Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Outer Banks

Blue Moon Beach Grill

Would it be wrong to write an ode to a side of french fries? Because Lord almighty, the lightly spiced fries at this casual hot spot are the stuff of sonnets and monologues. And we haven't even mentioned the BLT wit…
Top Choice Asian in Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Lantern

If you only have time for one dinner in the Triangle, dine here. This modern Asian spot, sourced with North Carolina ingredients, has earned a slew of accolades and chef Andrea Reusing is a James Beard Award winner.…
Top Choice Tapas in Asheville

Cúrate

This convivial place celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of traditional Spanish tapas, with a few Southern twists here and there: tender lamb skewers with Moorish spices; spicy chorizo wrapped in potato…
Top Choice Mexican in Asheville

White Duck Taco Shop

The chalkboard menu at this downtown taco shop will give you fits - every taco sounds like a must-have flavor bomb: spicy buffalo chicken with blue cheese sauce, crispy pork belly, mole-roasted duck. Even better? Th…
Top Choice Sushi in Charlotte

Soul Gastrolounge Tapas

In Plaza Midtown, this sultry but welcoming speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. Choices are wide-ranging, from skewers to sushi rolls to Cuban and Vietnamese sandwiches, but the kitchen t…
Top Choice Modern American in Asheville

Admiral

This concrete bunker, which sits beside a car junkyard, looks divey on the outside. But inside? That's where the magic happens. This low-key West Asheville spot is one of the state's finest New American restaurants,…
Barbecue in Asheville

12 Bones

How good is the BBQ? Well, President Obama and wife Michelle stopped by a few years ago for a meal. The slow-cooked meats are smoky tender, and the sides, from the jalapeño cheese grits to the buttery green beans, …
Top Choice Seafood in Outer Banks

Kill Devil Grill

Yowza, this place is good. It's also a bit historic – the entrance is a 1939 diner that's listed in the national registry of historic places. Pub grub and seafood arrive with tasty flair, and portions are generous. …
Cafe in Boone

Hob Nob Farm Cafe

Inside a wildly painted cottage, mountain town hippie types gobble up avocado-tempeh melts, Thai curry bowls and sloppy burgers made from local beef. Brunch is served until 5pm.
Pub Food in Blowing Rock

Six Pence Pub

The bartenders keep a sharp but friendly eye on things at this lively British pub, where the shepherd's pie comes neat, not messy.