Southern hospitality brings everyone to the table. Whether you're craving soul food, barbecue, scratch-made biscuits, fried chicken or a helping of it all, Raleigh's got it and with an ambiance ranging from no-frills to fine dining. Hit these 10 spots to savor Raleigh's tastiest Southern eats.
When you think about this cafe, you’re sure to hear Tim McGraw’s voice singing, “Kisses sweeter than Tupelo honey.” Tupelo Honey serves you Southern staples, revived with a contemporary twist. Not to mention, they’ve got pimento everything.
Got to be NC? You know the motto from the State Fair, but the State Farmer’s Market Restaurant has all of the goodness you’d expect from North Carolina, year round. Open for breakfast and lunch, the State Farmer’s Market Restaurant is a must because of their need-to-try homemade biscuit sandwiches.
Lucky 32 has all the best seasonal favorites from a Voodoo Pig Plate to Shrimp &Grits. There’s not much this restaurant misses out on in terms of southern and soul eats.
Founded by a native of Wake County, Big Ed’s is a must on a tour of the Triangle’s Southern staple stops. Peruse the Museum of Southern Culture at Big Ed’s City Market where you can see local memorabilia, and photographs of presidents who have stopped by. You’ll be salivating for one of their Fried Cajun Chicken dishes soon enough.
Frankly, if you haven’t been, you need to. Chicken and Waffles is a staple dish of this Southern kitchen and with good reason. It's salty, sweet, and savory enough to have you coming back for more. An ode to fried chicken, Beasley’s will ruin Chicken and Waffles from anywhere else. Pro Tip: Try the Wildflower Collins. This unique drink will quench your thirst with flavors of wildflower and honeysuckle vodka.
A Southern kitchen serving breakfast, lunch, dinner AND late night eats? Count us in. The Southern staples Mecca offers include made-from-scratch biscuits and local grown veggies. Plus, this place is steeped in history, it's been family-owned since the 1930s!
Carolina, you keep callin’ me home. Eastern North Carolina barbecue has natives dreaming of savory meat all over the state. Bourbon and barbecue, The Pit is known for incredible smoky staples and sensational southern sides like mac and cheese, and pimento cheese balls.
Most Raleighites know The Big Easy as a college bar favorite… but most haven’t visited the bar before late night. Serving up cajun food and Bourbon-street vibes, The Big Easy is a must for Southern and soul food. Besides, where else can you get fried gator bites in Raleigh?
This is one of the most underrated restaurants in North Raleigh. From moonshine drinks to Southern staples, your craving for dixie delights will be met at Driftwood. Don’t miss brunch on the weekends for farmhouse famous foods like cheddar biscuits. Out for date night? Try the smoker platter. It’s perfect to share.
It feels like home. At Jack’s, you can expect some of the best fried seafood in the Triangle. From fried okra to fried scallops, Jack’s will have you forgetting you’re 120 miles inland.