Central North Carolina Restaurants

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  • 1. Alley Twenty Six

    $$$ | Downtown | Modern American

    Named for the alley it borders (the exposed brick walls and overhead string lighting make it absolutely charming), this celebrated bar and restaurant...Read More

  • 2. Brewery Bhavana

    $$ | Downtown | Asian

    A brewery, dim sum restaurant, flower shop, and bookstore, this open and airy dining spot downtown tries to do a lot, and succeeds wonderfully...Read More

  • 3. Crafted

    $ | Downtown | Mexican

    This staple of Triad dining takes the gourmet taco to new levels. Try a Bowtie, stuffed with fried fish, cotija cheese, and honey mustard, or...Read More

  • 4. Krankies Coffee

    $ | Downtown | American

    Winston's hippest coffee joint is known for its biscuits and burgers as much as its espresso. A warehouselike interior offers plenty of room...Read More

  • 5. Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

    $$$ | Friendly | American

    Gourmet meets fried catfish at this staple of Greensboro fine dining for three decades. A remodel in 2020 brought the chic dining room up to...Read More

  • 6. Mothers & Sons Trattoria

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    Order a table of small plates to share, or dive into an entrée from the open kitchen's wood-fired grill at this Italian-themed café (no pizza...Read More

  • 7. Stamey's

    $ | Coliseum | American

    This Greensboro staple (for nearly a century) is a pilgrimage spot for barbecue lovers from across the state. The chopped, Eastern-style pork...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Transfer Co. Food Hall

    $ | Oakwood Historic District | International

    The city's best food hall has a soaring ceiling with giant skylights, filling the room and its many stalls with natural light. Grab a hearty...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Beasley's Chicken + 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Blue Water Grille

    $$$$ | Seafood

    The menu at this intimate seafood spot includes Lowcountry favorites, often presented with an Asian flair and a bit of French influence. The...Read More

  • 15. Brandwein's Bagels

    $ | Downtown | Bakery

    North Carolina–grown and –milled flour, boiled and baked in the New York style, make these perfect bagels both local and authentic. Toasted...Read More

  • 16. Bullock's BBQ

    $ | West Metro | American

    Durham's oldest restaurant sticks to the finely chopped vinegar barbecue that made it an institution. Pair a sandwich or platter with a bowl...Read More

  • 17. Cheesecakes by Alex

    $ | Downtown | Bakery

    Swing by this local favorite for a café au lait and a chocolate croissant in the morning, and then visit again after dark for the decadent desserts. ...Read More

  • 18. COPA

    $$ | Downtown | Cuban

    Cuban tapas and cocktails are paired with delicious sandwiches at this nod to Old Havana, where the tile floor and sidewalk dining add to the...Read More

  • 19. Crawford and Son

    $$$$ | Oakwood Historic District | American

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

  • 20. Durham Food Hall

    $ | Five Points | Modern American

    This repurposed warehouse includes 10 counter-serve restaurants, offering pizza, raw oysters, and gourmet coffee. The soaring ceilings and industrial...Read More

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