Are you a foodie? If so, Raleigh, NC is the place to be. Forbes Magazine named it one of the top twelve global travel destinations, Zagat called it the capital city of the “Hottest Food Cities” of the year and Travel and Leisure named it one of the country’s best cities for barbecue.

Clearly, Raleigh has something going for it when it comes to mouthwatering options. That said, while the list of restaurants may seem endless, it’s relatively difficult to find a place with the right balance of options for both parents and kiddos.

But worry not! The following is a list we here at Greasecycle have compiled of some of the best family restaurants in Raleigh, NC. Your taste buds will never know what hit them! (The following list is in no particular order).

#1: Peri Brothers Pizza (NY Style)

Looking for a taste of New York 500 miles away? If you are, Peri Brothers Pizza is the place for you. The restaurant is located at 7321 Six Forks Rd. It’s an Italian restaurant that specializes in providing New York Style Pizza.

It’s fun, friendly, and a great spot for families to enjoy the taste and quality of NY style Pizza in Raleigh. The menu extends to salads, wings, sandwiches, and other tasty appetizers.

pizza restaurant Raleigh

#2: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Do you find burgers irresistible? If you do, Bad Daddy’s Burger is the place to be. The restaurant is located on Seaboard Avenue, just off Peace street. It offers guests a comfortable, cozy, and convenient dining experience.

Besides offering delicious burgers, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar’s menu includes items like salads, sandwiches, and a host of appetizers and sides.

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat lover, this restaurant has something delicious for everyone. Vegetarians have a vast salad menu while anyone who doesn’t like red meat has plenty of other choices, like turkey burgers, buffalo chicken, or even a tuna option to choose from.

#3: Guasaca

Looking for something a bit different and cultural? If so, look no further than Guasaca. Guasaca is a South American restaurant that’s located 2 miles from Crabtree Valley Mall, and 10 miles from Raleigh Durham Airport.

It’s perfect for anyone looking to stop by and grab a quick, South-American-flavored bite to eat. The food is fresh, healthy and affordable.

Guasaca is an arepa and salsa grill. If you aren’t exactly sure what arepa is, it’s a type of bread made from corn that can be filled with a variety of food combos.

#4: Glenwood Grill

Glenwood Grill is located in 27608, Raleigh just between Crabtree Valley Mall and Five Points.  If you’re looking for some Southern cooking and flavors, this is a great option. Whether dinner or lunch, you won’t be disappointed with your experience at Glenwood Grill.

From steak to seafood, Glenwood Grill is good at combining southern flavors with some of your favorite dishes. Since the restaurant is usually busy, it’s always a good idea to make reservations early (this is especially true for dinners). If you’re thinking of starting a restaurant in North Carolina, this is a great example of how to do so.

steak restaurant Raleigh

#5: Sushi O

This is arguably Raleigh’s best Asian-inspired restaurant. Sushi O is located at 222 Glenwood Avenue. If you’re a fan of sushi, this restaurant is for you. The menu consists of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and of course Japanese cuisine.

If you’re in the mood for sesame chicken or pad thai, then you’re sure going to like what you find at this restaurant. Besides having a great menu, Sushi O is also known for its stellar customer service.

Sushi O is also located just walking distance from some of the best nighttime attractions the city has to offer: These include the Raleigh Beer Garden, the Carolina Ale House and the Cornerstone tavern.

#6: Poole’s

Formerly a pie shop, Poole’s is an Italian restaurant located in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s probably the best option if you’re looking for Cheese or Macaroni dishes. One of the more popular options available is the Macaroni Au Gratin.

The Macaroni Au Gratin alone is worth a flight to Raleigh. While the name is just a fancy way of saying mac and cheese, the meal is one amazing indulgence. It’s a big, delicious pasta dish that’ll have everyone around you wanting to ‘try a bite’.

#7: Beasley’s Chicken and Honey

Beasley’s Chicken and Honey is one of Raleigh’s best restaurants. It’s located at 237 Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC, at the corner of Wilmington and Martin. It’s a great place for brunch, lunch and dinner. In fact, it has been on several lists of some of the best restaurants in the city.

You should definitely try the waffles and fried chicken when you visit. Besides these items, the restaurant also offers options such as gravy, biscuits, egg casseroles, and sandwiches.

#8: The Pit

This is a spot you have to try! The Pit is one of the best BBQ restaurants in the city of Raleigh. It’s located in the Warehouse district in Downtown Raleigh, on W Davie St. The restaurant offers a classy setting to guests with great decorations, dim lighting, and a cozy seating arrangement.

Here, you can enjoy anything from barbecue to pizza to fresh seafood.

The Pit is usually busy, especially during the weekends. As such, be sure to book early if you don’t want to be stuck waiting at the hostess stand.

barbecue meat Raleigh

#9: Brewery Bhavana

Brewery Bhavana is big, both in its footprints and its concept. It’s a flower shop, a bookstore, a restaurant, and a brewery, all at once. It’s a 9,000-square-foot restaurant that you’ll definitely want to make reservations for.

People travel from all over the country to sample what it has to offer. It’s no wonder Forbes ranked it one of the coolest restaurants in the world.

That’s all for our list. By the way, if you own a restaurant in Raleigh, don’t hesitate to contact us at Greasecycle and ask about our cooking oil recycling services.