Restaurants and Bars

There isn’t necessarily a full review on every restaurant and/or bar but these are places I would recommend.


18 Seaboard

Alley Twenty Six (Durham) and when I finally tried a French 75.

Battistella’s (Downtown Raleigh)

Bida Manda (Downtown Raleigh)

Black House at Straw Valley (Durham/Chapel Hill)  as of April 2015, Black House has closed.

Cantina 18 (Raleigh) and again. 

Capital Club 16 (Downtown Raleigh, NC)


Death & Taxes

Geer Street Garden (Durham, NC)


Mandolin (Raleigh) and for a birthday dinner. 

Mateo Tapas (Durham)

Mura (Raleigh, NC)  and again. and again.

Piedmont (Downtown Durham)

Plates (Raleigh)

Revolution (Downtown Durham) and again here.

Rue Cler (Downtown Durham)

Scratch Bakery (Downtown Durham)

Stanbury (Raleigh)

Standard Foods (Raleigh)

Sugarland Bakery (Raleigh, NC or Chapel Hill, NC)

Sushi Blues (Raleigh)

Tazza Kitchen (Cameron Village – Raleigh)

The Wine Feed (wine bar in Raleigh)

Chapel Hill:

Crook’s Corner

Crunkleton’s (Bar)

Elaine’s on Franklin

The Fearrington House (Pittsboro)  and our breakfast. 

Eastern NC:

Boiler Room (Kinston, NC)

Chef and the Farmer (Kinston, NC)

The Hen and The Hog (Halifax, NC)

Mother Earth Brewery (Kinston, NC)

On The Square (Tarboro) and again.  and again.    and again.   and then again.

SoCo (Wilson, NC) and another review here. another date night.  officially my favorite restaurant. again.  we’re repeat offenders. 

Coastal NC:

Beaufort Grocery Company (Beaufort)

Bento Box (Wilmington)

Drift Coffee Shop (Ocean Isle Beach) again. 

Hops Supply Co. (Wilmington)

Parson’s Table (Little River, SC)


Nolen Kitchen

South Carolina:

Bourbon (Columbia)

Drip (Columbia)

Live Oak (Hilton Head)

Miyo’s (Columbia)

Asheville, NC:

Biscuit Head

Corner Kitchen


Looking Glass Creamery



Sierra Nevada

Sovereign Remedies

White Duck Taco

Savannah, GA:

The Coffee Fox (the most amazing cold brew ever!)

Local 11 ten (the rooftop bar, Perch, is worth the visit)

The Public Kitchen and Bar

Elizabeth on 37th

Houston, TX:


Torchy’s Tacos

Zelko Bistro

Louisville, KY:

The Marketplace

Nashville, TN

Margot Cafe

Merchants Restaurant

Puckett’s Grocery

Burger Up

Miami, FL (South Beach)

Sunset Juice Bar

Pubbelly Sushi

Bar Centro (at The Bazaar)

The Ritz-Carlton at South Beach

Hawaii (The Big Island):

Beach Tree

Kona Brewing Company

The Canoe House



Basque Boulangerie Cafe

Bistro Jeanty

El Dorado Kitchen


The Fremont Diner

The Girl and the Fig

San Francisco:


Sushi Ran

New Orleans: 

Here is our itinerary.







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