Southern style food is always popular and has a growing high demand here in the Triangle area, especially as new-comers who relocate to North Carolina discover the tasty and comforting cuisine. Creamy mac and cheese, perfectly prepared BBQ and crispy fried chicken – these are just a few good examples of comfort foods that are famous in the south! Cary has grown a lot over the recent years, but at its core, it is a proud southern town.

Next time you need to give your taste buds some love, be sure to check out these six great local restaurants serving up some of the best southern comfort food in town:

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen offers an upscale take on southern comfort dishes. Its menu changes with the season. On it, you’ll find dishes such as North Alabama Chicken Bread, Black Bean Cakes, and Cornmeal Crusted Carolina Catfish. This restaurant also hosts special events and musical performances that add to its unique atmosphere. Check out the event calendar!

Danny’s Bar-B-Que

Danny’s Bar-B-Que has been voted Best Ribs in Wake County by WRAL viewers and was also recognized by the Cary Magazine Maggy Awards! It serves up the best-smoked meats and all of the southern sides you’d expect from an award-winning BBQ place – collards, baked beans, slaw, and more.

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

Is there any better combination than crispy fried chicken with sweet, tasty waffles? Dame’s Chicken & Waffles offers up some of the very best in southern comfort food. In addition to chicken & waffle combinations, it also serves up southern stables such as shrimp & grits and collards.

City BBQ

City BBQ is a chain that’s recently made its way into the Triangle. In addition to Cary, it has locations in Raleigh, Garner, and Durham. It’s made quite the impression and has won a Cary Magazine Maggy Award for its BBQ. The menu features a variety of smoked meats, including pulled pork, along with Southern-style sides such as hush puppies and corn pudding.

Brew N Que

Enjoying a cold beer with southern cooking adds another level of comfort to your meal! Brew N Que was recently recognized by the Cary Magazine Maggy Awards for its fantastic BBQ. The menu features chopped BBQ, Texas-Style Brisket, and smoked chicken along with southern scratch-made sides such as baked beans and cornbread. Brew N Que also features craft beer on tap and a bottle shop!

Smok’t BBQ & Taps

Cary locals can’t get enough of the beer and BBQ combination! Smok’t BBQ & Taps features a menu of pulled pork, pulled chicken, and plenty of southern sides like cole slaw and sweet potato casserole. It also features unique, southern inspired items such as Smok’t Armadillo Eggs, which are jalapenos stuffed with cheese and wrapped in ground sausage. Of course, there’s plenty of beer on tap to wash it all down with.

In Cary, new restaurants are always popping up, and particular attention is paid to southern cooking. As a southern town, we take it seriously! The newest addition to the local southern cooking scene is Postmaster. It features Southern-inspired small plates and craft cocktails. 919 Blog looks forward to seeing what else the southern comfort foods scene will bring to Cary in the near future.

So what are some of your favorite southern style restaurants in Cary? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN