Food & Drink in Chapel Hill

Half Off Café Drinks & Food at Oasis in Carr Mill

Carrboro Central Business District

$10 $5

Locally baked pastries, vegan burritos, and sandwiches from Foster's; Counter Culture Coffee, smoothies, and organic beer

50% Off at Dales Indian Cuisine

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

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Eatery infuses India’s culinary heritage into oven-baked tandoori & curry dishes

45% Off at Gobblers Burgers

Durham

$10 $5.50

Paired with a fresh salad or oven-baked sweet-potato fries, a turkey or vegetarian burger makes for a healthful, low-calorie meal

Half Off Greek and American Food at Benetis Athena Restaurant

Durham

$14 $7

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American and Mediterranean dishes such as breakfast skillets, sandwiches, and gyros

45% Off Irish Pub Food and Drinks at James Joyce

Downtown

$20 $11

House-brined corned beef sandwiches, Guinness–battered fish and chips, and whiskey-marinated wings served in a rustic pub setting

Up to 59% Off at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

$29 $12

Tour a 1,300-square-foot facility that makes krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian spiced-honey liqueur

$11 for Indian Food at Paradise India Cuisine

Morrisville

$20 $11

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Traditional Indian dishes made with ingredients shipped from India such as hyderabadi dum goat and chicken biryani

Up to 50% Off at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Apex

$20 $11

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Sandwiches, omelets, and homemade pancakes at restaurant with more than 400 national locations

45% Off New Orleans–Style Cajun Food at The Big Easy

Cary

$20 $11

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Authentic Cajun étouffée, gumbo, and jambalaya served amid photos of New Orleans' French Quarter or on an open-air patio

The Meat House – Up to 40% Off Artisan Sandwiches

Multiple Locations

$19.98 $12

Sandwiches with Certified Angus Beef & 9-year cheddar cheese or sweet-potato waffles with buttermilk-fried chicken using local ingredients

57% Off at Coffee & Crepes

Cary

$23.16 $10

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In addition to coffee, eatery offers dozens of hot and iced drinks and sweet crepes served with Nutella, whipped cream, cinnamon, and fruit

45% Off at Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Cary

$20 $11

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Sushi chefs craft dozens of sushi rolls, while grill masters prepare hibachi salmon, chicken, beef, and veggies

Half Off at Ashee Ethiopian Cuisine

Cary

$20 $10

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Authentic Ethiopian meals, such as curried-goat-and-lamb stew atop flatbread, are served at an eatery with coffee ceremonies

$12 for Seafood Fare at Tony's Oyster Bar & Restaurant

Cary

$20 $12

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Seafood and American classics such as Cajun shrimp jambalaya, shrimp and grits, ribs, steak, burgers, and steamed oysters

Up to Half Off Steak, Seafood, and Sandwiches at The Village Diner

The Village Diner

$10 $5

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Steak, seafood, sandwiches, and breakfast cuisine served at homey diner with exposed-brick walls and padded booths

36% Off Mexican Cuisine at La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano

Multiple Locations

$20 $12.75

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Family-owned eatery voted Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row by Times-News readers serves up freshly prepared Mexican cuisine

50% Off at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$8 $4

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Freshly made yogurt in flavors such as mango or chocolate pair with fresh fruit and candies

Half Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Graham

Saxapahaw

$10 $5

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Tour winds through scenic vineyards and ends with samples of six varietals and festive souvenir glasses

Up to 51% Off at Angelo's Family Restaurant

Graham

$20.05 $11

Family-friendly restaurant bakes warm pizzas and creates fresh, authentic pasta to pair with appetizers

Half Off Pastries and Sandwiches at Despina's Café

Northwest Raleigh

$8 $4

From-scratch pastries and desserts based on traditional family recipes from the owner's years spent in England and Europe

Half Off Café Pastries and Drinks at TK Kaffee

TK Kaffee

$10 $5

Enjoy a Turkish espresso with a slice of cake or a strawberry and basil smoothie paired with ice cream with a choice of toppings

Half Off Pizza Buffet at CiCi's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Pizza made with fresh dough lines the expansive buffet, along with pasta, salads, and desserts

Half Off at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

North Ridge Shopping Center

$20 $10

Maintain sleek, powerful physique with protein powders, weight loss supplements, and muscle-building creatine

50% Off

North Raleigh

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 36% Off at Sawasdee Thai Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$20 $12.75

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Award-winning noodles, curries, and stir-fries from Thai chefs, made with authentic Thai herbs and tailored to your desired spice level

45% Off Casual American Food at Brewmasters Bar & Grill

Downtown Raleigh

$20 $11

Chefs whip up salads with local greens, form burger patties by hand & infuse sandwiches with international flavors within a historic eatery

Half Off South American Cuisine at Guasaca

Northwest Raleigh

$10 $5

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Rice bowls, salads, avocado guasaca sauce, and grilled arepas stuffed with ingredients such as tilapia, shredded beef, and baked plantains

45% Off Gourmet Popcorn at Carolina Popcorn Shoppe

Southwest Raleigh

$20 $11

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Hand-blended gourmet popcorn comes in flavors such as caramel, kettle corn, garlic butter, and bacon cheddar

$11 for Italian Food at Moonlight Pizza Company

Raleigh

$20 $11

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Artisan pies with 50 creative toppings, from pepperoni and tomatoes to local cheese and mandarin oranges

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Capri Restaurant

North Raleigh

$30 $15

Homestyle Italian meals such as filet of grouper, shrimp scampi, chicken marsala, veal piccata, and cheese-filled ravioli

46% Off Gift Basket from Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

$63 $34

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Gift beer-lovers with six-packs, seasonal brews, pint glasses, and a brewery tour to learn each step of the beer-making process

Up to 51% Off Brewery Tours and Beer

Angier

$36 $18

Guests sample beer, choose one to sip as a pint, and take home branded pint glasses

Up to 55% Off Coffee and Pastries at 5th Avenue Coffee Cafe

Garner

$7.50 $4

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Baristas serve cups of coffee or handcrafted lattes with slices of cake, brownies, and scones

Up to 52% Off at Mitchikia Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Garner

$40 $20

Entertaining chefs prepare hibachi steak and seafood at traditional teppanyaki grill-equipped tables; variety of apps and fresh sushi

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The face of the clock determines just what sort of gathering you'll find at La Residence. On Fridays at lunchtime, crepes leave the kitchen stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, from sriracha-spiced shrimp to bananas and chocolate. But as the sky darkens, a more classical air settles over the dining room. The fireplace begins to crackle, and patio lights flicker on above brick flooring. Now, Executive Chef Lemar Farrington and his team begin to prep appetizers of baked brie and warm bruschetta—overtures to an innovative French supper. They fill crispy pot pies with fresh seafood while monitoring pink cuts of filet mignon. Every night finds them experimenting with a different risotto and fish, just as each season heralds a new menu, replete with ingredients from local farms.

Even when dusk has come and gone, the restaurant doesn't sleep. Four nights a week, it becomes a late-night cocktail lounge: Cafe LaRez. Guests sip on mojitos, mint juleps, and French 75s made with gin and champagne. A dance floor beckons to antsy feet, but sitting-room corners and a terrace by Rosemary Street provide space for quieter chats. On some evenings, the restaurant even hosts weddings, amplifying the romance of the occasion with its rose gardens and historical charm.

202 W Rosemary St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Chefs at Tandoor Indian Restaurant draw on the culinary traditions of India's northern Punjab region, an area known for complex flavors and vibrant presentation. Though lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and meat samosas have always been a staple at the eatery, a recent renovation has reinforced the feeling of stepping onto another continent. “Following the aroma of classic Indian spices you arrive at a completely refurbished place,” says the Chapel Hill News, “filled with mythological art and sculpture, newly painted doorways, metal bird sculptures and butterfly topiaries as well as new booths, rugs, curtains, covers and cushions.”

The lilting, tangled choruses of Bollywood videos drift from televisions above the paisley booths. In the kitchen, chefs work quickly around a clay tandoori oven filled with licking flames, much like a pyromaniac’s vacation slideshow. Mango-chutney cheesecake and other colorful dishes match a dining room, which the Independent Weekly says “is filled with vibrant colors inspired by owner Binda Bhupal's homeland: mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, peacock blue.”

1301 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

At Mint Indian Cuisine, it's the smallest parts of the dish that matter—the spices. With marinades, chefs infuse their meals with loud or subtle flavors that ring through the mouth like edible symphonies. A secret mixture of Indian seasonings soaks into their signature dish, the Mint chicken kebab, for a full night before the food gurus heat it in the tandoor oven. That oven also pours out freshly baked naan, which meets the standards of full flavor by donning layers of garlic or rosemary. Pounded spices accompany handpicked spinach and seasonal ingredients in vegetarian platters, which act as zestier alternatives to meat than imaginary steaks.

With so many herbs and flavors at its disposal, the kitchen experiments with Indian staples and more obscure dishes alike. Chefs cover the chicken tropical tang, for example, with a raw mango paste and a light coat of spices, simultaneously evoking and augmenting West Indian traditions. Guests can sample this and other dishes that range from fiery to sweet while live sitar music spreads a sense of serenity throughout a dining room accented by white tablecloths.

504 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Tony, the owner of Bandido’s Mexican Cafe, learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family’s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate three Bandido’s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or sautéed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito—a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese—with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Durham location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

159 1/2 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

A red bicycle hangs on a wall at The Red Bicycle Coffee Café and Catering. Its perpetual stillness contrasts the bustling activity of the café's baristas, who grind single-origin beans for bold cups of coffee and creamy lattes. Though the beans are imported from exotic locales such as Hawaii, Ethiopia, or India, the local coffee artisans at Joe Van Gogh in Hillsborough check the expiration dates printed on each bean before roasting them to ensure a fresh taste.

In addition to steaming cups of joe, guests can sip Mighty Leaf whole-leaf teas, nibble locally baked pastries, and chomp into sandwiches loaded with deli meats and cheeses. The Red Bicycle's light morsels and laid-back atmosphere also attract local artists and musicians, who display their work on the walls and swing by to strum a guitar or perform Brahms's Second Concerto on the kazoo.

2805 Homestead Rd
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Sky-blue walls frame floor-to-ceiling windows and accents of red brick as friends and couples savor Mediterranean flavors atop white tablecloths. Vespa Ristorante's menus flaunt a combination of culinary creativity and a mastery of Italian cuisine in a cast of unique dishes— such as apricot-stuffed pork loin wrapped in prosciutto and dressed with a fig and port sauce—while still honoring tradition with homemade lasagna and veal scaloppini. The artfully plated entrées pair exquisitely with a selection of Italian, international, and intergalactic wines. Vespa Ristorante also caters to private parties with customizable menus that offer tastes of the restaurant's most popular dishes, desserts, and wines.

306 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US