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.
Mami Nora’s offers Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant’s roasting method, using wood charcoal, house marinade, and Peruvian ovens, makes the place quite popular. It’s nice to know that the chickens are steroid and hormone free, and the produce used in the restaurant is usually brought from a local farmer’s market. Chickens are available in quarter, half, and whole sizes. They pair well with plantains and yucca fries. You can wash everything down with the purple corn chicha morada drink, and celebrate the finish with caramel flan.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a meal of contemporary Mexican here at Mez. The food is authentic, with a twist that is quite enjoyable. The service staff is polite and efficient and are knowledgeable about the menu. Ask for suggestions and try something different. The restaurant does get quite busy during peak hours. So if you want to skip a wait, make sure you reserve.
Carmen's Cuban Bar & Cafe have imbibed the Cuban spirit and transformed it into this charming bar. With authentic Cuban delicacies and Latin Music dance nights every weekend, Carmen's is a great place to let your hair down and swing to the music.
Page Road Grill is a cozy American bar and restaurant. On the menu are a variety of starters, salads, seafood, grilled meat, and desserts, among which the crab cakes, shrimp burger, trout with grits, shrimp hush puppies, and the banana pudding are recommended. The service is highly spoken of and the staff is always friendly and welcoming ensuring a pleasant meal every time.
Tired from playing mini golf and other games at Frankie's Fun Park? Then head over to The Chill Lounge to grab a drink and relax. Located inside the park, the fully-stocked bar also offers American and Mexican cuisine. It's a great place to hang out with your friends and watch the game. The Chill Lounge also has pool tables and an excellent multimedia system, ensuring an enjoyable experience. The ambiance is also quite tasteful with multicolored wall decor, a cherry bar countertop and dark wooden furnishing. The lounge is an important, integral part of the park.
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.