Much like Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s captures Ashley Christensen’s passion to serve the best of southern comfort foods. The chalkboard menu shows the various ways you can order your chicken: a classic fried chicken biscuit, a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, or Fried chicken + waffles, Beasley’s featured dish. Christensen’s take on this southern mainstay has earned a loyal following, but if you ask the guests, just as many diners may have come for the sides, whether it be the pimento mac-and-cheese custard, the biscuits, or the creamed collard greens.
Boulted Bread has become the bakery of choice for many of the Triangle’s best restaurants, since it opened in 2014. The bakery prides itself on using local, fresh, and organic ingredients—whether that be NC-grown rye or the local eggs in their pastries. And since they grind the majority of the flour they use on their own stone-mill, they can select a wider variety of artisanal and heirloom grains to handcraft their breads to perfection.
Opening its doors in Raleigh’s Warehouse District in 2011, CAM, or Contemporary Art Museum, brought a new kind of museum experience to downtown. As a partnership with the NC State’s College of Design, CAM has a dual focus: to act as an incubator for the local art and design talent that the Triangle produces and to showcase the work of contemporary artists and designers from around the world. The renovated warehouse itself captures the urban vitality of the district while the rotating exhibits vary from experiential interactive art to examinations of contemporary art in fashion.
Raleigh’s largest park sits right in the heart of the city. As a downtown escape, residents come to this 308-acre mix of walking paths, forests, and grassy playing fields to walk their dogs, throw frisbees, enjoy a picnic near the lake, or hang a hammock. The park hosts outdoor movies in the summer, events with music and food trucks, and the park is poised to become the premiere park in Raleigh as the city undertakes its master plan to transform it to be yet another destination of the capital city.
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Father & Son Antiques
This eclectic store offers a mix of antiques, gifts, and vintage clothing. Although you may come in for a piece of mid-century furniture, you may leave with a vintage bomber jacket or a few vinyl records. With an inventory that changes daily, Father & Son Antiques easily makes regulars out of first time visitors and a return visit is sure to yield a new array of unique finds.
Garland offers an arrayed menu of Indian and pan-Asian cuisine that ranges from Moroccan hummus to sticky rice bowls to Tandoori chicken. The wide variety on the menu may come as a surprise, but steering that ship is James Beard Award-nominated chef Cheetie Kumar. As a result, the various flavors complement each other in a delicate and delicious balance that makes Garland one of the most unique restaurants in Raleigh.
Happy + Hale
Holder Goods and Crafts
Holder offers an eclectic mix of antiques, hand-crafted goods, curio items, and books. Next to rustic furniture displaying coffee table books, you might find an antique bar stool, or a handmade leather bag. Whether it be an antique suitcase, hand-made soaps, or pottery from a local artisan, Holder continually brings in new inventory.
With its double horseshoe bar and red leather furnishings, this cozy diner harks to the original 1950s “Poole’s.” Poole’s Diner was the first solo venture by Ashley Christensen, one of Raleigh’s local celebrity chefs and winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Poole’s gathers seasonal and local ingredients for their daily rotating menu and specializes in serving elevated southern comfort food.
As a modern “home and lifestyle store,” Port of Raleigh seeks thoughtfully-designed pieces that find the perfect balance between function and form. Ranging from modern tableware to industrial-chic lamps to Scandinavian-designed high chairs, Port of Raleigh seeks unique pieces, some of which aren’t sold anywhere else in the US.
Rebus Works was founded in 2003 by community-minded artists who sought to create a gallery space for those artists that found less representation in other Triangle galleries. Since then, Rebus has grown to share its space with the custom framing business pH 7, lead educational arts camps in the summer, and host a weekly indoor Saturday market, where neighbors can buy fresh produce from local farm vendors, soaps and goods from local makers, and grab breakfast at the featured food truck.
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh Denim began as a passion enterprise of couple Victor Lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough who, together, wanted to experiment with hand-made clothing of a high quality and style. They gained a local following, but found their big break when, in 2008, they had an order from Barney’s for 114 pairs of jeans. The fashion world took notice, high-end stores and boutiques around the country started to send requests, and demand has increased every year since. Despite their global success and a new storefront in New York, they stay true to Raleigh, sourcing their organic cotton from NC farmers, increasing production at their Raleigh factory, and keeping the doors to their flagship store open to the locals.
Specialty beer shop and bar all in one, Tasty is among Raleigh beer enthusiasts’ favorite haunts, and when up against competition, locals voted it the Best Retail Beer Selection in the Triangle. Their craft beer selection numbers in the hundreds, and their outdoor seating and porch draws a loyal crowd in the summer. Dogs and bikes are welcome, and Tasty extends an open invitation to their evening cycling groups.
As construction comes to a close and service begins in 2018, Union Station will serve to meet the high demand for rail service in downtown, replacing Raleigh’s currently outdated station. This modern facility will not only increase the rail transit routes from Raleigh to Charlotte but is also poised to be a transportation hub for buses and taxis. With new restaurant, retail, and office space set to open as part of the project, Union Station will offer downtown residents another area to visit, and the project overall will affirm the Warehouse District’s importance in downtown Raleigh’s growth.
Videri Chocolate Factory
Videri is built on a bean-to-bar philosophy. Starting with raw cocoa beans, the Factory roasts, grinds, and refines until they wrap it for the shelves. Not only has their artisanal approach led to a loyal following, but it’s produced a variety of hand-curated varieties like Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and single origin 90% Ecuador Dark Chocolate, winner of the 2014 Good Food Award for chocolates. And the Factory is designed for shopping, tasting, and touring, so when you visit, you can watch the entire chocolate-making in process or take a seat and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.
To those in the Triangle, Weaver St Market is best known for its original Carrboro location, where, as a co-op, it has offered fresh and local produce, a wide variety of wines and organic goods, and an outdoor seating and gathering space for the community. Come summer of 2018, Weaver St Market will bring all of its offerings and its community-centered dedication to downtown Raleigh, providing residents with a convenient location to buy fresh organic produce and support local farmers and growers.
Although Whiskey Kitchen serves an impressive all-day menu that ranges from classic bar snacks like fried oysters to inventive mains like smoked mozzarella sandwiches, their name gives away their passion.
With over 200 choices, they offer one of the most expansive list of whiskies in the Triangle. Selection ranges from classic Kentucky bourbons to single malt Scotch whiskies to blends from Japan. Rare heirloom whiskies aged over 20 years will attract connoisseurs, flights are available for those seeking an introduction, and a full menu of craft cocktails, wine, and beer are available.
Wylde is a contemporary floral design studio and flower shop that prioritizes sourcing locally from their own nearby garden. Browse hand-crafted bouquets, curate your wedding’s floral scheme, or attend one of their popular design workshops and create your own arrangement.