There’s a lot to love about the south: warm weather, friendly people and, most importantly, the delicious food! There’s a reason they call it southern comfort. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fried chicken or North Carolina BBQ served with rich mac & cheese and collards!

Raleigh is a proud southern city that’s especially proud of its food. Check out these six Raleigh restaurants for the best in local southern comfort foods:

Poole’s Diner

The macaroni au gratin served at Poole’s Diner is the very definition of southern comfort food. It is the cheesiest, most delicious macaroni cheese you will ever eat. It also serves up other southern-inspired seasonal dishes. Poole’s Diner recently made Eater’s list of the Best Restaurants in America!

Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar

Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar describes its cuisine as “new southern.” It takes southern classics and gives them a modern twist. For example, the menu offers seven different types of mac and cheese along with classics such as chicken fried steak and BBQ pork ribs. Not comforting enough for you? Be sure to check out the fantastic bourbon selection. Bourbon is ALWAYS there for you!

The District

Along with its welcoming, come-as-you-are atmosphere, The District menu includes plenty of comfort food that’s sure to make you feel better after a rough day. Share a plate Totchos with some friends or enjoy a fried chicken sandwich with honey-sriracha sauce.

Driftwood Southern Kitchen

Driftwood Southern Kitchen is located in Lafayette Village and offers everything that you would expect from a southern kitchen – BBQ, chicken fried chicken, shrimp, and grits, etc. For an extra southern experience, check out Moonshine Mondays, where all moonshine cocktails are just $5!

Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen

Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen features traditional southern cuisine right in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. Its menu items are always fresh, local, and seasonal. Try the Coastal BBQ Shrimp and Grits, which garnered a win at the 2017 People’s Choice for Best Restaurant at Toast to the Triangle.

Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey’s history is rooted in the mountains of North Carolina – the first location being in Asheville. The Cameron Village location opened in 2014 to the delight of Raleigh foodies. Though they serve southern specialties for lunch and dinner, Tupelo Honey is mostly well known for its delicious brunch menu, which includes Apple Cider Pork Belly Hash and Sweet Potato Pancakes.

This is only a short list of places, as Raleigh certainly has no shortage of great southern comfort food! Other favorite local southern comfort spots in Raleigh include Clyde Cooper’s BBQ, Big Ed’s, and Jack’s Seafood & Soul Food Restaurant.

So what are some of your favorite restaurants serving up southern style food in Raleigh? 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.

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