Apr 25, 2022 - Food and Drink

5 must-try Raleigh restaurants that fly under the radar

Wine and a whiskey tonic on The Stanbury's patio.

The Stanbury's patio. Photo: Lucille Sherman/Axios

The big-name restaurants like Crawford and Son and Poole's soak up much of the city's attention and awards. But Raleigh has plenty of hidden food gems, too.

From no-frills pizza to top-notch pho, here are a few of our favorites.

  • The Stanbury: This uncomplicated east Mordecai restaurant doesn't take reservations, and all the food, from the pork chops to the bread and butter appetizer, is memorable.
  • Anise Pho: Fast and delicious, Anise serves up some of the top customer service around. They also serve the rarity that is vegetarian pho.
  • Los Cuates: The underrated, inexpensive Mexican food you crave. Los Cuates has two Raleigh locations.
  • Frank's Pizza & Italian Restaurant: Frank's is not fancy. It's hidden in a shopping center off New Bern and serves giant pies of pizza that pair just right with cheap beer and late nights.
    • Lucille's order: New York White pizza.
  • Arepa Culture: This family-owned Venezuelan restaurant and food truck is a must try. Their made-from-scratch arepas are mouth-watering and decorated with food awards.
    • Lucille's order: La Domino.

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