French Restaurants in North Carolina

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The textile warehouse had seen many uses since it was built in 1925, but it had been empty when Susie Peck and her friends moved in. They saw its hardwood floors, exposed brick, and massive timber ceiling beams as warm and rustic—the ideal setting for the new Pewter Rose Bistro. Named for a small, pewter tin the original Pewter Rose Bistro owner purchased on her worldly travels, the now collectively owned restaurant posits a distinctively American take on casual European fare, which the agile hands of head chef Cory Zupon bring to fruition at every service.

The kitchen blends southern-style comfort fare with Mediterranean dishes and other ethnic cuisines, with many dishes assembled from local produce and fresh seafood into risottos and finely cooked filets. Dishes pair with more than 170 wines, each handpicked to join the eatery's focused collection, which features California and European varietals. At weekend brunch, more than 25 à la carte offerings rise from foundations of egg, toast, and produce, which also evoke the eatery's signature creative touches. On some evenings, aromatic tendrils rise from tables to mingle with strains of live music from the laid-back Pewter Lounge bar area, where guests relax on padded couches or chairs to listen to acoustic strains and jazz on Wednesday and Thursday.

1820 South Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Legend has it that when The Flying Biscuit Cafe first opened, diners were so enamored with the kitchen's soft, flaky biscuits that they polished off the entire stock before 11 a.m., causing the restaurant to close its doors for the day. Today, the cheerful eatery has expanded to 13 locations across Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida, each one serving an average of 5,000 biscuits per week. Cooks are forever busy in the kitchens, slicing up the fluffy biscuits for breakfast sandwiches and folding farm-fresh and organic ingredients into a variety of American comfort classics. They dole out breakfast dishes all day long, from wood-smoked salmon scrambles to the gooey grits lauded by reporters from The Emory Wheel as "the most delicious cheese grits you’ve ever tasted (or ever will taste)". As the day wears on, the cooks turn their attention to juicy Angus beef burgers and Southern-style dinners such as chicken-fried steak and spicy jambalaya pasta. Committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, they also offer a variety of good-for-you menu items and modifications, whipping up omelets with egg whites, baking biscuits with whole wheat, and serving pancakes with a side of cast-iron kettlebells.

2016 Clark Ave
Raleigh,
NC
US

Scan the menu with precision before zeroing in on a taste-bud-blaster such as Ghassan’s signature hot sub—the steak and cheese ($4.99 for six-inch, $5.69 for eight-inch), topped with grilled steak and melted provolone and served with chips and a pickle. Diners can expand appetite appeasing by getting either size of the sub with a platter of fries and a salad ($7.29 for six-inch, $7.79 for eight-inch). Treat your cardiopulmonary system to a tasty, beneficial treat with a heart-healthy chicken kebab platter ($6.49), opting for the Lebanese salad instead of the fries in the platter to give your bloodpump an extra high-five, or take in a traditionally delectable gyro ($5.99 for sandwich, $7.89 for platter), with grilled beef and lamb slices on a grilled pita with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and homemade cucumber sauce. Herbivoyeurs can hit the jackpot with hummus on a pita sandwich ($5.29 sandwich, $7.49 platter) or combine all the veggie options with the vegetarian plate ($7.49), which features falafel, hummus, salad, pita bread, and a pickle.

400 E Cornwallis Dr
Greensboro,
NC
US

New Town Bistro’s menu changes monthly to accommodate fresh, seasonal ingredients. Kick-start your appetite with freshly fished fare such as an oven-caught bistro flatbread ($9.50). Vegetarians can chomp chlorophyll-enriched 421 penne pasta, tossed with mascarpone, roasted grape tomatoes, fresh spinach, and asiago ($14.99), while people who feed fish can savor something in return with an order of pan-seared salmon, garnished with an avocado citrus sauce and served with sautéed Spanish rice and crispy tortilla strips ($19.95). For a lighter meal, peruse sandwich selections such as the Tribecca: sliced turkey, cucumber, red peppers, spinach, and havarti with herb mayonnaise, crushed between monolithic halves of a light, fluffy French roll ($8.75).

420 Jonestown Rd
Winston Salem,
NC
US

Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University not only houses precious works of art that span centuries; it is a work of art itself. Composed of five separate, rectangular volumes, the Nasher Museum compartmentalizes its 65,000 square feet of space elegantly and efficiently. Two pavilions host rotating exhibits and another pavilion contains the permanent collection. In addition, an auditorium seats 173 people and features lectures and film screenings, whereas the final pavilion houses two classrooms, in addition to the museum's store and café, where members receive discounts.

2001 Campus Drive
Durham,
NC
US

At Coffee & Crepes, the rich aroma of organic, fair-trade coffee brewing blends with the sounds of paper-thin crepes bubbling on the circular griddle, as chefs whip up sweet and savory stuffed pancake dishes. Diners feast on crepes filled with smoked salmon, chicken cordon bleu, or bananas and nutella, as they admire paintings from local artists displayed throughout the space.

315 Crossroads Blvd
Cary,
NC
US