Best Places to Eat and Drink in Raleigh / Durham
If your mouth isn’t watering yet, just wait until you visit restaurant and bar in Durham and Raleigh. it is clear that the two city has been a culinary destination for mouth watering meals and peculiar mineral rich drinks for years, long before the national media arrived. people travel far and wide, all over the country to Raleigh and Durham just for the newest restaurant, brewery, flower garden / library sensation. visitors that had visited before would like to make reservation long enough in advance. To be frank, Raleigh and Durham are known as tasty towns while i call them the America foodiest small towns. Raleigh and Durham are brim with skillful chef and familiarly respectful bartenders. however we have taken our time to curate the best place to eat and drink in this two cities ( Raleigh and Durham).
Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar is an award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant group. Barcelona was begun in 1995 by Sasa Mahr-Batuz, based on his memories of years of living in Spain and Portugal, and Andy Pforzheimer, based on his 20 years as a chef at world-famous restaurants in France, California and New York.
Beginning with a tiny, 38-seat wine bar they set out to recreate the feel and the look of an evening on the Ramblas. They worked hard and made no compromises to achieve their aims: sophisticated décor that evoked Milan, SoHo, or Rio de Janeiro. Simple, flavor-filled dishes redolent with olive oil, lemon, smoky paprika. A comprehensive list of wines by the glass from around the world, with an emphasis on the lesser-known regions of Spain and Portugal. They were guided not by any places that existed at the time, but only by what they liked, and the way they liked it.
Local cuisine meets the bold flavors and playful techniques of executive chef Jeff Seizer at Counting House. A social experience set amongst the art of today, designed to provide you with an easy-going escape that will feed your soul. Inspired by old school European techniques and simple preparations, his menu is familiar, yet unexpected.
Picnic exceeded expectations for a “barbecue joint”. The brisket was done to perfection with a full flavor and a texture that was smooth on the tongue. This is very good barbecue place, if you like this type of food. You would agree that it is a little pricey for barbecue. The barbecue at Picnic is fabulous, whole hog smoked long and slow with locally raised heritage hogs, sides are fabulous particularly the greens, all produce is also local. You wouldn’t waited a long time to try the chicken because the pulled pork is so good, however you picked up a chicken sandwich for lunch this week and man, you will think you had died and gone to heaven. Absolutely the best chicken sandwich you ever eaten, juicy, moist, oh so tender with a light breading that was crunchy crisp. Highly recommend.
It’s easy! Corpse Reviver is actually Durham Distillery’s on site cocktail bar. In 2019, the laws of N.C. changed to allow distilleries to serve cocktails. We’ve been working hard ever since and as of October 2020, we’re now open!
Corpse Reviver Bar & Lounge features Durham Distillery’s Conniption gins, Cold Distilled vodka and Damn Fine liqueurs. Yes. we do have other spirits and beer and wine too!. Originally scientists, Melissa and Lee Katrincic combine time-honored, gin-making traditions with techniques borrowed from modern chemistry to create spirits that are both classic and contemporary. While Melissa manages Durham Distillery’s business and marketing operations, Lee manages the Durham Distillery “lab” and is in charge of spirit production. The small-batch gin distillation begins in the 230-liter custom-designed German copper pot still, which results in a clean, crisp-tasting gin. Next, the more delicate botanicals are individually vacuum distilled at room temperature to maintain a highly accurate flavor profile. Finally, the individual distillates are blended into the gin base for utmost consistency from batch to batch. That’s science. Taste it and you will recognize a masterpiece even if you didn’t follow every step. Try our Conniption American Dry and Conniption Navy Strength varieties.
But that’s not all. Durham Distillery also creates Damn Fine Liqueurs. These gems incorporate ingredients sourced from local Triangle partners, Slingshot Coffee Company and Videri Chocolate Factory, to create labors of love and edible works of art. Try our coffee, mocha, and chocolate varieties.
Much like our products, our community requires both art and science. Durham Distillery actively supports STEM, musical, and performing arts education, while ensuring a living wage for employees. You can find us in downtown Durham, North Carolina, a diverse and progressive city whose revitalization is deemed by many to be the heart of the New South. We’re right at home in the vibrant Central Park district. Book online and swing by for tours and tastings.
Ten of the area’s most talented chefs all under one roof! Inspired to create food and drink concepts using fresh local ingredients, and an emphasis on sustainable, organic practices.
An incubator for local culinary talent, DFH provides a space for chefs to experiment and collaborate. Small menus focus on high-quality dishes and the freshest ingredients in a casual setting (and a casual price point!). A centralized bar offers craft cocktails, beer from local brewers, and hand-selected wines . This central bar, The Auctioneer Bar, is surrounded by lots of communal seating that creates a friendly, inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcome.
Overlooking The Auctioneer Bar and the main Hall is a 2,300+ sq ft mezzanine, with even more space to host meetings, private parties, and events of all sizes. Durham Food Hall is open all day for dining, drinks, celebrations, meetings, a quiet place to work or a quick bite on the go.
What defines a diner? An around-the-clock menu, counter and booth seating, or snappy kiss-my-grits service? Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter—commonly known as the Jack Tar Diner—takes fine-dining food and puts it into an available-all-day format, delivering a downtown neighborhood restaurant that’s both friendly and upscale. The newest entry on the ground floor of Unscripted Hotel comes from a dream team that brought Neapolitan pizza and comforting small plates to Durham via Pizzeria Toro and Littler, including owners Gray Brooks and Cara Stacy, plus veteran area chef David Alworth of Guglhupf and Watts Grocery. While JT’s menu is distinctly different from its sister restaurants, you can expect a similar commitment to local and homemade ingredients. A greasy spoon it is not.
Vibe: A mid-century modern feel meets millennial pops of color, which is a natural fit for the retro building (the restaurant is named for the original 1960s motel; Jack Tar is a slang term for a sailor), welcoming with warm blonde wood and large windows to let in maximum light. Watch the magic happen at the behind-the-counter open kitchen or nostalgic orange juicer machine. A range of cocktails and craft beer is poured at the separate, attached bar or at your seat in the diner.
Menu: The full menu is available from seven a.m. to midnight, with suggested bowls for a.m. (oatmeal with pecan milk or Le Puy green lentils) and p.m. (tomato soup and potted ham over rice). All the diner staples are present and accounted for, from biscuits and gravy to a double cheeseburger with fries, alongside Southern favorites like shrimp and grits and fried mackerel. All baked goods are made in-house, from English muffins to Hawaiian rolls, along with the “processed” cheese in the grilled sandwich and cream cheese on the bialy plate.
John Poole may have taken winston churchill’s words to heart when he opened poole’s pie shop in 1945 at 426 s. mcdowell street. for six years the cozy spot was a veritable holy grail of pies–all sweet–but soon their patrons wanted more. in the early 1950’s, “chicken slick,” sandwiches, and a daily “hot plate” made their way onto the poole’s menu, and the line to be served wrapped around the corner. the pie shop moved out, as poole’s pies became poole’s luncheonette, and a downtown hot-spot was born. we’d like to think it was the first.
in its latest incarnation poole’s has returned to its diner roots under the ownership of chef ashley christensen. marrying a clean aesthetic with retro-chic charm, christensen restored and even highlighted the “bones” of the original restaurant, including the double horseshoe bar and red leather banquettes, pairing it with modern elements like lucite chairs and oversized blackboard menus that change daily based on season and availability.
Cocoa Cinnamon, our three brick and mortar shops, located in Durham, NC, are driven by the experience that is amazed by the marvel of cities and the roots of languages, whose blood rushes in the awe of landscapes, the wonder of travel and the history, colors, textures, and stories of coffee, chocolate, and tea. We make drinks after these histories and after the characters that inspire us, those who remind us of the beauty and possibility of humanity.
Little Waves Coffee Roasters is an impact-driven group of thinkers, dreamers, and doers who delight in the enduring power of coffee as a shared experience. By making small, determined reverberations through sourcing, roasting, and brewing, we add our open-hearted energy to the tides that unconceal and uphold the beauty of coffee and life. Little Waves is the Coffee forward arm of our company, located at our Lakewood location in Durham, NC, shipping coffee worldwide!
We are small and independently owned and operated, quality, service, and heart-driven, Latina co-owned, women-forward, and our team is comprised of people of different cultures, genders, languages, faiths, and beliefs.
With every decision we make, we work to honor people, places, cultures, and histories. We integrate personal narratives into our spaces and offerings in an effort to help our guests and clients feel more connected to us on a human level. We name our roasts and drinks after places that inspire wonder, have cultural significance, and after people and places that we love. Every act is an invitation to connect, and we are fueled by the joy we get from cultivating health and wonder with the world around us.
We strive for sustainability in everything we do from relationship to energy usage. Our Loring S15 Falcon roaster has an 80% reduction in energy usage compared to traditional roasters. Our retail coffee bags are 60% compostable. We divert coffee bi-product chaff to be used in local community gardens. Our roastery & cafes diverted approximately 52,172 lbs of compost in 2019.
Little Waves Coffee Roasters is the roasting and wholesale arm accompanying Cocoa Cinnamon, in Durham, NC. Little Waves is a Latina co-owned and women forward business. We relationship source and micro-roast select coffees from around the world. We roast on a Loring S15 Falcon at our location in the Lakewood neighborhood in Durham, NC.
Herons, located at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, has gained national recognition for its progressive American regional cuisine since opening in 2007. Located in the heart of North Carolina’s flourishing Piedmont region, rich in culture and natural beauty, Herons draws the inspiration for seasonal menus from its surroundings, under the guidance of Executive Chef Steven D. Greene.
The hotel’s signature restaurant has earned the sought-after Forbes’ Five-Star rating and AAA’s Five Diamond Award, most recently for 2019. It has been named one of the “101 Best Places to Eat in the World” by Newsweek, named “Restaurant of the Year” by Raleigh’s News & Observer in both 2009 and 2019 (the first restaurant to ever be named a second time), as well as has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living,and Food & Wine. Chef Greene has been named a 2016, 2017, and 2019 James Beard Award “Best Chef: Southeast” semifinalist, one of the most coveted accolades in the restaurant industry.
Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. The expertly trained staff warms the room, providing seamless service that helps guests enjoy the pleasures of an elegant meal.