This isn’t your typical post describing popular attractions like the wonderful museums and the historical places to visit in Raleigh. There are plenty of sites like Visit Raleigh that already do that. Instead, I will walk you through a real life experience that I had when my family recently came to visit.
The one request that my visitors had was to try some authentic North Carolina BBQ. The first place that came to mind was The Pit. Knowing how popular The Pit is, we decided to make reservations for 1:15 on Saturday afternoon. That decision paid off as the wait for walk-ins was at least an hour when we arrived. We started off with the deviled eggs and Pumpkin Cornbread then moved on to enjoying The Pit’s famous BBQ.
After lunch, we decided to go across the street and take a tour of Videri Chocolate Factory. This is my new favorite place to take visitors. The chocolate is great and the atmosphere is just as good. The employees are also very friendly and helpful. We took the tour, tasted some samples, and bought our chocolate to eat later.
Next, we strolled over to Tasty Beverage. We looked around at their expansive beer selection and had a small glass of pumpkin beer from the little bar in the back.
We wanted to take a break from consumption and walk off lunch and the beer so we went over to check out Raleigh Denim. They had a pretty cool workshop there. High-end fashion isn’t really my thing but it was cool to at least take a look at since I had never been before.
After our little break, it was time to get back to the gluttonous theme of the day so we walked over to Crank Arm Brewing. This was the first time I’d been there so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The atmosphere was nice. It was easy for everyone to talk and hear each other. We tried out the wheel of beers and then decided to move on to Glenwood South.
We started at The Cupcake Shoppe. I had a peanut butter cup cupcake and then we all split a plain jane cupcake (vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream) which was delicious. We had enough to hold us over on food for a while so we went a few doors down to The Raleigh Wine Shop.
We were a little late for the free scheduled tasting so we had to settle for the Wine Station. The wine station is a wine dispensing system that dispenses 1,2, and 4 oz pours. As we were sampling wine, the conversation somehow led to Sushi. This got everybody in the mood for it so we paid for our wine samples and walked over to Sushi O.
I had the Shrimp Tempura Roll and a few of us sipped on some saki. This was a new experience for me as I had never had Sushi before. I still don’t think I’m going to become a big sushi fan like I know some people are, but I enjoyed the experience of it nonetheless. After our long day of eating and drinking, we were all pretty exhausted so we headed home.
I hope you found the post informative and will consider taking this little tour for yourself. Please leave a comment if you do. I’d like to hear about your experience.