Continuing last week's theme of new restaurants for the new year, Tobacco Road Sports Cafe opened last week in Raleigh (222 Glenwood Ave., 832-3688, tobaccoroadsportscafe.com). The Amra brothers, who also own Amra's, a jazz bar down the street (106 Glenwood Ave., 828-8488, amrasraleigh.com), say the new place is not a sports bar. "Brian, Alex and Rommie Amra share a passion for both sports and good food," they write on the cafe's Web site. "Unfortunately, they found that their favorite places to watch the game were never the same as their favorite places to eat, and decided to remedy this for the people of the Triangle."
So, they aim to place great food and exceptional service first on the priority list, before tuning the many televisions at Tobacco Road. On the menu, they give nods to local fans of many sports, with a Hurricane Tomato Sandwich (local tomatoes, Duke's mayo, cracked pepper, $6.95), Mudcat Fish and Chips (beer-battered catfish, fries and tartar sauce made with apple cider vinegar, $13.95) and Demon Deacon Tuna (crusted and pan-seared yellowfin tuna served with teriyaki stir fry and udon noodles, $25.95), among others. Tobacco Road Sports Cafe is open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
For fans of wings, Bullfeathers Wings and Grille is now open at 1625 N. Main St. in Fuquay-Varina (577-0200, www.bullfeatherswingsandgrille.com). Owners Gianna and David Cramer promise a non-smoking sports bar, plus 20 kinds of wings (!) with five levels of heat, plus burgers, salads, wraps and appetizers.
There's a plethora of new and newer Japanese restaurants in southern Durham. Tokyo Fun (4325 N.C. 55, 544-9696) has a new owner and a new name, Asian Kitchen. Asian Kitchen plans to reopen Jan. 10. Just a few miles away, Momoyama Sushi (8200 Renaissance Parkway, 484-0101, www.momoyamasushi.com) opened in late October near The Streets at Southpoint mall. Owner Jeongock Lusk promises a full sushi menu as well as a basic Japanese menu. "We try and pride ourselves mostly on the freshness of our sushi and the skills of our sushi chef, who has 30 years of experience in the business," he writes in an e-mail.
Just across the parking lot from the new Dunkin' Donuts in Hope Valley Crossing (1125 N.C. 54, Durham, 403-6666, www.dunkindonuts.com) is Neo-Japan (same address, 403-3100), which has no relation to the various Neo-China restaurants in the area. Neo-Japan is owned by the same family that owns Japan Express on Roxboro Road.
Also open at long last is Revolution Restaurant, the creation of former Il Palio chef Jim Anile, in a historic downtown Durham building at 107 W. Main St., (956-9999, www.revolutionrestaurant.com). Revolution serves contemporary global cuisine daily.
And one Carrboro restaurant has a new meal to offer: Neal's Deli (100 E. Main St., Carrboro, 967-2186, www.nealsdeli.com) now serves breakfast Monday through Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The menu includes bagels from Bagels on the Hill, toast with bread from Guglhupf, and coffee from Open Eye Cafe, plus ham and biscuits made in-house.
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