Mellow Mushroom: Great Selection of Pizzas
Mellow Mushroom is an eclectic pizza restaurant in Cary, though they have locations throughout the Triangle and beyond. I come here somewhat regularly and the food and service are consistently good. Every year we do a First Day Hike on New Years Eve and come here for pizza and beers afterwards. They have the best pizza around and it's a nice way to celebrate the new year. In addition to pizza, they also soups, salads, sandwiches, hoagies, calzones and a full bar with a good selection of craft beers on draft. The service has always been friendly and quick, whether just as a couple or with a big group. The "mellow" theme pervades the restaurant with psychedelic art and decorations and hippy names on the menu (appetizers are listed as "munchies", lol).
Favorite Dish: The pizza, of course! My favorite is the buffalo chicken pizza with buffalo chicken, onions, bacon, and hot sauce.
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Moe's Southwest Grill: Afternoon Snack
This was an afternoon snack stop - I had a very enjoyable fajitas and water. The portions were large and very enjoyable. The one negative point, may be that you only receive three wraps with the portion - 4 would be better!
The store was clean and tidy, staff were freindly and the atmosphere was great too.
Maggie Moo's: Afternoon Dessert
After my afternoon snack, I called into the nearby Maggie Moo's - where I had an incredibly large portion of ice cream and a coffee.
Sitting outside in the summer heat and sunshine, eating ice cream was an excellent Sunday afternoon experience.
Neo China: Chinese Dim Sum - Cantonese Style
On a weekend lunch time, if one lives in Cary, and does not want to drive as far as to Durham, this is the best place to have Chinese/Cantonese style Dim Sum.
The deco is modern. Waiting staff push carts with a wide variety of small dishes around. Ask them if you are not familiar with any of the dish. Some waiting stuff speak fluent English, others less so, but good enough to explain to you what in each dish most of the times.
Besides dim sum, they also serve 'regular' dishes that you would find in many other Chinese restaurants locally. The quality and tast are up to individual standards and taste buds.
It is a rather popular place (keep in mind that there is a big Asian population in Cary). You would see many families eating here during the weekend.
Favorite Dish: Seafood is my favorite, so usually I would pick any dish made of seafood. See the website for their Dim Sum menu. Vegetarian would find many dishes here as well, many dishes are made of soya products, also my favorite.
Shrimp with rice noodles
Eggplant with tufo
Crab claws with shrimp
Biaggi's: Great Italian
It is a chain, but a good chain! We were there many times now, and always had very good food.
It opens daily 11 AM to 11 PM, that means if you can basically eat any time you want during that time period.
It has a very comfortable dining hall, staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.
Favorite Dish: Fettuccini with Lobster $11.95
“Black fettuccini tossed with lobster and wild mushrooms in a white wine and scallion cream sauce. “
Chilean Sea Bass $14.95 (excellent sea bass at much lower a price than other restaurants)
“Fresh fillet of moist and flaky Chilean sea bass brushed with herb-garlic oil and seared on iron. Served with a roasted red pepper cream sauce, sautéed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes.”
Calamari alla Griglia $5.95
Pasta Special (w/wild mushroom) $7.95
Chicken Pietro $10.95
Chicken alla Emilia $ 13.95 (two pieces of chicken quarters stuffed with spinach and cheese, very tender very juicy, for those who do not like skin, you can always peel it off; plus three pieces of slightly fried potato+cheese balls/hashbrowns ).
Shrimp Oreganata $14.95 (Shrimp battered with couscous sauteed, come with angelhair pasta)
Zuppa del Giorno $3.95 (clear base soup with lentals, not pureed, and button mushroom)
Midori Steakhouse/Sports Sushi Bar: Sushi and Sports Bar
It has Jazz music on Wednesdays
Open hours: 11 AM - 2 AM daily
Later, for now, read their own website
Favorite Dish: Appetizers:
Shrimp Shu-Mai $5.95 (very good, steamed, fresh shrimp and very thin wrapping)
Sashimi Deluxe $ 19.95
Chirashi Sushi $ 15.95
And many more (one could have steaks, too), see their website
Sushi Thai: Large selection of Sushi and Thai food
A relaxed place with boat shape sushi bar. Sushi comes in boats as well.
The sister restaurant is in Raleigh (I will add onto Raleigh page later). The Raleigh one has much more elaborated deco: the tables in Cary location are all rather simple, but the ones in Raleigh are all w/ a fancy wood carved top (not sure if directly shipped from Thailand), then topped with a piece of glass.
Favorite Dish: The sushi is fresh. Besides common types of rolls and sashimi, they also offer sushi rolls with own twist, e.g., adding soft cheese etc - some people like it, while others do not.
- Sushi/Sashimi Boat for one $28
With sushi, sashimi and miso soup (OR salad).
This will be enough for a regular sushi lover, even enough for two for light eaters.
- Pad Thai/Vegetables $8.95 (add shrimp, chicken or pork would be a bit more)
"Stir fried noodles with pad thai sauce, egg, bean sprouts and ground roasted peanuts"
Good but the sauce sometimes is a bit too sweet.
We tried some other stir-fried dishes, which are not too great.
See their official website for menu.
Ruth's Chris Steak House: Serious Steaks!
This was once again suggested by the excellent concierge service of The Umstead hotel - as it was near by, I used the free shuttle service. I was unsure what to expect, and in fact was blown away by the srevice and the food. It does seem as if the Cary area has some wonderful restaurants and eateries.
Favorite Dish: I had a well done regular fillet (12oz) no butter. I also had a steakhouse salad. I did not have a dessert but it did seem as if they were all large and they looked wonderfully enjoyable.
Take a box when they offer it to you! For the desserts at least.
They also had a good coffee available.
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ãn: New World Cuisine
The restaurant was suggested by the hotel - in fact it is another local business owned by the Goodknights who also own The Umstead and of course SAS. It was a very pleasant experience and I have to say that the portions were large and reasonably priced.
I was seated at 20.30 and it was fairly busy in the main dining areas, private dining and the bar area.
Favorite Dish: Try the Bengal Rolls and then be adventurous with the menu.
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Pei Wei Asian Diner: An Asian diner worth visiting!
I had a day to fill before I boarded my flight home which was at 18.10 on a Saturday evening in May. Jefferson, a concierge at the hotel recommended this to me along with a particular chicken dish. I did not take the food suggestion - but the diner was a great place to visit.
Favorite Dish: The menu has many great things to pick from and of course the portions are quite large too. Start with chicken lettuce wraps and take it from there!
Ma Ma Wok: Chinese Dim Sum
The restaurant's deco definitely do not match its food. The dinning hall looks like in a fast food restaurant (it probably needs a 'face lift'), but it really serves some authentic Chinese dishes that most other 'Chinese' restaurants not.
It serves different style of Dim Sum from NeoChina on Maynard and High House intersection.
See reviews on 'city search'.
Favorite Dish: It serves Shanghai/Taiwan style Dim Sum at lunch time of Sat/Sun only: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM. The price is really reasonable (see menu). You would see singles have their meals there, as well as family event, or a big group dinner on Chinese New Year's eve.
My favorite Dim Sum:
You tiao: jumbo fried dough
Fan tuan: salty rice ball
Xun yu: Shanghai/Suzhou style smoked fish
Ma la luo pian: Sea conch in hot sauce
Xian xia jiu cai bing: Shrimp & Chinese chive dumpling
Stir fried soya beans with diced chicken
Steamed cod fish with soya bean crumbs
La ShiSh Greek & Lebanese Cafe: Greek and Middle-East
Small family run restaurant. Cozy. Outdoor tables available.
The owners are very friendly.
Favorite Dish: Appetizer Combinations $7.50, comes with (quoted from their own ads):
- Hummus: “Hearty garbanzo beans blended w/ fresh lemon jiuce, fresh garlic & tahini/saseme sauce”
- Baba ghanoush: “Charcoal broiled eggplant blended w/ lemon jiuce, garlic and tahini sauce”
- Falafel: “Vegetable patties of garbanzo mixed w/ fresh parsley & spices”
- Tratziki dip: “Low fat ogurt, shaved cucumber, fresh garlic, lemon juice, dry mint”
- Stuffed grape leaves: “Filled with rice, thinly diced tomato, fresh parsley, mixed w/ extra virgin olive oil”
Lebanese Platter/Veggie $9.00
Tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, hummus, stuffed grape leaves and falafel
Athenian Platter $10.50 including
- Skewer of chickne souvlaki
- Home made spanakopeta “Spanich pie-traditional Greek: spinach w/ a blend of feta and ricotta cheese, sauteed onions, dill, rolled in fillo dought, and baked to perfection”
- Rice pilaf
They also serve ‘low-carb specials’. But the pita bread is too good to let go.
Very tasty food.
Little Tokyo: Interesting Japanese
Small and quiet
Favorite Dish: Edamame $3.95
Pad Thai $10.95
Shrimp $ 3.95
Lunch bento box
Very tasty food, interesting menu
Babymoon Cafe: Interesting Italian
Casual, relax. Outdoor dining available.
Favorite Dish: Healthy, light, and tasty food. Could be innovative.
Italian queso $ 7.95
Malina $ 8.50
Salmon Special $17.95
Asuka Japanese: Best shrimp sashimi
This is a new Japanese restaurant recently open. At the lunch time, it is packed.
Japanese deco with Japanese screen windows and a giant tako (drum) at the center of one wall. It has a large dining room, plus a few private Japanese style rooms.
It is not the cheapest in the area.
Favorite Dish: I had Deluxe Sashimi.
Excellent quality. Very fresh.
Plus they have a few items other local Japanese restaurants do not have: white tuna, fresh sweet shrimp and so on.
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