Looking for the best restaurants and eats in these vibrant and popular cities right next to Raleigh? Cary and Apex have got some great options besides the usual chain offerings that you usually find in the area! Ethnic eats like Indian, Korean, Italian, and Chinese along with other great dining options. Cary has come such a long way with its food scene over the last five years! These best restaurants span the price range from high to low and yes, Herons is probably the best restaurant in the state but not on this list given how pricey it is. (Updated on 1/9/2023)
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The 12 best restaurants in Cary and Apex
1. A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library
From Top Chef, Katsuji Tanabi, A’Verde Cocina offers up a modern and flavorful take on Mexican cuisine with some twists. Enjoy a flaming fajita plate, pork belly tacos, bubbling cocktails, and more in this chic and fun spot.
2. Bosphorus Restaurant
A wonderful, family-run restaurant, and hidden gem for Turkish kebabs, pides, and more. Healthy eats with great flavor, take advantage of their patio and BYOB option on warmer days…
3. Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
A casual cafe specializing in the quirky but delicious fried chicken and waffles combo! Put on the stretchy pants if you’re dining at Dames, the fried chicken is stellar along with their creative schmears, waffle toppings, and Southern sides.
4. Daniel’s Restaurant
Classic Italian-American cuisine in a slightly upscale setting with excellent service. Don’t miss their focaccia bread starter or penne alla vodka, the plates are huge and delicious here.
5. Di Fara Pizza Tavern
An NC take on the classic Brooklyn pizza joint, opened by the nephew of Domenic Di Fara! Wonderful NY pizza with high-quality ingredients, great pizza crust, and generous toppings. Quaff down a delicious craft beer with your classic Italian pie.
6. Doherty’s Irish Pub
A modern Irish pub with all the beer and trimmings along with very good pub fare. A fantastic spot for a whiskey or beer along with hearty bar eats, don’t miss their fish and chips, boxties, or Shepherd’s pie.
7. Himalayan Nepali Cuisine
🏬 Himalayan Nepali Cuisine
A wonderful spot for Nepali-Indian cuisine in Cary, Himalayan Nepali Cuisine offers up a ginger-lemon tea along with great entrees to get your meal started. This humble eatery is family-run and brings some great Nepali cuisine to the public.
8. Himalayan Range Nepali
A hidden gem offering flavorful S. Asian eats in generous portions for not much money. Awesome Manchurian gobi (cauliflower), chili chicken, and naan bread in a comfortable and pleasant dining room.
9. Mookie’s NY Deli
This casual Jewish deli serves up all the classics including over-stuffed sandwiches, corned beef, pastrami, turkey, and much more. Their bagels are imported from NYC!
10. Pizzeria Faulisi
Some of the best thin-crust Neapolitan pizza in the Triangle in a comfortable, casual setting. Do not miss their classic individual pies, Italian sides, and enjoy drinks at SideBar or Bond Brothers Beer afterward!
11. Super Wok
Spicy, flavorful, and ethnic Chinese fare that’s out of the ordinary. Great for take-out or dine-in, some of my favorite dishes include their dan-dan noodles, twice-cooked pork belly, or dry-fried string beans.
🏬 Superica (Tex-Mex) – Fenton
A beautiful and modern take on Tex-Mex from Chef Ford Fry! Enjoy tacos al carbon, enchiladas, and a migas plate in a lovely dining room or covered patio at Fenton. The food here is fresh and full of flavor!