Up & Coming Weekly

September 19, 2017

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38 SEPTEMBER 20 - 26, 2017 Best of Fayetteville Best Fried Chicken Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 3308 Bragg Blvd. or 2313 Gillespie St. (910) 826-7664/(910) 486-8666 or www.popeyes.com A new winner to this category, Popeyes offers up its own style of chicken — New Orleans style. Its mission is "satisfying taste buds everywhere with authentic, flavorful and slow-cooked food — Louisi- ana style!" With more than 2,600 restaurants around the world, the newest Popeyes will be opening on Skibo Road in the Holly- wood Heights area in the next few weeks. Popeyes serves the flavors and attitude of the Big Easy with authentic Cajun recipes that reflect the chain's bayou roots. Spicy chicken and chicken tenders, fried shrimp, po' boys, lighter-than-air biscuits, Cajun fries, red beans and rice, Cajun rice, signature sauces and more grace the menu. And Popeyes won big at the 2011 Nation's Restaurant News MenuMas- ters Award with its limited time offer of Wicked Chicken. Best Pizza (Eat In) Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom 2140 Skibo Rd. (910) 764-0805 or www.oldchicago.com There is something magical about a delicious pizza. Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom has all the clas- sics — the Chicago 7 with pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onions, black olives, green peppers and sliced mushrooms; the Double Deckeroni, which is covered in pepperoni, hot sauce and parsley; and the Hawaiian with Canadian bacon, pine- apple, red peppers, fresh green onions and sweet Thai chili tomato sauce — to name a few. And Old Chicago does the classics well. But why stop there when you can make this niche your own? And that is just what head chef Mike Thom did. He's been with the company since 1991 and has developed signature recipes. One is the Mediterranean Farmer, featuring spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, artichoke hearts, red peppers and goat cheese over basil oil, gar- nished with parsley. Another is the Thai Pie. It has sweet Thai chili sauce with mozzarella, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, roasted chicken, mushrooms, red peppers and broccoli, and it's topped with teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and fresh green onions. As the name implies, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom also has a variety of craft beers on tap and serves dozens of imported and domestic beers and wine. Best Pizza (Take Out) Pizza Hut Various locations (910) 483-5364 or www.pizzahut.com In the pizza industry, when competing with na- tional brands like Domi- noes and Papa John's, you don't get to stick around for very long if you don't know what you're do- ing. Pizza Hut is practically the mother of them all, starting in 1958 when the Carney brothers borrowed $600 from their mom to open a pizza place. They named the restaurant Pizza Hut because the sign only had room for eight let- ters. Go figure? Fast forward 59 years, and their impressive menu includes not only an as- tonishing assortment of pies but a make-your-own option as well. The choices in chicken wings are just as varied, with traditional, breaded and bone-out options and multiple dips that complement them. The practically limitless choices, great deals and easy online ordering make Pizza Hut the perfect place to turn to for delicious takeout pizza. Pizza Hut is the perfect example of a company that is constantly changing and upgrading its products to keep up with an ever-changing marketplace. However, its brand remains consistent in upholding quality. Best Wings Buffalo Wild Wings 2907 Skibo Rd. (910) 868-1561 or www.buffalowildwings.com When people think of Buffalo Wild Wings, here is what comes to mind: Wings. Beer. Sports. Wings come in two varieties — traditional and boneless. There are 16 signature sauces with which to flavor these tender wings. The sauces range from the milder side (salt and vinegar, sweet BBQ and lemon pepper) to the fiery likes of Feel the Burn Mango Habanero and Big Flavor Blisterin' Heat. Flavors like Caribbean Jerk, Asian Zing, roasted garlic and honey mustard fill in the middle of the flavor spectrum. Pair these wings with one of the many domestic, imported or craft beers available, and you are set to enjoy one of the many games (from basketball to football to fight nights and more) featured on the more than 30 flat-screen TVs throughout the restaurant. The wings are the bait, but the beer, sports, friendly atmosphere and great service are what keep everyone coming back. Best Sushi Nona Sushi 5075 Morganton Rd. (910) 703-8986 or www.facebook.com/NONA- SUSHI-125876501198931 It's not often that brand new businesses win "Best of " awards. But Nona Sushi did. This restaurant has barely been open a year, and in that short time, they've knocked it out of the park for Fayetteville sushi lovers. Whether you are a sushi aficionado or are looking to try it for the first time, Nona Sushi has so many choices that you are sure to find something de- lightful. The sushi chefs are happy to customize your order as well. Even if you aren't a sushi fan, the hibachi menu is impressive and offers flavorful choices as well. Hats off to Nona Sushi, you did in one year what many spend a lifetime trying to achieve — you won the hearts (and stomachs) of Fayetteville. Congratulations!

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