Central North Carolina Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Toast

    $ | Five Points | Italian

    Tucked into a plain storefront, this low-key Italian sandwich shop has quite a fan base—you'll likely become a believer, too. Crowd favorites...Read More

  • 11. Winkler Bakery

    $ | Bakery

    No trip to the Old Salem Museum & Gardens is complete without a stop at the Winkler Bakery, where you can buy bread and their pillowy, best...Read More

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