The location and menu changes, but one thing about Bone-In Artisan Barbeque truck is always the same: its mouth-watering fare, including everything from bacon and brown butter mushroom mac and cheese to St. Louis-style ribs in hoisin sauce with cole slaw, loaded baked potato salad and a scallion-lime muffin. “The nice thing about Bone-In is it feels like a group picnic, so people are always smiling,” local shopping and dining blogger and Bone-In regular, Anne Postic (aka “The Shop Tart”), says. “Because the truck moves around, it always feels special.”
The Shop Tart recommends:Pulled pork sandwich on homemade focaccia bread, $9.
For hours and sites, follow the truck on Twitter @artisanbbqtruck.
Drip has only been open since June, but with customers who linger all afternoon chatting with baristas, you’d think this coffee shop had been on the scene for years. Drip offers made-to-order coffee, beer, wine, breakfast and seasonal lunch sandwiches—like its turkey, brie and raspberry jam sandwich on sourdough bread. Fourth-year international studies student Courtney Ruble goes to Drip every day for coffee and a chocolate croissant. She says the environment is what keeps her coming back. “It’s a really unique and wonderful place that makes you feel like you’re in a small, close-knit community,” Courtney says.
Mocha espresso milkshake, $4.95.
729 Saluda Ave. in Five Points
Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lambs Bread Vegan Café
To some people, “vegan” is a dirty word. These people probably haven’t been to Lambs Bread, which puts a meatless spin on soul food. Virgil Conklin, a fourth-year anthropology student, discovered the vegan café one day on his way to work. “I’m definitely not a vegan, but I don’t miss meat at Lambs Bread,” Virgil says. The restaurant has a tribal atmosphere with carved masks covering the walls and the smell of incense in the air. Each dish is prepared with locally-grown ingredients and cooked with spring water.
Reuben sandwich on wheat, $11.
2338 Main St.
Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.