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"Put a Pig on It" this CAROLINA CUE WEDNESDAY , 

Carolina 'Cue Wednesdays is on Summertime Every Other Wednesday Schedule, May-September. We'll be revisiting some of the favorites we discovered since we began our Barbecue Odyssey this past November, 2013. We've visited 22 places so far. Next up is Cook's (Lexington) on 09/03. Full schedule posted on Carolina 'Cue Wednesday (click tab to your left).


FAQs and Answers from CHEF BILL SMITH: Yes, the Soft Shells have arrived, starting on Thursdays.

NEW: Homemade Herb Pasta; Summer Tomato Plate; Bill's Tomato-Watermelon Salad; Green Peach Salad w/ mint & pepper; The Wedge Salad (with or without shrimp);Grilled Hanger Steak; Sauteed Bay Scallops & Hominy; Pan-seared Tuna; Green Tabasco Chicken; Nancie McDermott's Red Velvet Cake and as always Shrimp & Grits. See full Dinner menu line-up, changing and posted daily here.  


& Yes the Patio is open! Call for reservations or just come on in.  


Also, we don't have everything every night, call or please check the menu posted online nighty.

ART ON THE WALLS: Chris Haile's beautiful prints up all August.



1/ Yes, we have the pie you heard about on NPR:: THE PIE THAT ELICIT’S THAT OH MY GOD RESPONSE.

2/ DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE WHEN YOU ATE THE BEST BANANA PUDDING EVER? Robert St. John proclaims Bill Smith's to be the best -- and tells us why Bill Smith is one of the finest chef' in Southern cooking history: 

3/  TRAVEL TO THE OUTER BANKS WITH BILL SMITH, SAM McGANN AND LOCAL PALATE MAGAZINE (also on the site are recipes for Hard Crab Stew, Atlantic Beach Pie and more): 


NEAL'S DELI: Matt and Sheila Neal have Neal's Deli in downtown Carrboro. Check 'em out ! 

ALLEY TWENTY SIX: For a great cocktail in downtown Durham, there is Shannon Healy's Alley 26 on Chapel Hill Street.

















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