Cary Is Cool?

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By Melissa Howsam and Lauren Kruchten

Raleigh’s “basic” neighbor is turning into a thriving mini metropolis boasting all sorts of new and unique bar and restaurant concepts. 

Query any Raleigh native or longtime Raleighite about Cary and you’re likely to hear them rattle off a laundry list of reasons Cary is (insert countless negative terms here) with relative contempt. Vanilla. Culturally void. Monochromatic. Basic. Big Boxes. Boring. (Alexa, cue the intro to The Weeds). And, let’s not forget—full of transplants. But the so-dubbed “Concentrated Area for Relocated Yankees” (among other not-so-flattering acronyms) has slowly but surely—and, now, not so subtly—been evolving before our very eyes into a smart, savvy, tech-driven mecca… thanks to the likes of hot spots like SideBar, Hank’s Downtown Dive, Bond Brothers Beer Company, etc.; big grabs like Epic Games; and upcoming dining and entertainment destinations like Fenton, to name a few. No longer defined by limited options or concentrated only with chains, this mini metropolis is upping its mojo. Here, we give you four brand-new reasons to add Cary to your list of hip places to hang.

Bull City Ciderworks

An apple (cider) a day keeps the doctor away, and now Raleighites will be able to get their daily dose closer to home with Bull City Ciderworks’ new Cary location, slated to open in late December or January. The new digs combine both an old and new vibe, what with the restored historic Williams House in the front and a brand-new outdoor brick seating area in the back. And while we’re uberexcited to throw back one (or three) of BCC’s signature rotating seasonal ciders, we’re also pretty pumped for the taproom’s new cider cocktails. Cheers!
Must try: Cherry Tart + any seasonal offering

Vicious Fishes Brewery

Get ready to dive into this nautical-themed brewery’s new taproom in Downtown Cary, a $2 million project that will transform the warehouse space at 510 Old Apex Road. Though of course Vicious Fishes’ beer is the star of its enterprise, the new location will feature a ton of outdoor space, complete with trees, green space and a beer garden. The brewery will also incorporate a larger brew system that will allow for 5 times more brewing capacity. We’ll drink to that. 
Must try: Vicious Fishes’ flagship Here Be Dragons IPA

a’Verde Cocina & Tequila Library

Let’s taco bout how chef Katsuji Tanabe’s new modern Mexican restaurant (a partnership with LM Restaurants) isn’t your run-of-the-mill fast-casual Mexican eatery. Instead of the heaps of rice, beans and cheese found in most of the dishes served at those (nevertheless craveworthy) restaurants, Tanabe’s menu—inspired by family recipes he grew up eating at his childhood family table in Mexico City—will put an emphasis on vegetables and seafood. Not to mention that a’Verde will nixtamalize its own corn for tortillas. Nom nom.
Must try: Tender cochinita pibil (a Yucatán-style marinated pork dish)

La Grassa Pastificio

Ciao, bella! This pasta-tively charming new upscale-casual restaurant features handcrafted Italian cuisine utilizing high-quality local produce and specialty imported foods from Italy and beyond. Think stracciatella, tagliatelle Bolognese, saltimbocca and cauliflower gratini, along with seasonal specials sure to tempt your palate. Wash everything
down with a glass (or bottle—no judgment) of vino to transport your taste buds to an Italian trattoria. 
Must try: Rigatoni ‘Matrciana, followed by the budino al cioccolato (Italian chocolate pudding)

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