In 1977, Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas had a vision to open a restaurant chain that combined fast service with made-from-scratch comfort fare. They labored to perfect Bojangles’ signature blend of seasonings to flavor its menu of fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and homemade sides.
Though the eatery has ballooned to more than 500 locations, each one still uses Jack and Richard’s 35-year-old biscuit recipe. The flaky, buttery morsels germinate in a multi-phase process that involves 15 mixing steps, 18 rolling steps, and 2 years of intensive wilderness training.
Strap in for speed and follow the fast-tracked wisdom of NASCAR-licensed drivers at Stock Car Driving Experience. Ultimate Ride Package guests will take a seat beside a veteran stockcar speed demon and encircle the full track at Old Dominion Speedway for five heart-pounding laps, in addition to laps for warm up, cool down, and victory. Stock cars are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph, and because you'll be on a speedway track, your dashboard speedometer is sure to get plenty of exercise. If you opt for the Extreme Driving Experience, you'll fly through the same shotgun ride of the Ultimate Ride, and, to fulfill your insatiable throttling thirst, you'll take the driver's seat for a full 15 laps of automotive bliss. All instruction is done onsite, so guests don't have to worry about buying their own stock car or mail-order driver in advance.
In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.
When it comes to whipping up classic Italian cuisine, the team at Baci Italiano doesn't take shortcuts. Take the spaghetti, for example, which comes with meatballs that are crafted in house. Or the lasagna, which chefs painstakingly prepare by layering pasta with the kitchen's signature meat sauce. They're similarly deliberate when they curate toppings?such as calamari, applewood-smoked bacon, and ricotta cheese?for their 12" personal pizzas, built upon a choice of traditional or whole wheat crust. They even add authentic touches to their veal medallions, crowning them with a layer of Di Parma prosciutto imported from Italy, and baby spinach leaves that were rocked to sleep with Italian lullabies.
After a long day in the sun, the relaxing coolness of a familiar bar can restore the vim and vigor lost to those nasty UV rays. That's where PBR Hampton Roads comes in. Within the cozy dimness of its wood-lined interior, the bar quenches thirsts with a robust selection of draft beer and craft brews, many of which stand on display within the bar's sleek geometrical shelves. The kitchen reinforces the welcoming vibe, serving hearty plates of 1-pound burgers, big burritos, and pulled pork drenched in Jack Daniel?s barbecue sauce. Nights end on a sweet note, too; in addition to favorites including turtle brownies and apple dumplings, cooks also deep-fry peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches for dessert.
The chefs at Palm Tree Caribbean Restaurant bring the flavors of the islands to locals with traditional meat dishes and freshly caught East Coast seafood. Rich, spicy curries and jerk seasonings alight upon tender cuts of goat, chicken, and shrimp with accompaniments of yams, plantains, or rice and peas. The chefs cook up soul-food specials Thursday through Saturday, offering a Southern counterpoint to the oxtail and fish dishes that populate the menu throughout the week. Each item on the menu can be wrapped up in easily transportable carry-out snack boxes or chosen to cater events, allowing guests to enjoy the island fare anywhere.