A Taste of the Triangle

If you did not know already, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, also known as the Triangle, is wonderful foodie destination and home to several James Beard Award winning chefs. I love having friends and family visit, because we have an array of cuisines and restaurants to explore during their stay.  Recently, I had a great friend visit from NYC and we visited some of my favorites in the Triad & it’s neighboring cities.  Following are a few restaurant recommendations the next time you have friends or family visit.


Casual Lunch

If you are in the mood for casual dining, visit Makus Empanadas.  This Bully City restaurant has some of the best Argentine Empanadas I have tasted to date in the US.  I have had my fair share of empanadas having lived in Buenos Aires for a brief period and these are legit.  I love the ham & cheese, spinach & cheese and veggie empanadas.  My friend visiting from NYC is Argentine and she approved of them as well.  Her favorites were the beef and sweet corn.  Makus Empanadas is located in Hope Valley Commons, 1125 West NC Hwy 54, Suite #304, Durham, NC 27707.  https://www.makusempanadas.com/

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a beautiful experience and it is a perfect treat to fill the gap between lunch and dinner.   Every visitor I have taken to the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for Afternoon Tea has loved the experience and always request a trip back when they visit again.  Afternoon Tea at the Washington Duke Inn has a wonderful assortment of teas, including my favorite – Vanilla Almond.    All teas are accompanied by an assortment of sandwiches, pastries, fruit, cheese, chocolate and scones.  Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located in 3001 Cameron Boulevard, Durham, NC 27705.    https://www.washingtondukeinn.com/durham-fine-dining/afternoon-tea/


I love brunch and we have the good fortune of having a long list of restaurants offering delectable brunches in the Triad.    If you are in the mood for French cuisine, visit La Farm Bakery, both a bakery and café, located in 4248 NW Cary Parkway in Cary, NC 27513.  The bakery has an assortment of breads, breakfast pastries, tartes, cakes and other baked goods.  The café has classics such as Quiche Lorraine and Croque Madame.  Don’t leave La Farm without ordering a couple chocolate croissants to go for an afternoon snack. https://www.lafarmbakery.com/


Prepare to escape into Brewery Bhavana and have your visual, olfactory and gustation senses elevated.  Recently the restaurant secured the top ten spot on Bon Appetit Magazine’s September issue listing the best new restaurants in the US.  They have 40 beers on tap, Dim Sum, a Flower Shop and a Book Shop.  If you are not into beer, they also have some fantastic cocktails like the Chinese Margarita.   Save room for dessert after dinner and order their fantastic chocolate cake on their menu.  Brewery Bhavana is located in 218 S Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 https://brewerybhavana.com/


Regardless of where you choose to dine in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, your probability of finding a delicious spot is high.  The Triad has a rich culture and its restaurants reflect the diversity.


About the Author:

Cecilia Moreno is the Creator & Author of Food Diary of a City Girl, LLC. She is a world traveler, foodie, fashionista, DREAMER, loves a finely made Paloma with Mezcal, is obsessed with the PB&J Doughnuts from NYC’s Doughnut Plant & is always in search of delicious craft ice cream. The unicorn is her spirit animal. She loves hosting brunch, dinner parties and is currently learning French. Although a dreamer by heart, she is a compensation consultant, project manager, social media consultant and developing entrepreneur by day with a degree in Economics and Foreign Language Literature’s. Follow City Girl on her adventures throughout beautiful North Carolina, Texas and beyond.

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