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15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

When it comes to food, North Carolina has some of the best in the country.

Spencer McKee

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1. In The Mood For Some Good Food?

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Good Food on Montford via Facebook

Good Food on Montford
1701 Montford Dr
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-0881
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 254 Reviews.

Few Charlotte restaurants can compete with Good Food on Montford.  Specializing in giving a new twist to American classics, a few favorites on the menu include the meat stuffed steamed buns and the wild mushroom ravioli.  If you come here for dinner, you won’t regret it.

2. Meat Lovers Rejoice!

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: The Blue Note Grill via Facebook

The Blue Note Grill
4125 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 401-1979
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 57 Reviews.

This BBQ joint is a cut above the rest, serving up some of the most succulent meats in the state.

Not only is the food awesome, there always seems to be live music playing.  The pulled pork seems to be the sandwich favorite, but just make sure you don’t leave without trying the fried banana peppers.

3. Burgers + Sushi = Cowfish!

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: The Cowfish via Facebook

The Cowfish
4310 Sharon Rd
Ste X05
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-1922
Yelp: 4 Stars; 779 Reviews.

Very rarely do you see burgers and sushi being served in the same place, but somehow Cowfish pulls it off.  While this joint has your standard sushi rolls and burgers, they also have a creation that’s entirely their own…Burgushi.

Burgushi is a unique fusion that combines the best parts of burgers and sushi for a truly unforgettable meal. One popular “burgushi” item is the “Deliverance Roll,” which consists of pulled pork, onion, and BBQ sauce rolled in soy paper and potato strings. Then it’s flash-fried and topped with bacon coleslaw and chives.

4. This Kitty Hawk Classic Will Keep You Coming Back

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Spanky’s Grille via Facebook

Spanky’s Grille
4105 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-1917
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 43 Reviews.

Right on the water, Spanky’s serves up some of the best American cuisine around.  A menu full of options like popcorn shrimp, hot dogs, burgers, and crab cakes, anything you order will be delicious.  Just make sure you don’t forget a side of the hush puppies.

5. It’s Hard To Beat A Great Slice

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Johnny’s Pizza Cary via Facebook

Johnny’s Pizza
8759 Holly Springs Rd
Apex, NC 27539
(919) 362-5566
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 25 Reviews.

After one bite of Johnny’s pies it’s easy to tell they use some of the freshest ingredients around.  They don’t just stop at pizza either, as the menu is also packed full of other entrees like subs, salads, and wings.  If you’ve got a craving for a slice of ‘za, this place is for you.

6. Venezuela Never Felt So Close

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Guasaca via Facebook

4025 Lake Boone Trl
Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 322-4928
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 372 Reviews.

If you’re in the mood to try something a little different, Guasaca in Raleigh is calling your name.  Need help picking something off of the menu for your first time?  Their arepas are pretty incredible, make sure you go heavy on their amazing cilantro sauce.

7. You’ll Definitely Want Your Hands In This Honey Pot

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: The Honey Pot via Facebook

The Honey Pot
285 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 893-9471
Yelp: 4 Stars; 54 Reviews.

Home to an innovative menu, the Honey Pot is sure to become an instant favorite.  While many of the menu items seem to be inspired by Southern cuisine, some dishes like the Black Truffle Gnocchi help keep their dining options diverse and exciting.

Can’t pick just one thing?  You really can’t go wrong with the dinnertime tasting menu, complete with several courses of food and dessert.

8. A Great Place To Get Your Buzz On

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Mash House Brewing Company via Facebook

The Mash House
4150 Sycamore Dairy Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 867-9223
Yelp: 4 Stars; 196 Reviews.

It’s usually pretty hard to find a brewery that has anything more than typical pub food options, but this isn’t the case at Mash House.  Brewery meets steakhouse, Mash House is a great place to go if you want some good food and a good local craft beer.  

The Prime Rib is probably the best thing on the menu, a melt-in-your-mouth steak paired perfectly with a homemade steak sauce.  If it’s your first time through the doors, it’s recommended that you try the 4 beer sampler to narrow down a favorite.

9. Chicken & Waffles Done Right

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Dame’s Chicken & Waffles via Facebook

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
317 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-9235
Yelp: 4 Stars; 461 Reviews.

It doesn’t get more Southern than chicken & waffles and there’s no better place to get them than from Dame’s.  Not only do the many types of waffles come with many types of chicken, they also come with a delicious flavored shmear that really works to complete the meal.

One of the fan favorites is the “Quilted Buttercup,” which is a chicken cutlet sandwiched between two sweet potato waffles served with a side of maple-pecan shmear.

10. Viva La Chicken!

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Viva Chicken via Facebook

Viva Chicken
1617 Elizabeth Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
(980) 335-0176
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 239 Reviews.

If you’re not putting your chicken on waffles, you should be eating it Peruvian style at Viva Chicken.

The name might be a bit deceiving, but the menu actually has a ton of options that aren’t chicken based like the very popular quinoa stuffed avocados.  You’d be hard pressed to find another place like this anywhere in North Carolina.

11.  Add A Little Spice To Your Life

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Salt & Lime Cabo Grill via Facebook

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill
6006 Falls of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 872-2230
Yelp: 4 Stars; 126 Reviews.

If your taste buds are getting bored, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill is the perfect pick me up.  Offering up some of the best Tex-Mex in Raleigh, this place has some of the most explosive flavors around.  While everything on the menu is delicious, it’s hard to top the braised short rib tacos.

12. Enjoy Dinner With A View

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Hurricane Mo’s via Facebook

Hurricane Mo’s
120 E Kitty Hawk Rd
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 255-0215
Yelp: 4 Stars; 90 Reviews.

Built on the ocean, Hurricane Mo’s is one of the best places in Kitty Hawk to grab a bite and a few drinks.

Not only does this place have an awesome atmosphere and great service, they’ve got the best happy hour deals on the outer banks with 10 cent shrimp, 25 cent wings, and dollar tacos.  Yep, you heard me right.

13. A True Taste Of Egypt

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Chef Samir Shaltout via Facebook

Chef Samir Shaltout
4212 A W Wenderover Ave
Greensboro, NC 27407
(336) 852-9707
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 173 Reviews.

Chef Samir knows what’s up when it comes to Mediterranean cuisine.  With dishes like the beef shawarma and stuffed grape leaves, there’s no better place in North Carolina to let your tongue take a brief trip abroad.

14. Here It’s All About The Meat

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Bang Bang Burgers via Facebook (cropped)

Bang Bang Burgers
2001 E 7th St
Ste D
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-4505
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 92 Reviews.

Few things will leave your stomach with a wider grin than a meal from Bang Bang Burgers.  With a long list of specialty burgers and the option to build your own, this place has something for everyone.

One of the coolest burgers on the menu is the “Gangnam Style,” which is a burger that’s topped with thinly sliced spicy Korean-style pork belly, cilantro onion slaw, soy vinaigrette, and a special mayo.

15.  Darryl Knows Best

15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow Your Mind

Source: Darryl’s via Facebook

Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill
3300 High Point Rd
Greensboro, NC 27407
(336) 294-1781
Yelp: 4 Stars; 125 Reviews.

If ribs are your thing, Darryl has exactly what you need.  This Greensboro BBQ joint is spot-on when it comes to wanting a place where you can get a lot of awesome meat for a low price.

One of the most popular items ordered is the full rack of ribs, not complete unless it’s loaded with Darryl’s signature sauce.  One thing’s for sure, if you stop by here, you’ll soon be recommending this place to everyone you know.

What’s your go-to for great grub in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: March 3, 2015
107,134 views, 10 comments


  1. Susan

    Woodlands Barbeque in Blowing Rock NC! It’s the best! U guys didn’t even go past Charlotte to WNC!

  2. C. Grant Starr

    I’ve never had a bad meal in the 30+ years I’ve been visiting the OBX, but my go-to restaurant there is the Black Pelican. The OBX Brewing Station has excellent food, and their craft brews are outstanding. For what it’s worth, my favorite restaurant is Pho Hien Vuong in Greensboro, a Thai and Vietnamese place. Not easy to find, but well worth the effort. The basil chicken is one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life.

  3. Amy S

    Spanky’s is definitely not on the water unless there is a puddle in the parking lot. There are many better eateries on the OBX! Red Drum, Mama Kwan’s, Tortugas, Kill Devil Grill. Seriously. How were these chosen?

  4. Terry

    Rio Grande Mexican Cantina on New Garden Road, and on W. Friendly Avenue are both the best Mexican restaurants in the entire Triad, perhaps the state. Their tilapia on rice with cheese sauce is divine.

  5. Jim

    Awful Arthur’s …Kill Devil Hill

  6. Amy P

    I was thinking the same. I live on the OBX and would have picked Mama Kwan’s for great, affordable food with a fun atmosphere. Blue Point or Aqua for special celebrations, but Spanky’s? Are these paid advertisements?

  7. Maureen

    Towne Tap & Grill in the Mayfaire Towne Center, Wilmington. Reservations for parties of 6 or more. 910 256-6224.

    We selected Butternut Squash Bisque from that evening’s soup offerings…delicately seasoned, rich and creamy consistency, perfect serving temperature. Grilled Hanger Steak exactly medium rare as ordered, served with Sauteed Spinach, Roasted Potato Chimichurri, Fresh Horseradish Root. Add a side of Cream Corn Brulee – my friend ordered a second! “Choose Your Own” Salad menu: select (1) of three greens; six proteins (individually priced); select (6) of eleven veggies, four cheeses, six garnishes; add avocado, sugared pecans (additional charge); six homemade dressings.

    Located just outside the movie theatre…perfect for dinner and a movie night!

    Ida Thai, Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. Takeout 910 458-8136 . Not much to look at (true shabby chic). but fresh, authentic, made-to-order Thai Cuisine. Don’t dine in if you’re in a hurry. Chef will accomodate most dietary restrictions if asked. All house prepared soups are excellent- beyond expectations. Love their Chicken Satay Appetizer paired with Nam Sod Salad. Veggie Medley Sautee is another favorite. Only complaint is their water. “The Island” – as the locals call it – has terrible tap water which they serve at Ida Thai.

  8. Jen

    Amy seems to be very hurt by Spanky’s. WE do what WE do very well, and many other restaurants on the OBX do a very good job at what THEY do. It is surely not an all inclusive list. Spanky’s menu is very comprehensive and has much more on it that most people know. Hey, we don’t have the ambience of fine dining and order at your table, strike against us there, but everything is fresh, and cooked to order. We aren’t for everyone, we know that. If your looking for table service and fancy plates you got the wrong place. If your looking for good food, cooked to order at a good price, and fairly fast then you’ve come to the right place. We are an old fashioned place. If something isn’t right fix it, if you don’t like something let us know. We’re here to do the best job possible. There’s more to us than hotdogs!!

  9. kristin

    Tupelo Honey in South Charlotte off South Blvd is AMAZING Southern cuisine with a side of class

  10. Lura

    Tupelo Honey Cafe originated in Asheville, NC. Their Charlotte Street location opened in 2000. Other locations followed (including the one in Charlotte), and more are planned.


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