306 East Wait Avenue
$3 a scoop
Lumpy’s is a new restaurant in Wake Forest offering ice cream and easy eats like hamburgers and frankfurters. Their grand opening is tomorrow from 11 to 7, but that’s just for the storefront. Lumpy’s owner and ice cream creator, Buck Buchanan, has been serving up his scoops since 2001 by cart at farmers’ markets, Highland games, and anywhere ice cream is welcomed. He studied ice cream making techniques for three years before going into the business.
Buck and me. Yes, he’s that sort of guy. I suppose that makes me that sort of girl.
Over 200 flavors have come from his culinary mind, and the store offers 14 at any one time.
To spread the word about the storefront opening, Lumpy’s put on a blogger preview night, inviting us out to try their wares. Who am I to say no to ice cream? We started by learning about the company providing the beef for Lumpy’s hamburgers and frankfurters—and yes, a big deal was made about calling them frankfurters and not hot dogs! That company is Harris-Robinette farms, and they raise all of their 4,000 heads of cattle on grass and also process the beef in NC. We learned all this from Patrick Robinette, who was deservingly proud of his operations.
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Pineapple Express Martini
Rockfish Seafood and Grill
This translucent cocktail was a mix of pineapple Skyy vodka, white cranberry juice, and triple sec. A lemon twist was advertised as a garnish, but as is often the case with garnishes, it was left off the drink (stop doing this bartenders!).
Somehow, the mix of cranberry juice and pineapple vodka made this drink come off with more of a coconut than pineapple flavor, which was pleasing. However, flavored vodkas often give a drink a watery, plastic mouthfeel that isn’t bad but certainly isn’t ideal. Occasionally, the combination of flavors can manage to disguise that, but this cocktail wasn’t one of those. It’d be a better drink using vodka with a few drops of pineapple, though that might have compromised the appearance of the drink.
A refreshing, moderately tropical option for the summer!
Market’s Dessert and Cocktails
938 North Blount Street
Folks, I have been back to Market, and I can unequivocally bump up my rating for them to an
If you’re interested in my first blog on them, head here. Would you like to know why I’ve given them extra points? Well, it all boils down to my sweet tooth.
That, dear readers, is something you should be heading toward your cars for right now. Seriously, head out to the car and drive on down to Market because their avocado-coconut gelato is freaking insane. You already know that avocado can do no wrong in my eyes; frankly, I think it’s vying with dark chocolate raspberry truffles for my favorite food in the world these days. What Market has done with it for this dessert is combine it with coconut, another of god’s greatest gifts to the world, and turn it into a luscious, rich, silky, buttery, insert 50 other glowing adjectives here, divine treat that I wish I could buy by the gallon. It’s that good, and it went very well with my second dessert of this trip (yes, I only had dessert and I laugh at your judgment).
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