Visit These James Beard Nominated Restaurants in the Triangle Before They Get Too Popular
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Visit These James Beard Nominated Restaurants in the Triangle Before They Get Too Popular

By Erin Greenawald
Friday, Mar 01 2019

The James Beard Foundation semifinalists for 2019 were just announced, and the Triangle came out strong with four chefs in the running! In case you aren't familiar, these are some of the biggest foodie awards in the world, so even getting nominated really puts you on the map. 

Several of these chefs have been finalists or nominees before (Ashley Christensen actually WON in 2014), and admittedly are already quite popular, but with the extra love they're sure to become even busier for a spell. If you haven't tried these delicious spots yet (or just want to revisit some old faves), scurry in before they get slammed!

The finalists will be announced March 27, and the winners May 6, so hopefully there will be more exciting news to come on this front.

Ashley Christensen — Outstanding Chef Semifinalist

Poole's Diner at Poole's
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Poole's Diner

Poole's Diner is the restaurant that started the Ashley Christensen craze. It's a perennial Raleighite favorite with honest, fresh, and delicious comfort cuisine.

Poole's Diner
$   .  Poole's   .  Raleigh
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Beasley's Chicken + Honey at Beasley's Chicken and Honey
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Beasley's Chicken + Honey

Fried chicken, collards, pimento mac 'n' cheese, and honey are just a few of the delicious things we love about southern cooking, and Beasley's knocks every single one of them out of the park.

Beasley's Chicken + Honey
$   .  Beasley's Chicken and Honey   .  Raleigh
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Ditch Drab Dining with Death & Taxes  at Death and Taxes
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Death & Taxes

Stop in for an edgy yet sophisticated vibe to accompany your top-notch meal—Death & Taxes is guarnateed to delight your eyes and taste buds!

Ditch Drab Dining with Death & Taxes
$$   .  Death and Taxes   .  Raleigh
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Risk the Bartender's Choice at Fox Liquor Bar at Fox Liquor Bar
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Fox Liquor Bar

A custom crafted cocktail just for you. Tell the bartender what you like and they'll make you something special. Don't like it? They'll fix it. Actually—scratch that—you'll definitely like it.

Risk the Bartender's Choice at Fox Liquor Bar
$   .  Fox Liquor Bar   .  Raleigh
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Savor Classy Burgers and Pomme Frites at Chuck's at Chuck's Burgers & Frites
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Chuck's

Eating a classic quarter-pounder is as close as you can get to buying comfort, and no restaurant in Raleigh delivers a better burger than Chuck's.

Savor Classy Burgers and Pomme Frites at Chuck's
$   .  Chuck's Burgers & Frites   .  Raleigh
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Cheetie Kumar — Best Chef, Southeast Semifinalist

Enjoy Raleigh's Most Stylish Dining Experience at Garland at Garland
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Garland

Garland is, itself, a work of art. The food and the ambiance are incommunicably beautiful—this is global cuisine that you have to try.

Enjoy Raleigh's Most Stylish Dining Experience at Garland
$$   .  Garland   .  Raleigh
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Shut Down the Dance Floor at Neptune's at Neptune's Parlour
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Neptune's Parlor

Okay, so you won't get any of Kumar's food here, but you will still get a focus on fresh ingredients in your craft cocktails at this cozy dive bar that she co-owns.

Shut Down the Dance Floor at Neptune's
$   .  Neptune's Parlour   .  Raleigh
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Mosh & Boogie at Kings at Kings
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Kings

Same as above—no food here, but tons of fun. It makes sense that Kumar co-owns this music and dance club given that she's also part of the local band Birds of Avalon.

Mosh & Boogie at Kings
$$   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Oscar Diaz — Best Chef, Southeast Semifinalist

Feast on Fresh Oysters at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail
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The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail brings a chef-driven seafood restaurant to the former Cafe Helios location on Glenwood. Dive into fresh ceviche, oysters and gorgeous cocktails.

Feast on Fresh Oysters at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail
$$   .  The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail   .  Raleigh
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Steven Devereaux Greene — Best Chef, Southeast Semifinalist

Treat Yourself to Fine American Cuisine at Herons at Herons
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Herons at the Umstead Hotel & Spa

Lovers of fine dining, take note. Herons restaurant marries high class with local roots, making it a definite must-try for any Triangle resident.

Treat Yourself to Fine American Cuisine at Herons
$$$   .  Herons   .  Cary
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Previous Triangle James Beard Awards

Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana at Brewery Bhavana
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Brewery Bhavana — Best New Restaurant Semifinalist 2018

Recently named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit, Brewery Bhavana combines craft beer, dim sum, a bookstore and a flower shop into an unmatched aesthetic experience.

Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
$$   .  Brewery Bhavana   .  Raleigh
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Sip on NC Plow-to-Pint Craft Brews at Fullsteam at Fullsteam Brewery
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Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam Brewery — Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Semifinalist, Multiple Years

Inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South, Fullsteam is a 'production brewery' whose product focuses on Southern ingredients and is served inside of an awesome, communal space.

Sip on NC Plow-to-Pint Craft Brews at Fullsteam
$   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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Indulge in a Whole New Take on Southern Food at Crawford and Son at Crawford and Son
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Chef Scott Crawford of Crawford and Son — Best Chef, Southeast Semifinalist 2016

Nominated when he was at Standard Foods (which has since closed), you can still get Chef Scott Crawfords food at this dinner-only restaurant that features an upscale menu with southern-inspired fare and one-of-a-kind meals.

Indulge in a Whole New Take on Southern Food at Crawford and Son
$$   .  Crawford and Son   .  Raleigh
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Savor Award-Winning Asian Fare at Lantern at Lantern
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Andrea Reusing of Lantern — Best Chef, Southeast Winner 2011

Lantern is a marriage of Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients—it's a match made in heaven. With a James Beard Award under their belt, Lantern does Far East cuisine right.

Savor Award-Winning Asian Fare at Lantern
$$   .  Lantern   .  Chapel Hill
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Learn Baking Magic at La Farm at La Farm Bakery
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Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery — Outstanding Baker Semifinalist, Multiple Years

Bake, taste, learn and have fun exploring the world of baking. Enjoy the fun of learning how to bake from some of the most talented baking professionals in the United States.

Learn Baking Magic at La Farm
$$$   .  La Farm Bakery   .  Cary
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Try Huevos Diablos & Spanish Tapas at Mateo at Mateo Bar de Tapas
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Matthew Kelly of Mateo — Best Chef, Southeast Semifinalist, Multiple Years

Mateo Bar de Tapas has a dish to fit every wish. With Spanish style tapas, sometimes with a Southern twist, we always leave happy.

Try Huevos Diablos & Spanish Tapas at Mateo
$$   .  Mateo Bar de Tapas   .  Durham
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Take a Bite Out of Nanasteak at Nanasteak
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Scott Howell — Best Chef, Southeast Semifinalist, Multiple Years

While Howell was nominated for his restaurant Nana's—which closed last year—you can still taste his fare at Nanasteak and Nanataco.

Take a Bite Out of Nanasteak
$$   .  Nanasteak   .  Durham
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Devour Seriously Savoury Steak at the Angus Barn at Angus Barn
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Angus Barn — Outstanding Wine Program Semifinalist 2013

Steak is always a good choice, but steak at this North Carolina icon is definitely the best choice.

Devour Seriously Savoury Steak at the Angus Barn
$$$   .  Angus Barn   .  Raleigh
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Wine & Cocktails in an Unassuming French Bistro at Vin Rouge at Vin Rouge
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Giorgios Bakatsias — Outstanding Restaurateur Semifinalist 2014

Giorgios Hospitality Group has tons of Triangle restaurants and they're all amazing. Check out their fare at Vin Rouge, Parizade, Bin Fifty-Four, Local 22, and more.

Wine & Cocktails in an Unassuming French Bistro at Vin Rouge
$$   .  Vin Rouge   .  Durham
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Sensational Southern Cuisine at Crook's Corner at Crook's Corner
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Bill Smith of Crook's Corner — America's Classics Winner 2011

Crook's Corner isn't just Chapel Hill famous, it's known nationally as a temple of Southern cuisine. Why? Simple: shrimp and grits.

Sensational Southern Cuisine at Crook's Corner
$$   .  Crook's Corner   .  Chapel Hill
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Please note: There were some previous semifinalists who were not included on this list because their restaurants have since closed!

Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
Visit These James Beard Nominated Restaurants in the Triangle Before They Get Too Popular
Visit These James Beard Nominated Restaurants in the Triangle Before They Get Too Popular