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Tony Luke’s Expanding Down East Coast

Gotta admit, when we first started making regular visits to Tony Luke’s in South Philly in the early ’90s, we never imagined it would ever expand to a second Philadelphia outlet much less become franchised up and down the east coast. The roast pork Italian and Uncle Mike sandwiches had us thoroughly seduced, as did the very scruffy, bare-bones location, alongside a barbed wire encircled “parking area” beneath rumbling Interstate 95 next door. Continue reading

Change in New Spot for Charlotte NC’s Food Truck Friday

About a month ago, we posted the news that Charlotte, NC’s very popular gathering of about 14 food trucks, Food Truck Friday, would have a new home next spring, as their longtime spot was undergoing development. Well, there’s been a change in plans: yes, they still have to move, but they’ve changed their new home. They will open on April 1st at Sycamore Brewing, which organizers note is an ideal site, with plenty of space for the trucks and customers to park, picnic tables, and an expanse of lawn for picnicking. And, of course, there’s all that fresh-brewed beer to go with the food! Continue reading

Charlotte NC’s Food Truck Friday Moving, Cloning

Today, from 5 until 9 p.m., marks the final Food Truck Friday of the year in Charlotte, NC. What started about four years ago with a few trucks has maxed out at 14 food trucks and a secure place in the hearts and stomachs of Charlotte residents. The food trucks have gathered in a lot at the corner of West Park and South Tryon, in the Historic South End neighborhood, since the beginning, but the property has been sold and development is about to begin, requiring a change of venue. Continue reading

100 Counties, 100 Restaurants in NC

Sometimes the choice is a traditional old-timer, like Price’s Chicken Coop in Charlotte or Parker’s Barbecue in Wilson. Other times, local tradition isn’t part of the equation at all, like when the pick is Youssef 242 in Hickory or Taste of West Africa in Fayetteville. What were talking about is the new feature from the Charleston Food Bloggers, where they have chosen the best restaurant in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.  Have a look!

LAF in the A.M. February 5th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day


North Carolina Sandwiches

Zimmern Does Boston

Green Dragon of Ephrata Begins Rebuilding

How Does Shake Shack Do It?

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LAF in the A.M. December 24th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

El Charro New Concessionaire for Tucson’s Rillito Park Track

Greenwich, CT’s Méli-Mélo Looking to Expand

Chicago Writer Approves of Chicago Shake Shack

Graeter’s Coming to Chicago Region

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LAF in the A.M. December 19th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 40 Food Cities in U.S.

Tulsa Lobster

How to Spend Only a Few Hours in Chicago

An Interview with Tony Luke Jr.

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LAF in the A.M. December 6th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Meet the Southern Cake Queen of Charlotte NC

How Are Those Burgers at Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago?

Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

A Truck Stop In the Middle of Nowhere

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Going Veggie in Charlotte

We don’t envy anyone trying to keep to a strictly vegetarian diet while traveling in the American South, but it’s far more doable than it was even ten years ago. Courtney Devores, writing for the Charlotte Observer, runs down the wide spectrum of options available in Charlotte, NC for vegans and vegetarians. The options range from raw food emporiums to regular eateries with an elevated health consciousness. Continue reading

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