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Five Outside: September 2021

In Do, September 2021 by Kyra O'Connor1 Comment

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Where to sip, sup, shop and more outside Raleigh this month

Persnickety Books

Persnickety Books Elon

It’s officially fall, y’all (Sept. 22). Can’t you just feel the cool pumpkin spice breeze in your hair as you blow down 40 peeping changing leaves? While you’re at it, be sure to plan a pitstop at this benevolent Burlington secondhand bookshop “giving books and people a second chance” by providing employment opportunities for those in need through Benevolence Farm and Sustainable Alamance. Also making good stories is Persnickety’s trade-in program allowing you to bring in gently used books for store credit—there’s nothing persnickety about that.

The Depot on First

The Depot on First Knightdale

Who’s on first? The Depot… Roll over to Knightdale Hospitality Group’s farm-to-table-to-depot (er, food truck) concept, dishing up modern American cuisine utilizing fresh, seasonal NC ingredients—with the goal of being Knightdale’s most sustainable eatery. While the brick-and-mortar restaurant undergoes construction (revamping the historic two-story home with an ode to the town’s railroad), the food truck serves up tasty shareables (think boom boom shrimp egg rolls, crab croquettes and fried green tomatoes), local seafood options, naan flatbreads, burgers and more. One thing’s for sure, you mustorder the original Wisconsin garlic cheese curds. You can thank us later.

Pinehurst Barbecue Festival

Pinehurst BBQ Festival
Ed and Ryan Mitchell

Go hog wild at this inaugural three-day ’cue lovers’ foodie fest feteing NC’s fave food with four signature events—plus barbecue samples and traditional fixins’ from statewide award-winning pitmasters (think Ed Mitchell, Christopher Prieto, Ashley Sheppard and more). Our must-do? Q School demos where you can get, well, schooled on cooking and grilling a range of meats. And don’t miss live tunes from Nashville-based country music duo McKenzies Mill. It’s sure to be a finger-lickin’ good time. Sept. 3–5,

Pandora’s Pies/Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream

Pizza and ice cream—name a better pairing, we’ll wait. Pandora’s Pies—which also houses famed Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream—offers both savory and sweet ops because, with a combo so good, it just made sense to house them in the same place. Stop into the duo shop for “the best ice cream for the nicest people” (with 100 flavors from which to choose—so good luck), plus unique pizza, salad and calzone creations. Both eateries use locally sourced and seasonal ingredients whenever possible, and, no, we won’t tell if you have dessert before dinner.


There’s nothing to wineabout at Graham’s new (and first!) women-owned wine shop. After first being introduced to wine in college, owner Kassia McKain noticed a gap between people of color and wine—hence her choice to feature various unique minority and international selects. Her MO? To ignite your palate, naturally—via primo vino, prices and customer service. Sip, sip, hooray to that!

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