It can be hard to escape all of the chain restaurants that dominate Southpoint. Driving through the area can feel like a corporate wasteland of fast-food options and faux-chic casual conglomerates. But, if you know where to look (lucky for you, we do) there are plenty of local dining options with homegrown charm and serious cooking chops. Local foodies need venture no further than Southpoint to find a meal worth talking about. From fine dining to counter-service, there’s something for every palate and budget. Check out our favorites and break free from the chains!
Dining at Yamazushi is an experience all its own. If you're lucky enough to score a seat, you'll be treated to a multi-course meal of artful small plates served in traditional, Japanese ceremonial fashion. It all makes for an intimate meal that is meant to be savored and lingered over. Opt for a sake pairing along with your meal for expertly curated sips from their sake sommelier. They also offer a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, should you want to add a little more theater to your dinner. Like we said, it's all part of the experience.
Treforni serves up classic Neapolitan pies made with the freshest ingredients. Their open kitchen lets you watch your pie being lovingly hand-tossed before it heads into the wood-fired oven. Get ready for perfectly charred crusts and plenty of gooey cheese-pulls.
For fully customizable burgers, head to THBB, where you can DIY your dish with anything from a pretzel bun to a lamb patty. Don't panic if you're not feeling creative. There's an extensive menu of expertly pre-designed burgers, salads and more to choose from too.
American Meltdown started out making drool-worthy grilled cheese sandwiches out of their popular food truck. They've kept the truck, but expanded the sandwich love to a brick-and-mortar in Southpoint.
Free of gluten, but full of flavor—see if you can taste the difference at the Triangle's first gluten-free restaurant. It features a totally gluten-free menu with a farm-to-fork focus and no processed foods. Menu items rotate seasonally, but you can look forward to dishes like deviled eggs with jalapeños, bacon and paprika aioli. It's okay, we're drooling too.
Harvest 18 does the whole southern thing right. Expect delicious food, hospitable staff and the quirky southern charm that makes your love for the Triangle oh so strong.