Dining


A Guide to Brunch in North Carolina

The opportunity for a relaxing brunch only comes around once a week, and that's if you're lucky. When you...

Vegan, Reinvented at Asheville’s Plant Restaurant

Here’s what you won’t find at Asheville’s Plant restaurant: meat, dairy, or eggs. What will you find? A creative...

NC Farm-To-Table Restaurants to Visit This Spring

You saw our winter list of farm-to-table restaurants. This spring, check out these seven restaurants with offerings...

Music and Food Merge at Soundbites at the Pub

Trade the auditorium chair for a seat at the table: The North Carolina Symphony’s Soundbites at the Pub series...

Collard Cravings

A sandwich of backyard ingredients represents the heritage and homeland of a North Carolina Tribe.

Kings of Livermush

In grits, on white bread, or scrambled with eggs, this Cleveland County staple is much more than “Southern weird.”

An International Tour of Sandwiches: Provence

Next stop on the North Carolina International Tour of Sandwiches: France.

An International Tour of Sandwiches:
Nazareth Bread Company

Next stop on the North Carolina International Tour of Sandwiches: The Middle East.

An International Tour of Sandwiches:
Bánh Mì Saigon Sandwiches & Bakery

Next stop on the North Carolina International Tour of Sandwiches: Vietnam.

An International Tour of Sandwiches:
Euro Grill and Café

Next stop on the North Carolina International Tour of Sandwiches: Bosnia.

An International Tour of Sandwiches:
Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Next stop on the North Carolina International Tour of Sandwiches: Cuba.

This Sandwich Has Legs: Sanitary Fish Market

The acquired taste (and texture and appearance) of the Sanitary’s soft-shell crab sandwich.

American Meltdown Grills ‘Em Up

Gussied up with pesto, pulled pork, or figs, the humble grilled cheese sandwich garners crowds — and national awards...

Videri Chocolate Factory Champions Bean-to-Bar

If you’ve ever been curious about how a cacao bean becomes a candy bar, you’ll find the answer at...

The Barbecue Sandwich, Deconstructed

A short treatise on love, buns, sauce, and that other mythical (chopped, sliced, pulled) stuff.

Snappy Lunch’s Famous Pork Chop Sandwich

It’s the only Mount Airy business ever mentioned during the eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show. And it’s...

Hellmann’s vs. Duke’s: Committing Mayo Mutiny

Spreads go head-to-head. Or bread-to-bread.

Southern Sandwich Travel Guide

You've spent a good amount of time drooling over our sandwich issue. Now get on out there and try...

9 Chocolatiers We Love (Cross Our Hearts)

Whether your chocolate is traditional milk or exotic and chili-infused, there's something for everyone in North Carolina's chocolate box....

Equal Parts Stealthy and Sleek, Peccadillo Delights

An unmarked door leads to Carrboro’s modern version of a speakeasy at Peccadillo.

The Five-Star Gas Station: Saxapahaw General Store

A little bit old, a little bit new, the Saxapahaw General Store has something for everyone.

An International Christmas in North Carolina

At a church in Cary, North Carolina transplants share a celebration of European holiday foods and crafts.

Barbecue Returns to Basics at Chapel Hill’s The Pig

Our State’s barbecue correspondent concludes his journey at a joint that cuts through the smoke to get to the...

Farm-to-Table Restaurants Worth a Visit This Winter

When making plans with family and friends to break bread this holiday season, consider doing so at one of...

Sippin Sweets: Sweet Potato Cocktails

When it comes to sweet potatoes, North Carolina’s got top crop, and now the vegetable is making its way...

Thanksgiving: The Season’s Superior Celebration

Why Thanksgiving — eaten on plywood or mahogany tables, from paper or porcelain plates, while wearing jeans or jewels...

Dinner Theater: Competition Dining Brings Big Flavor to N.C. Towns

Take a seat at North Carolina's competition dining series, the swankiest, most boisterous, and wired dining experience in...

Mac’s Speed Shop

A cross section of the Queen City gets its fix here at Mac's Speed Shop. And if a motorcycle...

Local Loaf: Restaurant. Patisserie. Bakery.

Local Loaf owner and chef Adam Spears channels culinary mentors at his combined restaurant, patisserie, and bakery at Charlotte's...

Spiced Cranberry Apple Sangria

Raise your glass to fall with this pinot grigio-based sangria.

Small-Town Gourmet: Creative Mountain Food Tours

Stroll, dine, and discover Black Mountain on a new food tour.

Carolina’s Best Bread: La Farm Bakery

In Cary, one baker’s passion yields a beautiful bounty.

The Road Food Difference

Fast food isn’t road food. Road food makes you slow down, take a seat, and savor classic flavor.

The New Sunday Supper: Rhubarb in Asheville

Why diners are passing the plate at Rhubarb in Asheville.

Kings Restaurant in Kinston

Where hush puppies and barbecue have been united forever in one sandwich — the Pig in a Puppy.

Keep on the Sunny Side: Sunny Point Café

A restaurant’s devotion to place and palate yields a bounty of fresh food, and a second chance for one...

How Do You Take Your Honeysuckle?

North Carolinians combine honeysuckle and creativity in the kitchen to concoct these delicious honeysuckle treats.

Chocolate-Chipotle Mustard Cakes and Buttermilk & Lusty Monk Altar Boy Honey Mustard Ice Cream

Use an Asheville-made mustard in new ways in this dish created by the Got the Be NC Competition Dining...

Hursey’s Bar-B-Q

Barbecue is nothing without a pit, sauce, family, and a legend. For the Hurseys, it all began one night...

Diamond Dining

This isn’t your usual ballpark fare. It’s a culinary curveball. So toss the peanuts; you don’t need ’em...

Hot Dog Heaven: Jones Cafe

What makes these hot dogs so sublime? The secret’s been passed down generation after generation at Jones Cafe in...

Full Moon Oyster Bar

If you seek oysters in Clemmons or Southern Pines, you’ll likely find friends, too.

The New Southern-Latino Table Cookbook

It’s bold and spicy, and it tells the story of a cookbook author’s life in two cultures.

Recipes from Beaufort Grocery Company

How an old grocery store and a couple’s special sandwich launched an esteemed restaurant.

The Inland Seafood Shack

Think a city chef can’t satisfy your craving for coastal seafood? Meet Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint...

Bib’s Downtown

Mark Little won’t debate east versus west. He cooks neither style of barbecue. Is this pitmaster igniting a revolution...

Britt’s Donut Shop: 75 Years of Making Doughnuts & Memories

Britt's Donut Shop has become a mandatory stop for many Carolina Beach visitors. Julie Thomson explores its delicious legacy,...

Q&A with Wendy and Charles Park of Beaufort Grocery Company

Our State discusses Beaufort, local ingredients, and culinary inspiration with Wendy and Charles Park from Beaufort Grocery Company.

Bum’s Restaurant

The Dennis family doesn’t brag about its barbecue. Woodsmoke wafting through downtown Ayden is glory enough.

Little Pigs BBQ

Peggy Swicegood says her husband, Joe, is the face of this restaurant. For 50 years, he’s shared a smile...

Price’s Chicken Coop

Charlotte's Price's Chicken Coop is an old school favorite.

Eight Eateries on Film from Hollywood East

Grab a camera and a menu. These restaurants in the Wilmington area may seem familiar.

Love by the Slice: PieBird in Raleigh

It’s not on the menu, but PieBird’s crusted offerings have led to at least one trip down the aisle.

Burgers & Bottle Caps: Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar

At Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar in Cary, choose from more than 250 bottled sodas to enjoy with...

McCall’s Bar-B-Que

These two men do barbecue on a big scale, but not by sacrificing quality. In barbecue-loving Goldsboro, they wouldn’t...

Elegant Comfort: Root & Vine in Morganton

By that we mean Cheerwine barbecue sauce, which is just one of the reasons you should eat at Root...

Ever Hear of a Ground-Steak Sandwich?

It sounds like a burger or a sloppy joe — but it’s not quite either. What it is, and...

Stephenson’s Barbecue

If a hog isn’t pit-cooked, it isn’t barbecue. That’s Andy Stephenson’s belief. He says his father wouldn’t have had...

Midwood Smokehouse

For traditional N.C. barbecue, Charlotte isn’t your best bet. One man knows why, and he hopes to change that.

Durham’s Bakery District

Where to find the city’s best breads, pies, and doughnuts.

Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue

How a father-and-son business brought pit-cooked barbecue — and unity — to one eastern North Carolina town.

Eating Asheville Food Tour

Foodies embark on culinary journeys through the city’s booming dining scene and discover why this mountain city has earned...

C&H Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City

Leave it to the experts at this Elizabeth City oyster bar, where every October the usual crowd returns hungry...

Memaw’s Biscuits at the N.C. State Fair

Forget those deep-fried sideshows, these scratch-made biscuits are the State Fair’s main attraction.

The Height of High Country Cooking

Mountain chefs are at the top of their game at four restaurants in Boone, Blowing Rock, & Valle Crucis.

Speedy’s Barbecue

In Lexington, the city’s namesake-style barbecue — pork shoulder meat dipped in a tomato-based sauce — draws devotees to...

Yana’s Ye Olde Drug Store Restaurant

In Swansboro, the locals know just the place to get some sugar.

Blackbeard’s BBQ & C-Food

Those in search of tasty treasure can find it hidden in the heart of eastern North Carolina’s barbecue belt.

Tar Heel Town: Shelby

Music and barbecue share the stage in this Cleveland County town.

Fresh, Fried, & Familiar: Fish Camps in Gaston County

In Gaston County on Friday night, if you’re not feasting on catfish, hush puppies, and slaw in a fish...

Dixie Drive-In in Lumberton

Hungry? Follow the crowd to this can’t-miss burger joint in Lumberton.

Brushy Mountain Smokehouse & Creamery

Smoked barbecue is paired with homemade ice cream at this Wilkes County restaurant.

Casey’s Soul Food Restaurant in Wilmington

At Casey’s Buffet, down-home comfort comes by the plateful.

Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Angier

An ice cream parlor in Angier offers more than 100 flavors.

Parker’s Barbecue in Wilson, N.C.

Once, there was an inn and even an oyster house, but it’s the barbecue at Parker’s that has endured.

Kill Devil Hills Stop N Shop

It’s a gas station, sure. But step inside and you’ll see: it’s also a whole lot more.

Merritt’s Store and Grill in Chapel Hill

You might wait 45 minutes for a B.L.T. at Merritt’s Store and Grill in Chapel Hill. But trust us,...

Down by the River

From a warehouse that stored roots and herbs, to a store that sold fertilizer, to the present-day restaurant, this...

Daily. Special.

The bean-and-bacon soup is legendary. The banana splits are delicious. Although only seven restaurants exist in the state now,...

Hill’s Lexington Barbecue

A third-generation family business has served Lexington-style barbecue in northern Winston-Salem for more than 60 years.

Sims Country Bar-B-Que

Whether you come for barbecue or bluegrass music, this shed in Granite Falls is the place to be on...

A Seat at the Bar: The Admiral in Asheville

The Admiral in West Asheville is more than a place for drinks, unless that’s all you want it to...

An Elegant Occasion at the McNinch House Restaurant

The McNinch House Restaurant offers food in Charlotte that is comfortable enough to be home and formal enough for...

The Presbyterians Had Layer Cakes … The Catholics Had Kibbe

Award-winning Chef Bill Smith remembers church suppers, and growing up the child of a Presbyterian and a Catholic.

Wilson: Whole Truth Lunchroom

The covered dish. The church picnic. The Wednesday night supper. North Carolina’s communal gatherings embrace the spirit of faith,...

At The Hot Dog Church in Greensboro

They don’t call Greensboro’s Carraway United Methodist Church “The Hot Dog Church” for nothing.

Kinston: Wednesday Night Supper

For as long as anyone at First Baptist Church in Kinston can remember, Wednesday night suppers have served as...

Morganton: Open Hearts Bakery

Volunteers at St. Matthews Church in Morganton bake laughter and love into every loaf at Open Hearts Bakery.

Welcoming Diners at Hickory’s Garden of Eaten

The Garden of Eaten Cafe at First Baptist Church in Hickory welcomes diners for food and fellowship.

Hillsborough BBQ Company

The stained glass, hardwood floors, and full bar make this restaurant look upscale, but the flavor of the barbecue...

Germany Comes to Grandy: Weeping Radish

A quirky combination of a brewpub, butchery, and farm creates an experience that brings in curious travelers from miles...

Roadside Eats

Get more out of our favorite roadside diners, drive-ins, and dairy bars featured in our March 2013 issue with...

Herb’s Pit Bar-B-Que

In a remote corner of western North Carolina, just before you cross the state line, a second generation of...

Country Barbeque

Cars whiz by, traffic lights blink, but this restaurant on Wendover Avenue maintains an uninterrupted consistency that sets it...

Sweet Spot

At Bar Cocoa in The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Charlotte, everything you see is a treat.

Grady’s Barbecue

Eating barbecue at this Dudley restaurant is simple, but running the place requires some sacrifices.

Biscuits, Hayrides, and Christmas Trees

A farm in Back Swamp has a collection of country comforts that make it worth a stop.

A Sweet Potato Sampler

Go beyond the basic baked sweet potato with these four places to try our official state vegetable.

Crossroads Cafe

In a community so small it lacks its own ZIP code, residents find identity at Byrum's.

Game Day Grub

Pirate Nation preps for battle at Cubbie’s.

Something Sweet

A little doughnut in the little town of Aberdeen makes big community connections.

The Skylight Inn

Skylight founder Pete Jones once said, "A place like this don't need any sign."

Short Sugar’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Much of Short Sugar's reputation comes from owner David Wilson's homemade sauce.

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

The Pit provides a rather upscale setting for Raleigh patrons to enjoy authentic, pit-cooked barbecue.

B’s Barbecue

There are no telephones or take-out menus at B's. What there is, though, is plenty of whole-hog barbecue, cooked...

Allen & Son Barbeque

Keith Allen's old-fashioned, hands-on method earned him a place in North Carolina's barbecue canon.

Bridges Barbecue Lodge

In case you forget what the restaurant specializes in, pig art decorating the walls helps you remember just what...

Lexington Barbecue

Lexington Barbecue attracts barbecue pilgrims from across the state and even further.

Little Richard’s Barbecue

The pure Lexington-style barbecue served at this laid-back and comfortable restaurant keeps Forsyth County residents coming back for their...

Stamey’s Old Fashioned Barbecue

The real monument to Stamey is not the restaurant, but the pit building, which is by far the largest...

Wilber’s Barbecue

Wilber Shirley is committed to the tradition of cooking whole hogs entirely over hardwood coals.

The Muffin Man

Andy Montero built his Elizabeth City restaurant on baskets of pastries.

Wax Paper Wrapper

Rip it open, and find a familiar fried pie from Winston-Salem.

Sweet Spoonfuls

Ice cream from Mooresville packs a Southern summer into every pint.

Candlelight Nights

For 11 years, a fancy French restaurant gave Selma a selling point.

Hot Dog Hour

A club in Raleigh meets once a month to experiment with its favorite food.

North Carolina Seafood Tour Part 1: Southern Coast

Over 27 miles and including four stops, this first leg of our Seafood Tour from Brunswick Islands to Wrightsville...

North Carolina Seafood Tour Part 2: Crystal Coast

This stretch of our North Carolina Seafood Tour takes you from Swansboro to Cedar Island, and makes five mouthwatering...

North Carolina Seafood Tour Part 3: Outer Banks

Travel from Ocracoke Island to Duck and taste some of the most delicious seafood North Carolina has to offer.

Biscuits and Burgers

Morganton residents start and end their day at Allison’s.

Simple Standby

Out back, thoroughbred horses race for the trophy. Down the road, famous golfers shoot for the green. But inside...

Drugstore Staple: The Fountain at Yanceyville Drug Company

The soda fountain at a Yanceyville drugstore brings a community together and preserves a classic institution.

Chef and the Farmer in Kinston

In small-town Kinston, one New York couple’s big-city ambition finds a home and helps fuel this restaurant’s successful start.

Lunch and a Legacy

At Neal’s Deli in Carrboro, Matt and Sheila Neal carve their own slice of culinary history.

The Bakehouse

At The Bakehouse in Aberdeen, items like the black forest cake are a nod to owner Martin Brunner's European...

Savannah Red

At Savannah Red in Charlotte, couples love it when servers ignite the caramel-bourbon sauce of the Krispy Kreme bread...

Paul’s Pastry Shop

While Paul makes other delicious pastries, the glazed doughnuts remain the best sellers at Paul's Pastry Shop in Burlington.

Cheesecakes by Alex

At Cheesecakes by Alex in Greensboro, you can pick 12 different flavors to build your own cheesecake wheel.

Bread of Heaven Bakery

Despite its name, there is no bread at the Bread of Heaven Bakery in Goldsboro — only sweet, mouthwatering...

Jimmie’s Sweets

Jimmie Williams bakes more than 200 varieties of his specialty pound cakes at Jimmie's Sweets in Matthews.

Mountain Pie Company

Merri and Bill Tyndall bake dozens of flavors of pie each day, including Blueberry Blintz, at the Mountain Pie...

The Sisters McMullen

Unfortunately, this dessert spot in Asheville is now closed. See our original post about them below and other North...

Bailey Café

In the tiny town of Bailey at Bailey Café, the shelves are full of cakes unlike any others.

Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery

Since 1998, Frank and Margaret Ballard have been dishing out huge slices of cake at the Hayes Barton Café...

Sugar on Front Street

At Sugar on Front Street in Wilmington, Samantha Smith provides and ever-changing selection of old-fashioned baked goods.

Rosebriar

The Rosebriar in Albemarle is only open on weekdays for three midday hours, so hurry in for a slice...

Seaside Cheesecake Dessert Shoppe

With more than 50 cheesecake flavors available, making a choice at Seaside Cheesecake Dessert Shoppe in Morehead City isn't...

Food on the Fly

From burgers on wax paper to oysters on the half shell, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport goes gourmet.

Turkey Tradition

One family in Princeton produces poultry fine enough to send to the White House. But they take the most...

Bakery with a Soul

Claudia Kemmet-Cooper created more than a culinary cliche when she started Guglhupf Bakery in Durham — she established a...

Food on Franklin

If you were a Tar Heel 20 or 30 years ago, you might’ve walked Franklin Street’s wide sidewalks and...

Cloister Honey

When the banking business went south, a couple in suburban Charlotte found a new, sweeter fortune.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

A new cookbook brings a taste of the distinctive Asheville eatery to your home kitchen.

The Ugly Line at Orange Blossom Bakery and Cafe

The taste of a Buxton bakery’s awful-looking Apple Uglies makes eating breakfast a kiss-the-frog affair.

Bending Barbecue Tradition: Luella’s

At Luella’s Bar-B-Que, customers find enough familiarity to make them comfortable and enough diversity to remind them they’re in...

The BBQ – N.C. Barbecue Company

Finally, a solution to the North Carolina barbecue debate: The Battle Box, a mail-order meal that lays out equal...

Pancake Masters

The pancakes at Tex & Shirley’s in Greensboro have been a customer favorite for nearly 40 years. So have...

Art’s Place

Tammy Nichols has owned and operated the Kitty Hawk restaurant since 2008, but customers don’t have to look very...

Second Street Lunch

If you stop in at Second Street Lunch in Roanoke Rapids, order your burger any way you want it...

Wimpy’s Grill

At Wimpy’s in Durham, napkins are futile and condiment stains are a sure sign of battle. Here, the brave...

Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant

A menu with 20 different burgers is reason enough to stop by the popular Bryson City restaurant. The family...

Food on the Move

Forget everything you think you know about food trucks. The roundup in Durham is a smorgasbord of gourmet creations...

Little Chef

When he was 12 years old, Ben Braxton simply wanted the opportunity to learn how chefs prepare gourmet dishes....

Like Momma Made: Flat River Cafe

David and Angie Poindexter didn’t plan to open a restaurant. But when they found themselves responsible for the Flat...

The King’s Kitchen

For notable chef and restaurateur Jim Noble, it’s always about the food. But at The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte,...

Becky’s & Mary’s

When Becky Ingram left home, she had a job within an hour of arriving in High Point. Fifty years...

Breakfast: Peter’s Pancakes & Waffles

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Michele Galloway and her husband, Dale, both...

Breakfast: Glen Alpine Depot

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Saturday mornings are Depot mornings, says Emily...

Breakfast: Ward’s Dairy Bar & Grill

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. “Under old management” is not a marketing...

Dan’l Boone Inn

There's a reason why this spot continues to rank among North Carolinians' favorite breakfast options.

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is, quite simply, one of the absolute pillars of gastronomy in Chapel Hill.

Breakfast: State Farmers Market Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. First, a little history: Jackie Watkins, son...

Breakfast: Southern Lunch

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Since he was a boy growing up...

Breakfast: The Original Pancake House

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Although Kathy Pulliam and her husband, David,...

The Breakfast Nook

This Stanly County staple has being providing delicious breakfast to locals and passers-by for years.

Breakfast: DJ’s Diner

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Keith Lingafelt got a letter one day...

Mary’s Gourmet Diner

This Winston-Salem spot, formerly known as Breakfast of Course, delivers classic dishes alongside new Southern creations.

Yoder’s Dutch Pantry

It's not hard to argue that this restaurant makes the best french toast in Eastern North Carolina.

Breakfast: Purple Onion Cafe

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Stopping at the Purple Onion Cafe is...

Breakfast: Old Pier House Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Steve Combs walks into the Old Pier...

Breakfast: Helen’s Kitchen

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. If you can get Theresa Grissett away...

Breakfast: Flo’s Kitchen

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Susan Webb-Warren works in a large bank...

Breakfast: Capt’n Jim’s Seafood Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Deborah Mattox Lloyd orders corned-beef hash, grits,...

Breakfast: Baker’s Square Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Sabre Littleton recommends the fluffy scrambled eggs....

Byrd’s Restaurant

There's nothing fancy about this Kinston restaurant. But with biscuits this good, we don't mind the modest decor.

Smith Street Diner

This no-nonsense diner in Greensboro provides fresh cooked breakfast fare every morning.

Regular Crowd

After working in other people’s kitchens for 29 years, Ricky Bullins bought Bob’s Restaurant in Madison and turned it...

Tar Heel Tradition: Sutton’s Drug Store

For decades, the flavors coming off the flattop grill in the back of Sutton’s Drug Store have been reason...

On the Square

In an old building in a small town, a world-class culinary husband-and-wife team’s thriving restaurant proves that Tarboro has...

Claxton Johnson is Siler City’s Burgermaster

They’re not fancy or complicated, but for 64 years the cheeseburgers at Johnson’s Drive-In have attracted a following of...

Lemon Pie is a Down East Classic at Capt. Bill’s

Cool and tart, and with a fluffy topping, lemon pie at Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant in Morehead City continues...

Kill Devil Grill

When Bill Tucker decided to blaze his own path, it led him to Kill Devil Hills and a 1939...

The Mystery of Blue Honey

Some North Carolina beekeepers have strong opinions on what makes nature’s nectar turn such a startling shade.

The Wisdom Table at Sherry’s Bakery

Six days a week, the gentlemen of The Wisdom Table at Sherry’s Bakery in Dunn meet to solve the...

Visitors Find Urban Escape at Fearrington Village

Designed to exceed expectations, Fearrington Village’s five-star accommodations set amid a country aesthetic promise a rejuvenating retreat only minutes...

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