The Raleigh Food Tour is a short list of awesome places to eat in and around Raleigh. We suggest you try them all!
- Mecca Restaurant – Mecca is often referred to as a “Staple” of downtown dining. This is mostly because it opened back in 1930 and it hasn’t changed much. Over the years it’s been a favorite of business men, politicians as well as blue collar workers and hipsters. It seems everyone can find something they like about Mecca. We recommend the meatloaf which is only served on Tuesdays. Any other day of the week, we recommend the fried fish or fried chicken.
- Players Retreat – The Players Retreat is another staple as far as sports bars in Raleigh go. They opened up in 1951 and have been serving some of the best burgers, fries and brews ever since. It’s a great place to stop in and watch the game or just enjoy a night with friends. You’ll find the staff is very friendly and helpful.
- The Roast Grille – It’s possible you heard about this place on urban spoon or saw them on Man vs Food. Either way, this is another place that’s been open for decades (1940) and has been kicking ass ever since! The hot dogs are best if they’re burnt a little (or a lot)! Just don’t ask for ketchup. Seriously, don’t ask for ketchup. Just order it “all the way” or “mustard & chili” and sit back and enjoy the conversations.
- Krispy Kreme – This is one of THE MOST famous Krispy Kremes in the whole world! This is mostly because it’s the origin of the Krispy Kreme Challenge which is fun and perhaps dangerous. Other than that, it’s just a great place to grab a doughnut and relax or go for a walk.
- Gypsy’s Shiny Diner – If you ever wanted to know what it was like to go to a diner 80 years ago, all you need to do is swing by Gypsy’s Shiny Diner. Their milkshakes are awesome as are their homemade fries. We highly recommend the turkey club sandwich. And PLEASE don’t forget to order a milkshake!
- Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – If you happen to be in town one of the weekends that Raleigh holds its food truck rodeo downtown you’re in for a bit of a treat. There are often over 50 food trucks going up and down Fayetteville St. and what seems like countless eating options. But get there early!
- Durham Food Truck Rodeo – We actually prefer the Durham Food Truck Rodeo in comparison to the one in Raleigh. The Durham rodeo is pet friendly and also feels more people friendly. The lines seem shorter and the grassy park and open areas really make a difference. This is easily one of the most fun things you can do in Durham!