Debbie Lou's Biscuit Shop

Five Outside April

In April 2020, Do by Raleigh Magazine

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The weather’s warming up and just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside! Check out an open air farmers market or a local nature preserve, or get a tasty meal to go from one of many delicious Triangle spots; if nothing else, it’s a good excuse to go for a drive.

Tandem
CARRBORO

Business partners Younes Sabouh, the chef, and Emma Sabouh, the general manager, are truly what one could call a dream team. This dynamic duo happens to be a married couple who shared a dream to work together in the hospitality industry years ago, hence their restaurant’s name. Chef Younes uses traditional Morroccan techniques like braising and cooking in clay and over fires to produce beautiful dishes like pan seared wild salmon, mushroom stuffed chicken breast, pasta primavera and butternut squash soup, all of which are available for curbside takeout or delivery. (919) 240-4441; tandemcarrboro.com

Debbie Lou's Biscuit Shop

Debbie Lou’s Biscuit Shop
DURHAM 

Debbie Lou’s proclaims that everything is better on a biscuit, and after you see their drool-worthy, mile-high loaded biscuit creations, you’ll agree. Located inside True Flavors Diner at Lakewood Shopping Center, Debbie Lou’s offers everything from roasted duck on a garlic cheese biscuit to buttered lobster on an herb buttered biscuit to a peanut butter banana bacon biscuit that perfectly delivers on both sweet and savory cravings. Order any of these mighty biscuits and more for takeout and curbside pickup Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until they run out. (919) 294-9757; trueflavorsdiner.com/debbie-lou

Merritt’s Grill
CHAPEL HILL

The folks at Merritt’s have found a way to make a regular ‘ole BLT into one of the most divine sandwiches in the Triangle by adding one signature Southern ingredient: pimento cheese. The famous sandwich has been on the eatery’s menu since it opened in 1992, alongside other popular lunch sandwiches such as chicken salad, egg salad, fried bologna and a ham, turkey and bacon club, all served on your choice of local artisan bread. Order through Grubhub, Doordash, by phone or swing by for curbside takeout. (919) 942-4897; facebook.com/MerrittsStoreAndGrill

HerbFest
WAKE FOREST 
April 17-19, 24-26
(As of press time)

Head outside for a breath of fresh air and stop by this yearly festival. Admission and entertainment are free and artists and vendors will feature their work for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment. Certified organic produce will be available for purchase and educational seminars will focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Whether you have a green thumb or no gardening experience at all, HerbFest will have something for everyone. herbfest.net/index.php

Flower Hill Nature Preserve

Flower Hill Nature Preserve
MIDDLESEX

Itching to get outside now that it’s warm? Head to Johnston County’s Flower Hill Nature Preserve, where a short, half-mile trail winds through gorgeous blooms throughout the spring, including the pink Catawba rhododendron. While most of the surrounding area is made up of flat farmland, the 25-acre preserve features curious plateaus, a small cliff and the Moccasin Creek that make hikers feel as though they’re in a forest in western North Carolina. triangleland.org/explore/nature-preserves/flower-hill-nature-preserve

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