New restaurants added to restaurant week

May. 30, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Triangle Restaurant Week: Triangle Restaurant Week has returned.

Daily Monday through Sunday, June 8, participating restaurants will offer three-course, price-fixed lunches for $15 or three-course, fixed-price dinners for $20, $25 or $30.

This year, select restaurants are also offering an option for a five-course, five-wine sample meal Monday through Thursday.
New restaurants on the list are Elements of Chapel Hill and Local 22 of Durham. To see the full list of participating restaurants, go the website www.trirestaurantweek.com.

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’Que now open: The barbecue restaurant ’Que has opened in the new Diamond View III office building, next to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and across from American Tobacco.

The restaurant is open with its full menu, but will have limited take-out options for a 30-day period.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is expected to have extended hours on Bulls game nights and for Durham Performing Arts Center shows.

“Everyone at ’Que is thrilled to now offer the world’s best barbecue to food lovers in Durham and around the region,” Ryan Mitchell, a founder of the restaurant with his father, said in a statement. “Lunch or dinner by Pitmaster Ed Mitchell is a unique experience, as is dining at the historic American Tobacco campus.”

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New Durham biscuit truck: The founders of the Wicked Biscuit Co. mobile eatery thought there was a shortage of breakfast-focused food trucks in Durham. They’re looking to fill that void.

Company co-founders Amelia Courtis and Tom Tuttle are hitting the road on Wednesday, selling biscuits and “biscuit bites” from a customized trailer pulled by a truck.

Their menu includes the “Wicked Biscuit,” a specialty made with a cinnamon biscuit and topped with smoked pork belly, sweet stewed apples and sharp cheddar cheese and specials like a pimento-cheese-and-bacon-topped option.

Other specials include “The Guido,” which is a Parmesan garlic biscuit topped with an Italian meatball, mozzarella and a fried egg, and the “Nutty Monkey,” which is a banana biscuit topped with Nutella and mashed bananas.

Courtis said she’s the brains behind the idea for the biscuit bites, which she said are bite-sized biscuits filled with “tasty goodness.” They plan to offer an apple-cinnamon cheesecake bite that’s stuffed with fresh apples and a sweet cream cheese, as well as a pimento-and-bacon-stuffed bite, a pecan-pie-stuffed bite and a bite stuffed with buffalo chicken and blue cheese.

The two co-founders are launching the truck out of a desire to own their own business. Courtis is a former eighth-grade language arts teacher at Durham School of the Arts, and Tuttle is the former advertising director at The Herald-Sun.

“He started making biscuits, and they were phenomenal…it just kind of took off from there,” Courtis said.

They’re launching the truck on Wednesday at the Eno Trace Clubhouse, but plan to be at other locations in the future including the BB&T parking lot on Duke Street on Fridays and around Durham Central Park on Sundays. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Dunkin’ honors ‘National Donut Day’: Dunkin’ Donuts shops are giving away a free doughnut with a drink purchase on June 6, the company announced.

National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June each year. According to the release, it was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

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