Whether you just finished a morning run through Duke Forest or are about to start an afternoon of finding out how bad your seasonal allergies can be at the Duke Gardens, head to nearby Eastcut Sandwich Bar. The place is huge, with plenty of parking and an outdoor garden that’s open all year, with heat lamps for colder months. The seasonally-changing menu always includes at least two vegetarian options alongside things like the Cheese-Fry Steak Hero, a cheesesteak filled with curly fries that’s really just a more efficient way to eat your meal. Get one of their boozy slushies with lunch and don’t skip the giant mozzarella sticks, because what’s better after some exercise than large pieces of fried cheese?
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