Great Dining at Crabtree

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Before or after holiday shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of Crabtree’s many restaurants that are sure to satisfy every palate.

By Misty Milioto

Reminiscent of a Tuscan Villa, Brio Italian Grille’s Italian-inspired décor sets the stage for authentic Northern Italian cuisine made with only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients. Choose from an assortment of appetizers like calamari, tomato caprese and lobster ravioli; soups and salads; Land & Sea selects such as premium-quality steaks, lamb chops and seafood; made-to-order pasta; and flatbreads prepared in an authentic Italian wood-burning oven. And don’t forget dessert! Tiramisu, warm chocolate cake and vanilla gelato provide the perfect sweet bite post brunch, lunch or dinner. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 5005, Raleigh, 919.589.1280, brioitalian.com

At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, guests will find an array of signature steaks (all cuts of the finest USDA prime beef), seafood, an award-winning wine list and desserts. On Tomahawk Tuesdays, Fleming’s offers a prix fixe menu including two starters, a 35-ounce prime Tomahawk steak to share, sides and more ($135 for two guests). 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 5004, 919.571.6200, flemingssteakhouse.com

For a seasonally inspired menu that highlights ingredients sourced at their peak, Seasons 52 is your go-to fresh grill and wine bar with an ever-changing collection of more than 100 wines, (52 available by the glass), plus artisanal spirits and craft beer to boot. Happy Hour is every weekday from 4 to 6:30pm. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 2100, 919.787.3052, seasons52.com

For something a bit more adventurous, grab a seat at Kanki Japanese House of Steak and Sushi. The menu of teppanyaki and sushi is prepared with only the best cuts of meat; the freshest seafood; crisp vegetables; and flavorful, light seasonings. And, of course, half the fun is watching the chefs at the hibachi tables. 4325 Glenwood Ave. Ste. 1070, 919.782.9708, kanki.com

And for those craving something more south of the border, Uncle Julio’s Mexican From Scratch is the place to be. With a commitment to fresh ingredients and handcrafted recipes, Uncle Julio’s offers swirled margaritas, sizzling mesquite-grilled fajitas, made-to-order guacamole and other Tex-Mex favorites (think enchiladas, tacos) and more. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 5008, 984.221.1333, unclejulios.com

For culturally-inspired Asian dishes in an upscale yet warm and inviting atmosphere, look no further than P.F. Chang’s. Signature menu items include Chang’s Lettuce Wraps, chicken pad thai, lo mein, Mongolian beef, and shrimp and pork dumplings. A variety of sushi, salads and soups grace the menu as well. And no lunch or dinner at P.F. Chang’s would be complete without some sake or the signature The Ornament cocktail. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 2089, 919.787.7754, pfchangs.com

Got a sweet tooth? Stop at The Cheesecake Factory post-holiday shopping to treat yourself to one of the 30-plus cheesecakes on offer. Balance out your meal with small plates, flatbread pizzas, salads, pasta dishes, “glamburgers,” steaks and/or seafood dishes. Come Saturday and Sunday brunch, you’re not going to want to miss out on the bruleéd French toast, eggs Benedict, or jambalaya hash and eggs. 4325 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 2086, 919.781.0050, locations.thecheesecakefactory.com

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