Enjoy Southern Cooking At These Top Restaurants

Carolina MonthlyEnjoy Southern Cooking At These Top Restaurants

|Written by Andrea Sturdivant|May 27, 2017


North Carolina is filled with fantastic restaurants and is known as a foodie paradise.

You’ll find artistic, unique and locally-sourced restaurants in North Carolina, fine dining to barbecue joints, Spanish tamales to soul food at amazing eateries located in unassuming small and large towns.

Southern restaurants bring the best fresh, down home, artistic and unique local cuisine to diners, restaurants and house restaurants across the south.

Nearly everywhere in North Carolina is home to the best southern cooking and amazing restaurants. But with so many to choose from – how does one even choose?

Well, these best of the best restaurants are an absolute MUST TRY for amazing taste of southern cooking.

Mateo Bar de Tapas, Durham


One of the best restaurants in North Carolina that appears on almost every food blog or top review is Mateo. Mateo is known for its artistic unique style of mixing Spanish tapas with a southern touch…you’ll get the best of both worlds in this extremely trendy and delicious restaurant.

Kindred, Davidson


Set among the quaint downtown district of Davidson, Kindred came on the scene and quickly rose to fame. This ‘chef-driven’ restaurant has an ever-changing menu that focuses on seasonal ingredients and family atmosphere.

Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro


Exotic, creative, and unique cuisine awaits your taste buds in this rustic yet cozy farmhouse restaurant and hotel outside of Chapel Hill. Offering a fine dining and modern twist on classic dishes, the award-winning Fearrington House Restaurant has been open since 1980.

Ryan’s Restaurant, Winston-Salem


Nestled deep in a wooded setting just minutes from downtown Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University, Ryan’s has offered the Triad an escape from the ordinary since 1977.

Enjoy the panoramic view of large oaks and a rolling stream from the many window-side tables, or the large, starlight deck. Or, savor the intimate atmosphere from a comfortable sofa, and in the winter, the warmth of a crackling fireplace.

Colington Cafe, Kill Devil Hills


Colington is consistently ranked as the number one dining spot on the Outer Banks. You’ll find it nestled beneath 300-year-old oak trees. Colington specializes in elegant dishes without sacrificing traditional, comfortable roots. Order up some fresh seafood and experience the best OBX has to offer.

Price’s Chicken Coop, Charlotte


And for some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever have in your life…you have to visit the FINEST SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN TO TAKE HOME, OFFICE OR ANY SOCIAL GATHERING IS AVAILABLE AT—famous Price’s in the Queen City.

From the Editor: For more great Southern restaurants, recipes, and more, purchase The North Carolina Almanac here.

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