To answer the question “Is there a food scene in Raleigh, NC?” I would venture to say…yes. Okay, it cannot compare to New York (obviously) but it’s certainly has made a mark on my mind to becoming a growing city with some yummy eats.
Sadly I don’t have pictures of the Carolinian pulled pork dish I had at The Pit, which is one of the featured BBQ joints at Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park in the summer. However, I do have a few memorable eats to mention:
This is the Pretty in Pink cupcake that is comprised of strawberry cake topped with strawberry buttercream. The cupcake rated satisfactory overall. In comparison to the multitude of cupcakes I’ve eaten, the cake was a bit too dry. The buttercream itself was great, but since I don’t really like huge buttercream ratio to cake, I took off most of the cream portion. However, this cupcake shop provides the up-and-coming city with some cupcake love. It’s real cute and make sure to get a punchcard! 10 cupcakes will get you one free.
The Cupcake Shoppe
104 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603
After my senior executive RAVED about this restaurant - An - I had high expectations. I quickly googled the restaurant and it was fusion Asian and American. Definitely was hesitant about this…as with many fusion cuisine I am wary.
This dish is called Crab Cakes in envelope, which has jumbo lump crab meat, edamame, taro, scallions, rice paper, napa cabbage, candied almond slaw, wasabi remoulade. Can we say lots of ingredients? But yes, it was good.
Com Tay Cam has salmon, zucchini, carrots, mushroom, scallion oil, sunny side up, jasmine rice cooked in a cast iron pot, with smoked garlic sauce. To tell you the truth I cannot recall if this was good or not, but at least it had a nice presentation…
Overall, this restaurant is pretty good for Raleigh. How would it fair in NY? I would say average. The decor in the place is real nice and they even have an outdoors area, so it can accommodate large parties. However going there with fellow co-workers, not to mention the bill was on the company, made it a lot nicer. Free good food. Can’t deny that.
2800 Renaissance Park Pl
Cary, NC 27513