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September
14

Vendors at Morgan Street Food Hall

Morgan Food Hall in Raleigh

The Morgan Street Food Hall is one of the most exciting places to eat near our homes for sale in Raleigh. No matter what dietary restrictions you have or what type of food you're craving, there's a vendor for you. Let's take a look at some of the vendors currently serving up dishes in this unique dining space.

  • The Bowls
    Want a tasty, quick meal that will fill you up? Head over to The Bowls for, you guessed it, bowls of delicious East Asian cuisine. Each bowl is named after a different Asian city depending on its ingredients. 

  • Makus Empanadas
    Makus Empanadas is run by two Argentinian brothers and one of their best friends from childhood. Together, they bring the humble empanada to a whole new level. Get these flavor-packed pockets stuffed with chicken, bacon and cheese, sweet corn, and all kinds of other fillings for a tasty meal you can take on the go. 

  • The Katsu
    If you're in the mood for extra-large sandwiches, The Katsu has you covered. Choose from options like the Ninja Chicken Katsu, the Monster Katsu Sandwich, and the Bulgogi Cheese Steak Sandwich – each one features fried katsu meat and fresh vegetables and can be topped with extra fixings like avocado, kimchi, or eggs. 

  • Bella's Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas
    Bella's Wood Fired Pizza and Tapas serves warm, mouth-watering pizzas made in a real brick oven as well as some pasta options, including spaghetti and meatballs and chicken alfredo. They also offer a small seasonally-rotating selection of tapas plates, usually featuring some of the cheeses they use when making their pizzas.

  • CowBar Burger and Fries
    CowBar Burger and Fries is much more than your typical burger joint. Here, you can order gourmet burgers by chef Dan Yeager, a graduate of the famous Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy. Try out specialty sandwiches like their luxurious truffle burger or their vegan Beyond Burgers. 

  • Curry in a Hurry
    Curry in a Hurry is run by chef Alaksha Surti and offers a multitude of different curry dishes with authentic Indian flavor profiles. Their menu changes daily, but they always make sure to have several vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options available so more people can enjoy their food.

  • Oak City Fish and Chips
    When your next seafood craving hits, check out what's on the menu at Oak City Fish and Chips. Patrons can feast on fried fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and calamari, all coated in Oak City's proprietary spice blend.

  • Amitie Macarons 
    Amitie Macarons makes just one thing – macarons, of course! These goodies come in all kinds of flavors, including Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, and Matcha Green Tea. Try them alone or in a variety pack for even more sugary goodness.

  • Boba Brew
    There's always something good to sip on at Boba Brew. Their naturally sourced milk and fruit teas can be topped with boba pearls, popping jellies, and other fun additions. They also serve smoothies in many of the same flavors that their teas come in, giving you the same great taste with a smoother and richer texture.

  • The Raleigh Popsicle Company
    Grab a light, refreshing dessert at the Raleigh Popsicle Company. This small company makes all of its popsicles by hand using fresh local fruits. The result is a subtly sweet treat with unbelievable natural flavor. 

Food halls are a growing food trend, and it's no surprise you'll find fantastic options here in the Triangle. Why not see what else the Raleigh area has to offer? Contact us today to begin browsing or listing with one of our real estate agents

May
25

Where to Order BBQ Near Raleigh

Raleigh BBQ

There is nothing quite like classic Carolina BBQ, and there is no better place to find it than right here in the heart of North Carolina. Raleigh has so many legendary BBQ joints where you can find top-of-the-line pulled pork, brisket, or ribs topped with a classic smoky yet sweet Carolina BBQ sauce.

Our real estate agents are always recommending great BBQ destinations to our clients. Want a taste of what the area has to offer? Check out these local spots!

  • The Pit Authentic BBQ - 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Dig into some delicious pit-smoked pork or some Texas-style beef brisket at The Pit Authentic BBQ. With delicious meat and tasty sauces served in a renovated 1930s meatpacking warehouse, you can have the true BBQ experience. If you want to live nearby, check out some of these Raleigh homes for sale just a few miles away.

  • Chop Shop BBQ And Grill - 210 E Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609
    Enjoy huge portions of delicious smoked meat and classic southern cuisine at this low-key BBQ joint. Chop Shop BBQ started as a food truck at the NC State Fairgrounds and turned into one of the very best BBQ restaurants in Raleigh in 2018. Enjoy a signature BBQ sandwich or platter paired with some unique sauces.

  • Big Al's BBQ - 950 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Not only does Big Al's serve some fantastic smoked meats, but they also have some of the most unique flavors of BBQ sauce in Raleigh. Sure, they have all the traditional flavors, but you'll also find peach, blackberry, and even cinnamon barbeque sauce. All-in-all they have over a dozen sauces. Excellent meat and creative sauces combined with friendly service and southern hospitality, and you have one of Raleigh's best BBQ joints.

  • Sam Jones BBQ - 502 W Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You'll find some great wood-fired whole hog BBQ at Sam Jones. This family-owned restaurant serves 7 different BBQ platters, including chopped BBQ, slow-cooked chicken, smoked turkey, and spare ribs. Don't forget to try a piece of their delicious Skylight Inn style cornbread.

  • The Blue Note Grill - 709 Washington St, Durham, NC 27701
    Want to enjoy your BBQ with a side of live music? The Blue Note Grill is the place for you! Situated in the downtown Durham historic Central Park District, you'll enjoy fantastic BBQ ribs from their full-service restaurant while listening to talented local musicians. Both the food and the venue itself have won numerous awards, making it a local favorite near Durham homes for sale.

  • Bullock's BBQ - 3330 Quebec Dr, Durham, NC 27705
    When a restaurant has been around since the 1950's you know it has to be good! Offering fantastic BBQ dishes for years, Bullock's BBQ has perfected its craft and has become a local staple in the Durham area. See what all the hype is about and order from their fantastic takeout menu. Or have them cater your next event. 

Easy access to great BBQ dishes is just one of the many great things about living in the Raleigh area. Contact us for more local recommendations.

February
9

About First Friday Raleigh

First Friday Raleigh

Each month, our real estate agents join others heading to downtown Raleigh for First Friday. This beloved event involves galleries, shops, and restaurants celebrating the rich arts culture surrounding Raleigh homes for sale. Plus, each month offers something new with rotating exhibits and talks with local artists. Check out these vibrant downtown spots that can be seen on First Friday or any day of the year.

  • City Market Farmer's Market - 225 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    With numerous farms dotting the rural landscape, agriculture is one of North Carolina's defining industries. City Market Farmer's Market pays homage with a mural spotlighting the various fruits and vegetables grown around the state. There's also a vignette showing a farmer heading to market with his horse-drawn wagon. Have fun searching for the faces that are hidden within the various fruits and vegetables.

  • Pas de Chat - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Can we quantify the source of art? Pas de Chat, a 25-foot sculpture that towers outside the Duke Energy Center, represents the unseen essence behind the creation of dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Its name refers to a ballet step, which literally translates to "cat's step," that mimics the movement of a jumping cat. The sculpture is designed to make it appear as though it's sitting in a pool of light. 

  • Downtown Adventures - 510 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    In 2020, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance asked four local artists to create interactive murals promoting First Friday. One of these murals, Downtown Adventures, incorporates distinctive pop art features such as vivid colors and linear geometric shapes to depict iconic buildings in the Glenwood South district. Artist Sarahlaine Calva is self-taught, using acrylics and spray paint to create her eye-catching designs. As with the other three murals, Downtown Adventures includes a QR code that viewers can use to learn more about First Friday.

  • 8-bit to 5G - 429 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Technology meets art in 8-bit to 5G, making Raleigh the first location in North America to host a permanent installation honoring the culture of gaming. The mural, which highlights the course of gaming history, was designed to incorporate an Augmented Reality (AR) feature that will ultimately bring the pieces of the artwork to life.

  • The Acorn - Duke Energy Center, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    NYC has its Big Apple, Atlanta has its Peach, and downtown Raleigh has its Acorn. Local public relations agent John Watkins felt that Raleigh needed an iconic symbol for its 1992 bicentennial and commissioned artist David Benson to create the acorn sculpture. Like the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square, the 10-foot, 1,250-pound copper and steel Acorn is "dropped" to signify the arrival of the new year on First Night Raleigh.

Art plays an important role in Raleigh every day, but during First Fridays, it takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the creative spirit that lives throughout Raleigh. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to speak with one of our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.

January
12

Your Guide to Triangle Restaurant Week

Triangle Restaurant Week

The restaurant scene in the Triangle is so good, there's a whole week dedicated to it! 

It's almost Triangle Restaurant Week, marking an opportunity to celebrate the culinary excellence in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas. The event runs January 24-30, and our real estate agents can't wait to dine at some of the best restaurants in the area. Each participating restaurant will be serving special three-course menu options with fixed prices for the occasion, making this a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to get a taste of what the Triangle has to offer!

  • The Big Easy - 222 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Offering Cajun-inspired American fare, The Big Easy is a Southern restaurant that embodies the best of both Raleigh and New Orleans. Located near many Raleigh homes for sale, The Big Easy serves up Louisiana classics like Jambalaya, gumbo, and blackened Cajun catfish. They also have some of the best burgers in town and are offering a special salad/entree/dessert deal for Triangle Restaurant Week. 

  • Ko•än - 2800 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513
    The menu at Ko•än is all about bringing people together. Their dishes highlight the unique flavors of Southeast Asia, including special dishes from Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines, along with popular Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine. Located just minutes from these Cary homes for saleKo•än's specialties for Restaurant Week include Katsudon (a Japanese pork cutlet and egg rice bowl) and yellowtail sashimi. 

  • Mateo Tapas - 109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
    Serving Spanish small plates that draw inspiration from local Southern flavors and ingredients, Mateo Tapas is a casual-chic tapas bar in the Book Exchange building, very close to some Durham homes for sale. Gambas (Spanish-style shrimp) and lbondigas (Mexican meatball soup) are highlights of their special menu for Restaurant Week, along with arguably the best selection of Spanish wines in the Triangle. 

  • Vivace - 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd, Suite 115, Raleigh, NC 27609
    A beloved Italian eatery in Raleigh's North Hills neighborhood, Vivace serves modern takes on classic dishes in an upscale-yet-rustic setting. Their pasta, made from scratch in-house, is truly outstanding. Vivace is offering a menu with various antipasta (first course), secondi (second course), and dolci (dessert) options for Restaurant Week. Try the Pappardelle Bolognese with goat cheese crema.

  • Local 22 Kitchen & Bar - 2200 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705
    One of Durham's most popular gastro-pubs, Local 22 Kitchen & Bar serves up elevated pub grub made with ingredients sourced from local farms. They also offer craft cocktails, a great beer selection, and an impressive "whiskey library." in a warm, welcoming setting. Their Triangle Restaurant Week menu includes roasted curry-spiced chicken, local North Carolina fish, and some tasty vegetarian options. 

  • ORO - 18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The sleek dining room of ORO, decked out in white with a fireplace and mezzanine, is a great place to enjoy a meal with friends. This contemporary eatery specializes in dishes that are meant for sharing. Rather than a specific appetizer or main course, dishes arrive continuously throughout the evening. Pork belly tacos, mango gazpacho, and crawfish risotto are just a few of the exciting offerings on their Restaurant Week menu. 

These restaurants are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Triangle's food scene has to offer. Check out this official listing of restaurants that are participating in Triangle Restaurant week for more great options. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas. 

September
22

Plan a Day Around Downtown Cary

Downtown Cary

You could call it a small city, or you could call it North Carolina's largest small town. Whatever you choose to call it, Cary is one of the most charming, vibrant communities in the Triangle. 

Our real estate agents always love getting to spend some time in Cary, and if you're in the area looking at Raleigh homes for sale, we highly recommend you do the same! These are some of our favorite spots for a fun day in Cary, NC.

  • BREW Coffee Bar - 122 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Every great day starts with a great cup of coffee, and BREW Coffee Bar is the best place to get one in Cary. They serve an ever-changing selection of gourmet coffee from around the world. BREW Coffee Bar is within walking distance of these Cary homes for sale and many other local attractions, making it a great place to begin your day in Cary.

  • Cary Downtown Farmers Market - 135 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    If you have the good fortune to be in town on a Saturday, be sure to check out the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. It's much more than a place to buy produce (although it definitely is a great place to buy produce). You'll also find everything from local honey and handmade soap to crafty jewelry and live plants. The farmers market is open every Saturday year-round, from 8 am until noon, and all the vendors are local. 

  • 'All Aboard' Mural - 122 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Downtown Cary is home to a growing collection of murals and street art. The 'All Aboard' Mural (a nod to the historic 1871 train that once frequented the city) is a favorite. It's the work of Triangle-area mural artist Sean Kernick and makes for a very Instagram-worthy photo-op in Cary. 

  • Pizzeria Faulisi - 215 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
    Hungry? Grab lunch at Pizzeria Faulisi! Their wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is the best in town, and they have beautiful indoor and outdoor seating areas. Pizzeria Faulisi is known for using the freshest seasonal ingredients, and they have a great wine and beer menu too. 

  • Page-Walker Arts and History Center - 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513
    Housed in a former hotel built in 1868, the Page-Walker Arts and History Center offers a fascinating opportunity to learn more about Cary's storied past. The historic building is open to walking tours and displays educational exhibits and the work of modern local and regional artists.

  • Fred G. Bond Metro Park - 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    Less than 10 minutes from downtown Cary, Fred G. Bond Metro Park is the city's largest park, spanning 310 acres. The park features 4.2 miles of trails and a lake that's popular for fishing and kayaking. It's a great place for a walk, a picnic, or to simply enjoy a lovely green space a stone's throw from the city.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Triangle, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Cary and the surrounding areas. 

July
28

Vegan Restaurants You Can Find in the Triangle

Vegan Restaurants Raleigh

As a vegan or someone who eats plant-based most of the time, it's not always easy to find places to dine. Lately, though, the restaurant scene has been expanding, with many new vegan restaurants opening up across the country. The Triangle area is no exception. Whether you're strictly vegan or just trying something new, here are some of the top vegan restaurants near Raleigh homes for sale.

  • The Fiction Kitchen: 428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    The Fiction Kitchen 
    serves vegan and vegetarian cuisine, prepared in a 100% vegetarian kitchen. They're open from 3:30 - 7:30 pm, Wednesday - Sunday.

    This restaurant has an incredible selection of starters, from their Lion's Mane Spread to their cornmeal-fried mushrooms. Favorite entrees include the curry bowl and the peanut noodle soup. The menu is detailed so you can tell which dishes are vegan and which are gluten-free.

  • Neomonde Mediterranean: 3817 Beryl Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Neomonde Mediterranean is a contemporary cafe serving Lebanese dishes. You can order at the counter and enjoy your meal either on-site or to-go. While the restaurant is not strictly vegan, they do offer a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.

    Favorites at Neomonde include the falafel pita and the butternut chickpea salad. They also have delicious Lebanese flatbreads.

  • Purple Cabbage: 306 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Purple Cabbage is a vegan food truck serving the Triangle area. You can follow their social media pages to see where they are parking. 

    The star of the menu at Purple Cabbage is the vegan burgers. They're served on soft, fluffy buns with purple cabbage slaw on top. Their vegan chicken sandwich is pretty popular, too!

  • Boss of Vegan: 1129 Corporation Pkwy., Suite 181, Raleigh, NC 27610
    With a name like Boss Vegan, it has to be good! This place is known for its sandwiches. The Boss-BLT, made with vegan bacon on a Hawaiian roll, is incredible. People also love the fresh cucumber salad.

    You can pre-order from Boss Vegan on their website. They even offer some make-at-home options, like their bake-at-home vegan sugar cookies. 

  • Earth to Us: 1720 Guess Rd. #18, Durham, NC 27701
    Serving 100% vegan American and Latin comfort food, Earth to Us is a must-visit restaurant. They started off with just a food truck, and now they have two physical locations in Raleigh and Durham.

    A favorite at Earth to Us is the loaded nachos, which are topped with raw cashew cheese, black beans, and pico de gallo. Guests also love the mac & cheese plate, a classic comfort food choice made with BBQ vegan chicken. Don't forget to end your meal with some carrot cake before heading out to look at Durham homes for sale!

  • Vegan Flava Cafe: 306 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Vegan Flava Cafe
    opened in 2011 as a mobile catering business. They recently opened their brick-and-mortar location inside the Dogwood Market near Chapel Hill homes for sale. The restaurant goes out of its way to use organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free ingredients. 

    The Chickpea Mock Tuna wraps at Vegan Flava Cafe are really popular. Guests also love the Too Tasty Tacos. If you're in the mood for something cool and refreshing, try one of the smoothies. The Island Flava, made with organic mangoes, pineapple, and almond milk, is sure to please your palate.

Eating vegan is easier when you're surrounded by delicious vegan restaurants like these. Our real estate agents are ready and waiting to help you find a home in Raleigh so you can visit again and again. Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with an agent.

May
26

All About North Carolina BBQ

Raleigh BBQ

With all due respect to Memphis dry rub and Alabama white sauce, we have our own way of doing barbecue here in North Carolina. We like it tangy, saucy, and smoky. 

It's not unusual to let a whole hog slowly smoke for an entire day before serving it up, but that patience pays off. If you're in the mood to try some of the best authentic North Carolina barbecue the Raleigh area has to offer, our real estate agents are more than happy to point you in the right direction. To celebrate National BBQ Month, check out one of these local spots!  

  1. The Pit - 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    They do things the old-fashioned way at The Pit. Located in the Downtown Warehouse district just minutes from many Raleigh homes for sale, The Pit serves old-fashioned, pit-cooked whole-hog barbecue, and you can really taste the time that goes into making their meat perfect. You can choose from a varied menu at The Pit, but their staple is the classic North Carolina Barbecue Tray, which includes your choice of meat—including chopped BBQ, pulled pork, or Carolina-style ribs—and any two of their 14 different sides. 

  2. Ole Time Barbecue - 6309 Hillsborough St #1148, Raleigh, NC 27606
    A classic barbecue joint with a diner-like atmosphere, Ole Time Barbecue is a 25-year staple of the Raleigh barbecue scene. They specialize in old-fashioned "meat and three" plates for lunch and dinner, like the hand-chopped barbecue pork plate, with side options including collard greens, coleslaw, fried okra, and some of the best hush puppies this side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

  3. Clyde Cooper's BBQ - 327 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Clyde Cooper's BBQ first opened its doors in 1938, and not a whole lot about their restaurant has changed since then. And to be honest, it doesn't need to. They know what they're doing. Their pork shoulder is slow-cooked over wood and seasoned with their own house-made vinegar-based barbecue sauce. This place has some quirks—their hours are prone to unannounced changes, and they just started accepting credit cards in 2020—but they serve the kind of barbecue that can only be perfected over the course of 80-plus years.

  4. Carolina Barbecue - 733 US-70 E, Garner, NC 27529
    You'll find a little bit of everything at Carolina Barbecue. They serve incredible Southern-fried chicken, fresh cooked-to-order seafood, and of course, smoked-to-perfection Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue. Be sure to save room for their homemade banana pudding or peach cobbler! Located in the community of Garner, NC, Carolina, Barbecue is just a short drive from Raleigh and minutes from these Garner homes for sale.

  5. The Humble Pig - Cary, NC 27511
    You might have to do a little work to find the Humble Pig... but it's worth it. One of the best barbecue food trucks in the Raleigh area, the folks at the Humble Pig move their operation from place to place during the week. Bond Brothers Beer Company, a local craft brewer near these Cary homes for sale, is where you'll find the truck most Saturday nights, but you can also track the Humble Pig's whereabouts on their website. They cater private events too, and their pulled pork sandwiches and BBQ tacos are about as good as it gets. 

Great barbecue isn't the only thing we love about life in North Carolina! Contact us today to learn more about what makes North Carolina special. 

May
5

National Shrimp Day: Seafood Restaurants in the Triangle

Raleigh Seafood

Did you know that May 10th is National Shrimp Day? There's no better way to celebrate than to head to your favorite seafood restaurant and place an order. Whether you prefer your shrimp battered and fried, tossed in Cajun seasoning, or made into scampi, the following are some of the top seafood restaurants our real estate agents recommend in the Triangle area.

  1. NC Seafood Restaurant: 1201 Agricultural St., Raleigh, NC 27603
    If you happen to be looking at Raleigh homes for sale, then NC Seafood Restaurant is a delicious spot to check out. This restaurant is located within the North Carolina Farmers Market, so you can shop for local produce and other specialties while you're there, too. NC Seafood Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas, and they've been around since the early 1990s. 

    The perfect order for National Shrimp Day is the large shrimp plate, which comes with hushpuppies, coleslaw, and home fries. The spicy peel & eat shrimp are another favorite; you get a half-pound per order. Finish your meal with a slice of the delicious lemon or chocolate pie.

  2. Locals Oyster Bar: 530 Foster St. Suite 1, Durham, NC 27701
    Locals Oyster Bar is the place to celebrate National Shrimp Day near Durham. You may enjoy it so much that you decide to look at Durham homes for sale. It's located inside the Durham Food Hall.

    While you might assume oysters are the star of the menu here, they do have an entire section just for shrimp dishes. The in-shell shrimp are incredibly fresh and delicious. Another top choice is the shrimp sausage roll, which is topped with caramelized onions and horseradish aioli.

  3. Hook & Reel: 2608 Erwin Rd. Ste 104, Durham, NC 27705
    Hook & Reel is a lively seafood bar with upbeat music and a friendly atmosphere. They make all 6 of their signature sauces in-house, and they're known for their Cajun flair. 

    If you're in the mood for a classic Cajun seafood boil, then you can custom-order one to your liking, adding your own seafood selections, sauces, and extras. Shrimp and crawfish with garlic butter and corn on the cob is exceptional. Another great choice is the shrimp po'boy, which is served in a lovely, fluffy bun.

  4. Capt. John's Dockside: 11550 US Highway 15 501N, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    Capt. John's Dockside is a welcoming, family-owned restaurant to visit if you're looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale nearby. They really welcome families here; there's even a play area for the kids!

    On National Shrimp Day, your go-to order at Capt. John's Dockside really should be the fried jumbo shrimp. They're perfectly crispy and served with hush puppies and your choice of potato. 

  5. The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail: 413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
    Looking for a fresh spin on the seafood flavors you love? Stop by The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail for a memorable meal that highlights international flavors. The menu features small plates and dishes that rotate regularly based on seasonality and what Executive Chef Oscar Diaz's finds at local farmers markets. Guaranteeing your seafood is as fresh as possible! 

If you'll be in the Triangle area on National Seafood Day, there are plenty of delicious spots to celebrate. Contact us if you're still looking for a real estate agent in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill.

April
21

National Prime Rib Day: Steakhouses around the Triangle

Raleigh Steak

There's never a bad time to enjoy a delicious slice of prime rib. If you need an excuse, however, you'll be glad to know that April 27th is National Prime Rib Day!  

Our REALTORS® each have their own opinions about which local steakhouse is the best. We've created this list of some of their favorites, so you check them all out and decide for yourself!  

  1. Angus Barn Steakhouse: 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27617
    Located not far from some of the best Raleigh homes for sale, the Angus Barn Steakhouse is incredibly popular among locals. This fine-dining restaurant serves a variety of steaks that are aged in-house, fresh seafood, and more. It also has an award-winning wine cellar and a smoking lounge. You'll love the 10, 14, or 22-ounce cuts of prime rib. You can also choose a combo and pair your prime rib with a half rack of ribs, marinated shrimp, or a lobster tail. 
  1. The Peddler Steakhouse: 6005 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
    When you have dinner at The Peddler Steakhouse, you can expect to enjoy a delicious steak that has been aged to perfection. All of their steaks are aged for a minimum of 28 days and cut at the table upon request. They're then grilled over charcoal, resulting in an amazingly flavorful meal. The prime rib at Peddler Steakhouse is seasoned with their special blend of spices and slow-roasted to ensure that it stays both juicy and tender. Try it for yourself, and you'll quickly see why this dish is the restaurant's house specialty. 
  1. Nantucket Grill: 1145 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC 27614
    If you enjoy dining in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, then you'll want to pay a visit to Nantucket Grill. This restaurant serves up classic New England-Style cuisine like lobster rolls and crab cakes. They serve prime rib after 4 pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. Kids also eat for free on Sundays, making this the perfect day for a family outing. 
  1. NanaSteak: 345 Blackwell St., Durham, NC 27701
    Well known as one of Durham's best steakhouses, NanaSteak offers upscale dining in a high-energy environment. The restaurant features three dining rooms, a well-appointed bar, and an award-winning wine list. They offer both 8-ounce and 12-ounce cuts of slow-cooked Black Angus Prime Rib that are sure to please your palate. NanaSteak is located in downtown Durham. While you're in the area, we highly recommend taking a drive around to get a look at some of the beautiful Durham homes for sale nearby. 
  1. Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill: 201 S. Estes Dr., Space 100-A, Chapel Hill, NC 2751
    An upscale restaurant with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Stoney River Steakhouse specializes in fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. Their Certified Angus Beef® prime rib is aged and slow-roasted to perfection. Next time you're in the area looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale, plan to stick around and enjoy an amazing meal you won't soon forget. 

When it comes to living in the Triangle, great restaurants are just the beginning! We would love to show you around the area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started. 

February
10

Valentine's Day Takeout Options in the Triangle

Raleigh Valentine's Day Restaurants

Are you looking for a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day without the crowds? This year, why not enjoy a romantic dinner at home? It's easy to re-create an intimate restaurant setting. Just set the table, dim the lights, and light some candles. Put on some romantic music, and you're ready to go!

Our real estate agents often order takeout meals from the area's top restaurants. Here are a few you can rely on to send you home with a meal that will make your evening super special. 

  1. Beasley's Chicken & Honey: 237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    A special Valentine's Day doesn't have to be fancy, and it doesn't always have to involve dinner! Beasley's Chicken & Honey offers a brunch menu that you and your loved ones are sure to enjoy. From the Hot Chicken Eggs Benedict to the fresh-made Churros, there are plenty of decadent options to start your weekend off right. They also offer excellent comfort food like Fried Chicken with Honey, Pork Shoulder Meatloaf, and Crispy Carolina Catfish. Don't forget to add some of their tasty sides, like Pimento Mac-N-Cheese Custard, Sea-Salt Brined Fries, and Mini Waffles with Honey Butter and Syrup. 

  2. Lantern: 423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    When restaurants use local ingredients you can taste the difference! Lantern is committed to using ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries near Chapel Hill homes for sale. Their menu is always changing to highlight what's in season. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest takeout options they have available and impress your valentine with a farm to table meal. 

  3. Caffe Luna: 136 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    For tasty Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair, you can't go wrong with an order from Caffe Luna. Their take-out dinner menu features a large selection of pasta dishes and entrees, including veal, chicken, steak, seafood, and more. Don't forget to add dessert! They have incredible Tiramisu, traditional Philadelphia-style Cheesecake, and the "Irish Bash," a chocolate-crusted cheesecake swirled with Bailey's Irish Cream flavoring and drizzled with chocolate syrup.
     
  4. Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro: 1820 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC 27705
    Popular Greek and Mediterranean restaurant Bleu Olive has pleased Durham residents since 1994. They hand-craft each meal they serve using fresh, local ingredients. If you've been thinking about buying one of the great Durham homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with this excellent restaurant. Make sure you save room for the Baklava, Orange Dark Chocolate Torte, or the Goat Cheese & Honey Cheesecake!

  5. Chef's Palette: 3460 Ten Ten Rd., Cary, NC 27518
    Known for being a friendly neighborhood restaurant, Chef's Palette offers a delicious menu that's perfect for a special occasion. The food is always excellent, and the portions are quite generous. We recommend the Brie Bites, Duck Rolls, Canadian Salmon, and Chicken Francese. No matter what you choose, you definitely won't be disappointed. Chef's Palette is located near many of the best Cary homes for sale. On the way to pick up your meal, consider taking a drive around so you can see some of the beautiful neighborhoods nearby. 

Now is the perfect time to find a home you can really fall in love with! There are so many beautiful Raleigh homes for sale, and we can't wait to help you find the perfect one. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.

October
21

World Pasta Day: Italian Restaurants in the Triangle

Pasta in Raleigh

There's never a bad day to enjoy delicious Italian food! With World Pasta Day right around the corner, now is a great time to start exploring some of the amazing Italian restaurants in the area.

Our REALTORS® love trying out local hot spots! 

  1. Southern Pasta Company: 6621 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615
    Can't get away for a romantic dinner? A visit to The Southern Pasta Company is a great way to enjoy restaurant food at home! They offer fresh, chef-prepared dinners in aluminum baking trays that are ready for you to pop in the oven. They're made with handmade pasta, top-quality meats and cheeses, and fresh produce from nearby farms. This is a delicious and convenient alternative to fast food that will taste so much better. You can choose from a variety of ravioli, kinds of pasta, and sauces, creating your perfect meal. In addition to all the classics, you can also find delicious non-traditional options like pumpkin ravioli and pecan & sage pesto sauce. They also offer a variety of Italian entrees, lasagna, mac and cheese, and more. 
  1. Cafe Luna: 136 East Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Located in downtown Raleigh, Cafe Luna offers Italian Cuisine with a Tuscan flair. The menu features a wide variety of pasta dishes with separate dine-in and pick-up menus. If you can get out during the week, you'll want to check out their $20 three-course mid-week menu. It includes a salad, entree, and dessert. There are also amazing $20 wine deals!
  1. Assaggio's Italian Restaurant: 3501 Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
    After a busy day of running around looking at Raleigh homes for sale, you might not feel like doing anything. This is a great time to pop into Assaggio's Italian Restaurant for a tasty takeout meal. They have tons of pasta options, including lobster ravioli, pasta primavera, baked ziti, fettuccine alfredo, baked manicotti, and more! With plenty of other options, including amazing pizza, calzones, stromboli, and hot subs, you're sure to find something on the menu to please everyone. 
  1. Melina's Fresh Pasta: 2717 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707
    If you've been looking at Durham homes for sale, you'll definitely want to acquaint yourself with Melina's Fresh Pasta. This is another great option for picking up dinner when you're busy and still want to enjoy an amazing meal. Options include a variety of fresh-made sauces and baked meals. The menu changes frequently, so you'll want to follow them on Facebook and check out their page before you go. 
  1. 411 West: 411 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Next time you're in the area looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale, plan to take a break and visit 411 West. This unique restaurant is located right in the heart of West Franklin. The menu combines Italian and Mediterranean dishes with a healthy California twist. You'll love the creative pasta dishes that are made fresh on-site. Some of our favorites include the Lemon Linguine with shrimp and scallops and the Basil Pesto with zucchini, squash, spinach, arugula, tomato, and goat cheese. Make sure you save room for dessert! 

No matter what kind of food you enjoy, there are excellent dining options in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. This is just one of the many things to love about living here. Want to explore some of the beautiful homes in the area? We can help. Contact us today to get started! 

September
30

As Seen on TV: Raleigh Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

Raleigh Restaurants

It's no secret that North Carolina has some of the best food in the country, but many residents of the Triangle are surprised to discover just how many times Raleigh's restaurants have been featured on TV. From local news to international programs on Food Network and Travel Channel, our favorite places to dine are given primetime slots on television. Next time you're headed out to eat, our real estate agents encourage you to check out these Raleigh restaurants that have been featured on TV.

  1. The Roast Grill – 7 S. West St., Raleigh, NC 27603 
    As Seen On Man v. Food

    Opened in 1940, The Roast Grill has been serving up hot dogs on the same grill they used 80 years ago. When Man v. Food's Adam Richman came to town, Raleigh residents knew he'd be taking on the Hot Dogger Eating Challenge. Richman dominated the challenge, downing 17 hot dogs, a half-pint of mustard, and a pint of chili sauce, which caused the challenge to be renamed as the Man v. Food Hot Dog Challenge. Whether you're going in to take the challenge or a single dog, don't ask for ketchup!

  2. The Pit – 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    As Seen On Throwdown with Bobby Flay

    The Pit serves up the tastiest pork this side of the Smoky Mountains, but when celebrity chef Bobby Flay came to town, things got messy. Thankfully, the pitmaster defeated the grill master, winning a rib challenge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Pit has been featured time and time again on other shows like Chopped, Man v. Food, and The Today Show, which is all the more reason to see what all the buzz is about. Grab a plateful of barbeque, a fine bourbon whiskey, and taste why The Pit just can't stay out of the limelight.

  3. Original Flying Burrito – 4800 Grove Barton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
    As Seen On Food Paradise

    The Southwest meets the Southeast at Original Flying Burrito, which was featured on an episode of Food Paradise's episode "Burrito Paradise." To taste what you've seen on TV, order up the Carolina Burrito. Made fresh from scratch each day, the delicious sauces, salsas, and other sweet and savory menu items are sure to make your mouth water. They even have a separate vegan menu for those who prefer their burrito meat and dairy-free.

  4. Azurelise – 702 Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27605
    As Seen On Road Tasted with the Neelys

    With so much savory barbeque in town, Azurelise offers a sweet alternative. While they received great reviews on Road Tasted with the Neelys, Azurelise's chocolate truffles let their flavor do the talking. The minute you let of one, these delectable chocolates melt on your tongue, you'll know why Azurelise is a standout confectioner in the city. Order up at least two batches; you'll likely devour the first on the car ride home!

If you thought Raleigh's restaurant scene was impressive, wait until you see our housing market! Contact us today to begin touring the best Raleigh homes for sale.

September
16

5 Brunch Spots in the Triangle

Brunch in the Triangle

Let's face it. Not everyone is a morning person! One thing that makes mornings more bearable is the fantastic brunch options we have in the Triangle area. Our real estate agents love the local dining scene, and that includes frequenting brunch spots in the area. Looking for a delicious start to your morning? Be sure to check out the following local restaurants for your next morning meal!  

  1. Parkside Restaurant – 301 W. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Located in the Warehouse District near some of our most popular Raleigh homes for sale, Parkside wants to show you the hospitality that's existed in this historic area for over a century. One of their brunch staples is a fried pork chop with cheddar waffle. This meaty meal is topped with powdered sugar, syrup, and a peach bourbon glaze. Perfect for those who love sweet and savory combinations! 

  2. Big C Waffles – 2110 Allendown Dr., Durham, NC 27713
    After browsing Durham homes for sale, pull up or park at Big C Waffles to enjoy some of Uncle Wayne's Chicken and Granny-B Kool-Aid. Standard blueberry waffles and pecan waffles are available, but what sets this menu apart is the interesting offerings like the Donut Waffle, Red Velvet Waffle, Bacon Egg N Cheese Waffle, and the Thin Mint Waffle. That's right – it's Girl Scout Cookie season every day at Big C Waffles.

  3. Famous Toastery – 316 Colonades Way #201C, Cary, NC 27518
    There's a reason why Famous Toastery is one of the premier family restaurants near our Cary homes for sale. For over a decade, they've exceeded customer expectations in both service and taste. Their impressive menu offers classic brunch fare to start your morning. Order options like the breakfast quesadilla, stuffed French toast, and avocado toast. If eggs benedict is your brunch item of choice, their extensive list of options is sure to impress! Options include avocado benedict, Cali benedict, classic benedict, and more. Come back week after week to try them all.

  4. The Mayton Inn – 301 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511
    If you're looking to pamper yourself, brunch at The Mayton Inn before a spa day is a perfect way to relax. Let them cook you up a fine plate of buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, topped with warm honey, with a freshly brewed cup of iced coffee. You can then relax in the spa with your taste buds satisfied and enjoy a perfect start to your day. 

  5. Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707
    A German bakery meets Biergarten at this can't miss brunch spot! Local ingredients are used to create the tasty brunch cuisine with traditional southern German roots. Recently, their cafe has re-opened with expanded patio dining for you to enjoy your brunch outside. Be sure to stop by, check out their rotating menu, and order a Danish (or two). 

Looking for a home with a kitchen for you to make brunch every Saturday morning? We can help! Contact us today to tour our best homes for sale around Raleigh, Cary, and Durham.

May
6

Takeout Options in Raleigh for Your Dinner Plans

Raleigh Takeout

If you're like most people, living under the current stay-at-home orders has started to feel really mundane. It's true, there's not a lot to do right now, but ordering takeout from some of the area's best restaurants is a great way to spice things up. 

Many of our real estate agents have started planning a weekly takeout night. Not only does this give us a chance to try out some new foods, but we love being able to support our local restaurant owners. Here are a few of our favorites! 

  1. Woody's at City Market: 2050 Wolfe St. Raleigh, NC 27601
    Conveniently located in downtown Raleigh, Woody's at City Market is perfect for those days when you're craving some American comfort food. We recommend the burgers, Cuban sandwiches, and, of course, the chicken wings. They're currently offering curbside takeout, and delivery! 
  2. Chow Pizza Bar: 8311 Creedmoor Rd. Raleigh, NC 27613 
    When it comes to takeout, pizza and wings reign supreme! In addition to awesome pizza and wings, Chow Pizza Bar also has delicious sandwiches, nachos, burgers, and salads. The whole family will love getting a feast from this local restaurant.
  3. The Pit Authentic BBQ: 328 W Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    There's nothing like some slow-made homestyle BBQ to pull you out of a funk! The Pit Authentic BBQ is serving up all their best dishes for takeout, including pulled pork, beef brisket, and their famous Southern Fried Chicken. We recommend adding an order of fried green tomatoes and skillet cornbread to your order as well. Yum! 
  4. Ruben's NY Deli: 170 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    If you've been looking for a truly authentic NY style deli, look no further! At Ruben's NY Deli, you'll find delicious corned beef that's pickled and braised daily and hand-rubbed and smoked pastrami, turkey, and roast beef. They also have all the classic sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese as well as an excellent selection of soups, salads, bagels, and desserts. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner and offer both takeout and delivery. 
  5. Jose and Sons: 327 W. Davie. St., Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You don't have to wait for Cinco De Mayo to enjoy a delicious Mexican feast! Jose and Sons has an amazing menu. Whether you're craving a Primo Burrito, fried pork belly chicharrones, enchiladas, street corn on the cob, or a barbacoa platter, they've got you covered! You can also feed the whole family with the Chef's Picnic or the Family Style Taco Kit. 
  6. Sushi Blues Cafe: 301 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 110, Raleigh, NC 27603
    From incredible sushi and sashimi appetizers and platters to lunch and dinner entrees, including teriyaki, tempura, stir-fry, noodles, and more, a takeout order from Sushi Blues Cafe is sure to satisfy your cravings. They're currently offering curbside pickup and BOGO sushi rolls for all of their pickup orders! 

Although things have certainly changed, we're still working hard to help our clients reach their real estate goals. Contact us to learn more about how you can virtually tour some of the beautiful Raleigh homes for sale or put add your home to the inventory. We're here to help! 

March
25

5 Ways to Support Small Businesses in the Triangle

Small Businesses Raleigh

Like so many people living in our community, our REALTORS® are adjusting during the coronavirus crisis. We are still here to help, but we're practicing social distancing and hygiene measures when showing Raleigh homes for sale – after all, safety comes first.

Just like our team, many businesses throughout the Triangle are doing everything possible to keep our local area going strong. Some companies have had to close their doors for now, but there are still ways to support your local Triangle business owners.

Working together, we can get through the challenge of coronavirus safely!

Here's how you can give small businesses a boost – even if you can't visit:

  1. Order Something for Delivery
    Many restaurants are still operating on a delivery-only or curbside basis. When you choose a delivery, it means you get the meal you want, and you can also help a local delivery driver with your tip. If you're worried, write in special instructions for your driver to stay at a distance. Don't forget to check online for the special delivery deals many businesses are offering this month.
  2. Buy a Gift Card for Later Use
    You know how it is: It can take months to remember to use that great gift card you got. For consumers, it's a convenience. For a business owner, it's immediate cash. Think of it as a promise to get yourself something nice in the future. You can also send gift cards to friends and family members who are stuck at home to brighten their day.
  3. Connect With Local Businesses Online
    Before you go to an online "big box" store to meet your needs, check out local businesses first. With so many millions of people flooding familiar online brands, you might just find that an essential item will get to you sooner from a local source. Have some extra time? Sending a local business a quick comment on social media helps them know you are still interested in them, a nice morale boost.
  4. Leave the Cash (and Checks) at Home
    One of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands regularly. Well, even at the best of times, cash is pretty dirty: It can pass through hundreds of hands. Keep a trusted credit or debit card with you and wipe it off after use. If accepting a delivery or similar service, pre-pay the tip through the website or app rather than using cash.
  5. Don't Forget that Kindness Counts
    If you're going out to buy supplies, remember that the people behind the counter are stressed and worried, just like you. Many of them, including small business owners, have to accept the serious risk of working with the public at a dangerous time just to make ends meet. When you choose to be kind, you're doing your part to make a difficult situation easier for everyone.

The Triangle community is strong, and it'll come through this with North Carolina spirit.

Even if you're staying put a while, we invite you to contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to learn about local homes.

March
5

HPW Open Houses | March 7 - 8

Wondering what to do this weekend? Grab your favorite pair of shades, set your clock ahead one hour and then hunt for a house. The spring housing market is starting to heat up and you do NOT want to miss out on some of these homes.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have planned open houses in the beautiful homes they've listed and are ready to show you around.

Take a look at our agents' open houses to figure out which homes you'd like to tour on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Featured Open Houses

 

709 Crossway Lane, Holly Springs, NC 27540

$624,900

Sq Ft: 3,525 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.


7004 Bartons Grove Place, Raleigh, NC 27614

$850,000

Sq Ft: 4,873 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.


5217 Atherton Bridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27613

$825,000

Sq Ft: 4,647 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full)

Open House: Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.


100 Oxer Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596

$400,000

Sq Ft: 3,401 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, March 7 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and

Sunday, March 8 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


540 Weycroft Grant Drive, Cary, NC 27519

$680,000

Sq Ft: 3,661 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 5 (full)

Open House: Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.


1007 W Abberley Lane, Apex, NC 27502

$389,900

Sq Ft: 2,383 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.


204 Morrow Mountain Drive, Cary, NC 27513

$484,900

Sq Ft: 2,700 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.


December
26

10 Coffee Shops in the Triangle to Start Your Day

Coffee Shops in the Triangle

If you're like many people, you probably can't start your day off without that first cup of coffee. It's a pleasant ritual that makes your commute, that morning meeting, or an extra-long to-do list so much more bearable. If you want to stop for a cup on your way out in the morning, meet a friend for a mid-morning coffee break, or pick up a cup while you're on your way to meet one of our real estate agents, try one of these coffee shops in the triangle to start your day off right.

Durham

  • Bean Traders, 105 W NC 54 Hwy #249, Durham
    Durham homes for sale have access to some of the most unique and trendy dining options around, and Bean Traders is no exception. With ample room to sit and enjoy your coffee and meal options, you'll want to spend as much time there as possible. The iced coffee is always a hit with customers, but there are plenty of truly unique beverages here (Chocolate Habanero, anyone?).

  • Joe Van Gogh, 1104 Broad St. B, Durham
    With 5 locations in the Triangle Joe Van Gogh coffee is available wherever your adventures might take you. Their coffee is roasted on premises so it's always fresh and delicious. You can even enjoy some local art while you sip.

  • Kaffeinate, 115A N Duke St., Durham
    Located in the historical Brightleaf district the vibe at Kaffeinate is a mix of old and new. Kaffeinate calls themselves "North Carolina's most innovative café" and they are always looking to compliment the area's growing food scene by creating something unique with different techniques and high-quality ingredients. Pastries and waffles are available with gluten-free and vegan options too.

Chapel Hill

  • Bread & Butter, 503 W Rosemary St., Chapel Hill
    Near the restaurant district in Chapel Hill, Bread & Butter serves up traditional coffee drinks made with beans from local roaster Counter Culture. And there's just about any kind of pastry you might want to go with your coffee. Try a seasonal bread for something different.

  • Coco Bean Coffee Shop, 1114 Environ Way, Chapel Hill
    Coco Bean Coffee Shop focuses on eco-friendly, locally sourced ingredients and locally roasted beans. There's rental space for your next morning meeting or special event. They help make the world a better place by donating 10% of their profits to charity too.

  • Caffé Driade, 1215 E Franklin St., Ste. A, Chapel Hill
    Located right off UNC campus and set back off the street, the atmosphere at Caffe Driade is a relaxing oasis. The outside seating area is the perfect place to connect with nature while enjoying your morning brew or taking a break while looking at Chapel Hill homes for sale.

Raleigh

  • BREW Coffee Bar, 111 Seaboard Ave., Ste. 116, Raleigh
    Located at Seaboard Station near Peace College campus, Brew Coffee Bar is a unique experience. Raleigh coffee company is their primary roaster, but they work with a different guest roaster every month, so you can always try something new. Don't miss their signature drink, nitro cold brew coffee. It's made in-house, comes from a keg, and is charged with nitrogen before it's dispensed through a tap.

  • Jubala, 8450 Honeycutt Rd 104, Raleigh / 2100 Hillsborough Street 100, Raleigh
    The folks at Jubala Coffee are committed to giving their customers the highest quality experience by providing handcrafted coffee, freshly prepared one cup at a time. The perfect place for a weekend breakfast or a quick cup to start your workday, Jubala weighs, grinds, and brews their beans from their roaster, Counter Culture Coffee, to ensure the coffee's natural tasting components are brought out. 

  • Liquid State, 1908 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
    Near NC State campus, Liquid State offers a menu of coffee, tea, beer, and small estate wines. Single origin beans are from local roasters Carrboro Coffee. Many of the baked goods and light bites come from local companies as well and there are several vegan and gluten-free options available.

  • Sola Coffee Café, 7705 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh
    At Sola Coffee Café, the goal is to bring people together and enhance the community. Locally roasted coffee can accompany your breakfast, lunch or dinner. The fresh warm mini donuts are a must have to start your day off right. If you'd rather skip the pastries, the Artisan toast bar and omelets provide a variety of flavor options to start your morning. While you're shopping for Raleigh Hill homes for sale, stop by and check out the twice-monthly pop-up market.

Making your home in the Triangle means you'll have a welcoming, innovative and comfortable neighborhood to call home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to find the new home that's just waiting for you.

December
12

9 Favorite Spots for Sunday Brunch in Durham

Durham Restaurants for Brunch
What could be better than heading out for a relaxed Sunday brunch with some of your favorite people? Durham homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of excellent dining options, and Sunday brunch is no exception, with many unique dining spots to try. Whether you're looking for a traditional brunch or something new, you'll find it in the city. Our real estate agents have the details on nine of their favorite spots to enjoy a lovely Sunday brunch in Durham.

Savoring Sunday Morning: Durham's Best Sunday Brunch Spots 

  1. Parker and Otis – 112 South Duke Street, Durham
    Featuring a menu filled with smart, simple food made from fresh, local ingredients, Parker and Otis is a great place to stop for a delicious Sunday brunch. Choose from the breakfast or lunch menus to find the perfect morning meal.

  2. Monuts Donuts – 1002 Ninth Street, Durham
    If you're looking for a friendly atmosphere and delicious, handmade food, look no further than Monuts Donuts. What started as a small donut stand has grown into a popular restaurant. At Monuts, you'll find a full breakfast/lunch menu, soups, salads, and of course some of the best donuts in Durham.

  3. Foster's Market – 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
    Enjoy a Sunday brunch on the outdoor patio at Foster's Market, where everything is made from scratch and the menu always features something unique. Foster's coffee bar is a nice place to spend time before or after brunch, while the market makes for a great stop to pick up some specialty foods to bring home.

  4. True Flavors Diner – 5410 Highway 55 Suite AJ AK, Durham
    With warm hospitality and an accessible, upscale menu featuring unique takes on your old favorites, True Flavors Diner is a popular brunch destination. Be sure to try the Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, only available during brunch.

  5. Rise – 8200 Renaissance Parkway, Durham
    Rise began as a small breakfast spot in Durham and has since become a growing chain stretching beyond the Carolinas. Of course, you can still visit the original Rise in Durham for a delicious Sunday brunch, prepared with the freshest ingredients.

  6. Guglhupf Bakery and Patisserie – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham
    Celebrating 20 years as a Durham staple, Guglhupf Bakery and Patisserie offers a diverse, delicious menu, filled with nods to classic German cooking. Best of all, you can now enjoy the brunch menu at Guglhupf every day of the week!

  7. Elmo's Diner – 776 Ninth Street, Durham
    Stop by Elmo's Diner for a relaxed brunch in a casual, inviting atmosphere, with a staff that makes everyone feel like a regular. Elmo's has been serving up Durham's favorites for more than 20 years, and everything is made from scratch.

  8. Geer Street Garden – 644 Foster Street, Durham
    Located in downtown Durham on the corner of Foster and Geer Streets, Geer Street Garden offers a menu filled with home-cooked favorites every day of the week. The brunch buffet, available on Sundays, features breakfast favorites, salads, quiche, fruit, and banana pudding for dessert.

  9. NOSH - 2812 Erwin Rd, Durham
    NOSH Eclectic Foodstuffs is the go-to place for Durham locals, students, and visitors. Wendy Woods and Piper Lunsford, owners, offer their guests highest quality, affordable food, and quick, friendly service.  Their breakfast menu serves up everything from "a little something to get your day started" to a full-blown, most important-meal-of-the-day medley of pancakes, maple-pepper bacon, and taters.

Still searching for the perfect home, so that you can enjoy all that Durham has to offer? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Durham, NC area.

November
7

A Local's Guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Raleigh

Raleigh Thanksgiving Things to Do
Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season for many Raleigh residents, and there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy in the city throughout the weekend. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you already call our city home, Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on seven great Thanksgiving weekend activities in the Raleigh area.

Head to Raleigh Over Thanksgiving Weekend

  1. Thanksgiving at Ruth's Chris Steak House4381 Lassiter at North Hills, Raleigh
    There are quite a few great restaurants open in Raleigh for Thanksgiving, and Ruth's Chris Steak House certainly ranks near the top of the list. Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal prepared by the experts at Ruth's Chris, with all of your favorite Thanksgiving trimmings. And if you're in the mood for something different, you can order from the full dinner menu.

  2. 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot -  2002 Grisdale Lane, Cary
    Join Cary residents and visitors at the 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot. A perfect way for the entire family to begin their Thanksgiving Day celebration, the Inside-Out Turkey Trot includes a one-mile fun run, an 8K main event, and a Kids Dash. Race morning begins at 7:00 am with the one-mile fun run taking off first at 8:30 am.  Fun contests with opportunities to take home prizes will be part of your day. The Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot is part of the Second Empire Grand Prix Race Series.

  3. Lake Myra Christmas Lights – 10 S. Cyprus St., Wendell
    The holiday season is just getting started on Thanksgiving, so why not spend the weekend spreading some Christmas cheer? The Lake Myra Christmas Lights show features dazzling, computerized lights, dancing to the tune of your favorite Christmas songs.
     
  4. Christmas Carousel NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
    Start your Christmas shopping in style at the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, where you'll find gifts, holiday decorations, and delicious food from more than 250 vendors. Kids will have the chance to enjoy some time with Santa Claus, who will be present at select times all weekend.

  5. North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
    See the Cary Amphitheatre in a whole new light during the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival on Thanksgiving weekend. Walk through half a mile of spectacular lantern displays, and enjoy live cultural performances. There will also be a concession stand serving tasty seasonal treats.

  6. Cut a Christmas Tree at Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm4533 Inwood Rd., Raleigh
    Is decorating for Christmas one of your favorite traditions during Thanksgiving weekend? Head to Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm to cut your own Christmas Tree. Kids are encouraged to have fun while you pick the perfect tree, and leashed dogs are welcome at Back Achers.

  7. Gingham and Posh Gift Shopping210 Hollyridge Dr., Raleigh
    Searching for a truly unique Christmas gift for someone special? Gingham and Posh offers a wide selection of customized gift baskets, with something for every taste. Gift gourmet foods and delicious treats, or send someone a "Taste of North Carolina" gift basket to remind them of home. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to start shopping at Gingham and Posh.

Still searching for the perfect home where you can enjoy every weekend in Raleigh? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.

June
8

HPW Open Houses | June 9-10

HPW Open Houses June 9-10

We're pleased to introduce you to Raleigh and the greater Triangle region, which will become a foodie paradise this weekend. The Triangle will host a trifecta of food events including Triangle Restaurant Week, Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo and Raleigh's International Food Festival. There will be no shortage of amazing food for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

After you're done touring the world through food, take a tour through the beautiful homes our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents have listed. Located in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods across Central NC, our agents will be hosting hundreds of open houses this Saturday and Sunday.

Start your house search online at HPW.com. You can scroll through a complete list of our open houses to see which ones you'd like to view in person.

Summertime is underway, and it's time to find your new home!

 

Featured Open Houses

 

160 Oak Alley Trail, Clayton, NC 27527

$260,000

Sq Ft: 3,025 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 12 to 2 p.m.

160 Oak Alley Trail, Clayton, NC 27527


1025 Settlers Ridge Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614

$675,000

Sq Ft: 4,501 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

1025 Settlers Ridge Lane, Raleigh, NC 27614


7 Piedmont Forest Court, Durham, NC 27703

$349,900

Sq Ft: 3,230 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. and

Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

7 Piedmont Forest Court, Durham, NC 27703


50 Carlson Ridge Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596

$500,000

Sq Ft: 3,150 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)

Open House: Saturday, June 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.

50 Carlson Ridge Drive, Youngsville, NC 27596


111 Merestone Circle, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

$429,900

Sq Ft: 3,425 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

111 Merestone Circle, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526


302 Fieldstone Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312

$770,000

Sq Ft: 4,122 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 (full)

Open House: Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

302 Fieldstone Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312


7613 Wingfoot Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615

$839,000

Sq Ft: 4,200 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)

Open House: Sunday, June 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

7613 Wingfoot Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615


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February
22

Foodies Unite in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh Foodies Unite
Whether you're aiming to sample fantastic, unique cuisine from around the world or searching for a flavorful homestyle meal, Raleigh, NC has a restaurant to suit every taste.   

There's fabulous food around every corner in Raleigh, and the city has earned more than its share of awards for its unique culinary creations. Foodies will love getting to know the dining scene in the city, and shopping Raleigh homes for sale provides the perfect home-base for discovering the many hidden gems that await throughout the city. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your search, with a list of eight must-see dining destinations in Raleigh, NC. 

Enjoy Unique Flavors at Eight of the Best Dining Spots in Raleigh, NC


Raleigh - Saint Jacques
1. Saint Jacques French Cuisine, 6112 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh
Chef Restaurateur Serge Falcoz-Vigne and the Saint Jacques team bring authentic French fine dining to Raleigh. Ranked as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable.com, Saint Jacques uses only the highest quality ingredients sourced locally from North Carolina farmers to serve classic French fare to their Raleigh clientele.  Enjoy unique seafood dishes, delightful desserts, an extensive wine list, and a fantastic atmosphere at Saint Jacques French Cuisine. 

Raleigh - Crawford and Son

2. Crawford and Son, 618 N. Pearce Street, Raleigh
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a great meal in a casual atmosphere at Crawford and Son, where comfort food is always on the menu. While the atmosphere is laid back, Chef Scott Crawford and his crew are serious about bringing the best flavors of Raleigh to your plate. Sample fish, fowl, and fabulous seafood, with unique takes on your favorite dishes as a part of the Crawford and Son menu

Raleigh - Garland

3. Garland, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh
Garland is the hybrid of combining flavors of India and Asia with locally sourced foods to deliver a distinctively different culinary experience to Raleigh locals.  You'll discover great food, delicious cocktails, and an unbelievable wine menu in a comfortable--but funky--atmosphere.

Raleigh - Beasley's Chicken and Honey

4. Beasley's Chicken and Honey, 237 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh
Looking for a truly local way to celebrate the unique food scene in Raleigh? Stop by Beasley's Chicken and Honey to enjoy the best fried chicken in the city, in a fun, friendly atmosphere that's perfect for families. Beasley's offers a diverse menu of fried chicken creations, seasonal Southern sides, and savory sandwiches, all close to home in Downtown Raleigh.


Raleigh - luttegrace

5. lucettegrace, 235 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh
lucettegrace describes itself as a "contemporary patisserie" in the heart of downtown Raleigh. A patisserie it definitely is serving patrons everything from strawberries and cream mousse to a ham and cheese croissant with just the right amount of bechamel sauce.

6. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Sweet 100 Raleigh
We've covered food, drink, and flavors from around the world, so now all that's left is to tie the meal together with the perfect dessert. Visit Videri Chocolate Factory to enjoy some of the best chocolate in Raleigh, and see first-hand how gourmet chocolate is created. Enjoy watching the experts in action, then settle in on the outdoor patio to taste the delicious results of all of that hard work.

7. Bida Manda, 222 South Blount Street, Raleigh
Ranked as one of the 100 best restaurants in the U.S. by OpenTable, Bida Manda offers Laotian cuisine in an elegant, thoughtful setting. Enjoy a meal in the beautiful indoor dining area, or head out the deck to sample fantastic flavors with a gorgeous Raleigh sunset in the background. If you're looking for an example of Raleigh's unique culinary culture, Bida Manda is a great place to start.

Raleigh - Brewery Bhavana

8. Brewery Bhavana, 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh
One visitor to Bida Manda was so taken by the food that he wished to create his own Laotian dining spot in the city, and on that day the concept for Brewery Bhavana was born. Located next door to Bida Manda, brewery Bhavana aims to create community by serving complex, craft brews paired with meals that emphasize the unique flavors of the Southeast Asian cuisine.

When you're ready to find your next home and start enjoying the fabulous flavors of Raleigh, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact us when you're ready to buy or sell homes throughout Raleigh, NC. 

 

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