Saturday, July 19, 2014

Get Your Burger Fix at Bad Daddy's

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar has been on my radar screen for a while. After a recent visit to the Morrisville location at 3300 Village Market Place, I only wish I had gone sooner!

Bad Daddy’s specializes in high-quality burgers with tantalizing toppings. It’s hard not to be impressed with burgers made from chuck and brisket. Burgers run the gamut from basic to “Bad A**.” A create-your-own option starts with a 7-ounce patty and includes your choice from 10 varieties of Boar’s Head cheese plus premium toppings such as avocado, buttermilk fried bacon and rosemary ham.

Among the various specialty burgers, I recommend the classic Southern burger with American cheese, chili, slaw, mustard and relish. It’s a messy proposition, but thankfully there’s a roll of paper towels on the table. For something decidedly different, try Mama Ricotta’s burger with fresh mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes, pepperoncini and extra virgin olive oil. 



Standout side items include hand-cut French fries, onion straws and house-made potato chips. I opted for sweet potato fries served with chipotle ranch for dipping, which were as tasty as I’ve ever encountered.

Décor tends toward modern casual. High ceilings with exposed ductwork work nicely with the wide-open dining room.  Service is friendly and efficient, and I would have been even more impressed if a manager had come by the table to ask how everyone enjoyed the dining experience.

A meal with drink at Bad Daddy’s will set you back about $15. That's somewhat pricy, but it’s well worth the investment. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wingin' It Offers Locals a Welcome Addition

When Tom McGrath and Cory Ellsworth joined forces earlier this year and opened Wingin' It Bar and Grille, they brought food service experience and stability to a location that lacked solid direction. The restaurant that previously occupied the space on Main Street in Fuquay-Varina closed its doors after operating for more than five years.

“We’re committed to having a regular presence out on the floor,” McGrath told me recently. He also owns and runs the successful Assaggio’s Pizzeria & Ristorante in the Quay. “We get the food out as fast as possible so people don’t have to wait.” McGrath "gets it" when it comes to customer service.

Menu starters like nachos, bacon-infused potato skins and fried jalapeños kick things off nicely. Burgers and chicken wings are crowd-pleasing favorites. Be sure to order the sugar-glazed sweet potato fries as your side.


With 18 varieties of traditional and boneless wings, sauces range from garlic Parmesan and backwards ranch to Thai peanut and Jamaican jerk. Try the tasty "gold rush," which has a seasoned honey-mustard base.

If you’re in the mood for red meat, go for the satisfying fried egg bearnaise burger or a succulent French dip sandwich. Be sure to watch the large-scale toy train run overhead as you enjoy your meal. 



Photos courtesy of Jonathan Fredin/S&A Cherokee

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