Gonza is a colorful Mexican restaurant that specializes in tacos and tequila. The interior is eclectic: mannequins greet diners at the door, and Mexican artifacts are mounted on the dining room walls. The menu is a burst of flavor, combining classic Mexican dishes alongside some surprises. Start with a pitcher of strawberry margarita and move on to tacos prepared with chicken tinga poblana, or a scallop and pork belly combination. Patrons can order food online for pickup.
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.
Savor the taste of delicious paninis, tramezinis and crostinis at Toast. This restaurant specializes in making the Italian style sandwiches. Committed to serve some of the best traditional Italian recipes, this store uses fresh and carefully sourced local ingredients in every dish. Its friendly staff is known for their efficient service and makes this place an ideal spot for grabbing a quick bite on a busy day.
A family-friendly Italian restaurant, Bella Monica is great for those who want to enjoy a hearty Italian meal in casual environs. The artwork adorned walls, peppy music and fine Italian wines sets the mood for a pleasant dining experience. The simple, homestyle food follows traditional recipes and is a delight to the taste buds. Shrimp Napoli, Pomodoro Bruschetta and Portobello & Sundried Tomato Lasagne are just some of the decadent delicacies on offer. Besides the array of Italian delicacies,flatbread and pizzas, the restaurant also serves up great gluten-free fare. While you are eating the great food, don’t forget to save room for one of the desserts. The Cannoli and Affogato are particularly delicious. A separate kid’s menu and smaller portions for children are also provided. If you are craving good ol’ Italian food, a meal at Bella Monica won’t disappoint.
Located at an intersection of Magnum and Parish street, Bull City Burger and Brewery is owned by award winning chef Seth Gross. The place is known for its brewery and its amazing restaurant for using seasonal ingredients. They have 8 brews on the tap at a time and everything used in their kitchen is home grown. They offer tours for 5$ a head only on Saturdays, thus making reservations is necessary. They also host a lot of events and hence is famous among young crowd.
Monuts Donuts is all about fun food, delicious and easy to get. You will not find a fancy menu with complicated dishes, but rather you will find a menu that is simple yet each and every dish will seem absolutely yummy. They are a downtown cafe and specialize in pastries, donuts, burgers, sandwiches, biscuits, salads, soups, and bagels. Focus is one bringing a harmony between American breakfast and snacks where each dish is made to order and fresh.
Serving spectacular range of fresh, wood-fired based menu, the Tazza Kitchen is one of the most delightful restaurants to enjoy a hearty meal. Combining rustic wooden setting with contemporary finesse, the restaurant is frequented by cheerful gourmands looking to relish spectacular delights offered here. Specializing in wood-fire cooking, the menu serves everything from healthy salads, tacos to pizzas. The mains section comprises of dishes like Brick Over Salmon and cooked to order specialties like Wood Oven Pork Chop. A child friendly menu and dessert section consisting of cakes and cookies makes it an ideal spot to savor a delectable meal with family and friends.
Scratch is a charming bakery and cafe that offers diners a seasonal menu that showcases the very best, locally sourced produce. Designed by the talented chef Phoebe Lawless, the menu features an ever-changing variety of delectable treats like pork carnitas with avocado and spicy cucumber salsa, roasted okra, tomatoes and house-pickled onion salad, and sesame waffles with gingered plums. While the savory dishes are a revelation of beautifully balanced textures and flavors, you will find that the attractively displayed pies are simply impossible to resist.
Rise Biscuits and Donuts, as its name suggests, is a haven of sweet treats for children. The items are served as daily and weekly specials and displayed on a whiteboard. Relish donuts in varieties like Cinnamon Sugar Yeast, Mr. Peppermint Cake, Strawberry Jelly Filled and Big Pineapple Upside Down. The biscuits have even more unusual flavors and names such as Pig in a Blanket, Rabbit Stew and Fried Bologna, served with spreads like Duke’s Mayonnaise. Adults and kids alike can enjoy Crème Brûlée and Lemon Poppy Seed Cake along with gourmet cheese platters. One can also pop in for a very late breakfast as it serves snacks till the closing hours. Due to the high popularity of the donuts and biscuits, it is advisable to head here early in the morning. This bakery also offers catering services for parties and corporate events, else guests can pre-order bulk packages for functions.