Top Restaurants In Holly Springs, North Carolina

Downtown Holly Springs, Mississippi
Downtown Holly Springs, Mississippi | © Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright / Alamy Stock Photo
Helen Armitage

Proving you needn’t leave the suburbs for first-rate food, Holly Springs (located southeast of North Carolina’s capital Raleigh) is home to a small but diverse dining scene. Whether locally brewed beers teamed with farm-to-table fare or fiery Thai appeals to you, our Holly Springs dining guide has you covered.

1. Bass Lake Draft House

Restaurant, American

Perfect for beer lovers and sports fans alike, Bass Lake Draft House is a laid-back restaurant and bar specializing in American pub food and craft beer. Comfort food eats dominate the menu (think bacon meatloaf with stout gravy and garlic whipped potatoes or Calabash-style breaded shrimp with Asian slaw and cocktail sauce). The weekend brunch menu features dishes like pancakes, omelets and breakfast burritos. Amongst the 34 beers on tap, guests will find craft beers from across the US and a good few locally brewed selections from the likes of Lonerider Brewery in neighboring Raleigh.

2. ACME Pizza Co

Pizzeria, American

A family-friendly eatery offering a wide selection of pizzas and other Italian and American eats, ACME Pizza Co is an ideal destination for a relaxed, casual meal. Choose from Chicago-style, thin hand-tossed and gluten-free pizzas or opt for one of ACME’s specialty pizzas like the Meat Head (pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage, sliced meatballs, crumbled bacon and mozzarella) or the BBQ (smoky BBQ-coated grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, red onion and house-made tomato sauce). Salads, pasta, sandwiches and burgers are also served alongside 12 beers on tap, including a number of locally brewed options.

3. The Mason Jar Tavern

Pub, Restaurant, American

The Mason Jar Tavern is a hip, laid-back neighborhood pub located at Holly Springs Towne Center and is described by owners Jonathan and Maggie Pierce as offering ‘all the comforts of southern hospitality with a modern twist.’ Dishes like pan-seared sea scallops are updated with edamame succotash and parsnip purée, and North Carolina trout is given an Italian twist with parmesan risotto and sautéed shoestring veggies. An extensive craft beer list is also available, featuring plenty of locally brewed offerings perfect for washing down The Mason Jar Tavern’s comfort food eats.

4. Thai Thai Cuisine

Restaurant, Thai

For a taste of the exotic in Holly Springs, head to Thai Thai Cuisine, a small, family-run restaurant specializing in authentic, home-cooked Thai food. There’s plenty of small plates to whet the appetite from chicken satay to steamed shrimp and pork dumplings plus a number of soups and salads. Main course offerings include a range of noodle, fried rice and stir-fry dishes, while fans of spicy fare will love Thai Thai Cuisine’s fiery red and green curries, thankfully, authentic Thai bottled beer is on hand to soothe the burn. Chef specials are also featured, with dishes like roasted duck curry and deep-fried tilapia panang.

5. Homegrown Pizza

Pizzeria, American

Homegrown Pizza has earned itself a loyal following who regularly hail its pizzas as the best in town. The casual, family-owned and operated joint lets guests build their own pizzas from a variety of toppings or choose from a number of specialty pies like the Greek (roasted garlic spread, Portobello and button mushrooms, black olives, onions, tomato, green peppers, pepperoncini, feta and mozzarella). Beyond its popular pies, Homegrown Pizza also serves plenty of small bites, sandwiches, salads and burgers alongside entrées such as pasta with meatballs or North Carolina BBQ pork.

6. My Way Tavern

Bar, Restaurant, American

Owner Andrew Stafford calls My Way Tavern a ‘neighborhood retreat,’ and with its combination of craft beers and comfort food, it’s certainly one of the best local options for a fun, relaxed evening with friends. A menu packed with tasty all-American eats, from burgers and hot dogs to sandwiches and eight different types of mac ‘n’ cheese, will leave guests spoilt for choice. My Way Tavern’s signature dishes, including the slow-cooked, red zinfandel-braised short ribs, are worth a try too. Of its 14 draft beers, 11 are brewed in North Carolina, including offerings from the likes of Holly Spring’s own Carolina Brewing Company and Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem.

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