Food & Drink in Henderson

Dine-In or Take-Out from Rosati's Pizza (Up to 40% Off)

Rosati's

Wake Forest

Thin crust, double dough, and Chicago-style pizza pies topped with pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, grilled chicken, sauteed spinach, or more

$20 $12

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Pizza, Wings, and Burgers at Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Company (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Company

Wake Forest

Signature buffalo-chicken pizza with a blue-cheese base, mozzarella, and house wing sauce highlights a menu of American eats

$10 $4.50

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Greek and American Food at Benetis Athena Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Benetis Athena Restaurant

Durham

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

$14 $7

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One- or Two-Dozen Cupcakes at Sweet Savory Cupcakes (50% Off)

Sweet Savory Cupcakes

Downtown

Cupcakes made from red velvet and chocolate as well as signature flavors such as chicken and waffle

$30 $15

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American Cuisine or Cake and Wine Party at Pipers Deli (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Pipers Deli

Hope Valley

Eatery dishes out sandwiches, burgers, and salads; party lets each guest decorate their own 6-inch cake while enjoying a glass of wine

$20 $12

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Distillery-Tour Package for One or Two at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company (64% Off)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

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

$29 $11

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Mexican Food at El Rincon Mexican Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

El Rincon Mexican Restaurant

Durham

Mexican specialties, such as burritos with grilled shrimp, enchiladas with mole ranchero sauce, and sincronizada grilled tortilla sandwiches

$23.99 $14

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Caribbean Food at La Tropicale Cafe & Catering (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

La Tropicale Cafe & Catering

Durham

Jerk chicken, oxtails with black beans, and crab cake sandwiches round out island-themed menu

$8 $5

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Dine-In Mexican Food for Two or Four or Takeout at San Jose Mexican Restaurant (Up to 40% Off)

San Jose Mexican Restaurant - Zebulon

Zebulon

Extensive Mexican menu includes guacamole made tableside, sizzling fajitas, chicken-topped nachos, and combination plates

$10 $6

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American Meal for Two or Four at Sports Page Bar & Grill (Up to 53% Off)

Sports Page Bar & Grill

Knightdale

15 flatscreen TVs shed light on bar staples including Black Angus burgers, buffalo chicken sandwiches, and grilled salmon

$40.85 $19

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Mexican Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at San Jose Mexican Restaurant (Up to 40% Off)

San Jose Mexican Restaurant

San Jose Mexican Restaurant

Extensive menu of Mexican favorites and surprises, from shrimp fajita nachos and chipotle-cooked steak to Mexican-style eggrolls

$10 $6

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$11 for $20 Worth of Indian and Nepalese Food at Kabab and Curry

Kabab and Curry

Raleigh

Eatery complements familiar Indian food like tandoori chicken, goat biryani, and palak paneer with related Nepalese dishes

$20 $11

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Mountain ($20 Total Value)

Yogurt Mountain

Northwest Raleigh

Fro-yo flavors include butter pecan, cherry amaretto, mint chocolate chip, sour green apple candy sorbet, toasted coconut, and rocky road

$5 $3

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Mexican Food at La Rancherita (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

La Rancherita

North Raleigh

Faithful renditions of Tex-Mex cuisine include crispy flautas, sizzling fajitas, and tamales glazed with red sauce

$20 $11

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$12 for $20 or $20 for $30 Worth of Burritos, Tacos, and Drinks at Baja Burrito

Baja Burrito

Southwest Raleigh

Cooks use fresh ingredients to craft classic Mexican dishes, including carnitas, carne asada, and verde chicken

$20 $12

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Café Pastries and Drinks at TK Kaffee ($30 Total Value)

TK Kaffee

TK Kaffee

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

$10 $5

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Italian Food or Catering at Amedeo's Italian Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Amedeo's Italian Restaurant

Southwest Raleigh

Former Wolfpack football player founded restaurant that serves home-style Italian meals his mother and grandmother used to make

$20 $12

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Beer Flights, Pint Glasses, and Coozies for Two or Four at Lonerider Brewing Company (47% Off)

Lonerider Brewing Company

Raleigh

Sip flights of award-winning Wild West–themed ales, such as Peacemaker pale ale, Shotgun Betty hefeweizen, and Sweet Josie brown ale

$30 $16

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Nutritional Supplements or Protein at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition (55% Off)

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

North Ridge Shopping Center

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

$20 $9

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Casual American Food During Dinner for Two or Four at Brewmasters Bar & Grill in Downtown Raleigh (53% Off)

Brewmasters Bar & Grill

Central Raleigh

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

$20 $9.50

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$10 for $20 Groupon — Xpert Nutrition Raleigh

Xpert Nutrition

North Raleigh

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

$20 $10

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Café Food and Drinks for Breakfast or Lunch at Coffee Haven (Up to 43% Off)

Coffee Haven

Raleigh

Homey independent café offers signature drinks like the Horchata or Black Forest latte, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and warm paninis

$8 $4.66

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Mediterranean Platter and Baklava for Two or Four at Greek Fiesta (43% Off)

Greek Fiesta

Multiple Locations

Mediterranean platter with Greek salad, hummus, cucumber sauce, grape leaves, choice of chicken breast, steak or lamb kebab and grilled pita

$33.08 $19

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G2: $4.50 for $10 at Guasaca. 3 Options Available

Guasaca

Northwest Raleigh

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

$10 $4.50

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$11 for Four Visits with $5 Worth of Ice Cream Each at Chuck & Buck Cones 'N Cups ($20 Value)

Chuck & Buck Cones 'N Cups

Northeast Raleigh

Homemade ice cream in flavors such as black raspberry, chocolate truffle, and cake batter, plus baked goods and Italian ice

$20 $11

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Brewery Tour for Two with Beer Tasting, Stickers, and Take-Home Pint Glasses at Gizmo Brew Works (50% Off)

Gizmo Brew Works

Umstead

Tours uncover brewery methods; beer pints and take-home pint glasses preserve the memory

$22 $11

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Two or Four Wine Glasses with a Complimentary Wine Tasting at Vino Amoari Wine Bar & Wine Store (Up to 55% Off)

Vino Amoari Wine Bar & Wine Store

Northwest Raleigh

Groups of two or four can snag wine glasses and taste a selection of hand picked wines from around the world during a complimentary tasting

$10 $5

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Two or 10 Artisan-Sandwich Boxed Lunches at The Butcher's Market (Up to 40% Off)

The Butcher's Market

Multiple Locations

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

$19.98 $12

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Pizza and Italian Cuisine at Moonlight Pizza Company (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Moonlight Pizza Company

University

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

$20 $12

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Empanadas, Martinis, and Entrance Fees for Two or Four at 44 (58% Off)

44

Raleigh

Sip on martinis while enjoying an empanada basket at club for young professionals

$52 $22

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One or Two Dozen Specialty Cupcakes or Dessert Wine & Dessert Gift Basket at Cookie's Sweets & Things (50% Off)

Cookie's Sweets & Things

Raleigh

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

$18 $9

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Pizza and Italian Food at Piola (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Piola

Raleigh

This pizzeria has homes on several continents, with people flocking for its Northern Italian thin-crust pizza

$15 $7.50

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American Food at Smokin' Grooves Bar and Grill (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Smokin' Grooves Bar and Grill

Raleigh

Fish ‘n’ chips, chicken nachos, chorizo tacos, hot wings with dozens of sauces, and beer and cocktails; open mic Sundays

$20 $12

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$12 for $20 Worth of Sausages and Burgers at Firewürst

Firewürst

Multiple Locations

Eatery serves sweet italian sausages, gluten-free certified-Angus beef hot dogs and burgers, and vegetarian sausages—all on house-baked buns

$20 $12

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Puerto Rican Lunch or Dinner at Latin Quarters (Up to 60% Off)

Latin Quarters

Raleigh

Pulled-pork sandwiches, spicy jerk chicken, and other Puerto Rican dishes alongside cocktails; live salsa bands and other entertainment

$20 $9

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$12.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yolo Frozen Yogurt

Yolo Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

Flavors include strawberry, cookies and cream, birthday cake, and low-fat pumpkin pie; toppings bar stocked with fruit, candy, and nuts

$8 $4.33

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Indian Food for Two or Four at Delhi Darbar (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Delhi Darbar

Morrisville

Golden-brown samosas, saffron-flecked biryani, and fluffy naan are highlights of this traditional Indian menu

$30 $15

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Lunch or Brunch for Two or Four at Daily Grind (44% Off)

Daily Grind

Morrisville

Crepes, sandwiches, and specialty coffee drinks

$16 $9

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$12 for $20 Worth of New Orleans–Style Cajun Food at The Big Easy

The Big Easy

Cary

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

$20 $12

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$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Food at Paisan's Italian Ristorante

Paisan's Italian Ristorante

Cary

Authentic, regional Italian cuisine, including Italian meatloaf, shrimp scampi, veal saltimbocca, and roasted vegetable lasagna

$30 $16

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$11 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food for Two or More at Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Cary

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

$20 $11

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Home-Delivered Produce and Farm-Fresh Goods from Papa Spud's (Up to 48% Off).

Papa Spud's, Inc.

Papa Spuds, Inc.

Customized deliveries of produce, baked goods, dairy, and meats from local and sustainable farmers

$34.48 $18

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Greek and Lebanese Lunch or Dinner at La Shish Mediterranean Cafe (40% Off). Four Options Available.

La Shish Mediterranean Cafe

Cary

Greek and Lebanese cuisine such as chicken or beef shawarma, flaky spanakopita, and baklava that food critic Greg Cox called “without peer”

$15 $9

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Brewery Pints, Commemorative Glasses, and Koozies for One or Two at Fortnight Brewing Company (44% Off)

Fortnight Brewing Company

Cary

Enjoy a pint from brewery that uses English techniques, hops & malts to make beers in a variety of styles; includes glass, koozie & key ring

$16 $9

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Tavern Food for Two or Four at World of Beer (Up to 44% Off)

World of Beer

Cary

Classic comfort food ramped up with modern flavors

$20 $12

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Three-Course Cuban Dinner for Two or Four at Havana Grill ( 54% Off)

Havana Grill

Cary

Authentic Cuban appetizers, entrees, and desserts; free karaoke and salsa dancing on a heated patio

$39.34 $18

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Pizza Lunch or Dinner for Two at Patrick Jane's Gourmet Pizza Bar (Up to 48% Off)

Patrick Jane's Gourmet Pizza Bar

Cary

Thin-crust pizzas with a focus on unique flavor combinations using organic and local, seasonal ingredients

$26.75 $14

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Mexican Cuisine at La Carreta - Cary (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

La Carreta - Cary

Cary

Mexican eatery dishes out everything from chicken nachos and catfish tacos to beef tips and beans burritos and taco salads

$20 $12

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Mexican Food for Two or Four or Mexican Food for Takeout at San Jose Mexican Restaurant (Up to 40% Off)

San Jose Mexican Restaurant - Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount

Sauteed shrimp in garlic sauce, nachos, queso fundido, grilled chicken fajita salad, and mahi-mahi filet topped in asparagus and crab meat

$10 $6

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Steak, Seafood, and American Food for Two or Four at Four Seasons Restaurant & Conference Center (45% Off)

Four Seasons Restaurant & Conference Center

Downtown Rocky Mount

Seared scallops, filet mignon, and shrimp stir-fries follow appetizers such as bite-sized crab cakes and onion rings

$40 $22

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Two or Five Groupons for Specialty Coffee Drinks and Pastries at 5th Avenue Coffee Cafe (Up to 67% Off)

5th Avenue Coffee Cafe

Garner

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

$7.50 $3

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Hibachi, Sushi, and Japanese Cuisine at Mitchikia Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi 40% Off)

Mitchikia Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Garner

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

$40 $24

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$30 for a Five-Visit Punch Card, With Each Punch Good for $10 at Cold Stone Creamery ($50 Value)

Cold Stone Creamery

Multiple Locations

A year-round treat, fresh-churned seasonal ice cream pairs with warm cookies, cakes, and waffles to create unique flavor combinations

$50 $30

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$16 for $30 Worth of Italian and Mediterranean Dinner Cuisine at Vespa Ristorante

Vespa Ristorante

Downtown Chapel Hill

Mediterranean tapas platters, prosciutto-wrapped pork loins, chicken parmaggiano, and tilapia prepared in a lemon caper sauce

$30 $16

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Mexican Fare for Lunch or Dinner at Bandido’s Mexican café (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bandido's Mexican Café

Multiple Locations

Sizzling fajitas, tacos, and combination platters in festive eatery with two locations

$20 $10

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Winery tasting with Cheese Plate and Take-Home Wine for Two or Four at Gregory Vineyards (Up to 47% Off)

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

Outings illuminate winemaking with tours and tastings of wines produced from 12 acres of muscadine grapes

$34 $18

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$10 for Two Medium, Two-Topping Pizzas at Ray's Pizza ($21.98 Value)

Ray's Pizza

Clayton

Pies come decked with two toppings chosen from favorites such as sausage, pineapple, anchovies, mushrooms, or feta cheese

$22 $10

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Café Cuisine and Drinks at Clayton Bakery and Cafe (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Clayton Bakery and Cafe

Clayton

Chefs use local and natural ingredients to whip up daily soups, grilled sandwiches on fresh sourdough, and pastries

$7 $3.50

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Healthy Food and Café Drinks at Oasis in Carr Mill ($30 Total Value)

Oasis in Carr Mill

Carrboro Central Business District

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

$10 $5

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Distillery Tour and Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company (Up to 63% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company

Pittsboro

Guests tour distillery that uses fruits and other crops to form the base of spirits and fortified wines stored in oak barrels

$20 $10

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Wine Tasting and Tour with Bottle of Wine for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company Co. (Up to 54% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company Co.

Pittsboro

Guests tour the winery and distillery, sampling drinks made from local ingredients; each visit includes glasses and a select bottle of wine

$52 $25

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Greek Food at Greek Kouzina (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Greek Kouzina

Pittsboro

Try some of the restaurant’s specialties, including stuffed pitas, plump burgers, and fresh Greek salads

$22.34 $11

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$27 for $60 Toward WooHoo Natural Garcinia Cambogia Ultra 60% HCA 180 Capsules — U U Star LLC

Uustar Corp

Apex

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

$60 $27

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Greek Food for Two or Four at Greek Garden (40% Off)

Greek Garden

Apex

Gyro sandwiches, housemade hummus, and flaky slices of baklava headline a menu of Greek staples

$20 $12

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$13 for $30 Worth of From-Scratch Pub Food at Rudy's Pub and Grill

Rudy's Pub and Grill

Apex

American dishes such as chili-braised chicken nachos, cheesy garlic dip, and fish ‘n chips at casual pub with sports shown on 60–80” TVs

$30 $13

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Mexican Food at San Jose Mexican Restaurant (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

San Jose Mexican Restaurant - Wilson

Wilson

Mission-style decor is a tip-off that standards like complimentary chips and salsa, tableside guacamole, fajitas, and enchiladas are to come

$10 $6

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Steak, Seafood, and Sandwiches at The Village Diner (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Village Diner

The Village Diner

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

$10 $5

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$12.75 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano

La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano

Multiple Locations

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

$20 $12.75

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Tasting Class for One or Brewery Package with Tour for Two at Bombshell Beer Company (Up to 52% Off)

Bombshell Beer Company

Holly Springs

The tasting class covers a variety of brews; packages include a tour, two tasting flights, two speed openers, and two beer glasses

$20 $12

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$36 for a Brewery Gift Basket from Aviator Brewing Company ($70 Value)

Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

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

$70 $36

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Brewery Tour Package for Two or Four at White Rabbit Brewing Company (54% Off)

White Rabbit Brewing Company

Angier

After a tour of the facility, guests sample beers in flights, drink a 22-ounce bomber of their favorite beers, and take home brewery glasses

$46 $21

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$9 for $20 Worth of Services or Delivery from Rx Care Pharmacy

Rx Care Pharmacy

Fuquay Varina

Pick up over-the-counter medications, get your current prescriptions delivered, or even grab housekeeping products

$20 $9

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$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Lunch or Breakfast at Golden Corral ($30 Total Value)

Golden Corral

Fuquay-Varina

Never-ending homestyle buffet serves Bourbon Street chicken, pot roast simmered for 12 hours, and made-to-order omelets.

$15 $8

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$6 for $10 Worth of Casual American Food — Jackson's Restaurant

Jackson's Restaurant

Erwin

From the merchant: Our food is prepared fresh daily and cooked to order.

$10 $6

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Tasting for Two or Four with Snacks and Take-Home Glasses at Hinnant Family Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

In 40 years, vineyard has had time to grow 87 acres of muscadine grapes that have been turned into wines, some as old as the vineyard itself

$47.49 $23

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$12 for $20 Worth of Ice Cream, Cakes, and Frozen Treats at Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery

Smithfield

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$20 $12

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12 Cupcakes or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Treats at Dulce Dessert Boutique (50% Off)

Dulce Dessert Boutique

Smithfield

Choose from a colorful and unique array of cupcakes or put together an array of desserts to enjoy

$32 $16

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$11 for $20 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Fare at Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company- Daleville Shop ($20 Value)

Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company

Daleville

Fresh-brewed soups and baked goods pair with fair trade coffees sourced from Ethiopia and Rwanda

$5 $2.75

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Wine Tasting of 10 Wines Per Person for Two or Four with Cheese Plate at Hanover Park Vineyard (43% Off)

Hanover Park Vineyard

Yadkinville

French-inspired wines in a rustic, down-to-earth vineyard pair with cheeses and crackers

$30 $17

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When Jennifer Lemmons was choosing a name for her business, she decided to combine the names of two of her favorite things: Lorelei, her grandmother, and pralines, a delicious treat that inspires fond memories of her childhood. At Lorelines, she and her crew smother North Carolina pecans with their signature slow-cooked buttery caramel to craft authentic pralines just like the ones Jennifer used to enjoy during trips to her grandmommy’s house. Though pralines are the specialty, they also whip up other confections ranging from chestnut pralines and chocolate-covered espresso beans to peanut brittle, chocolate-covered sea-salt caramels, and coconut-apricot pralines.

Ashley Jordan’s Flowers and Gifts
Oxford,
NC
US

Drawing on 25 years working in prominent Thai restaurants, owners Oddy and sister, Kanchana, have lined Thai Cafe's menu with recipes from their home digs of Bangpoo––a village southeast of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand. Striving always to balance the four basic Thai tastes of salty, sweet, sour/bitter, and hot, the duo also instills a precise flavor profile through meticulous knife work. Finely cutting ingredients into smaller pieces ensures seasoning coverage, stir-fry crispness, and an ego boost for the self-conscious baby corns.

Butter-hued walls prepare senses for yellow-, red-, and green-curry dishes insulated with tender morsels of chicken and beef. Skilled sushi artists slice sashimi and form hand rolls from yellowtail and tempura shrimp, and chef specialties dispatch from the kitchen with Thai barbecue, crispy catfish, and roasted duck––many of which have been left to marinate or cook overnight. Thai Cafe also conveniently represents each dish's spice level by placing two red peppers beside hot dishes, three beside Thai hot dishes, and an invisible pepper beside secret-recipe dishes for the eatery's magician clientele.

3309 Rogers Rd
Wake Forest,
NC
US

Though Carolina Smokehouse Grill is relatively new to the triangle culinary scene, the eatery has wasted no time making its mark. Under the direction of restaurateur Matt Naugle and executive chef Caroline Pudova, grillmasters smoke up tasty southern favorites that have earned spots on WRAL’s Five Favorites lists for Best Ribs and Best Mac and Cheese. Braised short ribs simmer slowly in beef broth, or pork ribs smoke slowly before dressing in sauce or keeping it casual by arriving to the table dry-rubbed and singing Journey songs. Pudova also prepares eastern North Carolina–style chopped pork barbecue with vinegar-based sauce, or beef brisket that grills for nine hours before sliding onto plates underneath a tomato-based sauce. Carolina Smokehouse Grill pairs these entrees with sides such as fried okra or cheesy bacon grits, as well as specialty peach and berry cobblers topped with vanilla ice cream.

11216 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest,
NC
US

From behind walk-up and drive-thru windows, staffers dip cones into chocolate and butterscotch, top turtle sundaes with nuts, and twirl twist cones with specialty flavors such as tiramisu and cheesecake. But the Dairy Depot's signature confection is the Train Wreck, a combination of soft serve and candy, fruit, pretzels, or other toppings. The eatery also features unsweet treats including The Pullman, a pulled-pork sandwich; The Steam Engine, a chili-topped coney; and The Conductor, a sloppy-joe sandwich. As guests ponder these and other menu items, they can draw inspiration from a sign outside. It pictures a black and white steam locomotive with a sugar cone smokestack that seems to be powered by soft serve, much like fuel-efficient vehicles on the North Pole.

3433 Rogers Road
Wake Forest,
NC
US

As a college student in Wilmington, David Berent picked up odd jobs in restaurants to get by. In the process, he stumbled into an unexpected love of the restaurant business, and in 2005 he married his love of cooking with his love of fishing and opened Blue Fin’s Bistro. In addition to presenting the eatery’s fresh seafood dishes and tangy ribs, Berent pays homage to his heritage with Italian pasta plates and marinated chicken dishes. To foster a strong community spirit, he strives to keep the restaurant small, refusing to fill massive orders of krill from hungry blue whales. And he still cooks the clam chowder himself, eager to please diners seated in the exposed-brick indoor dining area or chatting in the restaurant’s outdoor area.

3652 Rogers Rd
Wake Forest,
NC
US

At Kalamata Grill, chefs show up in the wee hours of the morning to start prepping ingredients for breakfast. They populate the sizzling surface of their grills with rounds of pancake batter and eggs before putting away their waffle irons and omelet whisks just in time for the ensuing lunch and dinner rushes. Using herbs, citrus, and yogurt-based sauces, they add a Mediterranean touch to the seasonal vegetables, tender cuts of lamb, and tuna that accompany warm slices of pita bread or fluffy beds of basmati rice. They specialize in seafood dishes, such as the halibut kabob and calamari fritti, which showcase the ocean?s wide range of culinary offerings without the hassle of training a mermaid to act as maitre d'.

2101 South Main Street
Wake Forest,
NC
US