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by Brian Clarey

Okay, so after last weekend’s monstersized beer festival out at Tanglewood Park, maybe things have mellowed a bit. But the Triad culinary scene continues apace, with two new restaurant openings in Winston- Salem.

Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub has opened on the corner of Northwest Boulevard and Reynolda Road, featuring artisan sandwiches and beer brewed on site. See more at www.bobsbigsubs.com. Also in the Camel City, the Kitchen Table starts serving contemporary American food next week in the former Hanes Mall Road location of Ombu Wood-Fired Grill. Hat tip to my man Smitty for the news.

On the fast-food front, Burger King is sticking to it “barbell” strategy of offering premium products, like those weird ribs they keep pushing, and low-end products merch, which means everything on the dollar menu. They’ve also announced a new breakfast menu to debut next month.

And if you want in on the Undercurrent soft-shell lobster special, you must make your reservation by Tuesday for the Friday night service. Call 336.370.1266 for a seat at the table.

Friday sees the Grove Winery’s 6 th anniversary, which will be celebrated all weekend long with Crafts at the Grove and a Labor Day Swirlfest concert with Bruce Piephoff starting at 1 p.m.

All weekend long the Fresh Market in Greensboro will be celebrating the end of summer with its Last Taste of Summer festival, which will include samples, deals and giveaways just in tome for Labor Day.

On Saturday Greensboro’s EarthFare holds a wine tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.

And then on Tuesday a double bill in Winston-Salem includes Summer Harvest at the Downtown Farmers Market and Cheese Day at Krankie’s with a cooking demo courtesy of New Town Bistro.

And hey: Have you heard the one about the guy in the restaurant who found a condom in his French onion soup? Funny, yes, but not a joke. Zdenek Philip Hodousek ordered the soup as part of his Easter brunch meal, and says he initially thought the prophylactic was a rubbery lump of cheese. The restaurant, Claim Jumpers based in Irvine, Calif., does not admit liability, but settled with Hodousek for an undisclosed sum.

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