Top Choice Asian in Durham & Chapel Hill


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 Modern American in Asheville


Walking by, you might guess this little concrete bunker was a dive bar. That's what they want you to think. This purposefully inconspicuous West Asheville spot is one of the state's – perhaps the country's – finest …
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 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 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 Tapas in Asheville


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…
Pub Food in Ocracoke Island

Howard's Pub

Howard's Pub has been around in one incarnation or another since the 1850s. Listen to live music on the big wooden porch while snacking on a crab cake sandwich and sipping a mug of one of the 200 beers on tap.
Pub Food in Wilmington

Front Street Brewery

This two-story downtown pub is madly popular for simple grub, like drippy burgers and crab cakes, and for its microbrews. There are free beer tastings and brewery tours daily from 3pm to 5pm.
Modern American in Raleigh

Poole's Downtown Diner

Chef Ashley Christensen sautés burgers in duck fat and bakes the world's most exquisitely creamy mac 'n' cheese at this Southern diner-meets-Parisian bistro, the toast of the local food scene. Don't miss the haute t…
Bakery in Durham & Chapel Hill

Guglhupf Bakery & Cafe

We like Guglhupf for lunch, when skirt steak sandwiches with bleu cheese, house-made bratwurst on sub rolls and grilled pear salads bring an upbeat crowd to the sunny patio at this superior German-style bakery and c…