Restaurants

Top Choice Southern US in Wilmington

PinPoint

Pinpoint was declared by Southern Living magazine as one of the South's best new restaurants – and they weren't lyin'! Chef Dean Neff was Hugh Acheson’s kitchen compadre in Athens, Georgia's excellent Five & Ten…
Top Choice Tapas in Asheville

Cúrate

Owned by hip Ashevillian chef Katie Button and her Catalan husband Félix, this convivial downtown hangout celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of Spanish tapas, while adding an occasional Southern twist.…
Top Choice Sushi in Charlotte

Soul Gastrolounge Tapas

This sultry but welcoming Plaza Midwood speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. Choices are wide-ranging, from skewers and sushi rolls to Cuban and Vietnamese sandwiches, but the kitchen take…
Top Choice Tapas in Durham

Mateo

A poster child for Durham’s remarkable comeback, this James Beard–nominated ‘bar de tapas’ is downtown’s culinary anchor. Many dishes come with a Southern bent, and particular revelations include the pan com tomate …
Top Choice Barbecue in Asheville

12 Bones

How good is the barbecue at 12 Bones? Good enough to lure the vacationing Barack and Michelle Obama back to the River Arts District, a few years back. Expect a long wait, though, before you get to enjoy the slow-coo…
Top Choice Mexican in Beaufort

The Dank Burrito

Slightly out of place in olde Beaufort, Dank has graffitied walls and offbeat design features – including a retro (and playable) Ms Pac-Man arcade game coffee table. Their homemade salsas, slaws and tacos are extrem…
Top Choice Asian in Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Lantern

A strong contender for best dining spot in the entire Triangle, this modern, dinner-only Asian-fusion spot is very much a farm-to-table affair, with all ingredients sourced from North Carolina. Thank chef Andrea Reu…
Top Choice Mexican in Ocracoke Island

Eduardo's Taco Stand

There's a long list of tacos, burritos and fresh and spicy salsas at this sensational taco stand. If you're over fried clams and crab cakes, dishes like prime rib-eye tacos with salsa de xoconostle (sour prickly pea…
Top Choice American in Blowing Rock

Bistro Roca

This cozy, lodge-like bistro, in a Prohibition-era building just off Main St, serves upscale New American cuisine – lobster or pork-belly mac and cheese, kicked-up habanero burgers, mountain-trout banh-mi sandwiches…
Top Choice Cheese in Wilmington

Little Dipper

Each table at this fun fondue restaurant comes with a burner at which to melt a pot of cheesy goodness. Choose from different combos – the classic cheddar and Emmental mix, or Italian cheeses (provolone, mozzarella …