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.
J. Bestki’s serves Polish and German food in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Pierogies and schnitzel are star players of the generous menu, but there are also some surprises, like soy-sesame-spicy paprika marinade and bison flank steak. The management prides itself on using superior local ingredients, and the bread rolls are baked next door, the owner shops daily at the farmers market for greens, and the sausages are mixed and made on site. An excellent selection of beers and wines from Italy, Austria, and Germany complements the cuisine.
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.
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.
This vibrant cafe, bakery, and German restaurant can safely be called a local favorite. Seasonal menus feature eclectic German specialties made with only locally-sourced ingredients. The bakery offers a generous menu of breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies. Guglhupf’s interiors are stunning, and feature an interior terrace and courtyard, a beautiful patio for outdoor dining, and an atrium. The cafe also often hosts wine and local food-related events, and exhibits the work of local artists.
This restaurant is a dynamic tribute to grandmothers, the caretakers of Lebanese culture and food. Modern and airy, Sitti (or, “grandmother”) serves classic Lebanese dishes with a few twists, including falafels, zaatar roasts, and kabobs served alongside grilled ribeye steaks and salmon. Enjoy any one of a number of authentic Mediterranean dishes, grab a Lebanese beer, and take a seat at the restored art deco bar. Zitti offers spacious and elegant outdoor seating in one of the best patios in Raleigh.
Indian flavors entice at Zayka Indian Cuisine! If you have eaten a lot of Indian, then you will know that the food served at this classy restaurant is authentic. The food at Zayka is blended with spices in the right proportion, making it appealing and palatable by anyone. Typically, Indian dishes use a lot of chilli, so you might want to check on this before you place your order. One of the hot favorites here is the butter chicken and is a must order for anyone!
Treat your taste buds to a delicious Indian meal here at Azitra. Savor the complex flavors of the curry dishes along with the simple flat breads that perfectly complement the meal. The upscale restaurant has an ambiance that is quite vibrant. Some of the favorites here include Kaali Mirch Ka Murg - watch the spice in this one, Paneer Makhni, and the Seafood Kerala Curry. Check with your server what would be the best accompaniment with your main dishes. Since Indian dishes do use a lot of pepper and chilli, you might want to give that a check too!
Angus Barn is an upscale steakhouse with an opulent menu of wines, steaks, and seafood. Housed inside a building that resembles a giant red barn, Angus has been a local mainstay since 1960. Its staying power is attributed to great service, a fine dining atmosphere, and classic steakhouse fare. Locals come to the barn to celebrate special occasions and meals. The sprawling restaurant is a treat to walk through and behold, and has a wine cellar, whiskey lounge, and cigar bar.
There are few things that fill you with warmth the way the aroma of freshly baked bread does. Neomonde Bakery and Deli, with the scent of baked goods trickled in the air, makes you feel right at home. Bask in the comforts of this Mediterranean cafe, as you dig into decadent flavors. Kabob Platter, Kafta Kobab Pita, Tomato Olive Pie and Ratatouille are just some of the sumptuous offerings on the menu. In operation since 1977, the restaurant can always be relied on for quality cuisine, cozy atmosphere and great service.
At Backyard BBQ Pit Durham you will not be disappointed as this restaurant has consistently been named one of the best BBQ restaurants in America. Whether it is the ribs or the chicken BBQ, each and every dish is delicately done with bursting flavors and local ingredients which are fresh from the farm. The accompaniments to each dish are sumptuous and you will leave here feeling full. Try some of the milkshakes if you want to sample a drink with your food.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse welcomes you to a warm and comfortable interior, furnished with rich, dark wood and elegant fixtures. The finest aged, corn-fed USDA prime beef, broiled at an extreme temperature, fresh seafood, and meat entrees are some of the dishes that feature on the menu. Enticing seasonal delicacies, such as Foie Gras are also available. Take your pick from the extensive list of over 100 domestic and imported wines to complement your meal, and if you have enough room, try to squeeze in one of the delicious desserts!