4 Places to Eat When You Visit Raleigh

When you visit Raleigh, North Carolina on your vacation, you'll find it's a hotbed of entertainment for both visitors and locals. Considered to be part of the "old South," Raleigh features many flavorful restaurants to choose from, where you'll not only find genuine Southern cooking, but also an international influence in the variety of cuisines offered.

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
330 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 829-3663

Located in downtown Raleigh, the Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern was established in 1997 and is considered both a casual and business dining restaurant. It serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Most of the restaurant's meats are grilled as opposed to fried, including the rack of lamb, Angus beef, rib eye steaks and veal porterhouse chops. Other signature entrees include pan-roasted sea scallops and Georgia quail, plus sauteed lobster. When you visit Raleigh, you'll notice it's a city big on desserts, and this restaurant serves a variety of American favorites like German chocolate cake, key lime pie, creme brule, chocolate souffle, and various types of cheesecakes and pies.

Rey's Restaurant
1130 Buck Jones Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 380-0122

Situated a short distance from your Raleigh inn, Rey's Restaurant was founded in 2004 and offers both American and contemporary cuisines that feature a New Orleans inspired taste. This restaurant and the service given are said to be reminiscent of what one might receive in the New Orleans French Quarter, "full of flair." Signature menu items include seafood dishes and appetizers, beef, veal, chicken and pork entrees, and a complete vegetarian menu. Rey's is open for dinner Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Mayflower XI Seafood Restaurant
3301 Capital Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 875-9007

When you plan to visit Raleigh, stop by a recommended seafood restaurant located in the heart of the city called The Mayflower XI. It's open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, offers daily specials and extra-large portions, and patrons can either order to dine in or take out. Some of the signature menu items include fried and popcorn shrimp, broiled salmon, grilled chicken and fried trout. Salad varieties served here include grilled chicken salad, shrimp salad, coleslaw, salmon salad and crab salad.

Milton's Pizza and Pasta
8853 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-0604

Not far from your Raleigh bed and breakfast is another restaurant that's a local favorite called Milton's Pizza and Pasta. It's been open since 1983 and is a must-stop dining destination when you visit Raleigh. Milton's offers daily specials, all-you-can-eat buffets and ice cold beer on tap. Favorite menu items include barbecued ribs, spaghetti and meatballs, homemade lasagna, fried chicken, chicken marsala, chicken parmesan and baked ziti. Since Milton's is an Italian-American restaurant, it not only serves beers and ales, but also Sangria to drink with your dinner. The salad bar at Milton's is equipped with 40 fresh items and replenished often. Italian meals are also served with freshly baked garlic bread and your choice of dessert.