by Brian Clarey

I’d like to start off this week’s Served column by recognizing area restaurateur Andy Reece, proprietor of 13 Bones in Greensboro, who sent over a couple racks of baby-back ribs with a great dry-rub bark and cooked so that they were falling off the bone. Jordan Green and I took them down wordlessly, but agreed afterwards that they were incredible. I’ll be visiting for the full Chow treatment soon.

Also in local restaurant news, Greensboro’s Longhorn Steakhouse has remodeled and donated all the furnishings to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Nice move, that.

Nation’s restaurant News reports that, among Gen Y-ers — the 16-24 demographic coveted among casual restaurants because they tend to visit every other day — Chipotle is the top choice.

And their competition Moe’s, which has always had solid PR, tweaked an incident last week in Greensboro in which a woman drove through the front doors of the West Wendover Avenue location with a press release that announced, “Customer Adds Drive-Thru to W. Wendover Rd. Moe’s Southwest Grill.”

Welcome to Moe’s, indeed. On the scene, we have wine tastings all weekend, first at all three Triad locations of Total Wine & More, which will be sampling American wines. And the Fresh Market gets into the free booze game with Friday and Saturday afternoon tastings of vintages yet to be determined.

On Saturday the Grove Winery celebrates its anniversary, though the website declines to mention its age, and then reboots on Monday for the annual Labor Day Swirlfest with Bruce Piephoff at the winery at 1 p.m.

And on Tuesday, Bin 33 in Greensboro holds a beer dinner at 7 p.m. — six courses with fabulous beers to go with them for $40 a head. Call the restaurant at 336.609.1833 or visit the website at for reservations.

Room for one more? Burger King has added oatmeal to its list of breakfast offerings. But unlike its competitor McDonald’s, which took the healthy grain and added fillers, sugars and weird chemicals, they are going with straight-up Quaker products, which just have the sugars and weird chemicals. Which is crazy because it takes about two minutes to make oatmeal, but whatever.