These are two of our new favorite places to chill on Glenwood South

Juli Leonard

If you’ve been to Raleigh’s Glenwood South recently you’ll notice lots of changes, like new apartments. And more apartments. Did we mention new apartments?

But there’s also a slew of new eateries, and these two are currently at the top of our list: The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail and Vidrio.

Vidrio, which opened at the top of the year, has a Mediterranean-inspired menu that Greg Cox says rarely falls short “while delivering an ambitious offering that draws on cuisines from one end of the Mediterranean to the other for its inspiration.” He gave it 3.5 stars and recommends the Moroccan beef skewers.

As for the decor, you’ll be blown away. Vidrio means “glass” in Spanish showcases more than 350 glass bowls and orbs that cover the two-story wall from top to bottom. Owner Lou Moshakos pulled out all of the stops with the design.

There’s a bar on each floor, with the first floor bar being darker and more intimate. The bar on the second floor is more spacious with a variety of seating, from carved wood tables and stools to comfy leather couches. Fun fact: there are 50 wines on tap and another 200 in bottles. There also is a cocktail menu. Made your reservation yet?

And then there’s The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail in the old Cafe Helios space. Talk about a makeover. It has been transformed into a sleek space with a contemporary feel.

It hasn’t been opened very long, but there’s already a following.  The restaurant is owned Charlie Ibarra, and the chef is Oscar Diaz, who runs the kitchen at Jose and Sons. Their take on seafood comes from Ibarra’s trips to Baja, Mexico, which launched the initial conversations about opening a seafood restaurant. Jessica Banov wrote about that and more in June.

We had a good time recently on the patio and suggest you enjoy it before summer ends.

 

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