Dine Listings

In April 2020, Dine Listings by Raleigh Magazine

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Please note that restaurants are continually reevaluating their dine in options and takeout/delivery options. Some of these listings may have changed after press time.

How we pick our listings: These listings are not advertisements. They are a selective guide to establishments recommended by Raleigh Magazine. These listings are updated regularly. To suggest a restaurant, please email us at gina@raleighmag.com. 

KEY: Average dinner entrée price: $: 8-15; $$: 16-24; $$$: 25-34; $$$$: 35-44

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DINE IN PICKUP Located in the elegant Renaissance Hotel, 41Hundred offers a wide ranger of options; from the Korean BBQ wings to the smoked chicken pot pie, 41Hundred hits your simplest desires as well as the more savory parts of your palate. 4100 Main at North Hills Street; (919) 278-1478; 41hundredrestaurant.com $$

Capital Grille
DINE IN PICKUP The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant and steakhouse located in the Bank of America Tower at North Hills. Capital Grille specializes in dry-aged steaks, artfully prepared seafood and delicious sides to share, like our favorite lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. If you only have time for a cocktail, we recommend enjoying it on the beautiful patio. 4242 Six Forks Road; (919) 787-3901; thecapitalgrille.com $$$

PICKUP Chef Masanori Shiraishi fuses traditional Southeast Asian cuisine with his own creative and modern designs at CO. From his 25 years of culinary experience, Shiraishi has several unique dishes including Malaysian chili wings, tasty caramel pork banh mi and trendy poke bowls. 101 Park at North Hills Street; (919) 258-2070; eatatco.com/location/raleigh $

Coquette Brasserie
Executive chef Ian Sullivan prepares classic French cuisine that never disappoints—from coq au vin to beef Bourguignon—sourcing ingredients from local farms and vendors. All are served in a sophisticated, Parisian-esque setting, with tables open to the sidewalks of Midtown. 4351 The Circle at North Hills; (919) 789-0606; coquetteraleigh.com $$

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
PICKUP DELIVERY As the name implies, you can get a little bit of everything in this vibrant space with bright red walls and an ultra-mod cylindrical fish tank as the centerpiece. Cowfish is famous for its Burgushi fusion dishes—combining the best of meat and fresh seafood—like the Prime Time Filet and Lobster Roll. 4208 Six Forks Road; (919) 784-0400; thecowfish.com $$

Mia Francesca Trattoria 
PICKUP DELIVERY Rustic wood beams and high ceilings are the backdrop to Northern Italian dishes like pollo parmigiana and spaghetti alla Bolognese, as well as pizzas, salads and antipasti. With an ever-changing menu that highlights seasonal NC ingredients, experience truly authentic, made-from-scratch Italian food using local, farm-to-table products. 4100 Main at North Hills Street; (919) 278-1525; miafrancescaraleigh.com $$ 

Midtown Grille
Midtown Grille offers sophisticated yet approachable contemporary American cuisine including shrimp and grits, espresso-rubbed NY strip and fried oysters. Dessert is a must here so save room for the chocolate torte or the creme bruleé. 4421 Six Forks Road; (919) 782-9463; themidtowngrille.com $$

Rosewater Kitchen & Bar
Rosewater delivers a beautiful, light-filled “garden party” atmosphere in North Hills, ideal for sipping eclectic wines and inventive craft cocktails while dining on small plates and comfort food dishes inspired by flavors found in small Mediterranean villages. The concept from Giorgios Group highlights partnerships with local gardeners, farmers, fishermen and foragers in an intimate, curated space. 110 Park at North Hills Street; (919) 424-7886; rosewaterraleigh.com $$

DINE IN PICKUP The oysters are fresh and local, the scratch-made entrees are to die for and the cocktails—made with artisanal ice—are elevated and refreshing. STIR exudes an upscale seaside restaurant-vibe with a premier location in North Hills that’s ideal for office lunches, dinner dates and family brunches. Our favorite dish? The scallop and shrimp white cheddar mac and cheese. 4242 Six Forks Road; (984) 200-8614; stirraleigh.com $$

This Italian eatery feels like a home away from home with its long cushioned banquettes adorned with colorful throw pillows and spacious outdoor seating. Enjoy Italian classics like veal saltimbocca and pizzas, as well as creative seasonal menu items from Executive Chef Ian Sullivan featuring pasta, lamb, chicken, beef, salmon and swordfish. 4209 Lassiter Mill Road; (919) 787-7747; vivaceraleigh.com $$


The Barton on Fairview
PICKUP Frank and Margaret Ballard capture the romance of the 1940s with a black and white checkerboard floor and classic import, domestic and local craft beers. Try the old-fashioned meatloaf, fresh fish and burgers or a piece of homemade cake. Or, have a sandwich with some of Raleigh’s tastiest egg salad. 2000 Fairview Road; (919) 856-8551; hayesbartoncafeanddessertery.com $

Bloomsbury Bistro
Tucked away in a corner of Five Points, chef John Toler creates a seasonal menu every six weeks blending vibrant, ethnic flavors with traditional French cooking. You might find a hazelnut crusted Heritage Farms pork tenderloin over stone ground cheese grits or a corned Angus beef brisket “Reuben” served over mild Savoy cabbage kraut. 509 West Whitaker Mill Road; (919) 834-9011; bloomsburybistro.com $$$

Glenwood Grill
PICKUP Putting a modern spin on Southern and Low Country favorites from the mountains to the coast, chef John Wright sources ingredients from all over the nation to create authentic dishes such as Parmesan fried oysters and a marinated and grilled rack of lamb. 2603-151 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 782-3102; glenwoodgrill.com $$

PICKUP At Hummingbird you can enjoy all three meals of the day, paired with coffee and tea in the morning and innovative craft cocktails in the evening. Try dishes like steak and eggs, chicory salad, roast beef po’boy and ricotta fritters from NOLA transplant chef Coleen Speaks. 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 111; (919) 301-8900; hummingbirdraleigh.com $$

Lilly’s Pizza
DELIVERY Four musicians started a carryout and delivery pizza place in a former biker bar 25 years ago and today, Lilly’s is still going strong. Favorites include the CowTipper with beef, olives, Parmesan and feta and South of the Border with salsa, chicken, cheese, jalapeños and cilantro. Lilly’s also offers gluten-free 10-inch pies. 1813 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 833-0226; lillyspizza.com $

Lola’s Beach Bar
DINE IN PICKUP Catch beach vibes all year long at this tropical-inspired cantina, offering street tacos, burritos, nachos, bowls and more alongside specialty housemade margaritas and cocktails. They use 100 percent agave tequilas and fresh squeezed juices, even in their sweet and sour mix. 1803 Glenwood Avenue; (984) 222-3647; lolasbeach.bar $

DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY Sean Fowler, who opened Mandolin in the old Johnson’s Pharmacy space off Fairview Road, has come full circle from eating grilled cheese at the pharmacy counter as a kid to serving up iconic, locally sourced Southern dishes as a homegrown chef. Classic menu items include chicken and waffles, pan-seared grouper and grilled Lady Edison pork chop. 2519 Fairview Road; (919) 322-0365; mandolinraleigh.com $$$

Neuse River Brewing & Brasserie
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY At Neuse River Brewing’s North Raleigh taproom, old meets new in the form of traditional and experimental contemporary craft brews paired with a simple menu in a relaxed setting. Eastern European-inspired dishes including mussels, duck poutine, croque monsieur and steak frites perfectly complement beers ranging from a smoked Belgian brown ale to a streamside blueberry pop tart sour. On warm days, take your meal outside to enjoy the open-air patio. 518 Pershing Road; (984) 232-8479; neuseriverbrewing.com $$

NOFO @ the Pig
PICKUP Located in a renovated Piggly Wiggly, NOFO takes its initials from its first location on North Fourth Street in downtown Wilmington (now closed). The two-story dining and shopping venue offers a creative selection of starters, salads and sandwiches, including a shrimp BLT and Eastern BBQ pork sliders. Upstairs, a gift shop sells local foods and other wares. 2014 Fairview Road; (919) 821-1240; nofo.com $

The Point at Glenwood Restaurant and Bar 
Owned and operated by Raleigh natives, The Point serves comfort food at reasonable prices including both lunch and dinner and a Sunday brunch buffet, in a neighborhood setting. The dinner menu features dishes for all taste buds, including fried olives, duck wings, Calabash shrimp, penne a la vodka and a selection of wood-fired pizzas. 1626 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 755-1007; thepointatglenwood.com $$

Red Dragon 
A Five Points staple with a cozy ambiance serving authentic Chinese classics like Kung Pao beef and Kung Pao chicken, as well as an extensive à la carte menu. 2513 Fairview Road; (919) 782-1102; reddragonraleigh.com $

PICKUP Taste offers fresh and whole foods in morsels—portions between appetizers and entreés—from a cheese plate to Angus beef sliders and seared pistachio-crusted ahi tuna. Pair your meal from a rotating seasonal menu with a drink from the owner’s private wine reserve or choose from a variety of select craft beers. 1912 Bernard Street; (919) 948-7815; thetastebar.com $$

Wilson’s Eatery
DINE IN PICKUP Located within Dock 1053, Wilson’s Eatery offers locally-sourced, scratch-made sandwiches, flatbreads and salads with a Southern flair in an open indoor/outdoor warehouse space, complete with a beer garden shared by sister company Lynnwood Brewing Concern. LBC beers are offered, along with house-made sodas and craft cocktails. 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road; (919) 977-5442; wilsonseatery.com $


Café Tiramisu
PICKUP Originating from an old Raleigh favorite, Piccolo Mondo, Chef Paolo DeMartino prepares Northern Italian cuisine in this quaint eatery with a rich rustic décor. Known for its classic spinach fettuccine and inventive daily specials, the DeMartino family has been perfecting dishes for over 40 years. 6196 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 981-0305; cafetiramisu.net $$

Chow Pizza and Wings
PICKUP Executive chef Aaron Mooty prepares grilled smoked wings, ground in-house burgers, hand-tossed pizza and fresh salads—all available with a wide selection of both local and international craft beers. Live trivia on Wednesday nights at 8. 8311 Creedmoor Road; (919) 841-4995; chowraleigh.com $

Gonza Tacos y Tequila
PICKUP Go for fresh Colombian-inspired cuisine with a hippie-chic vibe, complete with neon colors fashioned into modern Day of the Dead decor.  Favorites include a new spin on traditional enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas and fajitas. 7713 Lead Mine Road; (919) 846-5478; gonzatacosytequila.com

Hibernian Irish Pub
PICKUP DELIVERY The perfect place for traditional boxty or bangers and mash, the Hibernian is a cozy Irish pub with good food and an extensive beer list. 8021 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 803-0290; hibernianpub.com $

Kanki Japanese House of Steak and Sushi
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY Known for their fresh sushi and hibachi cuisine, Kanki is a beloved gathering place for those looking for more than just a standard dinner. Watch as their talented chefs expertly chop, dice and cook your meal in front of you with the flip of a knife and the beat of a spatula on large teppanyaki grills, performing fun tricks such as making onions into volcanos. 4325 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 1070; (919) 782-9708; kanki.com $$$

DINE IN PICKUP Chef de Cuisine Andrew Pettifer trained all over the world before coming to Margaux’s in 1996, bringing flavors and techniques from Bali, London, Brazil and Sydney to round out a creative menu. The open kitchen format encourages guests to interact with Pettifer and his chefs. Margaux’s offers select cuts of meat and fish, and a three-course prix fixe menu. 8111 Creedmoor Road; (919) 846-9846; margauxsrestaurant.com $$$

Milton’s Pizza
DINE IN PICKUP A staple since 1983, Milton’s offers a lunch buffet with pizza, pasta, lasagna and a 40-item salad bar, including smoothies for the kids, as well as traditional Italian dishes, burgers and beer. This family friendly eatery offers weekly and daily specials—from half-priced bottles of wine to $2 off an appetizer with a large pizza order. 8853 Six Forks Road; (919) 847-0604. 14520 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 570-9099; miltonspizza.com $

North Ridge Pub
PICKUP North Ridge Pub is an upscale restaurant serving elevated versions of classic pub fare, including a French dip sandwich with roast beef, Swiss cheese and au jus, crab cakes with black bean rice and lemon-lime sauce and an Asian burger grilled and dipped in teriyaki soy sauce, then topped with spinach, mushrooms, tomato and cilantro garlic mayo. 6010 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 790-9125; northridgepub.com $$

The Piper’s Tavern
PICKUP A comforting local pub with a friendly atmosphere, Piper’s Tavern combines a traditional Irish pub, sports bar and family restaurant into one. It’s become a popular spot for families and friends to gather for bar food and Piper’s own specialty dishes, including shrimp and grits, Low Country crab cakes and homemade grilled bratwurst. 8304 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 676-7413; thepiperstavern.com $$

Poppyseed Market Cafe & Wine Bar
PICKUP Stop in Poppyseed’s gourmet deli and café for hot and cold sandwiches, made-to-order with quality Boar’s Head meats and fresh toppings for lunch. In the evening, choose from loaded salads, elevated comfort dishes like mac and cheese, meatloaf and lasagna, or hand tossed pizzas, best enjoyed with a glass of wine or local brew. 8801 Lead Mine Road, #107; (919) 870-4997; poppyseedmkt.com $

Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar
PICKUP DELIVERY A craft kitchen and bourbon bar specializing in comfort foods with a “new Southern” twist, Relish offers mac and cheese skillets, burgers, wraps, fried black-eyed peas, hearty grilled cheese sandwiches and “farm fresh” sides like Carolina caviar and fried green tomatoes. A seasonal menu changes frequently to showcase local fruits and vegetables. 5625 Creedmoor Road; (919) 787-1855; relishraleigh.com $

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill
Inspired by the Baja peninsula, Salt & Lime’s cuisine takes patrons around the world with bold dishes in a tropical cantina-esque setting. Traditional Mexican dishes such as nachos, chile relleno and chicken tinga tacos are served alongside Baja favorites like salmon Veracruz, Key lime mahi-mahi and shrimp pico pasta. No matter your choice of dish, no meal from Salt & Lime is complete without a signature margarita, ranging from a spicy pineapple stinger made with pepper-infused tequila to a grilled grapefruit margarita made with caramelized grapefruit. 6006 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 872-2230; saltandlimecabo.com $$

Saint Jacques
Don’t be deceived by the unassuming strip-mall location–Saint Jacques is a Raleigh treasure. The restaurant has been been creating an authentic French experience with exceptional food and wine for almost 15 years. Saint Jacques was voted one of the Top 100 restaurants in the nation by Open Table in 2016. 6112 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 862-2770; saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com $$$

Sassool Mediterranean Cafe
PICKUP DELIVERY Sassool began as a family bakery in 1977 and has since re-branded as a restaurant specializing in Mediterranean dishes crafted from high-quality ingredients and authentic recipes. The menu includes deli platters, pizza-shaped pita pies, deli-fresh salads and pita sandwiches and daily specials like Lebanese spaghetti, Basmati rice with chicken and spanakopita. 9650 Strickland Road; (919) 847-2700; sassool.com

Sawmill Tap Room
DINE IN PICKUP Home of the original Breuben, there’s no need to choose between good beer and good food. Plenty of taps and a wide variety of artisan burgers and salads can be enjoyed outside on the deck or indoors to catch a game in an energetic atmosphere. 7701 Lead Mine Road; (919) 845-7889;

Sola Coffee Café
PICKUP This family-owned neighborhood café has the feel of a European coffeehouse. The morning kitchen menu includes egg sandwiches, mini-omelets and bagels; definitely try the hot mini doughnuts. Just before noon, the menu switches to sandwiches and salads with vegetarian and gluten-free options and flatbreads take center stage after 5 p.m. 7705 Lead Mine Road; (919) 803-8983; solacoffee.com $

Winston’s Grille
DINE IN PICKUP Open since 1986, Winston’s is a local favorite for its prime rib, pastas and fresh salads. Its traditional steakhouse ambiance and expansive outdoor terrace for dining is popular with the locals. Sutton Square, 6401 Falls of Neuse Road; (919) 790-0700; winstonsgrille.com $$

Zest Café
PICKUP This café combines contemporary American fare with eclectic art and home furnishings in ceramic, metal, linen and glass. Favorite meals include a NC catfish sandwich, cashew encrusted chicken breast and veggie lasagna. 8831 Six Forks Road; (919) 848-4792; zestcafehomeart.com $


Cantina 18
PICKUP With a rooftop bar and an all-glass front, Chef Jason Smith is serving his trademark Mexican fusion dishes with more than a little swank. Cantina 18 is a decidedly upscale and urban addition to Cameron Village, open seven days a week. 433 Daniels Street; (919) 835-9911; 18restaurantgroup.com/cantina-18-raleigh $

Piccola Italia 
PICKUP Sicily native Frank Amato has been preparing classic Italian meals in Cameron Village since 1982. In this relaxed lunch and dinner spot, enjoy handmade pizzas, homemade soups and salads, as well as your traditional Italian pasta dishes, including meat or cheese-filled tortellini served with your choice of sauce. 423 Woodburn Road (919) 833-6888; piccolaitalianc.com $

DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY so•ca derives it’s name from several sources and its menu transports you to unfamiliar lands with more than 20 countries represented. Dishes such as the Brazilian feijoada, Peruvian tiradito de pescado or Puerto Rican mofongo are right at home on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Fajardo. 2130 Clark Avenue; (919) 322-0440; socaraleigh.com $$

Tazza Kitchen
DINE IN PICKUP Tazza takes pride in using dozens of local farmers for its ingredients as well as sourcing proteins that are antibiotic and chemical free. High ceilings lend a simple urban ambiance that aligns with the menu; dishes include spicy sausage and black pepper honey pizza with aged provolone and fresh mozzarella. 432 Woodburn Avenue; (919) 835-9463; tazzakitchen.com $$

Tupelo Honey Café
PICKUP DELIVERY A sister restaurant to the original Tupelo Honey in Asheville, you’ll find fresh, made-from-scratch eats, from blueberry jam and biscuits to fried okra and shrimp and grits. Farms in North and South Carolina are big in the supply chain; honey drips from honeycombed ceilings and tables are finished logs stumps. Check out the Moonrise Brunch, serving late-night breakfast small plates. 425 Oberlin Road; (919) 723-9353; tupelohoneycafe.com $$

Village Draft House 
Village Draft House is a “beer friendly” restaurant featuring 100 beers on tap. The atmosphere is relaxed where you can sit inside or outside and still see the game. The menu features everything from salads and great burgers to grilled chicken or bacon meatloaf platters. 428 Daniels Street; (919) 833-1373; villagedrafthouse.com $


Driftwood Cantina
DINE IN PICKUP Formerly named Driftwood Kitchen and Bar, Nunzio Scordo’s fresh new concept delivers authentic Latin-American dishes and cocktails in a fun, beachy atmosphere. The signature tortillas are handmade daily using a nixtamalization process in which corn is ground into masa, then mixed with salt and water to form the tortillas. The result is fresh-tasting, aromatic tortillas that make the perfect base for fillings like chipotle adobo marinated shrimp, braised lamb barbacoa and pork carnitas. 8460 Honeycutt Road #112; 919-977-8360; driftwoodcantina.com $$

DINE IN PICKUP Wood-fired pizzas and classic old school dishes are easy finds at this casual neighborhood American-Italian restaurant. The menu features fresh and imported pastas. Don’t overlook the Night Kitchen Bakery Italian bread with olive oil or the grilled bruschetta. 8450 Honeycutt Road, Suite 100; (919) 714-7477; farinaraleigh.com $$

Simply Crepes
PICKUP DELIVERY Started by the Heroux family, Simply Crepes puts French-Canadian family recipes to work as the perfect medium for both the sweet and savory, including smoked salmon and chicken cordon bleu. The Grand Marnier crepe is a great dessert option for those 21 and up. 8470 Honeycutt Road, Suite 110; (919) 322-2327; simplycrepes.com $

Sushi One
Modern and elegant with stone and granite interior, Sushi One offers sushi and sashimi options, including staples (California roll) to more adventurous choices (such as the Unagi roll). BOGO sushi rolls are available often (dine-in only); the restaurant also offers tempura, teriyaki, yakisoba and hibachi options. 8470 Honeycutt Road; (919) 615-3209; sushionenc.com $$

Village Grill
PICKUP DELIVERY A great burger spot. Try the Memphis smokehouse burger, an 8-ounce burger patty topped with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and crispy fried onion rings. The Grill’s menu also includes shareable plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, coleslaw, mac and cheese and sweet potato crusted grouper. 8470 Honeycutt Road; (919) 890-5340; villagegrillraleigh.com $

Vinos Finos Kitchen and Wine Bar
PICKUP This local tapas and wine bar offers one of the area’s largest selections of South American wines, pairing wonderfully with Vinos Finos’ renowned Argentine beef empanadas. Other small plate offerings include bacon-wrapped Medjool dates or crab meat-stuffed artichokes. Entrees include steak, lamb stew and salmon. 8450 Honeycutt Road, Suite 110; (919) 747-9233; vinosfinosypicadas.com $


Azitra Indian
PICKUP DELIVERY Enjoy Indian classics as well as a few fusion surprises from lamb vindaloo to paneer tikka masala. Dine indoors for a white tablecloth experience with modern lighting and pops of color or venture outside to spacious patio and bar seating. 8411 Brier Creek Parkway; (919) 484-3939; azitra.us $$

Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse
DINE IN Passadores visit tableside with skewers of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sausage, offering a taste of a traveling charcuterie packed with flavor fresh off the grill. All meals are buffet style and include an appetizer and salad bar, the latter featuring shrimp, salmon, grilled and steamed vegetables, salads and more. 8551 Brier Creek Parkway; (919) 544-3344; brasasteakhouse.com $$$

Brier Creek Beer Garden
PICKUP Located in a shopping center filled with chain restaurants, this locally owned beer garden and restaurant offers 52 craft beers on draft, more than 100 bottles, wine and spirits—all served with lunch and dinner. The menu features unique dishes like the date in a blanket sandwich, a fresh toasted pretzel roll filled with peanut butter, dates, tart berries and celery. 8521 Brier Creek Parkway; (919) 748-3900; briercreekbeergarden.com $

Trali Irish Pub
PICKUP In Brierdale Shopping Center’s Trali Irish Pub, you’ll find authentic Irish food and pints, plus craft beer and local music. The menu is crafted by chef and owner Eamonn Kelly, who hails from County Galway in Ireland. Enjoy a pint or two alongside traditional dishes including boxty, fish and chips, bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie. 10370 Moncreiffe Road; 919-544-4141; traliirishpub.com

Zayka Indian Cuisine
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY One of the only Punjabi Northern Indian restaurants in Raleigh or the Triangle, Zakya prides itself on creating savory “Tandoori” oven dishes by blending herbs and spices. Great lunch buffet with a dozen different Indian dishes plus homemade Indian breads made daily. 10410 Moncreiffe Road, Suite 104; (919) 361-5370; zaykaraleigh.com $$


Capital Club 16
PICKUP Once home to Raleigh’s social and literary set, this historic building features 14-foot ceilings, vintage subway tile and heart pine floors salvaged from the 1800s. Try the portobello grilled cheese sandwich or the Vesper board, the latter featuring local and German sliced meats, Hickory Grove camembert, Jarlsberg, pickles, radishes, boiled egg, horseradish mustard and a local bread basket. 16 West Martin Street; (919) 747-9345; capitalclub16.com $$

Centro Mexican
Bright colors, wood floors and exposed brick are the backdrop to authentic Mexican and Latin American cuisine, including mole poblano and chilaquiles verdes with sautéed white corn tortilla chips tossed in tomatillo sauce, cilantro, heavy cream and cheese topped with rajas and two poached eggs. Other favorites are the guacamole, salsa, queso, margaritas and sangria. 106 South Wilmington Street; (919) 835-3593; centroraleigh.com $

Death and Taxes
An Ashley Christensen restaurant, Death and Taxes is located in a period building with tall ceilings and arched windows, offering a creative selection of food cooked over the open fire. Try the grilled duck breast with black rice, embered carrots and vadouvan or the steak tartare with carrot, turmeric, cilantro and grilled ciabatta. 105 West Hargett Street; (984) 242-0218; ac-restaurants.com $$

PICKUP This artsy Indian-Asian restaurant with a distinct Southern flare is located near the very center of downtown. Colorful art decorates black walls; trees climb to the ceiling. The lamb shank osso-bucco and Tandoor chicken  kabobs are two popular picks. 14 West Martin Street; (919) 833-6886;

Happy & Hale
PICKUP DELIVERY This all-day counter-service cafe offers a health-focused menu of salads, protein bowls, smoothies and juice, with a mission to offer fresh, fast, healthy fuel for the body. You can order online for pickup and delivery is available. 443 Fayetteville Street; (919) 307-4148; happyandhale.com $

Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar
PICKUP DELIVERY Named for the head coach of NC State’s national championship winning basketball team, Jim Valvano, Jimmy V’s offers upscale Italian as well as more casual fare, including pizza, salads, antipasti and the famous “Whitten-Burger” named after Derek Whittenburg, one of the players from the 1983 championship team who frequents the restaurant. 420 Fayetteville Street; (919)256-1451; jimmyvsraleigh.com $$

PICKUP This contemporary patisserie in the heart of downtown Raleigh is a great place to start your day, a lunchtime escape or a reward after a long day’s work. A few of our favorite dishes: the ham and cheddar croissant, curry chicken salad sandwich and the salted caramel brownie. 235 South Salisbury Street; (919) 307-4950; lucettegrace.com $

Located in the PNC Building, ORO is a trendy, tapas-style restaurant featuring craft cocktails, a full wine bar and small plates meant for sharing. Enjoy global cuisine, including seared scallops, wagyu steak tartare and wok fried Brussels sprouts, in a sophisticated atmosphere with two stories and an all-white color palette. 18 East Martin St; (919) 832-6622; ororaleigh.com $$

Poole’s Diner
Open seven days a week from 5 p.m. ‘til midnight, this 1945 pie shop of the same name was restored by Ashley Christensen, keeping much of the space’s original charm and featuring a double-horseshoe bar, red leather banquettes, Lucite chairs and chalkboard menus which change both daily and weekly according to ingredients available. 426 South McDowell Street; (919) 832-4477; ac-restaurants.com Prices not given

Poole’side Pies 
Ashley Christensen’s latest venture highlights something new from the chef—pizza. Neapolitan-style pies are prepared in a 900-degree Marra Forni Italian brick oven. The retro, swim-club themed eatery also offers starters and salads, with a complementary cocktail menu. 428 South McDowell Street; ac-restaurants.com/pooleside $$

Raleigh Times Bar
PICKUP DELIVERY Located in the home of the former Raleigh Times newspaper, this 100-year-old building was renovated in 2006 and now boasts a rooftop patio and second-floor seating. A local watering hole with a generous selection of craft beers—particularly the Belgian variety—the menu features wide variety as well, including NC catfish, pork belly Sisig lettuce wraps and kale Caesar salad. 14 East Hargett Street; (919) 833-0999; raleightimesbar.com $ 

Sono Raleigh
PICKUP Chef Hyun-Woo Kim is a South Korean native who is trained in the stylings of Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines. At Sono he prepares a traditional Japanese menu featuring ramen dishes, rolls, sushi, dumplings and more. À la carte items are available as well, including tuna, eel, salmon, octopus and red snapper. 319 Fayetteville Street; (919) 521-5328; sonoraleigh.com $

Tama Tea
This North Carolina-native, health loving, bohemian-style cafe nestled in downtown Raleigh brings new versions of tea, coffee and sandwiches to the table. Matcha tea, bubble tea, green smoothies and vegan sandwiches are all included on its menu. 401 Fayetteville Street; (919) 561-6271; tamatea.com $$


42nd Street Oyster Bar
PICKUP Opened originally as a grocery store in 1931 after Prohibition ended, this eatery became the first place in Raleigh to serve draft beers in frosted mugs. There are still plenty of frosty mugs, but now this landmark gets attention for its fresh seafood and seasonal menu featuring the state’s best oysters, shrimp, scallops, clams, fish and mussels. 508 W Jones St; (919) 831-2811; 42ndstoysterbar.com $$

Anise Pho
DELIVERY This Vietnamese restaurant occupies a comfortable space on Glenwood South with a daily lunch special combo consisting of pho, banh mi sub, rice platter or salad noodle bowl. Other entrees are available for dinner, as well as a house special ice cream, which comes in five flavors: Hawaiian coconut, avocado, ube purple yam, mango and green tea. 222 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 113; (919) 803-4539; facebook.com/AnisePho $

Clouds Brewing 
PICKUP In 1925, Carolina Power & Light Company built a one-story Art Deco building to house streetcars and buses; now, it’s home to Clouds Brewing. Experience “Downpour,” a self-serve wall of beer taps. The restaurant offers brunch, lunch and dinner and with more than 80 beers, ciders and meads. The BBQ pork belly burger is a menu favorite. 126 North West Street; (919) 307-8335; cloudsbrewing.com $

The Cortez Seafood & Cocktail
PICKUP DELIVERY Occupying the Glenwood South location formerly held by Cafe Helios, The Cortez brings a subtly tropical setting with a modern feel. Known for its dollar oyster special Tuesdays-Sundays from 5–6 p.m., Chef Oscar Diaz offers not only an eclectic seafood menu but also a wide range of Mexican-American handcrafted cocktails. 413 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 342-8227; cortezraleigh.com $

Dogwood Bar + Eatery
Retro mid-century designs inspire the furniture for this venue, which is home to two bars, indoor and outdoor, as well as a grand wrap-around heated porch. Dogwood offers a small menu of shareable plates, plus a Sunday brunch, to accompany their unique handcrafted cocktails. 610 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 977-3714; dogwoodraleigh.com $

Five Star
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY With a dinner menu available until midnight seven days a week, this eatery offers a large drink menu—everything from cold beer to hot sake—as well as traditional Asian soups and sophisticated entrees, including Thai peanut noodles and crispy sesame beef. 301 N West Street, Suite 101; (919) 833-3311; fivestarraleigh.com $$

Hibernian Irish Pub
PICKUP DELIVERY Tip back a Guinness in this traditional pub with painted red brick, wood paneling and a mini library. Traditional Irish dishes abound—from bangers & mash to fish ‘n chips. Also popular are a variety of burgers (lamb, beef and brisket). 311 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 833-2285; hibernianpub.com $

La Santa
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY La Santa is a family-owned restaurant serving traditional Mexican food based on recipes from the owner’s mother, who hails from Guadalajara. Popular dishes include handmade tortillas, bolillo (Mexican bread) with carnitas, chicken enchiladas and mole poblano. Margaritas are made from fresh fruit juices squeezed daily. 222 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 107; (919) 720-4096; lasantanc.com $

MoJoe’s Burger Joint
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY With more than ten different burgers to choose from, MoJoe’s is a haven for burger lovers in Raleigh. The classic eatery features hand-pressed burger patties smothered in everything from crispy jalapeño bacon and salsa verde to grilled peppers and onion rings. Or you can opt to make your own a chicken, turkey, veggie or black bean burger or order one with 100 percent choice beef. Add a side of fries with famous MoJoe’s sauce and a signature milkshake—you won’t regret it. 620 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 832-6799; mojoesburgerjoint.com $

My Way Tavern Eatery & Spirits
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY This spot will remind you of Cheers where “everyone knows your name.” The dark wood tavern is a good spot to watch a game with televisions on every wall. The signature dishes will impress, especially the Baja tacos and the baby back ribs. 522 St. Mary’s Street; (919) 900-8273; mywaytavern.com $

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen
PICKUP Nestled in a cozy neighborhood shopping center and decorated with tiny white lights, Plates serves reimagined Southern favorites using local ingredients. 301 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 828-0018; plateskitchen.com $

The Rockford
DINE IN PICKUP Opened in 1994 as the only bar or restaurant in the now bustling Glenwood South district, The Rockford is known for its timeless interior decor and classy yet approachable menu. Its inconspicuous location above Parliament bar is popular among artists, musicians, business professionals and industry workers alike for their elevated comfort dishes such as cast iron mac and cheese, pork belly and stuffed tomatoes. 320 1/2 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 821-9020; therockford1994.com $$

Snoopy’s Hot Dogs
Hot dogs and hamburgers reign at this ultra-casual diner with a walk-up window, but you’ll also find homemade chicken salad and vegetable soup along with traditional sides of seasoned fries, onion rings and chips. Multiple Raleigh locations; snoopys.com $

Southern Charred
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY For favorites we all know and love, head to Southern Charred, a rustic bar and restaurant with wood-paneled walls and charming North Carolina decor. Southern Charred features saucy BBQ meat platters on vintage tin trays, complete with comforting side options such as biscuits, okra, hush puppies and famous SC mac & cheese. 510 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101; (919) 758-8851; southerncharred.com $

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
PICKUP DELIVERY Located in the Creamery Building in downtown’s Glenwood South district, Sullivan’s is a steakhouse fine-dining experience with rich wood paneling, luxurious seating and hearty plates. Most notable on the menu is the signature house-cut steaks enhanced with your choice of signature butters, which include Cajun, gorgonzola garlic and Cabernet goat cheese. 410 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 833-2888. sullivanssteakhouse.com; $$

Sushi Blues
PICKUP DELIVERY BOGO sushi rolls (dine-in only) are very popular (try the Wolfpack) and half-price wine bottles on Sundays and Wednesdays make this an affordable spot to get a wide selection of fresh sushi and sashimi in a casual environment. 301 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 664-8061; sushibluescafe.com $

Thaiphoon Bistro
DELIVERY Traditional Thai cooking with a few modern touches. Try the crispy spring rolls for $4.95 or opt for a heartier meal with a variety of Thai noodle soups, stir fry and fried rice. 301 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 720-4034; thaiphoonbistro.com $

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe & Brewery
PICKUP DELIVERY Located in the historic Powerhouse building in downtown Raleigh, Tobacco Road’s new location offers a terrific blend of fresh food and craft beers, along with sports viewing for all types of fans. The menu features dishes crafted in-house by the professional chef, like Buffalo chicken egg rolls, Memphis nachos, a fried green tomato sandwich and entrees ranging from BBQ beef ribs to black-eyed pea cakes. 505 West Jones Street; (919) 301-8793; tobaccoroadsportscafe.com $

PICKUP At Vidrio, an enormous backdrop of blown-glass plates anchors the space, with European furnishings and stylish details reminiscent of a Mediterranean fishing village. The menu showcases different cuisines including a North African-inspired harissa dip, steak tartare and homemade pasta. Enjoy craft cocktails or wine from the 50-plus wines on tap. 500 Glenwood Avenue; 919-803-6033; vidrioraleigh.com $$$


Coco Bongo
PICKUP DELIVERY Hillsborough Street’s cool and causal Mexican restaurant features daily lunch and drink specials in its colorful dining room. The dinner menu includes Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas, as well as signature seafood, chicken and steak dishes. Enjoy a frozen margarita with your meal in the summertime at an outdoor table decorated with bright green umbrellas. 2400 Hillsborough Street; (984) 242-0898; cocobongoraleigh.com $$

David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar features a pan-Asian menu with influences from Chinese, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines. Lunch and dinner includes small plates, noodles, quick-stir dishes and chef specialties such as shrimp & scallops, filet mignon and pork with Chinese pickled turnip. An extensive sake list includes cocktails, flights and cold and warm sake by the glass. 1900 Hillsborough Street; (919) 239-4536; ddandnb.com $$

Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Colombian-inspired cuisine with a hippie-chic vibe, complete with neon colors fashioned into modern Day of the Dead decor.  Favorites include a new spin on traditional enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas and fajitas. 2100 Hillsborough Street; (919) 268-8965; gonzatacosytequila.com $

Pho Vietnam
PICKUP Pho, a popular street food in Vietnam, is revamped and modernized at Pho Vietnam through the beef noodle soup, which comes with either eye round steak, brisket, chuck roast or meat balls. The restaurant also serves both egg rolls and spring rolls, vermicelli noodle dishes, rice plates and Vietnamese sandwiches. 2811 Hillsborough Street; (919) 615-0741; phovietnamone.com $

The Player’s Retreat
The Player’s Retreat remains one of Raleigh’s favorite sports bars since 1951, serving up classic bar food like mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings, burgers and chicken strips in a neighborhood setting complete with sports fans, families and students alike. Enjoy your meal inside or out on the patio, both with optimal TV views for sports watching. 105 Oberlin Road; (919) 755-9589; playersretreat.net $

Second Empire
PICKUP Otherwise known as the Dodd-Hinsdale house, this stately and elegant “Second Empire” home from 1879 is a local favorite for special occasions, featuring original staircases, porches and woodwork alongside a white tablecloth dining experience. Try the roasted five spice Pennsylvania duck breast or the rosemary grilled Australian lamb rack from Chef Daniel Schurr. 330 Hillsborough Street; (919) 829-3663; second-empire.com $$$

State of Beer
PICKUP DELIVERY Downtown Raleigh’s bottle shop serves great craft beer, chef-crafted sandwiches and gourmet salads. Our favorite is the ghost pepper salami with chipotle mayo sandwich, pickled jalapeño mustard slaw, fresh jalapeños and pepper jack cheese served with a side of chickpea salad. 401  Hillsborough Street; (919) 546-9116; stateof.beer $

Taverna Agora
PICKUP DELIVERY Taverna Agora brings traditional Greek dishes like spanakopita, souvlaki and tzatziki to its quaint location on Hillsborough Street, where guests will feel right at home around a friendly staff and rustic, old world decorations. The restaurant also offers  an open-air  rooftop patio, perfect for sipping on specialty house cocktails and authentic Greek wines. 326 Hillsborough Street; (919) 881-8333; tavernaagora.com $$


Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
An ode to fried chicken and classic Southern sides, chef Ashley Christensen has created a great casual dining spot serving classic comfort food—from chicken and waffles to mac and cheese to cinnamon biscuit bread pudding. 237 South Wilmington Street; (919) 322-0127; ac-restaurants.com $$

Bida Manda Laotian Restaurant & Bar
Presenting traditional Laotian cuisine in a modern setting, this popular hideaway serves up authentic, flavorful Laotian dishes in generous portions. The owners use family recipes and fresh local ingredients as inspirations for Bida Manda’s menu. Reservations are recommended, as is the crispy pork belly soup, the crispy lettuce wraps and the pad thai. 222 South Blount Street; (919) 829-9999; bidamanda.com $$

Big Ed’s City Market
DINE IN PICKUP Big Ed’s has called City Market home since 1989 and it still serves up some of the best in Southern cooking. Open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Big Ed’s offers omelets, pancakes and biscuits and grits all day. For lunch, check the daily specials such as the chicken & dumplings or the pork chop plate. 220 Wolfe Street; (919) 836-9909; bigedscitymarket.com $

Brewery Bhavana 
As much a work of art as a restaurant, go for the ambiance as well as the handcrafted beer and Dim Sum cuisine. From original brews to bao and dumplings, crab rangoon to rice congee, everything co-founders Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha and head brewer Patrick Woodson offer is done with care and attention to detail. 218 South Blount Street; (919) 829-9998; brewerybhavana.com $

Caffe Luna
PICKUP DELIVERY Caffe Luna is well known for its Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair in a sun-filled main dining room overlooking the streets of downtown Raleigh. Choose from exclusive lunch and dinner specials as well as regular menu items like ravioli Fiorentina, lasagna and salmone alla Griglia. 136 East Hargett Street; (919) 832-6090; cafeluna.com $$

PICKUP DELIVERY Ask any Italian-American what ‘gravy’ is and they’ll tell you it’s the pasta sauce their mothers and grandmothers cooked fresh every night. At Gravy, Chef Brent Hopkins makes his own pasta and cures his own meats. Kids will enjoy the pizza bread while we recommend the risotto balls or the tagliatelle bolognese for the adults. 135 South Wilmington Street; (919) 896-8513; gravyraleigh.com $$

London Bridge Pub
PICKUP DELIVERY For “bloody good” British food, international friendship and football (ok, soccer) visit London Bridge. Across the pond classics include rocket salad, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, build-you-own “British Butty” sandwiches and a full English breakfast with bangers, black pudding, eggs, baked beans, roasted tomatoes and “bubble and squeak,” a patty of fried cabbage, meat and potatoes. 110 East Hargett Street; 919-838-6633; thelondonbridgepub.com $$

Manhattan Café
DINE IN PICKUP This spot lives up to its slogan, “Southern Hospitality with a Big City Variety,” with an extensive menu of sandwiches, paninis, subs, burgers, wraps and pitas. More options include a salad and pasta bar. Plus, breakfast wraps, omelets and pancakes are tasty breakfast options. 320 South Wilmington Street; (919) 833-6105; manhattancafenc.com $

Mofu Shoppe
DINE IN PICKUP With its indoor patio, intimate mezzanine and second-floor seating, Mofu is perfect for a date or enjoying dinner with the family. Founders Sunny Lin and Sophia Woo opened their brick-and-mortar restaurant with the $50,000 prize money they received after winning The Great Food Truck Race. They serve dishes that represent their Asian-American culture. 321 South Blount Street; (919) 301-8465; mofushoppe.com $$

Oak City Meatball Shoppe
PICKUP DELIVERY Now open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, Oak City Meatball Shoppe is located in the Red Hat Tower, with a menu focused on the great meatball. Create your own meatball dish from a variety of meats, your choice of sauce and a side, or you can try the always-fun-to-say Balls on a Bun. 180 East Davie Street; (919) 714-9014; oakcitymeatball.com $$

The Pizza Times 
DELIVERY Joining downtown Raleigh classics The Raleigh Times and The Morning Times is The Pizza Times just around the corner. The third addition to The Times family is takeout only and offers pizza by the pie or by the slice if you’re on the go. There are 15 toppings available along with side salads. 210 South Wilmington Street; (919) 832-4411. raleightimespizza.com. $

The Remedy Diner
PICKUP DELIVERY This independently owned restaurant and bar serves vegetarian and vegan friendly comfort food, plus local craft beers. Be sure to check the daily specials as the majority of the menu is made from scratch daily. A few staples include the quiche of the day, Buffalo non-chicken wings and black bean burgers. 927 West Morgan Street; (919) 835-3553; theremedydiner.com $$

PICKUP This French-American bistro offers classic French fare—steak frites, duck a l’orange and tarte flambée, along with American and European dishes like pan seared mountain trout, crispy potato salad and roasted Fox Farm mushrooms. Royale’s champagne options vary too, with champagne by the glass and some of the vintages by the bottle, all priced well. 200 East Martin Street; (919) 977-3043; royaleraleigh.com $$

DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY Sitti upholds the Lebanese tradition of excellent hospitality by welcoming guests with delicious Lebanese and Mediterranean-inspired food and superb service. Sitti’s chef has created a fresh, authentic menu featuring an extensive offering of mezze including hummus, baba ghanouj, labneh and mouhamra, as well as entrees such as beef, lamb and chicken shawarma served with house-baked pita and flatbreads. 137 South Wilmington Street; (919) 239-4070; sitti-raleigh.com $$

Square Burger
DELIVERY When hunger strikes at Moore Square, Square Burger has you covered. The casual eatery—brought to you by Empire Eats—serves burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, shakes and more. Sit at one of Square Burger’s movable tables or opt for a picnic on the lawn with a glass of beer or wine you can enjoy anywhere in the park. 225 East Martin Street; (919) 896-6600; squareburger-raleigh.com $

St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar
PICKUP DELIVERY This spot embraces the spirit of its namesake New Orleans’ neighborhood where Chef Sunny Gerhart’s family is from. The menu’s top feature is the roasted oysters served by the half dozen—BBQ’d, Tasso’d, or Nori’d—but there are lots of other choices too, including braised clams, BBQ shrimp and duck and garlic sausage gumbo. 223 South Wilmington Street; (919) 322-0359; strochraleigh.com $$

Tonbo Ramen
PICKUP DELIVERY A ramen bar with intimate dining tables and an upstairs izakaya, Tonbo offers Japanese dishes and small plates. The ramen is prepared with a 20-hour broth base, hand-crafted noodles and add-ons including soy-marinated egg or roasted Kurobuta pork. Open for lunch and dinner. 211 South Wilmington St; (919) 977-3625; tonboramen.com $$

Transfer Co. Food Hall
PICKUP DELIVERY At Transfer Co., located in the historic Carolina Coach Garage and Shop, you’ll find bagels, local seafood, ice cream cookie sandwiches, burritos, empanadas, house-made meats and pastas, burgers, Asian fare and more, as well as a full bar and award-winning brews from Burial Beer Co. out of Asheville. 500 East Davie Street; (984) 232-8122; transfercofoodhall.com $$

Vic’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
PICKUP DELIVERY Owner Mario Longo has been serving authentic Old World Italian and NY-style pizza for more than 30 years. Overlooking City Market, Vic’s serves traditional dishes like linguini with clams and pollo piccata; take advantage of the patio seating. 331 Blake Street; (919) 829-7090; vicsitalianrestaurant.com $


Crawford & Son
PICKUP DELIVERY Drawing on his family’s working class roots, Chef Scott Crawford elevates home-cooked classics such as pot pie or meatloaf, incorporating his own signature style and using different proteins. The menu also takes seasonal items and incorporates the ingredients across several different dishes, both savory and sweet. 618 North Person Street; 919-307-4647; crawfordandsonrestaurant.com $$$

Gringo A Go Go
PICKUP With its playful vibe, plant-filled patio and house made margaritas, Gringo A Go Go has been pleasing local Mexican food lovers since 2014. Order tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas with various fillings including vegan options. A decadent condiment tray rounds out the experience. 100 North Person Street; (919) 977-1438; gringoraleigh.com $

Chef Scott Crawford pairs modern European elegance and classic French dishes. The restaurant, named after Crawford’s daughter, features an intimate atmosphere with white linen tabletops, a marble bar and blue and gold accents. Opt for a table on the rooftop patio to enjoy gougères, steak tartare, escargot and other fine fare in full French fashion. 620 North Person Street; (919) 803-7221; restaurantjolie.com $$

Oakwood Pizza Box
PICKUP Owner Anthony Guerra hails from a long line of Italian chefs (his father, Rick, owned Cary’s now-closed Bella Mia). The younger Guerra channels the pizza he grew up eating on Long Island in an intimate family atmosphere. Whether red or white sauce-based, the Neapolitan-style pizza, made with whole milk cheeses and low-moisture mozzarella, is creative and delicious. 610 North Person Street; (919) 594-1605; oakwoodpizzabox.com $

The Station at Person Street
DINE IN Nestled in a renovated Amoco gas station, this neighborhood hangout offers spacious indoor and outdoor seating, including fire pits in colder weather. Hearty fare includes smoked salmon BLT, Cuban sandwich and French bread chicken pizza as well as a variety of burgers and fries ($5 specials on Mondays) and domestic and craft beers. 701 North Person Street; (919) 977-1567; stationraleigh.com $

Side Street
Housed in a quaint white cottage in the heart of Oakwood, experience a bit of nostalgia with clapboard walls and wide windows. Grab a simple homemade sandwich of egg salad, pastrami or pimento cheese, a meatball pocket or a triple decker grilled cheese (Cheese Delight). Enjoy a wide selection of wine and beer. 225 N. Bloodworth Street; 919 828-4927; sidestreetrestaurant.com $

SmokeStacks Cafe
PICKUP Located in the former Brewerks space, Smoke Stacks offers brunch and dinner Thursday through Monday. Dishes are made using locally sourced ingredients and co-owner Holly Schultz, who has a level 2 sommelier certification, curates the wine list. Favorites include house-made pickles and house-smoked meats, cathead biscuits and smoked brisket sandwich. 701 East Lane St; (919) 736-6408; coffeeraleigh.com $


The Daily Planet Café
Located in the Natural Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, you’ll find plenty of local ingredients from North Carolina farmers in the breakfast entrees, pastries, coffee bar (Larry’s Beans!), sandwiches, salads and small entrees, as well as eight beers on tap and delicious wines. 121 West Jones Street; (919) 707-8060; thedailyplanetcafe.com $

Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
Mulino is located in the Melrose Knitting Mill, one of Raleigh’s most iconic buildings, but it offers the feeling of being on a Roman piazza. Menu items include gnocchi tartufo, a Burrata cheese and grilled vegetable salad, tagliolini squid ink with mussels, shrimps and clams and the tagliatell bolognese with housemade egg noodles. Pizzas from the outdoor wood-fired pizza oven are available daily. 309 North Dawson Street; (919) 838-8595; mulinoraleigh.com $$

PICKUP Open for dinner six days a week, this trendy eatery offers dinner options that change daily depending on seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine while feasting on fried NC bass or grilled quail. 938 North Blount Street; (919) 977-4321; stanburyraleigh.com $$

Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery
You’ll enjoy a different kind of history at the NC Museum of History’s Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery. Run by Tonya Council, granddaughter of Mildred Council or “Mama Dip,” the restaurant offers Southern fare including fried green tomatoes, chopped BBQ pork sandwiches and, of course, cornbread, plus burgers, hot dogs, salads and other sandwiches. 5 East Edenton Street; 919-814-7000; ncmuseumofhistory.org/sweet-tea-and-cornbread


J. Betski’s
PICKUP Owner John F. Korzekwinski honors his German and Polish heritage with traditional dishes including mushroom and cabbage pierogies, pork schnitzel, spaetzle and smoked beef and pork kielbasa with sauerkraut and spicy mustard. The relaxed atmosphere is great for a sit-down meal with the family or grabbing small plates and drinks at the bar, where German beers reign supreme. 10 West Franklin Street, Suite 120; (919) 833-7999; jbetskis.com $$

Night Kitchen
PICKUP Bakers at Night Kitchen stay up through the wee hours to produce some of the city’s best breads and sweet and savory pastries. The breads are used to make toasts and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, such as a traditional Cuban, BLT and roasted chicken panini with sofrito, sharp white cheddar cheese and baby spinach on sourdough. 10 West Franklin Street, Suite #140;  (984) 232-8907; raleighnightkitchen.com

Papa Shogun
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY This Seaboard Station eatery combines flavors and techniques from Italian and Japanese cuisines. A seven-course tasting menu is available at dinner by reservation, offering an amuse bouche, fresh mozzarella and kombu garlic bread, vegetables, pastas, main course, palate cleanser and dessert. Stop in during lunch Wednesday through Saturday for counter service sandwiches and salads. 111 Seaboard Avenue #118; (919) 977-1247; papashogun.com $$

Seaboard Café
Spacious with wall-to-wall windows, natural light and pops of color from hanging plants and vegetation, this lunch-only eatery offers new specials Monday to Saturday, including homemade muffins, soups, fresh salads, sandwiches on artisan breads and sides of pickled carrots, potato salad and several pasta salads. 707 Semart Drive; (919) 821-7553; seaboardcafe.com $



A Place at the Table
PICKUP Raleigh’s first pay-what-you can cafe gives you the option to pay what you’re able, pay what you would for a similar meal, pay for someone else’s meal or pay by volunteering. The community-oriented restaurant offers breakfast including quiche and waffles and salads, sandwiches and paninis for lunch. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available. 300 West Hargett Street; (919) 307-8914; tableraleigh.org $

Barcelona Wine Bar
PICKUP DELIVERY A tapas menu built from both seasonal ingredients from local markets and imported specialties evokes serious Spanish vibes. Intimate seating, ambient lighting and a beautiful space on the ground floor of the Dillon make for the perfect backdrop to enjoy wine and small plates including boquerones, crispy calamari, spiced beef empanadas and charcuterie boards. 430 West Martin Street; (919) 808-5400; barcelonawinebar.com $$

Heirloom Brewshop
This beautifully decorated coffee, tea and sake bar is a serene escape for inventive drinks and bites in the Warehouse District. Their morning menu consists of traditional coffee drinks, as well as unique items like vacuum pot coffee. In the evening, enjoy sake cocktails alongside a small plates menu inspired by the Loatian and Taiwanese founders. 219 South West Street; heirloombrewshop.com $

Humble Pie
DINE IN With black and white checkerboard floors, cozy booths and a large patio Humble Pie consistently gets five-star reviews for its food, service and outdoor seating. The eatery specializes in shared plates, including crispy Brussels sprouts, cauliflower mac-n-cheese, tuna tartare and buttermilk fried chicken. 317 South Harrington Street; (919) 829-9222; humblepierestaurant.com $

Irregardless Café
PICKUP This cozy and classic Raleigh venue is known for its global cuisine as well as vegan and vegetarian favorites. Try the wild mushroom polenta, duck a l’orange, steak frites or the vegan zoodle bolognese. A favorite dining spot for university professors and locals, the café also offers live music and cooking classes. 901 West Morgan Street; (919) 833-8898; irregardless.com $$

Morgan Street Food Hall
PICKUP DELIVERY An oasis for some of Raleigh’s best food and drink options, Morgan Street Food Hall offers almost anything you might have a craving for. Wood fired pizza, lobster rolls, burgers, tacos, ice cream, Southern, Indian, Mediterranean and Vietnamese cuisine are all available; indoor and outdoor bars are perfect for an accompanying beer or wine or an after-meal drink. 411 West Morgan Street; (919) 307-4481; morganfoodhall.com $

O-Ku Sushi
PICKUP O-Ku combines authentic Asian cuisine with Southern influences, integrating both local and unique ingredients. The menu ranges from petite plates to sushi specialties to contemporary robata-style dishes, including short rib bulgogi, uni udon and chicken teriyaki. Enjoy half-off sushi for Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 411 W. Hargett Street; (919) 792-3777; okuraleigh.com $$

Oak Steakhouse
DINE IN PICKUP Oak Steakhouse is a modern take on the American original offering an innovative approach to steakhouse dining. Oak’s menu highlights the restaurant’s relationship with local farmers and purveyors and features a variety of certified Angus beef selections. An expansive wine list features California Cabernet and Old World reds. Oak also offers local brews, domestic and international beers and seasonal cocktails. 417 West Hargett Street; (984) 255-1818; oaksteakhouserestaurant.com $$$

PICKUP At the entrance to the Warehouse District, Parkside is located in a building that’s offered Southern hospitality for over 100 years. The chef-inspired menu offers small plates, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches. Or, just enjoy sitting at the reclaimed barn wood bar, sampling one of the 40-plus beers on tap. 301 West Martin Street; (984) 232-8969; parksideraleigh.com $

The Pit
PICKUP Continuing North Carolina’s barbecue legacy, The Pit serves authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue. Warm lighting accentuates the rich hues of the wood inside, and the patio offers the hustle and bustle of downtown. Favorites here include the chopped barbecue pork plate, the beef brisket and the chopped barbecue turkey plate. 328 West Davie Street; (919) 890-4500; thepit-raleigh.com $$

Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co.
PICKUP DELIVERY A great place to grab a local craft beer and a gourmet pizza, Trophy is a three-barrel nano brewery in downtown Raleigh featuring a full bar and growlers to go. Try the Daredevil specialty pizza or build your own. 827 West Morgan Street; (919) 803-4849; trophybrewing.com $$

Tuscan Blu
DINE IN PICKUP Order from classics such as veal marsala or bistecca alla Fiortenia featuring a 24 oz. Porterhouse steak; also look for daily lunch specials for $11 and a variety of dinner specials. Parking is complimentary for guests. 327 W. Davie Street; (919) 834-5707; tuscanblu.com $$

Whiskey Kitchen
PICKUP DELIVERY This spot delivers on its name with over 140 whiskeys behind the bar. Enjoy a beverage or two paired with snacks on their spacious patio or inside their light-filled dining room, made even better when their large garage doors are open on a warm evening. The menu includes good Southern dishes with a slight twist but no matter what, don’t miss the sweet tea-battered fried chicken sandwich or the classic shrimp n’ grits. 201 West Martin Street; (919) 803-3181; whiskey.kitchen $$

Wye Hill Kitchen + Brewing
PICKUP Owners Sarah Abernethy and Chris Borreson completely revamped the old Boylan Bridge Brewpub into a restaurant and brewery complete with chef-driven lunch, dinner and brunch menus, rotating beers brewed onsite and unique cocktails including spirit-free. Popular dishes include the buffalo chicken rillette, Southern saltimbocca and Wye Hill burger. 201 South Boylan Avenue; (984) 200-1189; wyehill.com $$



PICKUP DELIVERY Founded in 1963 by former Wolfpack player Amedeo “Dick” DeAngelis, this homestyle Italian restaurant near the campus of NC State is popular with locals and students alike for its pizzas, Amedeo’s Famous Lasagna, buffalo wings and steak sandwiches. Enjoy the game on a wide-screen with the special of the day and a Wolfpack-themed cocktail. 3905 Western Boulevard; (919) 851-0473; amedeosrestaurant.com $

Bella Monica
DINE IN PICKUP DELIVERY Bella Monica is a family-run trattoria featuring Neapolitan recipes handed down for generations. Owners Corbett and Julie Monica do their best to make it like his Nana’s kitchen, where family gathered every Sunday. A hidden gem, be sure to make reservations, especially on weekends, as the restaurant fills quickly. 3121 Edwards Mill Road; (919) 881-9778; bellamonica.com $$

Cloos’ Coney Island
PICKUP Cloos’ is a hot dog institution here in Raleigh. The old school, diner-esque joint is famous for loaded dogs which come in various styles, including the signature Coney dog with chili, mustard and onions, and the Chicago dog with tomatoes, pickles, mustard, relish and peppers. Salads, sandwiches, gyros and burgers are also available. 2233-102 Avent Ferry Road; (919) 834-3354; facebook.com/cloosconeyisland $

Edwards Mill Bar & Grill
This Raleigh gem has served a wide array of all-American cuisine since 1999. The all-day menu offers six different types of wings, including wings tossed in a Southern-inspired Cheerwine BBQ sauce, more than 20 different burgers and sandwiches and comforting entrees like shrimp and grits, fried pork chop and chicken pot pie. 3201-153 Edwards Mill Road; (919) 783-5447; edwardsmillbarandgrill.com $

A full-service restaurant located inside the NC Museum of Art, Iris features modern American cuisine from an open-faced turkey sandwich to seared scallops. Design your own omelets during weekend brunch or opt for a light lunch of chicken salad with sweet potato fries. Afterward, take a tour of more than 40 galleries. 2110 Blue Ridge Road; (919) 664-6838; ncartmuseum.org/visit/dining $$

J. Alexander’s
PICKUP A contemporary restaurant offers twinkling views from above Crabtree Valley Mall. While the menu offers all the traditional American classics, J. Alexander’s prides itself on fresh fish; tuna and salmon are flown in daily from Scotland and Hawaii for entrees and sushi. 4600 Crabtree Valley Avenue; (984) 200-4493; jalexanders.com $$$

PICKUP A Raleigh market and restaurant staple since 1977 with a wide offering of Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine and groceries, this café offers indoor/outdoor dining options seven days a week.  After you dine on a shawarma sandwich or a kabob platter, make sure to purchase some fresh-made pita bread and hummus to take home. 3817 Beryl Road; (919) 828-1628; neomonde.com $

The Oak
PICKUP Seasonal dishes, all made from scratch. Part of the JMR Kitchens Restaurant Group with a friendly staff and simple fare, including loaded tater tots, BBQ-spiced fried Brussels sprouts and local deviled eggs. 4035 Lake Boone Trail; (919) 787-9100; theoakraleigh.com $$

Seasons 52
DINE IN PICKUP This warm and cozy spot inside the Crabtree Valley Mall offers healthier, lower-calorie versions of some rich and delicious dishes. Each item listed on the menu includes the calorie count. Some of our favorites include the cedar plank-roasted salmon and wood-grilled filet mignon. 4325 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 787-3052; seasons52.com $$$

Sushi Nine
PICKUP Sushi Nine has officially reopened after burning down in 2015, delivering a bigger patio area and brand new equipment while maintaining the same atmosphere as the old establishment. The menu has also remained pretty much the same, offering sushi rolls, as well as poke bowls, sushi burgers, noodles, stir fries and hibachi. 3812 Western Boulevard; (919) 615-3100; sushinine.com $

Vic’s Italian Restaurant 
PICKUP DELIVERY Vic’s second location on Lake Boone Trail features authentic, old world Italian cuisine made from family recipes and fresh, local ingredients. Guests will feel right at home in the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere and friendly staff while enjoying classic dishes like linguini alla Romana, gnocchi alla Benigni, pollo piccata and vitello alla Parmigiana. 4035 Lake Boone Trail; (984) 200-9292; vicsitalianrestaurant.com $$

Waraji Japanese Restaurant
DINE IN PICKUP Waraji is home to an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi, as well as the largest Sake selection in North Carolina. Chef Masatoshi Tsujimura curates a selection of fresh specialty house rolls within Waraji’s authentic kitchen, including the Sweet Dragon, Spider Roll, Banzai Roll and Hurricane Roll, which incorporates eel, scallions and cream cheese reverse rolled with salmon. 5910 Duraleigh Road; (919) 783-1883; warajijapaneserestaurant.com $$


Angus Barn
PICKUP Located near RDU Airport, the family-owned Angus Barn has provided an upscale dining experience since 1960. This award-winning steakhouse serves house-aged beef and fresh seafood. Chef Walter Royal turns out prime rib, filet, porterhouse, North Atlantic salmon and barbecued pork ribs. The Wild Turkey Lounge is ranked one of the Best Business Bars in America. Help yourself to a polished apple from an overflowing apple barrel on your way out. 9401 Glenwood Avenue; (919) 781-2444; angusbarn.com $$$

State Farmer’s Market Restaurant
This eatery offers Southern country breakfasts and lunches in a bright space with indoor and outdoor seating right next to the State Farmer’s Market. From homemade biscuits, farm-stand vegetables and local country ham, this spot is a local favorite. Grab a bite and then browse the market for flowers, fruit, spices, veggies and more. 1240 Farmers Market Drive; (919) 755-1550; realbiscuits.com $

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