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|Tuesday||12:00 PM to 06:00 PM|
|Wednesday to Thursday||12:00 PM to 09:00 PM|
|Friday||12:00 PM to 11:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM to 11:00 PM|
|Sunday||04:00 PM to 09:00 PM|
The Players Retreat has been a Raleigh burger and beer touchstone since 1951, and is the antithesis of the high energy lounges that dominate parts of West Raleigh. The interiors stand out with dark wood, black booths, and a vintage university feel. Locals come to the retreat for the burgers and largest malt scotch selection in North Carolina. Although the Retreat’s homespun menu has become time-honored, it now offers a bit of sophistication with a comprehensive wine list.
The Rockford has been serving creative sandwiches and American fare from its hip brick building since 1994. There is a rock solid sustainability policy here, as all the ingredients used are locally-sourced. The menu offers salads, sides, and a few featured entrees, but the centerpiece is the beloved collection of sandwiches, which are prepared by combining classic ingredients in unique combinations. Rockford’s enduring power might come from its apple, bacon, and cheddar sandwich. Sunday brunch rounds out the service at this local favorite.
This fine-dining restaurant and tavern serves new American cuisine in a restored 19th Century Second Empire Victorian. The restaurant is more than worth a visit for its refined atmosphere and gourmet food. Casual dishes are served in the cellar tavern, while a creative seasonal menu is offered in the formal dining room. Visitors can enjoy a beer in the tavern or a pre-dinner cocktail while seated in the covered front-porch. Second Empire is a first-rate destination for an elegant dinner.
The Pit offers some of the best barbecue in Raleigh. Set in a restored early 20th Century meatpacking warehouse, the restaurant carries on the North Carolina barbecue tradition by serving full-hog, pit-cooked pork, and other barbecue essentials. But The Pit is more than a generic barbecue restaurant: it combines the generous portions of classic meat-loving joints with some surprises. The pork is free-range, and guests can enjoy barbecued tofu, wines, cocktails, and a comprehensive list of bourbons.
Tickling the funny bone of Raleigh since 1989, ComedyWorx specializes in improv theater and comedy shows. If you're feeling blue and need a good laugh, there is no place in Raleigh better than ComedyWorx. They feature unique shows like the ComedyWorx Show, in which two teams of comedians slug it out for points won by making the audience laugh. The Yes Yard is a popular show based on audience suggestions. This place will provide you with a remarkable night out that you'll remember for years.
The Fiction Kitchen is a brightly-colored vegetarian restaurant with an innovative, seasonal menu. The restaurant began as a pop-up restaurant project and has evolved into a thriving culinary institution with a permanent location in Raleigh’s depot and warehouse district. Fiction is a temple to fresh, creative vegetarian cuisine: think succotash farro risotto or nori rolls with sashimi tofu. Absolutely everything served at the Kitchen is vegetarian and regionally-sourced, and most items are vegan. Fiction serves brunch on Sundays.
Nearly a North Carolina landmark, Mitch’s Tavern is an old-school pub that serves good beer and hearty American dishes including gluten-free gumbo and stews, gazpacho, and Cuban sandwiches. The bar is tucked away in a brick building on Hillsborough Street, and walking in you’ll feel as if you have stumbled into a simple, valuable secret. Mitch's is located nearby North Carolina State University, and has a history of feeding generations of students with items from a specials menu known for miles around.
Poole's began in 1945 as a humble pie shop which soon grew to be a veritable legend and popular hangout for many. Today, Poole's is owned by the famed chef Ashley Christiansen who has given this Downtown landmark a bright and shiny new image. While original features like the double horseshoe bar and red banquettes have been retained, the decor incorporates some modern touches along with its retro roots to create an upscale diner. Walk on over to the chalk board to check out what on offer today. The menu changes regularly, taking advantage of seasonal produce to create dishes that are fresh and flavorful. While every dish is reminiscent of classic diner favorites, each has been elevated through the use of contemporary techniques and a beautifully balanced flavor profile. Poole's tends to get crowded around dinner time so be sure to arrive early.