Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill announces the third chef at the restaurant: Asheville chef Justin Burdett. He replaces chef Bill Smith, who took over from founder Bill Neal. Both helped elevate Southern cooking to the national dining radar.
You might not look twice at Wrapway, located in a generic shopping plaza on Highway 49 just past UNC Charlotte near I-485. But if you ventured inside, you’d find a menu of Mediterranean wraps, rice bowls and salads. And lahmajoun.
Charlotte TV chef Troy Gagliardo of Mooresville has ended his 11-year run on “WCCB News Rising.” NC chef Vivian Howard and “Top Chef” star Fabio Viviani gave endorsements on the back cover of his “Pseudo Southern” cooking book.
Cúrate, a Spanish tapas restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, has made Food & Wine’s list of the 40 most important restaurants of past 40 years. Executive chef Katie Button was credited for the restaurant’s success.
A Charlotte, North Carolina, hot dog joint has been named the best in the United States by Money magazine and Yelp. Chili Man is a hot dog cart whose owner goes by that nickname. Other top dog restaurants are in California and Florida.