For 20 years, Nawwaf and Bayan Said craved the opportunity to share their native cuisine and culture with their fellow North Carolinians. At Jasmin Bistro––named for both the flower and to nod to Nawwaf's first restaurant, Aladin's––the duo blend Greek and Lebanese recipes made from scratch. Imported ingredients and local produce intermingle in classic dishes such as kebabs, hummus, gyros, and chicken shawarma. Along with platters and sandwiches whipped up in their new Hillsborough Street location next to Meredith College, Nawwaf and Bayan cater festivities with buffets, party platters, and boxed lunches.
To the chefs at Mantra, atmosphere is nearly as important as taste. That?s why they serve contemporary and traditional Indian cuisine against a vibrant red floor, energetic pink mural, and eclectic array of artwork. Potatoes and peas fill the deep recesses of warm, deep-fried samosas, and lettuce wraps cradle tandoori mushrooms, paneer, and sprouts. Transported to tables via an utterly silent elephant in the room, entrees satisfy appetites via lamb vindaloo's spicy sauces and murgh tikka masala's ginger-and-garlic-marinated tandoori chicken. Finally, delectable desserts ?assuage sweet teeth with mango-flavored mousse, milk dumplings in rose-flavored syrups, or a carrot pudding sculpted into the diner's favorite geographical region. Sleek tables and chairs parade their modern lines across the restaurant's elegant dining room, which makes for an ideal setting for a first date, second platonic dinner, or third attempt to find lukewarm porridge.
It's been more than a half-century since the first Char-Grill opened its doors on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, but not much has changed at this beloved local chain. Whether in the original cinderblock building or one of the 10 locations that have been added since, people still approach the counter to jot down orders, pass them through the window, and then look on as cooks grill half- and quarter-pound steak patties over charcoal flames.
In addition to the signature smoky-flavored burgers, Char-Grill also fires up grilled chicken, chili dogs, and pulled-pork sandwiches. Milkshakes and fries add to the eatery's classic feel, helping land it on USA Today's list of 51 Great Burgers and reminding guests of simpler times when hamburgers were used as currency.
For veggie and meat sandwiches on homemade bread, head to Sunflower's Sandwich Shop. The menu at Sunflower's Sandwich Shop does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Sunflower's Sandwich Shop. On warmer days, take advantage of Sunflower's Sandwich Shop's outdoor seating. Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Sunflower's Sandwich Shop.
Catering services are also available.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.
Your bill at Sunflower's Sandwich Shop will rarely go over $15, so you can really indulge!
Think beyond just the traditional bratwurst to a whole world of delicious German cuisine at Raleigh's J Betski's. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at J Betski's, though, so plan to indulge a bit. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from J Betski's' full bar to top off your meal. Parents appreciate J Betski's' kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Dine out in the open during J Betski's' summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — J Betski's offers catering.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Meals at J Betski's are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
For good times and great food, head on over to Raleigh's Petra Grill. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Eat outdoors Petra Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. Long guest list? Not a problem at Petra Grill, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Petra Grill in jeans and a hoodie. Through their catering service, Petra Grill can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
You can fill up on Petra Grill's delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15.