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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Liberty Oak Restaurant and Bar

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Situated in a 19th-century building in one of downtown Greensboro's most pleasant areas, this inviting restaurant serves upscale food in relaxed...Read More

  • 11. Mama Dip's Country Kitchen

    $ | Downtown | American

    In Chapel Hill, Mildred Cotton Council—better known as Mama Dip—is just about as famous as Michael Jordan. That's because she and her restaurant...Read More

  • 12. Mozelle's Fresh Southern Bistro

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Located in the historic West End neighborhood, this small, cheery café with sidewalk seating offers Southern fare with a touch of elegance....Read More

  • 13. Noble's Grille

    $$$$ | American

    New Southern flavors with European accents are the key to the menu here. Typical entrées, grilled or roasted over an oak-and-hickory fire, include...Read More

  • 14. Picnic

    $ | North Metro | American

    If you’re craving Carolina-style whole-hog barbecue, head to this quaint little spot outside of town that’s the partnership of a chef, heritage...Read More

  • 15. Second Empire

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    Wood paneling, muted lighting, and well-spaced tables make for an elegant dining experience in this restored 1879 house. The menu, which changes...Read More

  • 16. Stamey's

    $ | American

    For legit North Carolina barbecue, try this Greensboro staple. Here the chopped, Eastern-style barbecue is mostly shoulder meat already sauced...Read More

  • 17. Sweet Potatoes

    $$ | Downtown | American

    This restaurant's full name is Sweet Potatoes (Well Shut My Mouth!), and once you have a taste of these Southern classics, you'll know why....Read More

  • 18. The Durham

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    James Beard Award–winning chef Andrea Reusing serves local and artisanal ingredients in a dining room meant to feel more like a living room...Read More

  • 19. The Tavern in Old Salem

    $$ | Old Salem | American

    This landmark has two very distinct personalities. By day, costumed staff serve dishes that harken back to Moravian times, but by night, it...Read More

  • 20. Watts Grocery

    $$$$ | Trinity Park | American

    When slow food enthusiasts say "eat local," this is what they mean. The menu of dressed-up regional dishes reflects both the chef's Southern...Read More

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