Mouthful Blog

  • Cary's Totopos, featuring Mexican street food and tequila bar, opens

    Posted by Greg Cox on September 18, 2014

    Joel Ibarra, whose family own several Mexican restaurants in the area (as well as the Mexican-Southern fusion concept Jose and Sons in downtown Raleigh) has teamed up with longtime friend and Mexico City native Miguel Araiza in a venture they’ve been talking about for years. Called Totopos, the restaurant features the street food of Mexico City. According to Araiza, it’s the food that Chilangos (the nickname for denizens of that city) indulge in multiple times a week.

    To put that food on the plate, Ibarra has hired chef Miguel Cuevos, formerly of Gonza Tacos y Tequila. Cuevos has responded with an offering that includes ropa vieja empanadas, tostadas a la Veracruzana, Mexico City-style quesadillas, and variations on the themes of guacamole and ceviche. Separate sections are devoted to tacos (on soft organic blue corn tortillas), enchiladas and entrees ranging from pipian rojo (pork loin in an almond-tomato-chile sauce) to dried chile-marinated mahi mahi.

    Araiza is assembling an ambitious tequila selection - currently 25 or so, though he expects to more than double that number. The eventual goal it to offer flights of tequilas - silver, reposado and añejo from, say, Patron or Don Julio - to compare the effects of aging. He’s even got his eye on a couple of rare double añejos.


  • Barbecue events on tap for bluegrass festival

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on September 18, 2014

    The N.C. Pork Council is offering up plenty of opportunities to eat both eastern and western-style barbecue during the bluegrass events in downtown Raleigh in a few weeks.


  • Church barbecue dinner, grape stomp and more

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on September 16, 2014

    Edenton Street United Methodist Church is hosting a barbecue dinner on Sept. 19.

    Check out our weekly list of food events across the Triangle, including cooking classes, foodtours, farmers markets, wine tastings, dinners and more.


  • Chef Gabrielle Hamilton has Nov. 2 book event at Fearrington

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on September 16, 2014

    James Beard award-winng chef, Gabrielle Hamilton, is coming to Pittsboro for a Nov. 2 event at Fearrington. She has a new cookbook named after her New York City restaurant, “Prune.”


  • Three new restaurants coming soon to Glenwood South

    Posted by Greg Cox on September 16, 2014

    Experienced restaurateurs to open eateries in the 510 Glenwood Ave. space.


  • So many food events this week...

    Posted by Andrea Weigl on September 15, 2014

    Here’s a roundup of food events this week across the Triangle.


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