Friday, June 22, 2018, 1pm
Everyone eats better in North Carolina's capital city
Raleigh, N.C. (June 22, 2018) – New restaurants, visionary chefs and innovative locally-made products have catapulted Raleigh onto the national culinary scene and created a craving for the distinct dining opportunities found (or founded!) exclusively in North Carolina's capital city.
Destination culinary highlights below.
Due to open before year-end, 2018
- Kaiju Bowl and Bao: much more than ramen, Raleigh restaurateur Ken Yowell's new eatery will feature Asian noodles, steamed buns, Korean chicken wings and "lots of surprises."
- Transfer Co. Food Hall: production-oriented, vendors here will both make and sell their local products on-site.
- Morgan Street Food Hall: the much-anticipated 22,000-square-foot restaurant and retail space packed with single vendors, artisans and food stalls.
- Union Special: 2,500-square-foot, full-service bake shop (using only North Carolina milled grain) also serving breakfast and lunch with a picnic vibe (hearty sandwiches and salads).
- Wilson's: from the owners of Lynnwood Brewing Concern, and located on the same lot, Wilson's will serve flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and a full line of Lynnwood beers.
Opened early 2018
- Tonbo Ramen: two-story noodle shop serving shio, shoyu and tonkotsu ramen on the first floor, with small plates and Japanese whiskey featured in the upstairs izakaya (Japanese gastropub).
- Smashed Waffles: uniquely crafted scratch waffles, rolled into dough balls and then SMASHED in a premium cast iron waffle press. Choose from the menu of "Five Famous Sweet Waffles" or a selection of savory smashed-wiches.
- A Place at The Table: pay-what-you-can cafe serving healthy food in a welcoming environment.
- Seoul 116: City Market Sushi's new sister restaurant, serving a full menu of small plates, Korean lunch boxes and from the bar, creative cocktails including their signature boozy Capri Suns.
Opened 2017 (in case you missed it!)
- Brewery Bhavana: an instant hit! Brewery, dim sum restaurant, library and flower shop, all in one.
- MOFU Shoppe: the dumpling food truck turned sit-down restaurant (thanks to "grand prize cash" won on The Great Food Truck Race).
- Hummingbird: neighborhood bar cafe with am/pm service and a menu that ranges from boozy coffee cocktails and sticky buns to Micheladas and small plates.
- Trophy Tap and Table: one-part craft beer, one part southern-inspired kitchen.
- St. Roch Oysters and Bar: seafood, oyster and raw bar, named for the owner's New Orleans childhood neighborhood.
- Vidrio: an open window into the Mediterranean, with "sharing plates" made from the freshest ingredients and each dish completed with olive oil imported from the owner's Greek village.
- so•ca: a menu of Latin-inspired street and Caribbean soul food influenced by the flavors found "south of the tropic of cancer."
- Oakwood Pizza Box: thin crust pizza made with naturally fermented dough and all-fresh ingredients–no freezers!
- Pizzeria Faulisi: wood-fire pizza and fresh antipasti created with flour from Caputo, Italy and local vegetables and grains.
James Beard Award-Nominated Chefs and Restaurateurs
- Ashley Christensen: 2015 winner, Best Chef: Southeast and 2018 semifinalist, Outstanding Chef. Christensen's Raleigh empire includes six restaurants/bars.
- Cheetie Kumar: 2018 semifinalist, Best Chef: Southeast. Kumar owns Garland, Kings and Neptune's Parlour.
- Brewery Bhavana: 2018 semifinalist, Best New Restaurant. Owners Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha also own the popular Laotian restaurant Bida Manda.
- Scott Crawford: five-time James Beard Award nominee. Owner of Crawford and Son, one of the region's hottest restaurants.
- Lionel Vatinet: 2015 semifinalist, Outstanding Baker. Vatinet is owner of (and master baker at) La Farm Bakery.
Locally-Made Culinary Products
A few local-gone-national sensations
- Nello's Sauce: the first U.S.-grown, U.S.-crafted certified Biodynamic jarred tomato sauce.
- Larry's Coffee: 100% Fair Trade Certified, 100% organic and 100% shade-grown.
- Hail Mary Bloody Mary Mix: 100% natural, small-batch Bloody Mary mix.
- Slingshot Coffee Co.: hand-brewed and bottled locally, with local filtered tap water and locally-roasted, single-origin, organic coffee beans.
- Ello Raw: plant-based superfood snack bites made with simple, 100% raw and organic ingredients.
- Escazu: artisan chocolates and Good Food Award winner (several times over).
- Videri Chocolate: a fair-trade, craft chocolate shop roasting organic beans from Central and South America and blending their 70% bars on-site.
- Neomega: herb-infused, clean and healthy avocado oils produced with a strict commitment to sustainability.
For more information on Raleigh's culinary scene: visitRaleigh.com/foodie.
Jessica Holt, Public Relations and International Tourism Manager
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