by Brian Clarey

by Brian Clarey’ 

All’s relatively quiet on the Triad restaurant front as we move into the summer months — blame it on the backyard cookouts.

But Burger King is banking that you’re too lazy to cook and smoke your own meat, so they’re offering new menu items with a backyard barbecue theme, including Memphis pulled pork, a Carolina chicken sandwich (WTF?) and a Texas BBQ Whopper. There’s also a bacon ice-cream sundae in the offering.

Sonic is adding two new ht dogs to the menu: a chilicheese Frito monstrosity and a guacamole dog with jalapeños and pepper-jack cheese.

And the building that held Tavern on the Green, the notable New York City restaurant in Central Park, will close for a year to accommodate a $10-million renovation project, after which a new tenant will move in.

On Wednesday, it’s free burritos at Moe’s for all of its Facebook fans — but don’t get too excited: it’s chicken or tofu only.

Also on Wednesday, Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro in Winston-Salem holds a five-course Fess Parker wine dinner at 7 p.m. Yes, the same Fess Parker that was a TV cowboy, and yes, there is a vegetarian option. Make a reservation at 336.703.5400/ On Thursday, Greensboro’s Warnersville Farmers Market presents its first-ever Children’s Day beginning at 3 p.m. on the front lawn of JC Price School at 400 W. Whittington St. The day includes sack races, cornhole and kickball, as well as loads of fresh produce. Call 336.908.1388 if you need a ride.

All weekend long, Total Wine & More presents a tasting series called a Taste of the Loire, with wines from Georgia, Delaware, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Arizona.

On Friday, Undercurrent runs a four-course Perfect Pairings wine dinner with Josh Beasley from Terre d’Oro Winery. Call 336.370.1266 for a reservation. There may be a few spots left.

Likewise, Noble’s Grille in Winston-Salem still may have a few seats left for its Wild Horse wine dinner, also on Friday, featuring five courses with matching wines. Call and ask at 336.777.8477.

And Saturday is Crawfish Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, featuring all manner of spicy mudbugs. If you’ve got questions, call John Aydlett at 252.331.4773.