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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Garland is, itself, a work of art. The food and the ambiance are incommunicably beautiful—this is global cuisine that you have to try.
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.
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.
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.
Lovers of fine dining, take note. Herons restaurant marries high class with local roots, making it a definite must-try for any Triangle resident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mateo Bar de Tapas has a dish to fit every wish. With Spanish style tapas, sometimes with a Southern twist, we always leave happy.
Steak is always a good choice, but steak at this North Carolina icon is definitely the best choice.
Crook's Corner isn't just Chapel Hill famous, it's known nationally as a temple of Southern cuisine. Why? Simple: shrimp and grits.
Please note: There were some previous semifinalists who were not included on this list because their restaurants have since closed!