Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina

Restaurants in Raleigh-Durham + Central North Carolina

A modern take on a traditional Chinese noodle house.

Nouvelle Chinese hot spot

Cozy tapas stop

Fifties lunch counter-turned-stylish diner and martini bar. This restaurant pays tribute to Poole's Luncheonette, a downtown Raleigh landmark that opened as a pie shop in 1942.

Elevated low-country menu

The kitchen feeds a loyal following with breakfasts of country ham and Southern biscuits (snag a table on the sunny front porch).

Don’t be put off by the strip-mall location; locals swear by its slow-cooked pork and tangy sauce.

Though the building’s a flyspeck, the long lines of cars at the drive-through window testify to the restaurant’s celebrated sweet tea and fried chicken biscuits.

Chic steak house

Housed in a former fish market, this restaurant has trained many of the South’s top toques. The current chef, Bill Smith, is an expert at dishes with ethereal, rustic ingredients, such as honeysuckle sorbet made from flowers he collects on bike rides.

Sophisticated southern