Looking for ways to beat the summer heat? Check out the chilly wares at these three new foodie destinations.
In Durham, Grace Beason has teamed up with her husband, Six Plates Wine Bar owner Matthew Beason, and Six Plates chef Ted Domville to open a frozen-yogurt shop called Local Yogurt (2501-102 University Drive; www.localyogurt.com). The "Local" refers to the fact that the shop is locally owned and operated. Many of the toppings are local, too, with recent options including North Carolina strawberries, blueberries, early-season peaches and Foster's Market cookies. While the yogurt isn't locally made, it's all natural and available in four flavors: plain low-fat (creamy, naturally sweet and just a bit tangy) and a rotating selection of nonfat flavors such as strawberry, chocolate and peanut butter.
In Raleigh, the cool treats take on a decidedly adult flavor at Cashmere (410 Glenwood Ave.; 836-7637; www.cashmereraleigh.com), a new bar and restaurant on Glenwood South with a vibe as sleek and sexy as its name. Even the list of house specialty cocktails -- dozens of them, from classic martini to Wildberry Muffin (Three Olives berry vodka, Apple Pucker, Irish Cream, Amaretto and a splash of cream with a sugared rim) -- is divided into categories with provocative names such as Sweet 'n' Succulent. For now, the menu is limited to a handful of small plates, wraps and desserts. Chef Brian Allen (formerly of The George) plans to expand the offering to include panini and a full menu of hot appetizers and entrees as soon as the Health Department gives final approval of the kitchen improvements.
At Sunset Slush in North Raleigh (9101-121 Leesville Road; 848-3010; www.sunsetslushofraleigh.com), the specialty is Italian ice so thick it's served in scoops. "Some people think it's sorbet when they first taste it," says Matt Shaw, who owns the shop with his wife, Lindsay. A colorful assortment of flavors is offered, from the popular Rainbow USA (cherry, blue raspberry and lemon swirled in a single scoop) to Cotton Candy to the ultra-sour Cry Baby. The Shaws also operate a pushcart (you might have seen them at the RBC Center) and cater private events for which the options expand to include Sunset Slush Infusions, grownup treats such as the Margarita (lemon-lime Italian ice with tequila and triple sec) and Lady Soul (Godiva chocolate liqueur with coconut-cream Italian ice).