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Established in 1999 by baker Lionel Vatinet, La Farm Bakery is a storehouse of bread baking expertise in the model of French boulangeries. Dozens of types of breads and baked goods are offered here including seasonal specials, breakfast pastries, tarts, cakes, and monthly specialties. Vatinet ensures that all the products are fresh, made with the choicest of ingredients, and baked to perfection. Everything is organic and devoid of preservatives and artificial flavors. La Farm offers catering services and baking classes.
Step into this quaint shop and you'll realize right away that this is no ordinary antique store. Shoppers will find a wide range of decorative items such as oil paintings, Oriental porcelains, art and furniture, African art, and accessories. But mixed among the typical offerings are a variety of scientific and medical items the likes of which you won't find just anywhere. Been searching for an ebony-handled tonsil guillotine, circa 1870, or a brass anesthesia pump used in WWI France? This is the perfect place to complete your collection.
Vinos Finos is a departure from run-of-the-mill drinking and dining experiences. Located inside European-themed Lafayette Village, the wine bar is designed to sample tapas-style dishes and world-class wines. The staff here is more than happy to help with wine selection and pairings. Dark woods, leather furniture, and warm colors make the interiors feel like an old-world wine shop. Vinos Finos encourages patrons to converse, and the intimate, colorful setting is doubly suited for first dates or casual business meetings.
Savory Spice Shop offers hundreds of individual spices and herbs, and more than 100 blends for sale, each ground weekly. The store is popular for the flexibility it allows in purchasing spice in either small bags or large containers and bottles, and is organized in sections based on recipes. Savory Spice is a great place to find a rare spice for a particular dish, or to stock up on all kinds of spices. The shop also offers extracts, cookware, sauces, gift sets, cookbooks, and more specialty items.
With an eye for the best the industry has to offer, Charlotte's offers a range of hand-crafted items, although its designer silver collection has put it on the map. Most everything can be engraved to add that personal touch. Items can be wrapped and mailed. The wide price variation of jewelry and gifts ensures that there is something for everyone here. Call for Sunday and Holiday hours.
This consummate wine shop founded by three friends and wine industry veterans offers an inviting atmosphere for wine purchasing and tasting. Wines from around the world are featured here, with an emphasis on traditional growing regions including France, Italy, and Portugal. The shop hosts weekly events and classes on the history of wines and particular growing regions. Wine lovers will be delighted at the shop’s attention to detail, but the emphasis on provisions besides wine, like sake, chocolate, and olive oil, adds a nice touch of versatility.
Escazu Artisan Chocolates is a “bean to bar”—the chocolate equivalent of “farm to table”—chocolate maker, with a shop and factory in the same location. The shop is notable for its small-scale artisan production, where chocolate beans imported from an organic farm in Venezuela are roasted and grinded on antique machinery using traditional methods. The chocolate here comes in creative blends of flavors, and a variety of thoughtful confections.
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.