During my short stay in Raleigh, North Carolina, I must have walked past The Raleigh Times about a hundred times. It’s definitely centrally located near the capital, and is a nice, simple place to grab a bite to eat. I ordered this grilled cheese sandwich — complete with avocado — and was very satisfied with its non-greasiness, its two types of cheese, and the sides (fries and homemade pickles). The service was quick, the prices were cheap, and the restaurant itself was very laid back. An overall enjoyable experience!
Piebird is perhaps the most wonderful place in the world. Or at least in North Carolina. Definitely in Raleigh! I mean, it doesn’t get much better than a food establishment that serves all kinds of pies — sweet, savory, and creative. The pie pictured here is a slice of Honey & Sea Salt pie (à la mode, of course) drizzled with honey and served up warm. It was probably the best pie I’ve ever had, and certainly the most original!
On top of the great food, the waitstaff is friendly, helpful, and fun. How often can you really say you had fun ordering food at a restaurant? Well, I did. Our waitress offered great suggestions, found me this amazing slice of pie when they sold out of the Coconut Cream pie I was about to order (this wasn’t even on their menu!), and generally made our entire visit a good time. If you find yourself in Raleigh, you should definitely make some time for Piebird. You won’t be disappointed!
When I was in Raleigh, I went to a local Japanese restaurant called Sono. Their food was fresh and well-prepared. I ordered the edamame to start (pictured above), and also got an avocado salad (pictured below). The salad had a really good sesame dressing (house-made), and the avocado and tomatoes were ripened to perfection.
For my main course I ordered their vegetarian rolls, and had them filled with cucumber. They were really light and refreshing. Additionally, the wasabi was amazingly fresh and obviously made quite recently. To top it off, the restaurant was very comfortable. It was predominantly candlelit, immaculately decorated, and very pleasant.
The Big Easy in Raleigh, North Carolina, was a pleasant little place that I stumbled upon shortly after checking into my hotel just down the street. The atmosphere was really low-key, and the facility was nicely adorned with New Orleanian decor. This 3 Cheese and Spinach Ravioli, doused in gorgonzola cream sauce, was rich tasting while managing (somehow) to be light. It was the perfect lunch for a day of exploring the city.