I always love a little alliteration, don’t you? 🙂
One of my longtime readers, Jessica, (HI JESS!) inspired this latest post. She’ll be in Raleigh this summer and was wanting a few restaurant and bakery recommendations. I only lived in Raleigh a year and a half, but definitely ate my fair share of Rise Donuts and Goodberry’s Frozen Custard. I miss Raleigh so much! It was a great place to live and work, and it would be a great place to come back and visit. Here are some recommendations for you. I’ve either been to these places or heard good reviews from friends. Oh, also, I divided them up by each city. The “Research Triangle” consists of three cities, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
Modern versions of Lebanese dishes served in an airy room with a communal table & art deco bar.
Gourmet burgers & sushi, & fusion combos of the 2, plus beer & spirits in a vibrant, colorful space.
The next three are all Ashley Christensen restaurants, so you really can’t go wrong.
Beasleys Chicken + Honey
Updated versions of fried chicken & waffles & other Southern classics in a modern setting.
Understated setting for gourmet burgers, pickle fries, craft beers & other casual American bites.
Circa-1945 diner with seasonal comfort food, cocktails & house desserts in a retro-chic setting.
Bu•ku Global Street Food
Global street foods, including gluten-free options & a Sunday brunch, in a refined, casual setting.
French dining in a traditional brasserie setting with tiled floors, banquettes & sidewalk tables.
Sleek choice for cuisine from the Caribbean, Central & South America plus craft cocktails.
Festive setup featuring Mexican fusion dishes made with local meats & fish, plus craft margaritas.
Local fast-food chain serving charcoal-grilled burgers, fries & shakes since 1959.
42nd St. Oyster Bar
Casual seafood spot & raw bar dating back to 1931, with live music on Fridays & Saturdays.
An all-day menu of Southern comfort food with a creative twist, plus craft beers & cocktails.
Maker-inspired hub for craft beer, dim sum, books & flowers in a stylish space.
Casual stop for gourmet pizzas made with organic ingredients, including vegan & gluten-free options.
Eclectic tapas & brunch, plus wine & spirits, in a polished, airy space with a patio & tiki bar.
Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken
Local counter-serve chain featuring a menu of Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken & Latin sides.
Moonlight Pizza Company
Unconventional pizza options along with casual Italian fare delivered in a family-friendly setting.
Airy eatery from a food truck team offering creative Asian fusion small plates & craft cocktails.
Snoopy’s Hot Dogs & More
Old-fashioned hot dogs, burgers & BBQ sandwiches, plus floats (some locations window-service only).
Also, check out the new Morgan Street Food Hall opening up this month!
Buzzing, modern pizza parlor featuring wood-fired pies & a bar, plus an assortment of Italian wines.
Bull City Burger & Brewery
Family-friendly microbrewery serving locally raised beef burgers & house beers in a casual setting.
Saltbox Seafood Joint
Local, seasonal seafood is the draw at this roadside shack with a chalkboard menu & picnic tables.
The Pit Authentic Barbecue
Pit-smoked free-range pork, Texas-style brisket & other BBQ staples in a smart-casual setting.
The Little Dipper: Fondue on Main
Relaxed fondue restaurant offering a variety of sweet & savory dipping sauces, plus Sunday brunch.
Classic Indian & fusion fare like curried shepherd’s pie served in an old-fashioned, English tavern.
(Chapel Hill) I’m not as familiar with Chapel Hill, unfortunately.
Al’s Burger Shack
Burgers, dogs & shakes are prepared with unique toppings in a snug space with a patio.
Local artwork adorns this famed cafe serving Southern staples from shrimp & grits to cocktails.
Bakeries, Coffee Shops, & Bars
Industrial-chic bakery/cafe with French-style pastries & desserts, plus breakfast & lunch fare.
Yellow Dog Bread Company
Bright bakery with artisanal breads & Southern-inspired pastries, plus coffee/tea & outdoor seating.
Bright, rustic-chic bakery featuring pastries & loaves of bread made with local, organic grains.
Rise Biscuits & Donuts
Rise serves Southern Biscuits, Righteous Chicken and Sweet Stuff all day long, waitstaff-free and with a swift service line.
La Farm Bakery
Bakeshop & espresso bar with a full French & American cafe menu served all day, plus Sunday brunch.
Fresh Local Ice Cream
Independent shop scooping housemade ice cream in many flavors.
Goodberry’s Frozen Custard
Frozen custard specialist offering a rotating flavor of the day, plus lots of toppings for mix-ins.
Airy, hip & cosmopolitan cafe known for its espresso drinks, breakfast bites & sandwiches.
Sola Coffee Cafe
Family-owned cafe & espresso bar serving up eats such as pizza & pastries, plus live entertainment.
Low-key hangout featuring coffee & tea drinks, Belgian waffles & smoothies.
Bi-level coffeehouse serving light fare in a bohemian, exposed-brick space with an upstairs gallery.
Joe Van Gogh
Trained baristas make gourmet teas & inventive coffee drinks starting with house-roasted beans.
Chill coffeehouse for single-origin coffee, tea & drinking chocolate with outdoor seating.
I hope this list helps some of you out who are visiting the Raleigh area, or moving there. If you have any Raleigh food recommendations, I’d love to hear them!