As a food blogger I’m always on the lookout for healthy dining options. I was excited to recently learn that Grabbagreen, an Arizona-based fast-casual restaurant concept known for their fresh and healthy alternative to fast food, plans to open their first Triangle location in Raleigh this September in North Hills. The restaurant will be located Lassiter District side of North Hills near Sur La Table. There are also plans for a second location to open in Cary in 2017.
Grabbagreen brings a much needed healthy dining option to this part of Raleigh. The company focus on making fast food, healthy and promotes an “Eat Clean, Grabbagreen” philosophy by serving a selection of grain and green-based bowls with fresh hormone-free and antibiotic-free proteins provided by local farms, fresh-pressed juice, handcrafted smoothies and acai bowls, breakfast and healthy kid-friendly items. Everything prepared fresh, made-to-order. Gluten-free options are also available.
For more information about their full menu visit www.grabbagreen.com. To keep tabs on progress of their North Hills location you can follow their local handles on twitter, facebook, and instagram. I will also be posting updates here as they get closer to opening and plan to share a full review of the North Hills location once it opens it doors this Fall.
If you live in Cary you may already be familiar with Baker’s Dozen Donuts. I haven’t been to that location yet, but last week I learned that a 2nd location had opened up in North Raleigh back in February. The Raleigh shop is located off Capital Boulevard in the Plantation Point Shopping Center (the strip mall with First Watch) right next door to Triangle Town Center Mall. It’s a nice little space that offers a wide array of donuts made fresh daily with a nice mix of both cake and yeast donuts.
The donuts a very affordable in price ranging from about 85 cents to $1.50. A half dozen of their standard donuts cost $4.99 and a dozen is just $7.99. Special treats like their bear claws, cinnamon buns, and apple fritters are little more expensive at $1.25 to $1.50, but well worth the price. Everything I had was fresh and delicious. I believe this a donut shop that can hold its own when compared to other popular Triangle shops and I’m glad to see it in North Raleigh.
Of course every donut shop offers coffee as well, but I was so busy picking out which donuts I wanted that I forgot to ask what coffee beans they use. I will be sure to find out on my next visit. Based on the positive reviews on yelp it is only a matter of time before this becomes a popular donut destination in North Raleigh so make sure you check it out soon. Baker’s Dozen is open every day from 6am to 7pm.
Baker’s Dozen Donuts
6320 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27616 (Map)
Captain Cookie & The Milk Man
Photo courtesy Paul Prause
Update: Due to the snow and ice from the weekend storm, the Winter Food Truck Rodeo in Durham Central Park has been rescheduled for Sunday January 31st from 12-4pm. There are 50 trucks scheduled including a few new trucks like the Captain Cookie & The Milkman truck pictured above. There will also be live music as well as local craft beer and cider from Fullsteam, Ponysaurus, Triangle Brewery, and Bull City Cidery. You can view the full list of all 50 trucks here.
Special thanks to my friend Paul Prause for the truck photo above. If you are a fan of North Carolina breweries and food trucks I highly recommend you follow Paul on twitter at @paprause.
Durham Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday January 31st, 12-4pm
Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701 (map)
CockADoodleMoo Food Truck
“Takeover Tuesday” is a special night at the Berkeley Cafe in downtown Raleigh that gives some of your favorite local food truck chefs the opportunity to “take over” the cafe’s kitchen for the night and serve their popular fare. The next “Takeover” is Tuesday, January 12th, and will feature Chef Doug Rollins of the popular Triangle food truck CockADoodleMoo. The menu for this truck features traditional and global BBQ along with gourmet sandwiches made with fresh, all natural and local ingredients. To get a sense of just how good the dishes are I’ve heard their ribs described as “life changing”. The special Prix Fixe Menu for next Tuesday evening at the Berkeley Cafe is provided below. Cost is $25 per person. Dinner service runs from 5-9pm. Reservations not required but recommended (919) 821-0777. The Berkeley Cafe is located at 217 W. Martin St. Raleigh. Make sure you come hungry!
January 12th, 2016
Smoked Crab & Avocado Salad/Local Greens/Bell Pepper Coulis
Roasted Beets/Baby Arugula/Roasted fennel/Candied Pecans/Farmer’s Cheese/Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Pulled Pork and Crispy Slaw Spring Roll/DMZ Dipping Sauce
Raleigh Brewing Hidden Pipe Porter Braised Angus Beef Short Rib
Raleigh Rum-Browned Butter Smoked Spaghetti Squash
Local Mushrooms/Tangerine Gremolata/Crispy Leeks
Smoked Pork Belly/Stone Ground Polenta/Red Eye Gravy/Fried Collard Greens
Semi-Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast/Sweet Potato Malted Waffle/Spiced Maple-Molasses Butter
Warm Bread and Butter Pudding/Whiskey Creme Anglaise/Almond Cookie
You can learn more about the husband and wife team (Jolie and Doug) behind CockADoodleMoo and their inspiration for the truck in The Wandering Sheppard’s “Behind the Wheel” post here.
Yesterday I had my first breakfast taco ever and I think it may be my new favorite way to start the day. Tacos made by Taco Revolution are now on the morning menu at both Brew Coffee Bar and and Cafe de los Muertos in downtown Raleigh. They currently offer steak, chicken, sausage, and vegetarian tacos, which are delivered fresh each morning and typically available until 11am or until they sell out.
I had a the steak taco stuffed with grilled beef tenderloin, cage free scrambled eggs, aged cheddar, and potatoes. It was delicious and just what I needed after my morning run through downtown. Taco Revolution tacos are also available at a few other locations around the Triangle with more being added each week. To find a full list of places to find their tacos visit the Taco Revolution website http://tacorevo.com/.