make your own” option so there is something for everyone. Burger prices range from $8.95 – $13.95.

Surfs Up Tuna Burger

My wife opted for the “Surfs Up” Tuna Burger. It consists of a tuna patty marinated in ginger, lime & soy, with wasabi mayo and peanut soy asian slaw on a whole wheat bun. She also picked sweet potato fries as here side. She finished the whole thing and promptly declared it delicious. I think she was worried that the wasabi mayo would be hot, but she found it to be well balanced and just the right compliment to the tuna. While neither of us had salads that night we were glad to see there was a nice selection on the menu for people looking beyond burgers. Salad options ranged from giant chopped salads – greek, asian, and chicken for $11, to “make your own” salad options in small and large portions ranging from $6-$9.


Drink Specials

In addition to the extensive burger and salad menu there are also several great weekly deals at Bad Daddy’,  including a special $10 beer & burger night on Mondays and $3 NC Drafts on Wednesdays. They have several local drafts on tap including several of my favorites from Raleigh Brewing Company. They also feature a “beer of the month” and had a special for $4 pints from Double Barley Brewing out of Johnston County the night we visited.

Seating Area

I had a nice time visiting the Seaboard location and think Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is a great place to grab a burger, salad, local beer for lunch or dinner. Although my Virginia Tech Hokies are not doing so well this year I plan on heading back soon to for a burger & beer and to watch some football. There are several tv’s within easy viewing from the bar and seating area, but they aren’t overwhelming or distracting if you are there just to eat. I also found the atmosphere to be more laid back and quiet than other burger places. A big plus in my book is the multiple seating options with a bar and booths or tables inside, and a nice outdoor seating area with string lights illuminating the patio. The next time you are in Raleigh and have a craving for a good burger I recommend you give Bad Daddy’s a try.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – Raleigh
111 Seaboard Avenue
Raleigh, NC
twitter: @BadDaddysBurger


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Weekend Pick: Pittsboro Fall Street Fair Saturday October 25th!


I love visiting downtown Pittsboro and this weekend is the perfect time to explore this Triangle gem.  The town will host the 2014 Pittsboro Fall Street Fair this Saturday, October 25th from 10 am-5 pm. The event will feature local crafters, artists, wide variety of food vendors & local food trucks, a local beer garden, and free activities for children. Bring a chair and enjoy some fun in Pittsboro!

Music Schedule
10-11 am – Jason Damico
11:15-12:55 Orquesta Gardel
1:10-200 Tommy Edwards Trio
2:15-3:15 Lockdown Blues Band
3:30-4:30 The Lang Sisters
FYI – Dogs are not allowed at this event.

Food Trucks & Food Vendors
MaMa Duke’s
Chai’s Global Street Food
Citizen Yogurt & Pops
Dawg Wago
Little Dipper’s Italian Ice
Grand Slam Concessions

For more information check out the Pittsboro Fall Street Festival website and official facebook page.


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Weekend Picks: October 17-19th


Hillsborough Handmade Parade

The weather looks great this weekend and there is plenty to do. Everything from neighborhoods carnivals, visiting food trucks, to one of my favorites – the Hillsborough Handmade Parade. Hope you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weekend!

80’s Music Tribute Band at North Hills
Free Tribute Band concert series wraps up Friday with “The Breakfast Club”. Bring lawn chairs & blankets.

Cameron Village Back Yard Concert Series
Free concert 6:30-10:00pm with the AJ Ghent Band and Matrimony in Cameron Village on the corner of Woodburn & Cameron St.

Cooke Street Carnival
Fantastic neighborhood carnival with local vendors, bands, beer, and 11 local food trucks!

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in Raleigh
The famous ice cream truck from NYC pays Raleigh a visit Saturday. It will be parked near Poole’s Diner from 3-10pm.

Hillsborough Handmade Parade
Fun parade of larger than life handmade puppets through downtown Hillsborough!!handmade-parade/c1860

Triangle Veg Fest!
Meet local farmers and organic food producers from the Raleigh/Durham community. Sample some delectable delicacies that support vibrant health and boost your energy while making your mouth water.


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Weekend Picks: October 10-12th


NC Art Museum “Blue Loop” Trail

There are so many great events going on this weekend that I had to put a quick summary together with my suggestions. Whether you are looking for music, beer, or food trucks there is something fun going on each day this weekend. Below are my top pics. If you are just looking to get outside I recommend visiting the blue loop trail behind the NC Art Museum in Raleigh. I recently paid the trail a visit and snapped the picture above. It is a great spot for a short walk or run and enjoy this great fall weather! Have a great weekend of exploring!

Friday October 10th

Zac Brown Tribute Band at North Hills
Free music at Midtown Park. Bring chairs & blankets. Alcohol not allowed.

Music on the Porch w/ The Johnny Folsom 4 – Mordecai in downtown Raleigh
$7 for adults, children free. Bring Chairs & Blankets. Usually has food truck.

Sol Tacos at Big Boss Brewing Company
Gourmet tacos & Beer. No better way to spend a Friday!

Saturday October 11th

Second Saturday Raleigh Food Cooridor
A celebration of food & community

TerraVita Food & Drink Festival – Grand Tasting on the Green (Ticketed Event)
Food from 45+ chefs & artisans from across the state and  more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages.

Sola PopUp Market
Over 20 local artisans selling their wares.

Draft Line Brewery Falls Festival
Beer, Food Trucks, Music, & Dogs!

Triangle Yarn Crawl
Self-guided tour of local yarn shops

Sunday October 12th

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
50+ Trucks Along Fayetteville Street!

Saxapahaw Octoberfest
Lots of great music, market, beer, sausages!


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