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


Blue Jay Bistro | Littleton

Executive chef Ashleigh Fleming is bringing high-quality eats to the small town of Littleton—and by small we mean barely 1-square-mile small—via recently opened Blue Jay Bistro. A realization of entrepreneur Ed Fitts’ vision to breathe new life into his hometown, the approachable-meets-fine dining restaurant is set in an indoor/outdoor oasis serving up stunning intricate design, with Southern-inspired dishes such as Wild Catter oysters, pickled shrimp and watermelon, and a sweet tea-brined pork chop (though menu items will rotate constantly based on seasonality and local availability). And Fleming won’t settle for anything less than a full stomach, so finish your meal with some beignets or a decadent slice of flourless chocolate cake.


Park’s Food Street | Durham

Want some global grub that’s all that and dim sum? Park’s Food Street, (a food hall concept by Jay Park, also the owner of Durham’s Itaewon Grill), features three restaurants, each offering their own unique Korean-fusion fare in a vibrant Seoul-inspired atmosphere. Whether you prefer to chow down on chicken in a cup at CupDak, nosh on noodles from Ramyun Time, or taste a taco or two from Taco Park, Park’s cuisine is worth a hang in the Bull City. Pho real. 


The PumpHouse 1906 | Kinston

Shake up cocktail hour at Social House Vodka’s new cocktail bar, The PumpHouse 1906, in Kinston, where the North Carolina-made vodka is used in a plethora of superb drinks. From a classic vodka Collins and caipiroska (a traditional Brazilian take on a vodka caipirinha) to the refreshing Summer’s Gettin’ Good (made with Social House Vodka, fresh muddled watermelon, homemade jalapeno syrup and fresh pressed lime)—all the boozy bevs were created by local cocktail connoisseur Bob Peters. And if vodka isn’t your thing, there’s cocktails with gin, tequila and whiskey too.


Pluck Farm | Carrboro

High times are in store for visitors to Steel String Brewery’s recently debuted Pluck Farm, which just started selling pre-rolled CBD joints—completely legal in NC, BTW, as they don’t contain any THC or psychoactive properties—from Handèwa Farms. Located just 10 miles down Highway 54 from the brewery, Pluck Farm grows flowers, hops, native fruit varieties and more—and features a disc golf course and sizable beer garden. So you can spend the weekend lying in the grass, smoking a CBD joint and sipping on a brewski. Puff, puff, pass the beer!


Dram & Draught  | Durham

Dram & Draught will always be your go-to comfortable, cool neighborhood bar, no matter what neighborhood—or city—it’s in, which now includes Durham. Recently opening in the Bull City, Dram & Draught Durham is doling the same amazing whiskey selection, kickass cocktails, well-curated beer list and small-but-interesting wine list we all know and love about our resident Raleigh D&D—plus unique cocktails curated by the Durham team of bartenders. Cheers to that!

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