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To Beans or Not to Beans?

How you like your chili depends on where you’re from. Whether it’s a family recipe or your tried and true, hand-scrawled formula on a stained up 3×5 card, people know what they like when it comes to chili. And, much like ribs and barbecue, your preference often depends on where you were raised. For some, […]

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Christmas morning tends to pass in a blur when you have little ones at home. Within minutes your living room is transformed into a mass of ripped wrapping paper, scattered bows and torn boxes — and everyone is hungry. Even if you don’t have little ones at home, Christmas morning is one of those occasions […]

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Cobbled Together

It started out as a debate. My husband and I were driving through south Alabama in late summer and we stopped at a charming country store that sold fresh vegetables, homemade ice cream and three types of cobbler by the bowl — peach, blackberry and cherry. I couldn’t pass up the blackberry and the peach […]

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Nostalgic Dining

Fayetteville’s restaurant scene has always been diverse  and delicious By Rebekah Sanderlin & Kelly Twedell Shopping at The Capitol almost always meant eating lunch upstairs at the beloved The Birdcage restaurant, owned by Ruth Poe. The Birdcage was located on the second floor of the department store, overlooking the grand rotunda. The popular eatery opened […]

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Crowd-friendly dishes 
steal the show 
at summer potlucks

FamilyFood Crowd-friendly dishes 
steal the show 
at summer potlucks rom picnic shelters to grand pavilions, humble backyards to opulent estates, many families use the long, lazy days of summer as the perfect excuse to congregate. For some it’s a formal family reunion, planned months in advance and stretched out over days of activities. For others […]

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Perfect Pour

You’ll eat, you’ll drink and you’ll, no doubt, be merry throughout the holiday season, but what will you drink? And what will you give to your friends who like to drink? Fortunately, North Carolina boasts some of the nation’s most popular wines, so you won’t even have to look outside the Tarheel State to find […]

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TURKISH DELIGHT

If you go into Turkish Cuisine on Yadkin Road expecting to find hookah pipes filled with aromatic tobacco and waiters serving exotic Mediterranean dishes while wearing Fustanellas, the traditional kilt-like garb of the Balkans, you might be disappointed. But if you’re easily satisified with a down-home atmosphere in a place where the food is good […]

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Wolf’s Pack Them In – Lift A Stein to This Authentic German Restaurant | By Jason Brady

Chef Armin Wolf keeps his wife clear of the kitchen.  It’s not that she isn’t a good cook – she’s a great one, actually – but he jokes that if he didn’t, the two of just might be running a Polish restaurant rather than the German one they own and operate on Hope Mills Road.   […]

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Barnstorming – This Fayetteville Favorite is and Institution | By Frances Hasty

Despite its status as one of Fayetteville’s oldest restaurants still in existence, The Barn is something of a well-kept secret.  “It’s the hidden restaurant in town, especially for newcomers,” said owner Bernard Bryant. “Despite advertising, people can’t imagine that a nice restaurant could be located so near a topless bar. It’s a stigma that we […]

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Avant Gourmet | By Kelly Twedell and Rebekah Sanderlin

Tim and Gwen Holtsclaw didn’t mean to become restaurant owners. They only meant to  buy and resell some equipment from a restaurant that was going out of business. They  made a low-ball bid on the equipment and the sellers called their bluff.  “I knew nothing about restaurants,” Gwen Holtsclaw said. “I’d never served anyone food […]

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Rise & Shine | By Melissa Goslin Collins

At some point, the most important meal of the day became one eaten behind steering wheels and office desks, all in Styrofoam and plastic wrapping. But the breakfast bluebloods are loyal, a tribe that relishes the feel of heavy coffee mugs in cupped palms, eggs served with a side of conversation and the feeling of […]

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Spice of Life | By Bhairavi Bhatt

Indian food in Fayetteville used to be limited to a tent at the annual International Folk Festival. That was it. During the rest of the year curry and tandoori cravings had to be satisfied in home kitchens or during trips to other cities. Despite a large and thriving Indian community here and plenty of residents […]

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Home Grown Goodness | By Kelly Twedell

Even city slickers can have eggs from the farm, grass-fed beef free of hormones, fresh milk and locally-grown organic fruits and veggies. One Lillington couple has launched a farm cooperative to provide just that. Deliveries cover a swath of southeastern North Carolina from as far south as Hope Mills to Wake Forest and Durham. Joe […]

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Served with Gusto | By Diane Silcox-Jarrett

That delicious aroma as you enter Elizabeth’s Pizza, a blend of fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and onion rolled into one, with a hint of fresh-baked pizza dough, lets both your nose and taste buds know they are in for a treat.  For more than 20 years, a close-knit Italian family has been serving up some […]

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A Tale of Two Kitchens | By Allison Williams

No one leaves Liz Varnedoe’s kitchen without being fed.  It’s a good thing she has two.  For the past 23 years, Varnedoe has whipped up Italian comfort food just the way her husband Vinny taught her. Their cozy, one-room restaurant quickly became a Fayetteville staple and Varnedoe’s own personal mainstay. When was widowed – twice […]

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Plan a Cheese Party | By Allison Williams

Want to throw a low-prep, no-cook party? Yes, it really is that simple. Nicholas Parrous of Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and Matthew Fink of Country Vintner Wine Distributors are co-founders of the Fayetteville Wine Society, a group dedicated to the promotion of wine through education. They show us how it’s done. Books, magazines, television shows and […]

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Eat, Stay, Learn | By Allison Williams

LATTA, S.C. – If Interstate 95 is our Main Street then four-diamond dining is closer than you may think. Exit 1A to be exact. No map necessary – the first stop over the South Carolina state line dumps travelers smack in the middle of South of the Border, which means it’s possible to pass Pedro’s […]

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Come Hungry | By Allison Williams

Festival fun is all in the food. Three days, one giant taste-a-thon. But some cravings cannot wait. We bring you a sneak peek at the food behind the festival with a look at two hometown teams of cooks: Dogwood veterans Scott Adams and Angel Li of All in My Grill and new kids on the […]

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On the Sweet Side | By Starr Oldorff

There’s a dessert frenzy downtown. As if chocolates on the corner and cupcakes aplenty weren’t enough, Just Desserts café on Hay Street is a sweets lover’s siren sign. Reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie, the Hay Street bakery is full of charm with black lampposts and red brick sidewalk leading up to a double storefront painted […]

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Tea for Two, Afternoon Tea on ‘Combat Alley’ | By Margaret Fisher

Soldiers once dubbed this stretch of Gillespie Street “Combat Alley.” And not even 10 years ago, folks laughed when John and Renate Jenkins dared to dream of a downtown tea room. If they could only see it now – McDuff’s Tea Room & Emporium flourishes as a full restaurant and gift shop. Browsers who stroll […]

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