Greg’s highest-rated restaurants

Inside the Beltline

 

Sean Fowler, the chef at Mandolin in Raleigh, is a regular client of Will Taber's. Fowler uses Taber's quail eggs in a variety of dishes, such as this hickory grilled nooherooka beef ribeye with grilled potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, beet-pickled quail eggs, house-made peanut Worcestershire sauce and frisée salad. Fowler likes to cook the quail eggs (seen in this dish) in beet juice which turns the egg whites a bright purple and leaves the yolk yellow.

18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard Ave., Raleigh. 919-861-4318. 18seaboard.com. Cuisine: contemporary, grill.. $$

Bida Manda
222 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-829-9999. bidamanda.com. Cuisine: Laotian. . $$

Bloomsbury Bistro
509-101 W. Whitaker Mill Road, at Five Points, Raleigh. 919-834-9011.bloomsburybistro.com. Cuisine: contemporary. 1/2. $$$

bu.ku
10 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-834-6963. bukuraleigh.com. Cuisine: global, seafood.1/2 $$-$$$

Cave 1912
1912 Bernard St., Raleigh; 919-977-3864; cave1912.com. Cuisine: contemporary.. $$$

Centro
106 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-835-3593. centroraleigh.com. Cuisine: Mexican.. $$-$$$

Chuck’s
237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-322-0126. ac-restaurants.com/chucks. Cuisine: burgers.

Death & Taxes

105 W. Hargett St., Raleigh; 984-242-0218; ac-restaurants.com/death-taxes. Contemporary grill. 1/2. $$$$

The Fiction Kitchen
428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh. 919-831-4177. thefictionkitchen.com. Cuisine: vegetarian. 1/2. $$

Garland
14 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-833-6886. garlandraleigh.com. Cuisine: Indian, Asian, contemporary. . $$-$$$

Glenwood Grill
2603 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-782-3102. glenwoodgrill.com. Cuisine: contemporary Southern. . $$-$$$

Gravy
135 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-896-8513. gravyraleigh.com. Cuisine: Italian. . $$

Jose and Sons
327-102 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-755-0556. joseandsons.com. Cuisine: Mexican-Southern fusion. . $$-$$$.

J. Betski’s
10-120 W. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-833-7999. jbetskis.com. Cuisine: German, Polish.. $$

lucettegrace
235 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 919-307-4950. lucettegrace.com. Cuisine: patisserie.

Mandolin
2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh. 919-322-0365. mandolinraleigh.com. Cuisine: contemporary Southern. 1/2. $$$-$$$$

Plates
301 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-0018. plateskitchen.com. Cuisine: contemporary.. $$-$$$.

Poole’s Downtown Diner
426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 919-832-4477. poolesdowntowndiner.com. Cuisine: American bistro. . $$

Second Empire
330 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-829-3663. second-empire.com. Cuisine: contemporary.. $$$$

Sitti
137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-239-4070. sitti-raleigh.com. Cuisine: Middle Eastern.. $$-$$$

Stanbury
938 N. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-977-4321. stanburyraleigh.com. Cuisine: contemporary.. $$$-$$$$.

Standard Foods 

205 E. Franklin St., Raleigh; 919-307-4652; standard-foods.comCuisine: contemporary. ☆. $$$.

North Raleigh/Wake Forest

This small dining room downstairs at the Angus Barn has a cozy feel with lights lining the rafters that give it the look of a starry sky.

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-781-2444. angusbarn.com. Cuisine: steakhouse.. $$$$

Bruno
11211 Galleria Ave., Raleigh. 919-435-6640. brunoraleigh.com. Cuisine. steaks, seafood, Italian. . $$-$$$.

Coquette
4351 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh. 919-789-0606. coquetteraleigh.com. Cuisine: French.1/2. $$

Flights
4100 Main at North Hills St., in the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Raleigh. 919-278-1478. flightsnorthhills.com. Cuisine: contemporary. . $$-$$$

Machu Picchu
4500-100 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-526-7378. machupicchuperuviancuisine.com. Cuisine: Central/South America. . $$-$$$

Margaux’s
8111-111 Creedmoor Road, in Brennan Station, Raleigh. 919-846-9846.margauxsrestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary, seafood. . $$$

Saint Jacques
6112 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-862-2770. saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com. Cuisine: French. . $$$

Sawasdee
Two Raleigh locations: 6204 Glenwood Ave., 3601-107 Capital Blvd. 919-781-7599 (Glenwood Ave.); 919-878-0049 (Capital Blvd.). sawasdeeraleigh.com. Cuisine: Thai. 1/2. $$

Seoul Garden
4701 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-850-9984. raleighseoulgarden.com. Cuisine: Korean. 1/2. $$

Vivace
4209-115 Lassiter Mill Road, in The Alexan, Raleigh. 919-787-7747. vivaceraleigh.com. Cuisine: Italian. . $$$

Waraji
5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh. 919-783-1883. warajijapaneserestaurant.com. Cuisine: Japanese. . $$$

Cary/Apex/Morrisville

 

The Roasted Pheasant with chestnut puree, poached cranberries, brussels sprouts and toasted honey jus is a seasonal menu item at Herons located inside The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.

Banana Leaf
1026 Ryan Road, Cary. 919-468-9958. bananaleafcary.com. Cuisine: pan-Asian (Cantonese specialty). . $$

Doherty’s
Two locations: 1979 High House Road, Cary; 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-388-9930 (Cary); 919-387-4100 (Apex). dohertysirishpubnc.com. Cuisine: Irish pub. 1/2. $$

Herons
100 Woodland Pond, in the Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary. 919-447-4000. theumstead.com. Cuisine: contemporary. . $$$$

La Farm Bakery
4248 NW Cary Parkway Pkwy., Cary. 919-657-0657. lafarmbakery.com. Cuisine: bakery.

Little Hen
5160 Sunset Lake Road, Apex 919-363-0000. littlehennc.com. Cuisine: American. 1/2. $$$-$$$$.

Taipei Café
9825-G Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville. 919-380-8568. taipei-cafe.com. Cuisine: Chinese (Taiwanese). 1/2.

Taste Vietnamese Cuisine
152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville. 919-234-6385. facebook.com/taste.v.cuisine. Cuisine: Vietnamese. 1/2. $-$$.

Durham

The izakaya is the Japanese pub located upstairs at Dashi and it features innovative small plates.

Bar Virgile
105 S. Mangum St., Durham; 919-973-3000; Cuisine: small plates. . $$$

Bleu Olive Bistro
1821 Hillandale Road, Durham. 919-383-8502. bleuolivebistro.com. Cuisine: contemporary Mediterranean. . $$$

Blu Seafood & Bar
2002 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-286-9777. bluseafoodandbar.com. Cuisine: American, seafood. . $$$

Counting House

111 N. Corcoran St., Durham; 919-956-6760; countinghousenc.comCuisine: contemporary; ☆. $$$$

Dashi
415 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-251-9335. dashiramen.com. Cuisine: Japanese.. $$-$$$

Dos Perros
200 N. Mangum St., Durham. 919-956-2750. dosperrosrestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary Mexican. . $$-$$$

The Durham

315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham; 919-768-8831. thedurham.com/dining. Cuisine: American. . $$$-$$$$.

Fairview
3001 Cameron Blvd., in the Washington Duke Inn, Durham. 919-490-0999.washingtondukeinn.com. Cuisine: contemporary. 1/2. $$$$

Gocciolina
3314 Guess Road, Durham. 919-973-4089. gocciolina.com. Cuisine: Italian. . $$

Guglhupf
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-401-2600. guglhupf.com. Cuisine: German.. $$-$$$

Harvest 18
8128-114 Renaissance Parkway, Durham. 919-316-1818. harvest18restaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary. . $$-$$$.

Juju
737 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-3555. jujudurham.com. Cuisine: Asian fusion tapas.. $$$

M Sushi

311 Holland St., Durham; 919-908-9266. msushidurham.comCuisine: Japanese

☆ 1/2. $$$$

Mateo
109 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-530-8700. mateotapas.com. Cuisine: Spanish (tapas). 1/2. $$-$$$

Nana’s
2514 University Drive, Durham. 919-493-8545. nanasdurham.com. Cuisine: contemporary Mediterranean. 1/2. $$$

NanaSteak

345 Blackwell St., Durham; 919-282-1183. nanasteak.comCuisine: steakhouse. . $$$$

Piedmont
401-B2 Foster St., Durham. 919-683-1213. piedmontrestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary.. $$

Pizzeria Toro
105 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-908-6936. pizzeriatoro.com. Cuisine: pizzeria. . $$

Pompieri Pizza
102 City Hall Plaza, Durham. 919-973-1589. pompieripizza.com. Cuisine: pizzeria. . $$

Revolution
107 W. Main St., Durham. 919-956-9999. revolutionrestaurant.com. Cuisine: world. . $$$

Shanghai
3433 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-383-5700. shanghaidurham.com. Cuisine: Chinese.. $$

Vin Rouge
2010 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-416-0466. vinrougerestaurant.com. Cuisine: French.. $$$

Watts Grocery
1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-416-5040. wattsgrocery.com. Cuisine: contemporary Southern.1/2. $$-$$$

Yamazushi
4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham. 919-493-7748. yamazushirestaurant.com. Cuisine: Japanese. . $$$-$$$$.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro

 

Toppings – a mix of classics and combinations that change with the market and the chef’s inspiration – live up to the high standard of the crust at Pizzeria Mercato in Carrboro. The Panna, a pizza made up of tomato, arugula and parmesan, and the Margherita (background) are both currently on the menu.

Allen & Son
6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill. 919-942-7576. bit.ly/1ukoCG3. Cuisine: barbecue.. $

Bin 54
1201-M Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill. 919-969-1155. bin54restaurant.com. Cuisine: steakhouse.1/2. $$$$

CholaNad
308 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 800-246-5262. cholanad.com. Cuisine: Indian. 1/2. $$-$$$

Crook’s Corner
610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7643. crookscorner.com. Cuisine: Southern.. $$

Elaine’s on Franklin
454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-960-2770. elainesonfranklin.com, Cuisine:contemporary. . $$$

Glasshalfull
106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-794-4107. glasshalfullcarrboro.com. Cuisine: wine bar.. $$-$$$

Gourmet Kingdom
301 E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-932-7222. thegourmetkingdom.com. Cuisine: Szechuan.. $$

Il Palio
1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill. 919-929-4000. sienahotel.com. Cuisine: Italian. 1/2. $$$$

Kitchen
764 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-537-8167. kitchenchapelhill.com. Cuisine: contemporary French. . $$-$$$

Kipos
431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-425-0760. kiposgreektaverna.com. Cuisine: Greek.. $$-$$$

Lantern
423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-969-8846. lanternrestaurant.com. Cuisine: pan-Asian.. $$$

Neal’s Deli
100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-967-2185. nealsdeli.com. Cuisine: deli.

Pizzeria Mercato

408 W. Weaver St., Carrboro; 919-967-2277. pizzeriamercatonc.comCuisine: pizzeria, contemporary Italian. . $$-$$$

Queen of Sheba
1129-O Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. 919-932-4986. queenofshebachapelhill.com. Cuisine: Ethiopian. $$-$$$

Talulla’s
456 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-1177. talullas.com. Cuisine: Turkish. . $$-$$$

Tandem

200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; 919-240-7937. tandemrestaurant.comCuisine: contemporary. . $$$-$$$$

Elsewhere

 

North Carolina Vermillion snapper with vegetables from the winter garden, pickled shallots and rosemary at Oakleaf in Pittsboro.

Chef & The Farmer
120 W. Gordon St., Kinston. 252-208-2433. chefandthefarmer.com. Cuisine: contemporary.1/2. $$$

Saxapahaw General Store
1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Graham. 336-376-5332. Saxgenstore.com. Cuisine: contemporary American bistro. . $$

Fearrington House
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121. fearringtonhouse.com. Cuisine: contemporary. 1/2. $$$$

Hillsborough BBQ Company
236 S. Nash St., Hillsborough. 919-732-4647. hillsboroughbbq.com. Cuisine: Barbecue. 1/2. $-$$

Oakleaf
480 Hillsborough Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. 919-533-6303. oakleafnc.com. Cuisine: contemporary. 1/2. $$$

Panciuto
110 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-6261. panciuto.com. Cuisine: contemporary Italian.. $$$