Top 3 Restaurants To Try This Fall In NC @koan_cary @Il_Palio @DriftwoodRDU

Top 3 Restaurants To Try This Fall In NC | Cary * Chapel Hill * Raleigh

Hello November! ‘Tis the season to indulge in some good eats and treat yourself to memorable dining out experiences. I recently got to try 3 different restaurants and each one while different in cuisine share the same passion of bringing you an array of flavors on their new Fall menus. Take a look and discover where to eat in the Triangle at these TOP 3 RESTAURANTS TO TRY THIS FALL!

kō•än | Cary, NC

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🆕️ Restaurant Alert! The most exciting place for food right now is kō•än in Cary,NC, which opened November 1, 2019 with great anticipation! I got a chance to experience the restaurant and its menu at a media preview dinner and enjoyed everything from its innovative cocktails to their delicious small/large plates meant for sharing!

The new restaurant, located at 2800 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513, brings Executive Chef Drew Smith’s [ formerly of Raleigh’s bu•ku and so•ca, and winner of 2019’s Cooking for a Classic dining competition] vision of Southeast Asian cuisine in a zen-like atmosphere. Check out my Facebook post>>here for a look at some of the tasty menu.

For more info on kō•än, follow #koancary @koan_cary on Instagram and Twitter or visit www.koancary.com

Il Palio|Chapel Hill

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Transport your mind, body and tastebuds to Italy when you experience world-class dining at Il Palio, located in The Siena Hotel at 1505 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC. Chef Adam Rose and his team uses the best local and Italian ingredients to prepare fresh, homemade pastas like this signature Butternut Squash Ravioli! *[see here for recipe]

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It's #WorldPastaDay ..and there are so many delicious pasta-bilities on the menu at @il_palio, located in @thesienahotel in Chapel Hill, NC. Chef Adam Rose and his team uses the best local and Italian ingredients to prepare fresh, homemade pastas like this signature Butternut Squash Ravioli! Swipe 🔙 for a look at some of the amazing culinary artisanship and fantastic dishes served at Il Palio! . . . . #IlPalioNC #TheSienaHotel #ChapelHill #NC #Italiancuisine #Italiancooking #ravioli #pasta #seafood #steak #dessert #nceats #foodtalk #ncfoodfinds #chapelhillrestaurants #diningout #f52grams #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy #foodblogger #lifestyleblogger #RaleighBlogger #NCBlogger #chapelhillblogger #foodwomenwine #foodiefriday #nomnomnom

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If you enjoy Italian cuisine along with a lovely wine selection, and amazing culinary artisanship, then you will savor the fantastic dishes served in a warm and inviting Tuscan villa atmosphere at Il Palio!

For more information, follow @thesienahotel #TheSienaHotel on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Driftwood Kitchen & Bar | Raleigh, NC

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All my lovers of chicken and waffles [….and really good comfort food] make your way to DRIFTWOOD KITCHEN AND BAR (formerly known as Driftwood Southern Kitchen), located in Lafayette Village at 8460 Honeycutt Road, Suite 112, Raleigh, NC 27615 for a taste of the 🆕️ delicious menu revamped by Chef Nunzio which also includes tacos, meatloaf with tasso ham gravy, pulled short ribs, and chicken & biscuits (made from scratch), plus great craft cocktails, like the “Black -Eyed Rye made with Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey.

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Are you #teamsyrup or #gravy on your #chickenandwaffles? 🤷🏽‍♀️ Well at @driftwoodraleigh you can enjoy both, now available on the 🆕️ delicious menu at Driftwood Kitchen & Bar located inside @LafayetteVillage. ———— Chef Nunzio has revamped the previous menu to include exciting new additions like chicken and waffles, tacos, meatloaf with tasso ham gravy, pulled short ribs, and chicken and biscuits. Invited #raleighinfluencers got to experience the new flavors and take a tour of the refreshed restaurant space including a brand new private room for events and parties. ———— Follow #driftwoodraleigh on my #instastories to see some highlights from the #medianight ! Swipe 🔙 to see our tasty experience at Driftwood! . . . #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy #RaleighBlogger #lifestyleblogger #raleighfood #trianglefoodies #raleighrestaurant #lafayettevillage #visitRaleigh #Raleigheats #NCfood

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Invited Raleigh influencers got to experience the new flavors and take a tour of the refreshed restaurant space including a brand new, communal style private dining room for events and parties. The restaurant’s unique open kitchen concept and scratch made menu showcases the best ingredients from as many regional and local farmers and producers when possible. Feast your eyes on some of the highlights from our media tasting experience on my Facebook page>>here.

For more info, follow Driftwood Kitchen & Bar #DriftwoodRaleigh, @driftwoodraleigh on Instagram and Facebook

Thanks for reading! I hope this post has made you hungry and ready to make reservations. Any of these restaurants would make a great dining out date option or a place to meet friends for small bites and cocktails! Cheers!

Have you dined at any of these restaurants? If not, which one are you checking out first?

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NEW Weekend #Brunch at Hickory Tavern is Sweet,Savory,Satisfying! @TheHickoryTav #HickoryTavern #Cary #NC

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Hey Foodies in the Triangle, have you heard? Hickory Tavern is taking weekends up a notch with the addition of their new, mouthwatering brunch spread. The neighborhood gathering spot, known for its lively atmosphere for game days, happy hours, nights out with family and friends and curated special events, is now adding sizzle to Saturdays and Sundays by serving up a heightened brunch experience. Brunch lovers can plan to visit Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.to experience Hickory Tavern’s craveable, guest-first mission alongside the new brunch offerings.

The new brunch menu offers a variety of dishes that will please the pickiest palette. New items [Photo Credits Hickory Tavern] include:

  • Baked Omelet – Filled with sautéed peppers, onion, tomato and goat cheese, topped with bacon crumble, finished with sour cream
  • Tower of Blueberry Pancakes –Sweet blueberry pancakes served with maple syrup topped with a dollop of whipped cream
  • Avocado Toast – Fresh avocado, tomato salsa piled on toasted sourdough topped with a drizzle of balsamic reduction
  • Chicken Wafflewich – Belgian waffle topped with hand-breaded chicken
  • Banana and Walnut French Toast Squares – Candied banana and walnuts over homemade french toast bites

Each entrée comes with a side of crispy bacon. A gluten-free friendly menu is available upon request. Hickory Tavern also offers a signature craft cocktail list that includes $15 Jumbo Mimosa Carafes.

“The addition of brunch offerings to our already extensive menu is an exciting change for Hickory Tavern,” said Hickory Tavern President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Baldasaro. “The increased demand for brunch in Charlotte was indicative of the growing desire across all locations to make brunch more than a meal. People want a full brunch experience.”

Me and my #HeighPartyof3 were invited in recently to give the new menu a try. It was our first time dining at the Hickory Tavern in Cary,NC located in Parkside Town Commons. This sports bar restaurant is quite popular with locals ,so we were excited to try them out. After being greeted with a smile, we were escorted to our seats. Our daughter chose a booth, which was fine with me because the quote by Zac Brown above it caught my eye.

Our server took our drink order and I decided to try their seasonal drink listed on the sign outside of the restaurant. The Winter Bourbon Berry Sangria was pretty good. Who knew Bourbon, Berries and Sangria would go so well together!

Although Hickory Tavern has a Kids Menu, my 7 yr old and her growing appetite wanted the Tower of Blueberry Pancakes. It came with four plate sized pancakes that smelled so good when they arrived at the table. Our daughter could hardly stay off of them long enough for me to get a foodie pic!

My husband ordered the Chicken Wafflewich with the gravy that comes with it on the side. But I had a taste if it and let me tell you, it is that maple sausage gravy that makes it all come together in one savory/sweet bite!

I opted to get a dish off the regular menu, Shrimp and Grits, which happens to be a brunch favorite of mine. You can find it under ‘Seafood Specialities’ on the menu. It is made with shrimp, mushrooms, red onions, scallions, andouille sausage, grits , jack and cheddar cheese and one side ( I chose the brussel sprouts w/bacon and balsamic glaze..YUM!). The shrimp and grits had a whole lot of flavor and I look forward to trying more of their seafood options.

About Hickory Tavern:
Established in 1997, Hickory Tavern is a neighborhood social gathering spot perfect for lunch, happy hour, late night, parties, game day and special events. Hickory Tavern’s purpose is to create craveable experiences for guests and we do that by serving great food, cold beer and sharing our passion for sports, entertainment and good times! Hickory Tavern has 27 locations serving 16 communities across the southeastern United States. Visit https://www.thehickorytavern.com for details on their specials, promotions and events. Connect with Hickory Tavern on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

SobeSavvy Tip: Tis the season for gifting your loved ones. Why not give a gift card to Hickory Tavern, now offering Online Ordering and Delivery that is fast and easy to use! Guests can expect a full menu to choose from upon entering their address in the Online Ordering Form. Contrary to using a third-party app, Hickory Tavern’s online ordering system is streamlined and will send guest’s orders directly to the selected Hickory Tavern kitchen following their online payment. The new online ordering system is great for not only individual or family orders, but also for groups or parties! For group orders, Hickory Tavern makes things easier by providing guests with a link where everyone in a group can add their selections to the cart. Even better? They also have a deadline option to ensure that folks have their orders in on time. Additionally, for those who want to alleviate the stress of cooking for their parties, there are several platter options perfect for large groups and parties that can be delivered directly to the guest.

Overall we had a wonderful dining experience. I would return for brunch and definitely come back to enjoy other things from the menu. Have you dined at Hickory Tavern before? What item on their new brunch menu would you try?

Hickory Tavern

Parkside Town Commons
1156 Parkside Main St.

Cary, NC 27519

#FoodieFriday Feature| 5 Reasons to ❤ @BuiltAlston in @ShopAlston + FREE Tots 12/8- 12/10 #BuiltBurgers

“Hey, a new burger spot is opening, wanna check it out?” That’s how I asked my husband to join me for the VIP Grand Opening of BUILT Custom Burgers, which is located in the Triangle’s New Alston Town Center. I want to think we all have heard about a new burger bar more than we care to remember. Part of it is our assumption that a burger is a burger is a burger. WELL, have I got some news for you….BUILT Custom Burgers is a speciality burger experience that offers a unique take on the classic burger! 

 I asked the marketing manager what sets them apart from the other various burger chains and he responded by challenging me to Five Questions regarding those “other” burger places:

1. Can you choose from 3 different bun choices like Brioche, Wheat or Gluten Free buns?

2. Do they have Applewood Smoked Bacon as a FREE topping? 

3. Do they have a vegan burger option?

4. Is guacamole a free topping at those places? 

5. Are they antibiotic and hormone free?

These 5 Reasons alone would be reason enough to love this place, but ultimately none of that means much if the burger is not good. After trying the ‘Carolina Style’ and the ‘The L.A. WAY’ we both can say their burgers are beyond GOOD! Both were juicy and uber flavorful.  We learned that the patties are made with 100% Angus Beef that is vegetarian-fed. You can also choose all-natural chicken, turkey or vegan veggie burgers made fresh daily from 11 different ingredients – all hand-formed and grilled to order.

No matter if you choose one of their suggested favorites or if you “build your own burger” from scratch, you can’t go wrong. They are a serious contender in any burger war that anyone wants to wage! With four premium protein options, five cheeses, 20 unlimited toppings, 10 flavorful sauces and the choice of three breads or two fresh greens, guests are encouraged to build a burger or bowl to meet their individual preferences. 

SobeSavvy Tip : Starting Friday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 10, all guests will receive a free side of the popular garlic or sweet sriracha tots with the purchase of any burger.

Stop in this fast-casual restaurant today and enjoy customizing your burger your own unique way at BUILT Custom Burgers! To learn more about the BUILT® Custom Burgers Alston location, visit
builtcustomburgers.com and follow along
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BUILT Custom Burgers

Alston Town Center

5033 Arco Street

Cary, NC 27519

#FoodieFriday Spotlight on @TijuanaFlats New #FlatOutrageous Menu #TexMex #Yum 

Last night, SobeSavvy.com, along with other Food Bloggers in the Triangle, was invited to Tijuana Flats’ New ‘Flat Outrageous‘ Menu Tasting Event .
During the exclusive tasting event, guests had the opportunity to try dishes from the new ‘Flat Outrageous‘ menu section, which became available in all Tijuana Flats locations on Monday, May 22. 

Just in time for summer, you can now order any of the following five flavor-packed dishes from the new ‘Flat Outrageous‘ menu:

Street Tacos …for just $7.79

Crispy Baja Fish (crispy fish, chipotle crema, shaved cilantro cabbage & pineapple salsa)

Lime Steak (grilled garlic-lime steak, avocado crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, pico de gallo & cotija cheese)


Jerk Chicken
(crispy jerk chicken, MoreFire! hot sauce, shaved cilantro cabbage, pineapple salsa & cotija cheese)

Philly Cheesesteak Flautas (shaved sirloin steak, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions & peppers, served with queso) YES, Dipping them in the queso was my favorite pastime activity last night:

Bangin’ Chicken® Tostadas (crispy corn tortillas with Smack My Ass Bangin’ Chicken®, refried beans, cheddar-jack cheese, grilled onions & peppers, tomatoes & ranch dressing)

SobeSavvy Tip: Be sure to make a trip to the hot bar. 

There are a variety of choices and amazing flavors! I had to try them all. Georgia Peach was my fave!

…and don’t forget to end your meal on a sweet note and order the cookie dough flautas for dessert! They are soooo good!

With a total of 120 locations nationwide, make sure to try the new menu at a Tijuana Flats near you! For more info go to Tijuanaflats.com 
Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @TijuanaFlats  #FlatOutrageous

TIJUANA FLATS

                                                                 12102 Bradford Green Square

 Cary, NC 27513