Culinary Bites

CULINARY BITES highlights Orange County’s award winning restaurants and chefs 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. 

Special Holiday Edition~

Celebrate the holidays at Crossroads with exceptional cuisine by Executive Chef Brandon Sharp and his culinary team. How does Slow-roasted Pork Belly, Butternut Squash Farrotto and Egg Nog Crème Brulee sound for starts? Then on Christmas Day the menu changes to brunch that will feature an array of cold salads, antipasti, charcuterie, seafood, and carving meats. Reservations and info (919) 918-2777.

Established in 2004, Talulla’s has become a favorite dining and late night destination amongst locals and visiting foodies alike with their unique Turkish Cuisine. Join Tallulas for a memorable Christmas Eve dining experience and Christmas Day lunch and dinner holiday feast. (919) 933-1177

*Il Palio’s Chef Teddy Diggs has a special Christmas menu planned for you. With so many options, it may be hard to decide. How does Smoked Califlower “Vellutata” Roasted Mushrooms sound for an appetizer? Or, Braised Lamb Meatballs for a second course or Traditional Cotichino Sausage for third course? Or, Lemon Ricotta Chiffon Cheesecake for dessert? Really? Yes – so be prepared, we think you’ll be saying “I can’t make up my mind”! (919) 918-2545. By the way, Il Palio at The Siena Hotel is North Carolina’s only AAA Four Diamond award Italian Restaurant!

Restaurant Provence in Carrboro is offering an a la carte menu on Christmas Eve that includes their favored French appetizers and entrées. Call (919) 967-5008 for reservations.

Ring in the New Year with the folks at City Kitchen! The evening kicks off with a special a la carte menu from 5pm – 8pm. Afterwards you have the option to enjoy a NYE4 course pre-fixe menu that includes a champagne toast. Wear your dancing shoes for live music by the Nick White Quartet 9pm to 1 am. For reservations call (919) 928-8200.

*New Year’s Eve at The Carolina Inn – What better way to bring in the New Year! Executive Chef Brandon Sharp and his talented culinary team will delight you again with an amazing New Year’s Eve dinner which offers a three-course meal and champagne toast from 5:30 until 10 PM.

*Note: Both The Carolina Inn and Siena Hotel have special NYE Romance accommodation packages available.

Please check back as new restaurants will be added.