WALTER’s Top 10 Stories from 2019

As 2019 winds to a close, we compiled a list of our most popular stories of this year. Learn about good food, good work being done—and the good folks in our community that make Raleigh so great.

This Small-Town North Carolina Barbecue Joint is Getting National Attention

Matt Register is making a name for himself in the North Carolina bbq scene with his Garland, N.C. restaurant Southern Smoke and new cookbook by the same name.

Check Out the Old-School Sandwich Shop that Piles the Fixings High

Boondini’s Sandwich Superstore has been a fixture in North Raleigh for decades, but it will close at the end of 2019.

50+ Things to Do in Raleigh with Your Out-Of-Town Guests

Whether you’re hosting young people or grownups, here are more than 50 things to do in Raleigh this weekend with friends and family.


Where to Eat in 2019

We helped answer the eternal weekend question with recommendations from local foodies.


Forging New Traditions with Chef Vivian Howard

The popular star of A Chef’s Life on PBS shares her Eastern N.C. version of Thanksgiving.

Smith’s Red & White Offers Country-style Groceries with a Burst of Seasonal Enthusiasm

This old-school grocery store in Dorches is popular for its prepared foods, sausage, bulk candy and more.


YMCA, Wake County and Southeast Raleigh Promise Work Together to Support a Community

We previewed the brand-new facility before it opened to students and Y-goers this fall. 


Give Local: 25 Big-Impact Organizations in the Raleigh Area Worth your Money, Time and More

In the season of giving, learn about local nonprofits that can use your support.


Meet Maggie Kane, Founder of Raleigh’s First Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant

This NC State grad created A Place at the Table to welcome diners from all walks of life.

The Larger-Than-Life Story of Gringo A Go Go

Meet Benjy Shelton, the force behind this Mexican restaurant at the fringes of downtown Raleigh.