6 Hot New Raleigh Restaurants to Try


Raleigh’s food scene is constantly growing and new restaurants emerge all the time. Among the newest eateries on the scene are a food truck-inspired restaurant, a superfood cafe and an authentic Mexican restaurant. Here are six up-and-coming restaurants that have the potential to leave their mark on the city for years to come.


Mofu Shoppe

Mofu Shoppe is the result of a successful food truck leaving its mobile roots behind for a more secure bricks-and-mortar status. After winning Season 6 of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, the owners of Pho Nomenal Dumplings food truck used the cash prize to open Mofu Shoppe in Downtown Raleigh’s City Market. The modern eatery serves up creative Asian fusion, small plates and craft cocktails. The truck’s beloved pork and chive dumplings are a must-try!


Fogata BRAVA

If it’s fine authentic Mexican food you crave, then head over to Fogota BRAVA in North Raleigh. The ambiance is more that of an upscale Mexican restaurant. The family-owned restaurant has some of the most creative Mexican dishes you can imagine alongside traditional favorites and an impressive selection of tequilas. You can’t go wrong ordering the Bowl Del Chef – pork belly, black beans, fresh serrano, pico de gallo, fresh lime and a fried plantain. Save some room for creamy caramel flan for dessert. Don’t just taco ‘bout this place – make it your next dinner destination!


Pho Vietnam

The next time it’s cold out, pho-get about the chill and grab a bowl of beef noodle soup at Pho Vietnam. The restaurant is a hidden gem tucked away in a small space at the corner of Dan Allen Drive and Hillsborough Street. While still new, Pho Vietnam is already known as one of the best places in Raleigh to get authentic Pho, as well as other popular Vietnamese dishes like banh mi and summer rolls.


Brewery Bhavana

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It might sound a little strange, but having a brewery, a dim-sum restaurant, a bookstore and a flower shop all under one roof just works. In fact, Brewery Bhavana earned a spot on Bon Appetit’s 2017 list of America’s Best New Restaurants. At dim sum, don’t pass up the soup dumplings, scallion pancakes with bone marrow or the egg-crepe-wrapped crab fried rice. Of course, the heart of Brewery Bhavana is the private production beer brewed right down the road, so be sure to try the special brews on tap.


Benny Capitale’s

Your search for pizza by the slice in Downtown Raleigh is over! Benny Capitale’s serves up huge slices cut from thin-crust pizzas that are 28 inches in diameter. Benny’s keeps it simple with just a few toppings available, but the pizza is delicious and just what you need when the late-night cravings hit. Take Benny’s Challenge and see if you can eat an entire sausage and pepperoni pizza that weighs 8 pounds to win $500!


Kale Me Crazy

On the opposite end of the food spectrum, Kale Me Crazy is a superfood cafe that offers juices, smoothies, salads and wraps in a sleek, upscale environment. You can order a variety of healthy foods, from salads and poke bowls to juices, smoothies and wraps, all made from fresh, organic and raw ingredients. Located next to Corepower Yoga in Cary, Kale Me Crazy is the perfect spot to grab an after-workout snack or meal.


Once you’ve given these new Raleigh restaurants a try, let us know which is your favorite! We’d also love to have you stop by – we’re always more than happy to show you around. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at (844) 816-7095.


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