Last week I went on a short vacay up to the Tar Heel State to visit my best girl, Nadia. Adventure ensued, shenanigans occurred, so much food was eaten. We had an absolute blast, and I am dyyyying to return. As you all know-my favorite part of traveling is eating, and boy did we. If you’re looking on tips of where to eat in the Raleigh area, look no further. Loosen your belts, y’all, cuz we’re eatin’ good today.
Holy Mediterranean deliciousness. A set of three in the Raleigh area, Neomande boasts fresh and incredible Mediterranean food, on the cheap. Seriously, the plate above was only $10 and it lasted two meals. Everything was super tasty-and not too bad for the health either! I opted to go for the walnut chicken salad, quinoa tabbouleh, chickpea butternut squash salad and their incredible tatziki. They’ll even give you some pita bread for free upon request. I’d say the one thing you can’t pass up is the tatziki dip, which I definitely recommend. Their locations are in Raleigh, Morrisville and Durham, so you’re never too far from one!
Weathervane at Southern Season
If you go to Raleigh, hop over to Chapel Hill and visit Southern Season. It’s a specialty food store, with tons of really cool stuff inside. You can get packaged or ready-made fare, or you can go to their attached restaurant, called Weathervane. Their seasonal menu features local ingredients with a Southern flare. Their menu isn’t huge, but it’s enough to satisfy anyone. I went for the Almond Chicken Salad with Butternut Squash soup. The half sandwich was huge, I had to actually use a knife and fork to eat it. And the soup was divine-sweet and savory all at once. And don’t pass up those Ashe Co. Pimento Cheese Fritters- they are too good to be real!
Whyyyyyy don’t we have Cookout in Florida?! Nadia would not shut up about this place in the days leading up to my trip and now I know why. Have you ever had the age-old dilemma of choosing between a burger and chicken nuggets? No more. Their best option is the Cookout Tray, which lets you pick one entree and two sides (which could be chicken nuggets or even quesadillas), and a drink. All for only five dollars. My mind was blown, and my taste buds were so happy. And one of the best selling points has got to be their hand-spun milkshakes, which come in forty flavors. Save some room for one because their so so good.
An authentic French bakery right in North Carolina is not something I thought I’d find, but alas, here we are. They make over fifteen types of bread, tons of pastries, tarts, and a great deal more. They also have a cafe which serves coffee, and ready to eat food. Let me tell you- the coffee was super delicious, and I am a bit of a coffee snob. Nadia and I both went for the White Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cheesecake and it was amazing. It’s enough to share, though you probably won’t want to. Stop in for a quick bite or grab a loaf for home! You won’t be disappointed.
Look-if you’ve never been to Bojangles, I don’t now how you’ve lived. It’s a simple concept-just Southern style chicken & biscuits, but it’s so addicting. They do exist outside of North Carolina, so if you’re lucky enough to live near one- I’m visiting. I always, always get the 4 piece Chicken Supreme meal. It’s a lot of food and I very rarely finish it all, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. And it’s cheap. That receipt ain’t lyin, all that food plus unlimited sweet tea was under seven dollars. You’re welcome.
There’s so much good food to be had in North Cacalacky. If you’re in the Raleigh area, or have been, what are your faves? Have you tried any of these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!