Whether you’re visiting to catch a Wolfpack game, touring the school, or just staying at a hotel near the NC State University campus, you’re bound to get hungry at some point. Instead of spending hours on Yelp reading reviews, we’ve put together a list of our favorite top 10 restaurants near NCSU!
1 | Flask & Beaker
2451 Alumni Drive | (919) 743-0055
We’d be remiss not to suggest our very own on-property restaurant, Flask & Beaker! Our modern yet cool atmosphere combined with the amazing dishes our chefs prepare is a winning combo. All our dishes are prepared with the best locally sourced ingredients in Raleigh and we are conveniently located on the NCSU campus. Try breakfast favorites like eggs benedict or a lox & bagel and for dinner, order a southern comfort dish like our shrimp & grits. We are currently open for breakfast and dinner service with limited capacity.
2 | Sushi Nine
3812 Western Boulevard | (919) 615-3100
If you have an adventurous culinary palate you’ll love the Asian-inspired cuisine and sushi at Sushi Nine. Choose from dishes like pork belly ramen and tamarind duck or order from the hibachi. Of course, they have plenty of mouth-watering sushi rolls that are unique to Sushi Nine like the Sparklers Roll made with spicy tuna, jalapeno, mango, cilantro, avocado, and topped with fried corn, eel and kimchi sauce! Sushi Nine is open Sunday-Wednesday from 11 AM to 10 PM, and Thursday-Saturday from 11 AM to 10:30 PM. They are currently only providing take-out orders.
3 | Tupelo Honey
425 Oberlin Road | (919) 723-9353
Tupelo Honey is the perfect place for a modern southern comfort nosh. Enjoy their homemade biscuits, blueberry compote, and their very own Tupelo honey brought to your table once you sit down. They put their own spin on traditional southern staples and you really can’t go wrong with what your order from their Picnic Chicken Salad, Bone-in Fried Chicken, to their sides like baked Mac & Cheese, collards with bacon, and potato cracklins! Tupelo Honey is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with dine-in
4 | Gonza Tacos Y Tequila
7713-39 Lead Mine Road | (919) 846-5478
For the tacos and tequila lovers, you’ll want to make sure Gonza is on your restaurant bucket list while you’re at NCSU. The menu may be small but the flavor is mighty! Enjoy Columbian-Mexican cuisine like a variety of tacos from tinga to carnitas and other amazing dishes like chile relleno or chilaquiles verdes. Bonus, they sell margarita mix to go! Gonza is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5-8 PM for dine-in or take-out.
5 | Flying Biscuit Café
2016 Clark Avenue | (919) 833-6924
If you love breakfast food for any meal of the day then you’ll love the Flying Biscuit Café, where you can get indulge in breakfast favorites all day long. Some of our favorite dishes on the menu include their sausage gravy biscuits, heavenly french toast, and their High-Flyer breakfast combo. Flying Biscuit Café is open daily from 7 AM to 9 PM and is offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery service.
6 | Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant
3905 Western Boulevard | (919) 851-0473
Traditional Italian classics is what you’ll find at Amedeo’s Italian Restaurant! From hot antipasto, calamari, to their famous lasagna, Amedeo’s is serving up savory dishes that will not disappoint. Did we mention they make the best gourmet pizza in Raleigh? Choose from a Mediterranean, classic Margherita, Wolfgang white, or create your own pizza. Whatever you order, you won’t be leaving hungry. Amedeo’s is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM and is offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery service.
7 | Nafkot Ethiopian Restaurant
2109 Avent Ferry Road | (919) 890-5530
Looking for something unique? Sit down at Nafkot and enjoy traditional Ethiopian foods and flavors! The atmosphere at Nafkot is cozy and the food is incredible. Try dishes like Alecha Wot, prime beef simmered in onions, green peppers, Turmeric, and other traditional spices. Afterward, let your meal settle as you chat with your companion over a cup of Ethiopian coffee, a staple in Ethiopian culture. Nafkot is open Monday-Friday from 3-10 PM (12 AM on Friday), Saturday from 12 PM to 12 AM, and Sunday from 12-10 PM. They are currently available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
8 | Bruegger’s Bagels
2302 Hillsborough Street | (919) 828-7108
What’s better than a hot and fresh-baked bagel? A hot and fresh-baked bagel sandwich from Bruegger’s Bagels! Bruegger’s definitely knows what they’re doing when it comes to bagels sandwiches. Order a breakfast bagel sandwich like the Farmhouse and the Western or grab a SuperNova lunch bagel with onion and chive cream cheese, tomato, onion, cucumber, and fresh avocado. Bruegger’s is open daily from 6 AM to 2 PM for takeout or delivery.
9 | Irregardless Cafe
901 W Morgan Street | (919) 833-8898
Irregardless Cafe, the name may be a little obscure but the food will have your mouth watering! This quaint little spot near North Carolina State University offers a variety of different dishes with flavors and flair from every culture. Try different dishes like their Spanakopita, Grilled Peach and Goat Cheese Salad, or the Morgan Street Chicken Sandwich made with chicken marinated in lemon tahini dressing. Irregardless is open Tuesday-Sunday from 4-9 PM, they are offering outdoor patio seating, takeout, or delivery.
10 | Rush Bowls
2811 Hillsborough Street | (919) 703-0006
In a rush but need a quick bite? Head over to Rush for fresh, nutrient-filled, and (more importantly) delicious bowls of goodness! A rush bowl consists of 5-servings worth of fresh fruits and veggies blended into a creamy delight. A few of our favorites include the Jungle Bowl, the Dragon Bowl, and the Bravocado made with avocado, banana, mango, pineapple, topped with chia seeds, granola, and honey. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Rush is open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
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