Your guide to downtown Raleigh dining

Daniel Benjamin, center, arranges baked goods at the artful French pastry shop, lucettegrace.File photo by Juli Leonard

It’s peak festival season this month, when thousands descend on downtown Raleigh for music, the arts and motorcycles.

Whether people are new to town, checking out the events or just in search of good eats on any given weekend in downtown, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of our favorite spots to dine, organized by type of meal.

And don’t forget to check out the new Morgan Street Food Hall, which opened last month. The spot has plenty of food from all genres: pizza, Southern, burgers, Indian, tacos and rolled ice cream.

Here’s a few highlights. Click here for the full list.


LucettegraceYour perfect breakfast bite can be found within this artful French pastry shop: the Dixie Cannonball, a cheese and scallion biscuit filled with sausage gravy. There’s also a full coffee bar, delicate croissants and other breakfast sweets. 235 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 919-307-4950.


Fiction Kitchen: No one will miss the meat at this all-vegetarian restaurant, which recently caught the attention of Food & Wine for its vegan take on East Carolina barbecue, every bit as smokey and satisfying as the original. 428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh. 919-831-4177.


Green Light’s Conniption & Fits cocktail is made up of Conniption Navy Gin, honey, lemon, rosemary and cucumber. // Juli Leonard

The Green LightYou’ll find well-mixed drinks in this modern speakeasy behind a hidden door in the Architect. 108 1/2 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.


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