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)
Rise in North Raleigh
If you are a donut lover like me you probably already knew that Rise is planning to open several locations across the Triangle over the next year. Their new North Raleigh location is set to open this Saturday, November 14th at 7am. In case you didn’t know, the North Raleigh shop is located in the Sutton Square Shopping Center at the intersection of Falls of Neuse & Spring Forest Road (the one with a Fresh Market). They will be open daily from 7am to 2pm.
Rise Raspberry Jelly Donut
The great thing about Rise is that they are well known for both their daily rotating donut menu AND creative breakfast biscuits. So even if you don’t like donuts there are great breakfast options for you to try. They also feature locally roasted coffee from Bean Traders in Durham. Chances are this location will be busy on weekend mornings much like the original so I would suggest checking them out on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Either way, I’m glad to see this new addition to North Raleigh and will be visiting very soon!
Rise Sutton Square – Grand Opening November 14, 2015
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27609 (map)
instagram: @RiseNorthRaleighfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risenorthraleigh/
I recently attended a media event at Grounds Cafe in Wendell. The cafe is located in the “Farmhouse” building adjacent to the community pool and common area in the new Wendell Falls subdivision going up in eastern Wake County. The neighborhood is still in the early stages of development with just a few dozen finished homes at this point, but once built out it will be home to thousands of residents and the epicenter of activity in Wendell.
The cafe is just a 25 minute drive from my house in North Raleigh and is easily accessible from I-540 and US-264 Knightdale bypass. Now that I know how close it is I will definitely be making more visits in the future. And don’t worry, while the cafe is located within the neighborhood it is open to the public and is already becoming a popular place for locals to grab coffee and bite to eat.
The cafe serves Raleigh Coffee Company Coffee, and has a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks. They also serve wine and local beer on tap from Big Boss and White Street Brewery. There are baked goods and egg & cheddar biscuits for breakfast and a sandwiches offered during lunch and dinner. They recently added “DIY” grilled cheese sandwiches to the menu where you pick out the ingredients from a wide range of cheeses, meats, and toppings and they grill it up for you. There are also other sandwich options like a chicken salad melt, a caprese, and the pimento and pulled pork sandwich.
The setting of the cafe inside the Farmhouse is spacious with tall ceilings and stained concrete floors giving it a modern vibe fused with the rustic exterior look of a barn. The walls of the cafe are made glass allowing a lot of natural lighting. With free Wi-Fi, ample parking, nice views of the grassy common area surrounding the building, and the quiet atmosphere I can definitely see the cafe becoming a popular place for people working remotely or looking for space to meet with a group.
The Farmhouse overlooks the community pool and stage where they host events for the community. Grounds also hosts music on the patio during the warmer months and there are now plans to host a weekly run club on Thursday nights at 6pm and weekly morning yoga classes on the lawn starting this Wednesday at 6:15am. You can read more details about both activities on the Grounds facebook event page.
I look forward to more visit to Grounds and enjoy having a new Triangle coffee shop option that offers a unique setting and a respite from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh. I recommend you check them out and let me know what you think!
320 Vintage Point Lane
Wendell, NC 27591 (map)
Rise Biscuits & Donuts is expanding to all corners of the Triangle. The first Rise location opened in Durham’s Renaissance Village just behind Southpoint mall back in 2012. Earlier this year they announced plans to franchise which has led to recent news of plans for additional locations throughout the area. As it stands there are currently plans for five additional shops to open over the next year with rumors of even more locations coming soon.
The newest Rise will open on August 22nd in Morrisville at the Park West Village Shopping Center . This will be followed by locations in Raleigh’s Cameron Village and North Raleigh’s Sutton Square later this fall. On Monday local blogger Carpe Durham broke the news on twitter that Rise would also take over the DaisyCakes space on Foster Street adding it’s first shop to downtown Durham. I’ve also heard news via the Triangle Business Journal that there are plans for a location on Main Street in downtown Carrboro.
Rise is popular for both their rotating donut menu and creative breakfast biscuits. They also feature locally roasted coffee from Bean Traders. I have been particularly impressed with their efforts to offer “trace of gluten” donuts at least once a week for customers trying to avoid gluten. As a donut fan I will continue to keep my eye on Rise and where they plan to open shop next. For now you can follow the newest locations on twitter and facebook (links below) for regular updates on their progress and grand opening dates.
Rise Durham (Original Location)
twitter: @RiseDurhamfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risebiscuitsdonuts
Rise Morrisville (Opens August 22nd)
twitter: @RiseMorrisvillefacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risemorrisville
Rise Cameron Village (Opening Fall 2015)
twitter: @RiseCameronVlgfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risecameronvillage
Rise Sutton Square (Opening Fall 2015)
twitter: @RiseNRaleighfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risesuttonsquare
Rise Downtown Durham (TBD)
Rise Carrboro (TBD)