Central North Carolina Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Margaux's

    $$$$ | North Hills | Eclectic

    At this North Raleigh fixture, the menu changes daily, with a focus on different world cuisines, including Indian, Asian, and Southern flavors...Read More

  • 16. Mateo Bar de Tapas

    $$ | Downtown | Spanish

    Here, Chef Matthew Kelly explores what happens when you mix the flavors and small-plate dining tradition of Spain with the beloved ingredients...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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