Central North Carolina Restaurants

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  • 1. Alley Twenty Six

    $$$ | American

    Named for the alley it borders, this celebrated bar and restaurant is known for its top-notch cocktail program. You’ll find some of the city...Read More

  • 2. Brewery Bhavana

    $$ | Downtown | Asian

    A brewery, dim sum restaurant, flower shop, and bookstore, this open and airy dining spot downtown has become a culinary destination. It’s the...Read More

  • 3. Table 16

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    This magnificent little restaurant is one of the best parts of Greensboro's ever-expanding downtown. The modern menu changes every month to...Read More

  • 4. Allen and Son Barbecue

    $ | Barbecue

    If you're hankering for the tang of vinegar-based barbecue sauce, then this is the 'cue for you. Located a bit out of town, this family-owned...Read More

  • 5. Angus Barn

    $$$$ | North Raleigh | Steakhouse

    Dinner at this huge, rustic barn (a Raleigh legend) is a real event and certainly worth the sizable prices. With its big portions, kitschy...Read More

  • 6. Beasley's Chicken and Honey

    $ | Downtown | American

    James Beard Award–winning chef Ashley Christensen (also behind Poole's Diner) opened this hip fried chicken spot, which serves the namesake...Read More

  • 7. Big Ed's City Market Restaurant

    $ | Downtown | American

    This homey breakfast and lunch spot was founded by Big Ed Watkins, who claims some of the recipes were handed down from his great-grandfather...Read More

  • 8. Blue Water Grille

    $$$$ | American

    This intimate spot is one of the best in High Point's culinary scene. The menu, which changes several times a year, is always full of fresh...Read More

  • 9. COPA

    $$ | Downtown | Cuban

    Husband-and-wife owners Robert Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull followed up on the success of their popular Cuban sandwich shop with a warm...Read More

  • 10. Crafted

    $ | Downtown | International

    The community-style tables here make for a casual dining experience, often with a wait. The no-reservations restaurant serves everything from...Read More

  • 11. Crawford and Son

    $$$$ | Oakwood Historic District | American

    Multiple James Beard Award semifinalist Scott Crawford founded this comfy but sophisticated restaurant in the historic Oakwood neighborhood...Read More

  • 12. Crook's Corner

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    In business since 1982, this small restaurant has always been an exemplar of Southern chic. Although founding chef Bill Smith has passed the...Read More

  • 13. Garland

    $$ | Downtown | Asian

    Chef Cheetie Kumar is a rock star in the Raleigh culinary scene, and her popular restaurant showcases the cuisine of her native India. Kumar...Read More

  • 14. Grecian Corner

    $ | Downtown | Greek

    In a white building with blue trim, this eatery has been dishing up gyros and chicken and pork souvlaki since 1970. Patrons, including workers...Read More

  • 15. Guglhupf

    $$ | German

    Locals have flocked to this upscale German bakery, café, and biergarten for more than 20 years, drawn by the delicious pastries, lively brunch...Read More

  • 16. Herons

    $$$$ | American

    At this elegant hotel restaurant, the menu shifts with the seasons and is always filled with new twists on traditional Southern dishes and...Read More

  • 17. Il Palio

    $$$$ | Italian

    A real find for food lovers willing to stray from Chapel Hill's lively downtown, this small, independently owned restaurant serves high-class...Read More

  • 18. Irregardless Café

    $$$ | University | Eclectic

    This café's menu—a combination of dishes inspired by the seasons for meat eaters as well as vegetarians and vegans—changes daily. Salads are...Read More

  • 19. Lantern

    $$$$ | Downtown | Asian

    James Beard Award–winning chef Andrea Reusing’s flagship restaurant brings together Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients sourced mostly...Read More

  • 20. Lexington Barbecue

    $ | American

    The town of Lexington is the base for Carolina's sweet, red-sauce style of barbecue. At Lexington Barbecue, meat is pulled from smoked pork...Read More

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