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The chefs at Umami Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar slice and dice a fine selection of fresh ingredients into a wide variety of sushi rolls, sashimi, and gourmet Asian fare. The sushi menu features more than 40 specialty rolls, including the Molten Lava roll (a california roll wrapped with salmon and baked with dynamite sauce, $14) and the Outer Banks roll (a fried spicy-tuna roll with teriyaki sauce, $12). For cooked cuisine, opt for the Yakisoba ($10+), chicken curry ($14), or sweet & sour flounder ($16), each served with soup or salad. Umami’s dinner menu also includes a variety of hibachi plates and combination platters served with diner's choice of veggies, meat, seafood, or astronaut food.

2940 S Horner Blvd
Sanford,
NC
US

Old World recipes collide with New World ingredients at Casa Carini, whose chefs craft traditional Italian dishes with produce culled from North Carolina growers. Tomatoes fresh from the vine bring robust flavor to the house marinara and pizza sauces; one bite of pizza or handcrafted lasagna proves that the restaurant’s efforts to seek out local vegetables are well advised.

Aside from these and other Italian staples, the kitchen specializes in seafood dishes that range from clam-topped pasta to fried shrimp. An extensive selection of beers and wines proves a worthy match for the lengthy menu, and the dining room echoes during dinner hours with the pleasant ringing of just-clinked glasses. This soundtrack finds its visual complement in a series of wall murals that depict peaceful scenes of Italian fields and lions purring in the Roman Coliseum’s petting zoo.

809 W Front St
Lillington,
NC
US

Since the inception of its flagship location in 1973, Golden Corral has continued to load plates with an ever-expanding menu of homestyle fare served in a family-oriented atmosphere. Among the never-ending dinner buffet?s offerings, 15 types of protein, including sirloin steaks cut and aged on the premises, pair with comfort-fare staples such as mac 'n' cheese and banana pudding. At lunch, pot roast simmered for 12 hours and made-from-scratch meatloaf fill the buffet?s ranks, and breakfast promises made-to-order omelets, hearty slices of ham and sausage, and sizzling hash browns. Each of Golden Corral?s locations opens its doors to group events, seating parties of 25 or more, or one house of Congress in recess.

1420 E Broad St.
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US

On The Snap Sports Bar & Grill's chefs simmer, fry, and sandwich delectable meats and cheeses into tasty bar fare as abundant games and entertainment enchant patrons. Customers can commence feasts with homemade, hand-cut fries smothered in nacho cheese and chili ($6.99) before scarfing down a grilled-cheese sandwich ($4.99) customized around each eater's choice of cheese, bread, and motivational slogan written in grill marks. Philly wraps' ($7.79) floury tortillas encase grilled chicken or shredded steak, and double-decker cheeseburgers ($9.99) ornament 12 ounces of Angus beef with slices of american and provolone cheese. After chalking cues, sinking 8 balls, and diverting pool sharks with intricately hidden chum treats at one of On The Snap's Diamond pool tables, partakers can aim for bull's-eyes on dartboards or croon karaoke favorites each Wednesday night.

2221 N Grassland Dr
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US

In 1985, Jim Mellody had a simple dream: to create a neighborhood pub where friends, family, and nice-looking strangers could enjoy good food and sports. So, with his wife, Jeanette, he opened the first of the now-famous Beef ?O? Brady?s, filling the first Brandon, Florida, location with sports memorabilia and TVs. The menu?which has grown over the years as the franchise has birthed more than 200 outposts?celebrates American pub classics with an Irish twist, including an Irish blessing on every menu. The expansive menu can quell any number of cravings, with hearty dishes such as award-winning jumbo wings hand tossed in 12 signature sauces and pretzel roll Angus sliders with thick-cut bacon, all served with homestyle shakes or domestic drafts.

305 South Main Street
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US

At Sweet Creations Frozen Yogurt, customers twirl cups full of creamy frozen yogurt in flavors such as cr?me br?l?e, valencia-orange sorbet, and german chocolate cake. After spooning into any of the 10 regularly revolving frozen-yogurt flavors and picking from more than 50 toppings, they can surf the Internet via free WiFi as the little ones stretch their imaginations by creating their own sweet concoctions on frozen yogurt felt board. During clement weather, customers can also stretch out on the new outdoor patio overlooking downtown Fuquay-Varina.

400 Broad St
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US