Culinary Bites

CULINARY BITES highlights Orange County’s award winning restaurants, chefs, baristas, food artisans, brewers & distillers and the delightful culinary experience they bring to this place. Did you know that Bon Appetit magazine dubbed Chapel Hill “America’s Foodiest Small Town”? Check back often for recipes, samplers, chef bios, restaurant history, reviews and more. 


Coming Soon:

Be on the look out for these restaurants soon to open...

Chapel Hill:

  • Raleigh based Gizmo Brew Works will open a taproom in the former Rathskeller space at 157 E. Franklin Street.
  • Dame's Chicken & Waffles plans to open in the former BSki's at 147 E. Franklin Street.
  • The recently closed Sawasdee Thai Restaurant at 110 N. Columbia Street is being converting to Cajun Crab House
  • Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews ,an independent bookstore and Spanish-style chocolateria, will be located at 109 E. Franklin Street. Enjoy books, chocolate, beer and coffee.
  • The folks behind Italian Pizzeria III (brothers Vinne and Angelo) and Al's Burgers (Al Bowers) are joining forces to open Yellow House Tacos, in a little yellow house behind those two Franklin Street institutions at 104 N. Graham Street.


  • Former Il Palio Executive Chef, Teddy Diggs, will open his own establishment, Coronato Pizza in the new South Green development on S. Greensboro Street. In the meantime follow Coronato on Facebook.


  • Rasoi Ventures announced they are opening a new global tapas-style bistro at 124 King Street - they haven't landed on a name yet. Look for a mid-fall opening. Keep up to date through their Instagram page
  • Carrboro restaurants Napoli Pizza and Glasshalfull wine bar will partner on a new restaurant slated to open in the space that formerly housed Mystery Brewing Public House on 230 S. Nash Street this fall. The new restaurant will carry the Napoli name, but will venture beyond the pizza and gelato it serves from its East Main Street restaurant and popular food truck in Carrboro. It also will feature small plates and entrees, some of which will be cooked in their wood oven.



Carrboro Coffee Roasters

Located in Carrboro, NC a town with a population of about 21,000, is a locally owned small batch artisan roaster with reaches far beyond the horizons of Orange County, NC - actually their reach is global. Read more ....

ACME Food and Beverage

Did you know there's more than one way to shuck an oyster? We caught up with Chef Kevin Callaghan for a little tour of his restaurant in Carrboro and got the scoop on shucking oysters and his favorite way to eat them.


Panciuto Italian - English - panciuto | Definiton: adj. potbellied, paunchy rounded, big-bellied. But around here, Panciuto is a cozy restaurant serving locally sourced, Italian-inspired food & drinks, with menu updated weekly. Read more...

Shrimp and Grits (Crook's Corner)

Crook’s Corner, named an “American Classic” restaurant by the James Beard Foundation is renowned for many things but none quite so well-known as “Shrimp and Grits,” originally a Bill Neal recipe that is still on the menu today. Read more and get the recipe...

Interview with Chef Justin Burdette

Get to know Chef Justin, Crook's Corners' new Executive Chef