Mike's favorite local restaurants

Formerly hosted at mikes.city

Last Updated: January 2023

Local restaurants by city

  • Fried Chicken: Beasley’s Chicken and Honey (Link)
  • BBQ and Fried Chicken: The Pit (Link)
  • BBQ: Sam Jones BBQ (Link)
  • BBQ: Clyde Cooper's (Link)
  • Bubble Tea: Moge Tee (Link)
  • Cinnamon Rolls: Morning Rolls (Link)
  • Donuts: Baker's Dozen (Link)
  • Donuts: Bright Spot Donuts (Link)
  • Upscale New American, awesome mac and cheese: Poole’s Downtown Diner (Link)
  • Dumplings and Noodles: David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar (Link)
  • Burgers: MoJoe’s (Link)
  • Burgers: Player’s Retreat (Link)
  • Burgers: Wilson's Eatery (Link)
  • Cocktails: Killjoy (Link)
  • Sushi: City Market Sushi (Link)
  • Sushi: Waraji (Link)
  • Burgers and Sushi: CowFish (Link)
  • Mexican/Southern Fusion: Jose and Sons (Link)
  • Mexican: Taqueria El Toro (Link)
  • Lebanese: Sassool (Link)
  • Liquor bars: Fox Liquor Bar, Foundation
  • Korean Chicken Wings: Soo Cafe (Link)
  • Laotian: Bida Manda (Link)
  • Fried Pickles: Lynwood Grill & Brewing Concern (Link)
  • Italian: Caffé Luna (Link)
  • Italian: Casa Carbone (Link)
  • Italian: Assagio's (Link)
  • Italian: Vivo Ristorante (Link)
  • Pizza: Oakwood Pizza Box (Link)
  • Pizza (Neapolitan): Poole'side Pies (Link)
  • Ramen: Miso Ramen Bar (Link)
  • Ramen: Tonbo (Link)
  • Taiwanese and Sake: Heirloom (Link)
  • Taiwanese and Bubble Tea: Cha House (Link)
  • Salads and Juice: Happy and Hale (Link)
  • Sandwiches: Carroll's Kitchen (Link)
  • Sandwiches: Manhattan Cafe (Link)
  • Bakery: Boulted Bread (Link)
  • Bagels, Breakfast Sandwiches, and Pizza: Benchwarmers (Link)
  • Vietnamese: Midtown Pho (Link)
  • Croissants and Pastries: Layered Croissanterie (Link)
  • Local Beer: Crank Arm, Trophy, Brewery Bhavana, Lone Rider, Full Steam, Gizmo, Wicked Weed

  • Poke Bowls: Zenfish (Link)
  • Barbecue (and beers): Brew-N-Que (Link)
  • Bubble Tea: Kung Fu Tea (Link)
  • Chicken and Waffles: Dame's Chicken and Waffles (Link)
  • Lebanese: Sassool (Link)
  • Japanese: Little Tokyo (Link)
  • Chinese: C&T Wok (Link)
  • Chinese: Szechuan Garden (Link)
  • Chinese (Szechuan): Taipei 101 (Link)
  • Chinese (Szechuan): Chengdu 7 (Link)
  • Indian: Biryani Maxx (Link)
  • Indian: Anjappar (Link)
  • Italian: Alex & Teresa's Trattoria(Link)
  • Mexican: a'Verde Cocina + Tequila Library(Link)
  • Nepalese: Himalayan Range (Link)
  • Ramen: Miso Ramen Bar (Link)
  • Tex-Mex: Superica (Link)
  • Turkish: Istanbul Restaurant (Link)
  • Vietnamese: Taste Vietnamese (Link)
  • Ice Cream: FRESH. Local Ice Cream (Link)
  • Local Beer: Bond Brothers (Link)

  • Ramen: Dashi (Link)
  • Poke Bowls: Zenfish (Link)
  • BBQ and Chicken: Picnic (Link)
  • Chicken and Waffles: Dame's Chicken and Waffles (Link)
  • Ice Cream: Parlour (Link)
  • Local Beer: Ponysaurus (Link)
  • Local Beer: Fullsteam (Link)
  • Korean Fusion: Namu (Link)

  • Burgers: Buns (Link)
  • Burgers: Al's Burger Shack (Link)

  • Pizza: Pie-zano's (Link) - Rolesville
  • Burritos: Carrburritos (Link) - Carrborro
  • Ice Cream: Sunni Sky’s (Link) – Angier
  • Ice Cream: Maple View Creamery (Link) – Hillsborough
  • BBQ: Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q (Link) – Willow Spring
  • Burritos: Flaming Amy's (Link) – Wilmington/Carolina Beach

  • La Perla Cocina (Link) – San Diego, CA

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