The August 2017 Issue

The August 2017 Issue

Hole-in-the-Wall Joints

Nine Worth the Trip: These local spots are the unsung hearts of their towns, and they hold a special place in our hearts, too.

Love-worn restaurants are meant to be revered, not reviewed: We flock to our favorite dive for everything it is — and isn’t.

Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives turns North Carolina’s beloved local restaurants into destinations.

Plus: Tomato season is here, but it won’t last long: Seize the moment with four classic recipes.

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Travel

Last-Minute Solar Eclipse-Viewing Events
Guides

17 Last-Minute Solar Eclipse-Viewing Events

The Great American Eclipse is upon us, and you still haven’t made any plans? Don’t fret — if you excel at procrastination or forgetfulness, but still want to play hooky and enjoy the historic event on August 21, we’ve got you covered.

Best-Kept Secrets in Asheville: Hood Huggers International
Presented By Prestige Subaru

Best-Kept Secrets in Asheville: Hood Huggers International

Hood Huggers tours introduce visitors (and reintroduce locals) to an often overlooked, but powerfully prominent, community in Asheville.

Like a Local: Elizabeth City
Presented By ElectriCities of NC

Like a Local: Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City is at the crossroads of history and revitalization. The result: a town where water, hospitality, and hometown pride are deeply revered, while new restaurants, the arts, and tourism are welcomed.

This Weekend in North Carolina: August 18-20
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: August 18-20

Your curated guide to events happening across the state this weekend, from the mountains to the coast.

Eastern

Like a Local: Henderson

Henderson has had to rebuild itself more than once, and is all about the old and the new. As you plan your visit, include these spots for the best of both.

Eastern

Country Comfort at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Born and raised on this quiet farm in Martin County, innkeeper Chloe Tuttle makes her childhood house feel like home for her guests, too.

Food

Cube Steak with Tomato-Onion Chutney
Recipes

Cube Steak with Tomato-Onion Chutney

Lynn’s mother often made this comforting dish for her as a child, and today, it still tastes like home.

Smoked Tomato Gravy
Recipes

Smoked Tomato Gravy

Whip up a batch of your favorite biscuits and enjoy this hearty, savory gravy at any time of day.

Dining

When Your Town Becomes Flavortown

Guy Fieri and his wildly popular show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives put a spotlight on little joints with bold flavor. So what happens when Food Network turns North Carolina’s beloved local restaurants into destinations?

Dining

Saltwater Grill Serves Seafood by the Water

Whether you arrive by car or by boat, this laid-back restaurant in downtown Swansboro will fill your plate with seafood, and your heart with a love of the water.

Dining

Tried & True: The Mystique of Hole-in-the-Wall Joints

These love-worn restaurants are revered, not reviewed: We flock to them for everything they are — cash only, unfussy, hard-to-find — and aren’t, because what matters most is always on the inside.

Stuffed Baked Tomatoes
Recipes

Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes are delicious on their own, but they also make great vehicles for blue cheese, walnuts, and bread crumbs.

NC Culture

Arts & Culture

Watching the eclipse? Want to help Our State? Here’s how.

There’s going to be a total solar eclipse on Monday, and we want to hear your thoughts on it in the moment.

Sports

Triangle’s Bouncing Bulldogs Learn More Than Just Jump Rope

The Triangle’s Bouncing Bulldogs, one of the best jump rope teams in the world, bring home plenty of trophies, but it’s the camaraderie and life lessons that members cherish most.

History

Revisiting the Russell School

A two-room schoolhouse in Durham County unites those who grew up together with one woman born a world away.

Life

Ramblin’ Man: Millpond Memories

A grandmother’s depiction of a favorite swimming spot preserves a moment in shades of yesteryear.

Life

Century-Old Tomato Club is a Cleveland County Tradition

A tomato club founded more than a century ago has blossomed into a beloved tradition in Cleveland County, where members tend their community like a garden.

History

The History of the North Carolina Gazette, Our State’s First Newspaper

North Carolina was one of the last colonies to have a printer’s office, opening operations in New Bern in 1749. Two years later, on August 9, 1751, the first issue of the North Carolina Gazette was born.