Subtle lighting accents set off the warm wall colors and paintings depicting southern scenes and still-life art at this restaurant, located on the site of the historic Carolina Inn. Fresh flowers and potted plants abound, adding natural beauty to an already sumptuous setting. The plush, airy, apricot-toned Piedmont Room is the perfect place for a private business lunch. The food is progressive American with a distinctive southern flair. Oven Roasted Snapper, served with Shrimp Jambalaya and Carolina Gold Rice, is a masterpiece for the eyes as well as the stomach. Save room for the Cappuccino Brownie Cake.
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.
The hand made ice creams served at this laid-back dessert shop are rich, creamy and second to none in quality making this place a must-visit. Local favorites include Vietnamese Coffee and Apple Pie Pint. However, the other ice creams are quite delightful too, so feel free to experiment. Don’t be surprised if you are left with the taste and memory of the ice creams you relished here for a long time to come. If you are still wondering about whether to try this place or not, there's a reason the lines are down the road come summer.
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.
What happens when you mix sushi and burgers? Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar serves this interesting combination of Japanese and American cuisines to its adventurous patrons. A good place to experiment with food, it allows diners to mix and match dishes calling it the Burgushi. The Deliverance Roll is quite delicious. It contains pork wrapped in seaweed and flavored with barbecue sauce. Japanese Beef Tartare, Codfish Truffles and Watercress Soup are also featured on the menu. It's a great place for a casual date or evening out with friends. However, an open mind is all you need to enjoy two diverse cultures come together in a memorable gustatory experience.
Boulted Bread is a local bakery situated in Raleigh. This cozy shop has their own flour mill and makes their own bread varieties which include, Ciabatta, Baguette, Seeded, Levain and Rye. For a quick and delicious morning snack of freshly baked croissants and coffee, this bakery is the perfect place to go. The seasonally changing menu includes Chocolate Croissants, Morning Buns, Apple & Cinnamon French Toast, Quiches, Scones and Savory Croissants as well.
Bring your appetite to Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery. Your favorite American dishes are served in sizable portions here, along with cakes and other desserts. The restaurant takes you to a past era, with 1940s photographs on the walls and black and white floor tiles. The meatloaf is a must-try item on the menu, and it is big enough that you'll have plenty of leftovers.