Brown Bag Café's griddle masters whip up an extensive menu of casual, American-style fare for breakfast, lunch, and Tuesday dinner. Greet the morning sun by looking it straight in the eye and enjoying a double stack of fluffy pancakes ($4.49) or a grilled croissant sandwich loaded with egg, bacon, and cheddar ($3.49). Midday stacked specialties tower over blue and orange booths with fried green tomato BLTs topped with applewood-smoked bacon ($7.99). Cajun-style mahi-mahi tacos ($7.99) wear crowns of pepper jack cheese and mango salsa, and the cheesy cheeseburger ($6.99) fills stomachs with cheddar, swiss, provolone, and house-made pimento melted over a half-pound patty and served with fresh-cut pub chips and a softly spoken ode to Wisconsin.
Try It Racing puts raceway rabble-rousers in the passenger or driver's seat of authentic stock cars while cruising along professional speedways. With the Ultimate Ride package, aspiring rubber-burners buckle up alongside a licensed driver to race around the track at full speed. At the short tracks of Orange County Speedway or Langley Speedway, passengers will circle the track for five full laps, plus warm-up and cool-down runs, for the full oval-inspired experience. Those choosing to motor around the 3/8-mile Old Dominion Speedway can follow in the tire marks of its past drivers, including Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Bobby Allison.
Jac’s Grill serves up a dinner menu packed with gourmet seafood, steak, salads, and pasta. Field greens take on a new persona when disguised in spiced walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, roasted-black-peppered apples, a blond wig, and a sweet maple vinaigrette ($5–$7). Parmesan fried oysters served over cheese grits ($10) leave diners eager to move onto main-meal events, such as pecan-crusted grouper, which is baked, dressed in a red-pepper coulis, and served with parmesan risotto and asparagus ($24). Jac’s à la carte meat market gives diners a choice of various cuts of steak, chicken, or pork chops, all served with sides, inventive sauces, and an affirmation of free will. A 12-ounce New York strip steak may pair with a roasted sweet potato, wilted spinach, and a smoked-gouda cream sauce ($24), and a loaded potato cake, broccolini, and Jac’s own barbeque sauce can accompany tender chicken to the plate ($13).
More than 50 years after first Char-Grill opened its doors on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, the ever-popular local chain still fires up tasty hamburgers infused with an old-fashioned handmade flavor. The hearty half- and quarter-pound patties—topped with a choice of mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, or pickle—entrance mouths with their smoky tongue tap dance. Forged in the charcoal flames of the grill tops by hardworking master burgersmiths, the bold, juicy taste of the steak hamburgers is complemented by the jovial, salty humor of its crispy french-fry sidekicks. But Char-Grill is more than burgers—grilled-chicken sandwiches, chili-covered hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, and fried apple turnovers round out the menu of classic Americana. Char-Grill's commitment to quality, its retro decor, and a robust menu reflect the simpler times of the 1950s, when Eisenhower was president, rock 'n' roll was king, and hamburgers were used as currency.