Stanbury is a selective fine dining experience in the north end of downtown Raleigh. They offer a semi-traditional steakhouse menu, adding their own flare to certain dishes, which include truffle in their gnocci and charred kale to go along with their pork chop. Their menu is mostly composed of small dishes, which vary depending upon the season and availability of local ingredients. Sticking to small plates can make this fine dining more affordable, as well as being able to try more than just one dish.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 11pm
Address & telephone number: 938 N. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 977-4321
Bida Manda celebrates the culture and hospitality of Laos, and is named after the owner’s parents who still live there. The walls are covered with salvaged bamboo, and bathed in warm light from industrial light bulb fixtures. The cuisine is a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai food, offering pad Thai along with pork belly soup. The recipes are as close to authentic as you will get, so you can stray away from Asian-fusion for a night. Don’t forget to end your meal with the purple sticky rice.
Opening hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30 am – 2pm,
Dinner: Monday- Thursday 5pm – 10pm Friday-Saturday 5am – 12am
Address & telephone number: 222 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 829 9999