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As the home of one of the biggest army bases in the US, Fayetteville brings in a large variety of different people every year. With all these people coming through, this mid-size city in eastern North Carolina needs a more exciting restaurant scene than comparable cities might require. It’s full of surprises – African food, Cuban food, a microbrewery, Fayetteville’s got it all. We take a look at the 10 best places to dine in this North Carolina hotspot.
While the food is delicious and won’t leave you hungry or at all unsatisfied, at The Mash House Brewery & Chophouse, it’s forced to play second fiddle to the beer selection. The brewers at the Mash House take their inspiration from the European breweries and as such, they play to their strengths – you won’t find a tasteless American lager anywhere near this place. If you want a sweeter beer, try the natural blonde, the hefeweizen, or one of their fruit beers, the flavor of which they switch weekly. If you want to really taste the hops, go for the Irish Red or the IPA. They also have a porter and a stout, in addition to specialty beers that change seasonally.
Make sure you bring your appetite to Shogun Japanese, because you’ll want to try a little bit of everything. Sushi lovers will be pleased to find not only a full selection of the rolls and hand rolls that they’ve already come to know and love, but also a menu of special rolls that Shogun’s chef has created specially. Try the lobster tempura roll or the Green Devil roll, which includes spicy salmon and wasabi ketchup. For a colder day, they have hot pots and udon choices and of course, that great Japanese favorite, teriyaki. For those who really can’t decide, they’ve got bento boxes at extremely reasonable prices. If you’ve managed to save room at the end, they offer a reward in the form of tempura and green tea ice cream.
Shogun Japanese, Ramsey St, Fayetteville, NC, USA, +1 910 482 3688
Sherefe, which is the Turkish word for ‘cheers’, offers guests all the tastes of the Mediterranean while not letting them forget they are in the heart of the United States. The restaurant is in a historic building in downtown Fayetteville and some of their menu items even combine real North Carolina specialties with a Mediterranean flair. Take the NC greens, for example, which are sautéed collard greens – an ever-present Southern side – topped with tzatziki sauce. Their dishes have origins across the whole Mediterranean region, but they are all crafted with a very high level of expertise by the chef, Mustafa Somar, who opened the doors in 2003. Sherefé is an ideal choice for a special occasion, so you can say ‘sherefé’ yourself in whatever language suits you best.
Sherefe, 114 Gillespie St, Fayetteville, NC, USA, +910 630 3040