Over at Five Points in Raleigh is the often overlooked Point at Glenwood. Hiding, right out there in the open, you typically drive by unless you're catching a movie at the Rialto or hitting up the post office. Maybe it's the limited street parking up front but I rarely hear this place mentioned which is sort of a shame. Because the Point does a great job as a neighborhood bar and grill, serving up a broad array of bar classics along with some unusual, ethnic twists. Think neighborhood bar that has done so well, it's become a solid restaurant WITH a nice bar!
Inside the Point they've got a long, classic bar on the left that can get a bit boisterous with their happy hour specials. They've been known to do wine tastings, poker tournaments and more in this bar area so it's usually a busy spot. The dining room is spacious and more subdued with a nice wood-burning oven in back. They've got your usual bar fare revolving around sandwiches, pizza, burgers and wings but some more interesting options like fried plantains, dim sum, paella and fajitas. During my last visit, I tried out their buffalo wings along with a steak sandwich and it was all well done. The wings were plump with a light spicy sauce and crisped skin. The steak sandwich was decent and served with a nice melty layer of cheese but the star was their onion rings. Thin onion rings with a crispy and crunchy coating, they remind me of the classic rings I would get in New England at seafood shacks. Love these bad boys!
Service is usually solid at the Point but can be a bit inconsistent at times. And if you can't find parking on Glenwood, slide through that narrow opening between buildings to get to a large back lot. Just be aware that the back lot is dark and NOT well-lit, you'll have to work your way the long way around the buildings unless you navigate back through that tight entryway. Just a safety pre-caution for the ladies. So yeah, I do like the Point because it's a neighborhood icon with solid eats and an eclectic menu. While you may think more about dining at Lilly's or Hayes Barton Cafe for your next visit to the Rialto and Five Points, don't forget the Point for its diverse menu and cozy neighborhood setting. Bon appetit!
1626 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608