Along with my bitters research, I also made time for a few good meals, and a couple more drinks while in North Carolina. Raleigh is an easily walkable city with plenty to see and do. I spent most of my time indoors working, but here’s where to dine in Raleigh, the next time you’re in town.
Breakfast in Raleigh
Many bars in Raleigh don’t seem to have food. With that in mind, I figured it was important to start each day with a good breakfast. On Monday, I landed and headed straight to Bittersweet for a quick bite to eat. I am not really a quiche person, but that was the most substantial choice at this bakery/bar. The broccoli, tomato, cheddar quiche was surprisingly good. I didn’t order a drink (besides my latte) but I later regretted it as they are known for their cocktails.
On Tuesday morning, I walked over to Yellow Dog Bread Company. I was pleased when I saw a line to the door. When you Yelp things, it can be a gamble! They had some amazing pastries and baked goods. I opted for the Rosemary, White Cheddar, Sea Salt scone and a brown sugar latte. Yum!
If I’d had more time: I would have had brunch at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey. The Red Bean Rancheros sound particularly good.
Lunch and Dinner in Raleigh
Not only did Gallo Pelón have amazing drinks (see below), they also had the most delicious queso and guacamole. The fresh, thick tortilla chips rounded it out to make it dinner for me on Monday.
I was so excited to try out The Fiction Kitchen, mostly because it’s hard to find great vegan/vegetarian restaurants with solid bars. The N.C. Peanut Noodle Bowl was incredible. From the housemade hoisin bbq sauce to the local shiitake mushrooms and rice stick noodles stir-fried in coconut and sesame oils, the dish was complex and satisfying. The sriracha peanuts were definitely a highlight.
If I’d had more time: I would have had lunch at The Pharmacy Cafe. I’m a sucker for a good grilled pimento cheese sandwich and theirs comes with pickled green tomato.
Drinks and Dessert in Raleigh
As an ice cream fan, I find it hard not to try local flavors. When I walked to breakfast on Tuesday, I spotted this colorful storefront and walked back for a pre-lunch snack. Two Roosters was just named as one of America’s Top 10 ice cream parlors by USA Today. I tried the Coffee Bourbon, which is made from locally roasted coffee (Slingshot) and locally distilled bourbon (Mystic Bourbon). The kids’ size hit the spot.
In addition to tasty snacks, Gallo Pelón is better known as a mezcaleria. If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you will already know that I have been getting into mezcals. This cocktail, The Dirt Nap, features mezcal, Oaxacan rum, tamarind, ginger, lemon, and honey. It was delicious!
FOUNDATION was so good, I almost went both nights I was in town but I have to pace myself when conducting research. The White Bronco was one of the most unique and delicious cocktails I have had in a while. Featuring Greek yogurt and a house-made pineapple cordial, it was definitely not the kind of drink one could easily replicate at home. The fact that it contained both gin (Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Gin) and rum (Cruzan White Rum) didn’t hurt either.
If I’d had more time: I would have driven up to Durham, NC to check out the just opened Kingfisher Bar. Providing “ground-to-glass cocktails and snacks in an artful basement.” What’s not to love?
Thanks for stopping by my tour of where to dine in Raleigh. Hope you find yourself there soon to try these spots for yourself. Cheers!