When herds of hartebeest overrun your home kitchen, seek solace in the recent fad of purchasing food at "restaurants" (pronounced rest-or-ahnts). Today's Groupon gets you a deal on such outsourced supper. For $12, you get $24 worth of creative comfort fare and drinks at The Borough. Sleek, minimalist décor, outdoor seating, and an abundantly stocked bar make the West Morgan Street eatery a perfect place to stop in for an after-work meal or archaeology-club pre-party.
While people-watching amongst the picnic tables of its outdoor patio, browse the Borough's menu and take comfort in an order of Charlie & Simone, the restaurant's house-made hush puppies ($4.50), or dip into the Boomerang, a cheesy chopped spinach and mushroom mélange ($6). The Borough's entree selections provide down-home reinterpretations of the best seafood, landfood, airfood, and plantfood. The Valhalla 2.0, a 4-ounce filet mignon medallion drizzled in creamy crab sauce ($9.50), patches many of the bugs in the Viking paradise's operating system, making it Ragnarok-compliant. The Craw Diddy, a house-made crab-cake sandwich ($8.50), makes your tongue feel like a bayou pop star, while The D Train, a marinated chicken breast with grilled red peppers and spicy mustard ($7), transports it home after a hard day's work licking coworkers' faces. The Borough's vegetarian-friendly selections include the Blackbeard, a black-bean burger ($7.50); and the Mock Bawk Bawk, a vegan barbecue mock-chicken sandwich ($7)—making the eatery a welcoming habitat for runaway ex-carnivores looking to reunite for a meal with their former wolf pack.
Before your meal, though, you'd be remiss to not spend a little time at The Borough's bar in the company of its uber-friendly bartenders. They'll dispense witty wisdom and wise witticisms as freely as they dispense delightfully dubbed drinks such as the Short Little Span of Attention (amaretto, OJ, and pomegranate juice, $6.50), Mad Hatter–making Tea Party (hot tea, fresh ginger, and Wild Turkey honey bourbon, $7.25), and The Boy's Club (Kahlua, Bailey's, Frangelico, chocolate, and iced Counter Culture coffee, $7.25). If you like to top your tipple with a sophomoric snicker, order the Little Fùkér (bourbon, red-apple schnapps, butterscotch schnapps, and ginger ale, $6.50). Round up a group of your closest friends and take in some fine food and drink at The Borough while you wait for your farthest friends to arrive from their journey across the Mongolian tundra.
The Borough picked up a slew of awards from Independent Weekly readers, including Best Neighborhood Bar in Wake County (2009), Best Wait Staff in Wake County (2009 & 2008), and Best Bar Staff in Wake County (2009 & 2008). Citysearchers give 4.5 stars, and Yelpers give it four stars.
- The Borough is a wonderful downtown urban pub. If "Cheers" could come to Raleigh then The Borough would be it. – Fuzzy, Citysearch
- The Borough has a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, and the clientele is a cross-section of eclectic Raleigh's hippest and funkiest . The small menu is surprisingly varied with several delicious vegetarian entrees. – Apraleigh, Citysearch