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by Brian Clarey

More than half of Triad residents have eaten breakfast at a fast-food restaurant in the last month, according to a study by Scarborough Research released last week. That makes us the No. 1 market for fast-food breakfast in the nation in a list that was top-heavy with NC municipalities including The Triangle (No. 3) and Charlotte (No. 4). Nice work, people.

Undoubtedly readers will also find interesting the results of Zagat’s latest poll naming the nation’s best restaurant chains, with Starbucks, Panera, Subway and PF Chang’s taking top honors. The venerable institution also named Five Guys as the makers of gthe best burger ion the country.

Moving on…. Wednesday sees the Undercurrent Pelligrini wine dinner at 6:30 p.m.: three courses for $55. Call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 to see if any seats are left.

Also on Wednesday, Greensboro’s EarthFare holds a gluten-free support group at 7 p.m. which is free and open to the public.

On Friday, the Grove Winery holds an installment of its Wine & Song series with the Radials at 6 p.m. The event is free, but please don’t BYOB — they sell it there.

Another way to scratch your wine-tasting itch is to head to any of the Triad’s Total Wine & More locations, where tastes of Angeline Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley, Dominican Oaks Chardonnay Napa, Kinneybrook Merlot Sonoma and River Road Pinot Noir Russian River Valley will be flowing al weekend long.

Fast-forward to Tuesday, which is Garlic and Mushroom Day at Krankie’s Farmers Market — a noble pairing if ever there were one — with Trevor Dye of Meridian Restaurant giving demonstrations and samples.

Also on Tuesday, Greensboro’s Table 16 holds its Saint Clair Estate wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Four courses come for $60, and reservations can be had by calling the restaurant at 336.279.8525.

Room for a quick story? On April 26, Andrew Palmer of Baltimore ordered a plate of wings and nine Blue Moon drafts at that city’s Burke’s Caf’; after the bill came — about $50 —he exhibited seizure-like symptoms and was taken to Mercy Medical Center before he could settle his tab. Over the next month, Palmer pulled the stunt three more times, and has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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