Home 5 “Not So Well Known” Restaurants to try in NC
January 17, 2017
Whenever I am exploring a new city one of my favorite things to do is to seek out some of the best places to eat. Most rating websites are pretty good places to start your search, but quite often the best spots are either completely missing or underrepresented. The key is to find where the locals eat. I have compiled a list to highlight a few of my personal favorites from all over the state. This list is not just to give visitors and transplants a chance to explore some of our lesser known restaurants, but to also remind locals of the great food we have right here in our own backyards!
1- Angus Barn ( Raleigh )
Located in Brier Creek of Raleigh, The Angus Barn is one of the city’s oldest steakhouses, rich with elegance and a sense of comfort. Renowned for its impeccable service, rustic atmosphere, and it’s hidden lounging and dining areas, it is no wonder locals flock to this old barn for a memorable dining experience. Located upstairs you can enjoy a hand- crafted cocktail in the Wild Turkey Lounge or take a walk down the winding staircase to the wine cellar where you will find a full service bar, private staff, 2 dining areas and one of the most impressive wine selections in the state. Offering an extensive menu ranging from locally sourced seafood, rustic pasta and of course… Steak, this elegant barn will leave you mesmerized and planning your next trip before you have even finished your meal!
2- Chef and The Farmer ( Kinston )
Tucked away in the small, rural farm town of Kinston, A NYC couple made their dreams of opening up their own full service restaurant a reality. Chef Vivian Howard grew up on a farm in Eastern North Carolina before residing in New York, which has given her the wonderful knowledge of Southern cooking along with some big city flare! All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. With choices ranging from Pan Roasted Catfish to fancy Charcuterie Boards, this hidden gem is well worth the drive to this tiny town. Be sure to make reservations in advance as availability is very limited!
3- B’s BBQ ( Greenville )
When you think of food to eat in North Carolina, B-B-Q is undoubtedly one of the first things that comes to mind. Hidden off of NC-43, across from a corn field, in my hometown of Greenville, this hole – in – the wall landmark is easy to miss. In true Eastern North Carolina fashion, B’s B-B-Q has a very simple recipe that has not changed – Whole Hog, Wood Smoke and Vinegar Sauce. Open for lunch service only and with cars parked on both sides of the street, my advice is to get there before the rush (and trust me there is one every day). Once they are out of B-B-Q for the day they are OUT and will not start service again until the next day. In business for over 40 years with no phone and no frills, B’s B-B-Q is truly one of a kind and you will thank me for directing you in their direction.
4 – The Table at Inner Banks Inn (Edenton)
Nestled in the charming and historic town of Edenton, there lies a quaint, little Inn that is home to a restaurant that has been ranked in the top 10 best of the North Carolina Coast. Whether you are enjoying a relaxing stay at the Inn itself or are simply visiting, this truly magnificent yet cozy restaurant demands your attention. The Table offers Brunch, Lunch and Dinner service and features a gourmet menu that changes weekly. Esteemed for it’s choice in fresh, locally caught Seafood and farm to table ingredients this gem is an absolute MUST for a memorable dining experience.
5 – Owen’s ( Outer Banks )
With over 70 seasons at the same location and operated by the same family, Owen’s restaurant is one of the most exquisite dining experiences that the Outer Banks has to offer. Located in Nags Head, Owen’s features the absolute freshest, off the boat menu selections ranging from shellfish and lobster to tender aged angus beef. Your taste buds will rejoice once they have tasted the complimentary “hush puppies” each patron receives ( I seriously dream about these ). Their outrageous and mouth – watering desserts will leave you happy and full for sure! Owen’s offers a seasonal dinner menu with featured nightly specials. It’s interior walls adorned with photographs dedicated to the Outer Banks’ rich maritime history and local involvement with the life saving stations, make this local favorite a true dinner destination!