Diners will always hold a special place in American culture, and Raleigh is no exception. Raleigh diners are charming, nostalgic, and consistently serving delicious meals spanning a variety of cuisines. From greasy spoons to modern diners with vegetarian options, put these eateries on your must-try list.
Walk into Metro Diner and you’ll instantly feel like a local, even if you’re new to the area. The diner chain has been serving classic American breakfast and lunch fare since 1938, from Chicken and Waffles to Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes. Its warm and welcoming service and award-winning food keep people coming back again and again.
Gypsy’s Shiny Diner
Take a trip back in time at Gypsy’s Shiny Diner. When you walk through the brilliant metallic doors, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1950s. Put on your favorite Jukebox tune as you sit down to enjoy tasty home-cooked breakfast and lunch favorites like omelets and juicy burgers. Save room for a delicious hand-spun milkshake!
Sunny’s Diner is a hidden gem in the City of Oaks. The no-frills Raleigh diner serves down-to-earth American fare like pancakes and fried chicken. Sunny runs the restaurant along with her husband who acts as a one-man show on the flat top grill. This is one of the few remaining old-fashioned Raleigh diners and one worth frequenting!
Gateway Restaurant may be located in a shopping center, but don’t let that deter you! There’s never a wait and you can seat yourself at this casual Southern diner. Bring your appetite because the portions are large! On Fridays, you’ll find Fried Fish specials complete with popular sides like Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra. When in doubt, order the barbecue chicken, which is the diner’s specialty.
Poole’s is one of the Raleigh diners that has helped define the Raleigh food scene. Its award-winning chef has reimagined comfort food with a menu that changes weekly to feature ingredients that are available locally and seasonally. You’ll find dishes like Chilled Poached Shrimp with Smoked Tomato alongside dressed-up versions of traditional brunch and dinner dishes. Make sure you order the famous Mac & Cheese Au Gratin to enjoy with a friend… or all by yourself!
Crawford and Son
If you’re looking for the perfect boozy brunch or dinner spot, Crawford and Son has you covered. The casual neighborhood diner serves creative spins on comfort foods, vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options, craft cocktails, and drinking vinegars. Try the Blue Plate Special that changes every week based on the comfort dish the chef is craving.
The Remedy Diner
The Remedy Diner offers all of the charm you’ll find at other Raleigh diners, but with a modern, alternative menu. Located in Downtown Raleigh, the cozy little diner serves vegetarian and vegan-friendly comfort food and local craft beers. Most of the items are made from scratch daily using fresh, local, and organic ingredients.
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