Entertain Visiting Family & Friends in Raleigh, N.C.

Restaurants and things to do

visitRaleigh.com has everything locals need to keep visiting friends and family happy, with tasty ideas for what and where to eat and top things to do, like rocker/restaurateur Cheetie Kumar's Garland, specializing in Indian and Pan-Asian dishes, reinvented with Southern flair—or her cocktail bar Neptunes Parlour and concert venue KINGS, all original places here in Raleigh to enjoy with friends and family.

You and your guests will see the Raleigh area with fresh eyes through all the authentic experiences created by passionate-minded locals!

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Cheetie Kumar
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Cheetie Kumar

Garland, KINGS and Neptunes Parlour

For Garland restaurant owner Cheetie Kumar, music, food and creating a good time go hand in hand. The rocker-turned-restaurateur has her hands full as head chef at Garland while still taking center stage as guitarist in her band, Birds of Avalon.

“You can hang out in Raleigh and walk around and hit a bunch of different spots that are very well-thought-out and beautifully executed.”

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