New Menu at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Highlights of the new Tobacco Road Sports Cafe menu:


  • Warm Pimento Cheese Dip – Served with locally baked pita bread & vegetables.
  • Fried Artichoke Hearts – Tossed with shaved Parmesan. Served with NC ruffle aioli & Lusty Monk dijon mustard.
  • Totally ‘redesigned’ Nachos.


  • Strawberry & Avocado Salad – Mixed greens, strawberries and avocados tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette served over whipped goat cheese spread & topped with toasted Marcona Almonds.


  • Turkey Ciabatta Sandwich – Thinly sliced turkey breast, sun dried tomato pesto, whippped goat cheese spread & arugula on toasted ciabatta bread.
  • K-Ville Chicken Club Sandwich – Fried chicken breast, smoked gouda cheese, pecan wood smoked bacon, BBQ Mayo, mixed greens & tomato.


  • Eagle Pride Burger – Freshly ground beef patty with pimento cheese, friend green tomato, mixed greens, pickled okra & pickled red onion.


  • Steak Frites – Grilled petite tenderloin topped with leek thyme demi gravy & served with shoestring fries.
  • BBQ Beef Ribs – Four large pieces of slow roasted beef ribs smothered in house-made BBQ suace served with choice of one side dish.
  • Shrimp Tacos – Three flour tortillas filled with seasoned sauteed shrimp and topped with pineapple pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, avocado & cilantro sour cream. Served with black beeans & rice.
  • Grilled Salmon – On mashed potatoes with sauteed greens, tomato-basil relish & drizzled with lemon tarragon aioli.
  • Chicken Pesto Gemelli Pasta – Gemelli pasta tossed with sauteed chicken breast, pesto, spinach, artichoke hearts & roasted red peppers, then toppped with Parmesan.



NanaSteak preps for Durham opening

Husband and wife, Scott Howell and Aubrey Zinaich Howell own the popular upscale Durham restaurant Nana’s on University Ave. as well as the neighboring Mexican joint NanaTaco and the French-inspired downtown Bar Virgile. This culinary power couple is about to embark on yet another style of food in the Bull City–the first of its kind in the area–a steakhouse, appropriately named NanaSteak, adjacent to The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). 

NanaSteak Durham

The whole concept came about when Scott and Aubrey were at a DPAC show a few years ago and ran into someone who works at American Tobacco where DPAC is located. This friend put the bug in Scott’s ear that there was going to be a prime space available for a restaurant near DPAC and a burning desire was lit in Scott.

Dining near DPAC

Graham and Brad Weddington, longtime bartenders at Nana’s, had been talking to Scott for a while about doing a restaurant together, and opening NanaSteak seemed like the perfect opportunity. Tyler Vanderzee, the sous-chef at Nana’s, expressed interested in participating and it felt right to have him join the couple as a partner at NanaSteak as well. As for Aubrey’s role, well, they’re a package deal: “He’s the brain’s, and I’m the brawn,” shares Aubrey. “He’s the creative, and I execute.”

Check out Durham food blog Bites of Bull City, where you can view some cool interior photos and read more about the opening.


Thrillist: These are the 12 best restaurants in Durham

Last week, I shared entertainment and culture website Thrillist’s choices for “Everywhere Worth Eating in Raleigh.” This week, it’s Durham’s turn.

The list of the ” 12 Best Restaurants in Durham,” penned by the same travel writer and geared to Millennials (including where to take a “hot Tinder date”), is divided into categories such as “best power brunch” and “best outdoor dining.”

Read more in Triangle Business Journal.