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Restaurant Week 2015 – Lunch at The Big Easy, Raleigh, NC

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  • Executive Chef: Frank Ferlo
  • Location: 222 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Phone: 1-919-832-6082
  • Date Visited: 1/31/15 at noon

Emblem_Triangle2015v4Initially, the friends had intended to have lunch at the recently opened restaurant, Bolt Bistro. When we arrived, we found it unexpectedly closed for lunch. Befuddled, we were determined to find a nearby location participating in the Triangle Restaurant Week. In dining, as in life, always have a contingency plan. Across the street we saw, The Big Easy, a restaurant that we had originally selected for our list of eatery to try, but only offered dinner samplings for restaurant week.

“Now is as good a time as any,” I remember telling Belle and Traveler, followed by “Laissez les bon temps roulez!”

dragonflymarket_1373571988_140As you could guess, their specialty is Cajun cuisine, indigenous to Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta region of the US. I must warn you, their menu,whether lunch or dinner, is vast and diverse. Since this was lunch, we selected an appetizer of fried oysters and sandwiches: shrimp Po’ Boy for Belle, oyster Po’ Boy for the Traveler and a muffuletta for me. As luck would have it, I have wanted to try a muffuletta for some time. This sandwich is served on muffuletta bread, which is round in fashion, with a hearty crust. It is filled with a variety of meats; mostly consisting of sweet soppressata, mortadella, capicola and provolone cheese, and topped with olive tapenade and giardiniera. Thank God I could order a half-a-sandwich. The size of this portion is almost disturbing to a light luncher. All of the food was well prepared, and the staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. If you enjoy, or have ever been temped to sample Cajon food, I would recommend The Big Easy.

As fate would have it, The Big Easy will be celebrating Mardi Gras in block-party fashion on February 17, from noon till 10 pm. This event will have street performers, music, as well as several food trucks from around the Triangle, including:

For more information, go here.

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Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo – Garner, NC

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logoSince the inception of Triangle Street Eats, just this past spring, we have found ourselves busy covering many ‘first annual’ events involving food trucks and breweries, hosted by various communities in the Triangle Area. Food truck rodeos are fast becoming a sort of, ‘coming-out party’ for small communities in the Triangle. I can’t think of a better way for small towns to showcase their revitalization efforts, community pride, as well as economic development, to other surrounding communities.

Garner, North Carolina – a small, quaint town just south of downtown Raleigh, is poised for a dynamic revitalization. Established as the town of Garner in 1883, it was originally developed to give support to the railroad transportation industry. The downtown area, between Highway 70 and Main Street, offers visitors historic, as well as nostalgic glimpses, of Garner’s subtle beginnings. A backdrop of historic building that are the signature piece of many old world towns across North Carolina, provide a welcoming invitation so desired in a neighborhood when we are looking for a place to settle and call home. I am fortunate enough to have a job that requires me to travel throughout the Triangle Area, and discover much of the old world charm and historic presence the area has to offer even a casual observer like myself. I try to take time to appreciate the simple, yet sophisticated vibrancy that is just under the surface. Garner, North Carolina is no exception.

Sunday, October 26th was a beautiful autumn day. The temperature and humidity were agreeable. The trees were starting to show their seasonal foliage most brightly now. The backdrop of downtown Garner gave the swelling after-church crowd a vibrant feeling of a proud, modern community. Food trucks and craft brewery venders had been arranged along Main Street, between Montague Street and Rand Mill Road. Tables and chairs were set up near the middle section, providing a place for participants to eat and mingle.

The Belle and I sampled fare from Gussy’s Greek, a gyro and Sol Taco’s, fresh flounder tacos, two favorites we have both come to enjoy and appreciate. I also sampled a Double D’s Watermelon Lager from Deep River Brewing Company, which I found surprisingly refreshing, while Belle had ice cream from Jam Ice Cream. We also took home a bag of mini doughnuts from Dusty Donuts as well. The event was exceptionally well attended, and most venders had long lines. I would like to thank all the venders; TJ’s Kitchen, Habachi Xpress, Captain Poncos, American Melt Down, CJ’s Street Food, Baguettaboutit, Barone Meatball Company, The Humble Pig and Double Barley Brewing for making the Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo a success, and for the town of Gardner for hosting this event. Stay hungry my friends – Bad boy.

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