Tupelo Honey Opens in Cameron Village at 4 p.m. Today

Tupelo Honey Cafe continues its eastward expansion from Asheville, NC into ITB Raleigh with their official public opening at 4 p.m.

The eight-location NC chain started in December of 2000 in Downtown Asheville with a tiny, shotgun layout but notes that future locations, including Raleigh, are bigger and much brighter. At the bar, dubbed the “Pickled Okra”, the vino focus is on organic, sustainable or farmer-owned wineries and the beer menu features lots of NC craft beers. For cocktails, Chapel Hill’s TOPO are featured. Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus notes that the brand will also introduce focus on new small plates and shared appetizers in January 2015.

At a media preview event last Monday, it seems like every foodie blogger in town was in attendance and treated to Tupelo Honey cookbooks and a taste of the restaurant’s signature biscuits. In this taste-testers opinion, they were far superior to another biscuit joint that’s made its home in Cameron Village – being big and fluffy in the center, but nice and golden-crunchy on the bottom.

Several independent artists are featured in the restaurant’s decor and Tobacco Road basketball fans will be excited to see homage paid to all three Triangle-area teams, as well.

Here are some of the posts that have made it to local blogs and websites since their media preview last Monday and their friends and family seatings this past weekend:
Raleigh & Co.: Tupelo Honey Hits the Sweet Spot
TBJ: Sneak Peek Raleigh Tupelo Honey Cafe
Examiner: Good Eats – Raleigh NC Gets Ready to Welcome Tupelo Honey Cafe
WRAL.com: Sneak Peek – Tupelo Honey Cafe in Raleigh
Triangle Explorer – Picture of the Week

Vegetarians should be in good shape, but begans beware – a well-reviewed Charlotte blogger was seriously underwhelmed: http://vegcharlottenc.com/2014/04/04/if-youre-vegan-dont-eat-at-tupelo-honey/.

Visit the official website at https://tupelohoneycafe.com/location/raleigh

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