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Wine & Dine

African

Queen of Sheba
Timberlyne Shopping Center, 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill
919-932-4986
www.queenofshebachapelhill.com

finalists

Abyssinia
Ashee Ethiopian Cuisine
The Palace International

Bagel

Bruegger's Bagels
Various locations
www.brueggers.com

finalists

The Alpine Bagel Company
The Bagel Bar
Monuts
New York Bagel and Deli III
Panera Bread

Barbecue

The Pit
328 W Davie St, Raleigh
919-890-4500
www.thepit-raleigh.com

finalists

Allen & Son
Clyde Cooper's BBQ
The Pig
The Q Shack

Biscuits

Rise
8200 Renaissance Pkwy, Suite 1003, Durham
919-248-2992
www.risebiscuitsdonuts.com

finalists

The Flying Biscuit Cafe
Neal's Deli
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

Breakfast

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St, Durham
919-416-3823
www.elmosdiner.com
Carr Mill Mall, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro
919-929-2909
www.elmosdinercarrboro.com

finalists

Brigs
The Flying Biscuit Cafe
Rick's Diner & Catering Company
Rise<

Burger in Durham

Bull City Burger and Brewery
107 E Parrish St, Durham
919-680-2333
www.bullcityburgerandbrewery.com

Only Burger
3710 Shannon Rd, Suite 118, Durham
919-937-9377
www.onlyburger.com

finalists

Dain's Place
Five Guys

Burger in Orange/Chatham County

Buns
107 N Columbia St, Chapel Hill
919-240-4746
www.bunsofchapelhill.com

finalists

Acme
Five Guys
Sandwhich
Sutton's Drug Store

Burger in Wake County

Chuck's
237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh
919-322-0126
www.ac-restaurants.com/chucks

finalists

Char-Grill
Five Guys
Tribeca Tavern

Burrito

Carrburritos
711 W Rosemary St, Carrboro
919-933-8226
www.carrburritos.com

finalists

Chipotle
Chubby's Tacos
Cosmic Cantina
The Flying Burrito

Business lunch

Toast
345 W Main St, Durham
919-683-2183
www.toast-fivepoints.com

finalists

18 Seaboard
Capital Club 16
Mez

Cajun

Papa Mojo's Roadhouse
Greenwood Commons, 5410 NC Hwy 55, Suite Y, Durham
919-361-2222
www.papamojosroadhouse.com

finalists

Battistella's
The Big Easy
Cajun Cafe & Grill

Caribbean or Cuban

Old Havana Sandwich Shop
310 E Main St, Durham
919-667-9525
www.oldhavanaeats.com

finalists

Cuban Revolution
Gregoria's Kitchen
Havana Grill
Oakwood Cafe

Catering

Durham Catering Company
3710 Shannon Rd, Suite 117, Durham
919-383-3000
www.durhamcatering.com

finalists

Catering Works
Mediterranean Deli
Rocky Top Catering

Chef in Durham County

Matt Kelly, Mateo & Vin Rouge
109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham
919-530-8700
www.mateotapas.com
2010 Hillsborough Rd, Durham
919-416-0466
www.vinrougerestaurant.com

finalists

Amy Tornquist, Watts Grocery & Sage and Swift
Billy Cotter, Toast
Scott Howell, Nana's & Nanataco
Shane Ingram, Four Square

Chef in Orange/Chatham County

Andrea Reusing, Lantern
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-969-8846
www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists

Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto
Bill Smith, Crook's Corner
Colin Bedford, Fearrington House Restaurant
Vimala Rajendran, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Chef in Wake County

Ashley Christensen, AC Restaurants
www.ac-restaurants.com

finalists

Caroline Morrison, The Fiction Kitchen
Jake Wolf, Capital Club 16
Jason Smith, 18 Seaboard & Cantina 18
Scott Crawford, The Umstead

Chinese

Gourmet Kingdom
301 E Main St, Carrboro
919-932-7222
www.thegourmetkingdom.com

finalists

Happy China
Jade Palace
Neo-China

Cupcake

Sugarland
140 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-929-2100
Cameron Village, 2031 Cameron St, Raleigh
919-835-2100
www.sugarlandchapelhill.com

finalists

The Cupcake Bar
The Cupcake Shoppe
DaisyCakes
Gigi's Cupcakes

Deli

Neal's Deli
100 E Main St, Carrboro
919-967-2185
www.nealsdeli.com

finalists

Bull Street Gourmet & Market
Mediterranean Deli
Village Deli & Grill

Desserts

Sugarland
140 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-929-2100
Cameron Village, 2031 Cameron St, Raleigh
919-835-2100
www.sugarlandchapelhill.com

finalists

Guglhupf
Hayes Barton Cafe
Southern Season

Food truck

Only Burger
919-937-9377
www.onlyburger.com

finalists

American Meltdown
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
KoKyu BBQ
Pie Pushers

French

Vin Rouge
2010 Hillsborough Rd, Durham
919-416-0466
www.vinrougerestaurant.com

finalists

Coquette
Provence
Rue Cler

Fries

Five Guys
Various locations
www.fiveguys.com

finalists

Buns
Chuck's
Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

Frozen dessert

Sugarland

140 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-929-2100
Cameron Village, 2031 Cameron St, Raleigh
919-835-2100
www.sugarlandchapelhill.com

finalists

Goodberry's Frozen Custard
Locopops
The Parlour

German

Guglhupf
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Suite 1, Durham
919-401-2600

www.guglhupf.com

finalists

Bavarian Brathaus
Capital Club 16
J. Betski's
Milltown

Greek

Mediterranean Deli
410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-967-2666
www.mediterraneandeli.com

finalists

Kipos
Neomonde
Spartacus
Taverna Agora

Grilled cheese

American Meltdown
www.americanmeltdown.org

finalists

Relish
The Federal
Toast

Hot dog

Snoopy's
Various www.snoopys.com

finalists

Cloos' Coney Island

Hot Dogs and Brew
Neal's Deli
The Roast Grill

Indian

Sitar Indian Cuisine
3630 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham
919-490-1326
www.sitar-indiancuisine.com

finalists

Mantra
Mint
Raaga Chapel Hill
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Innovative menu

Mateo
109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham
919-530-8700
www.mateotapas.com

finalists

Buku
The Fiction Kitchen
Lantern

Irish pub

Tir Na Nog
218 S Blount St, Raleigh
919-833-7795
www.tnnirishpub.com

finalists

Bull McCabes Irish Pub
Hibernian
James Joyce

Italian

411 West
411 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-967-2782
www.411west.com

finalists

Bella Monica
Gravy
Pop's

Japanese

Mura
4121 Main at North Hills, Suite 110, Raleigh
919-781-7887
www.muranorthhills.com

finalists

Akai Hana
Kanki
Waraji
Yamazushi

Kids' menu at local restaurant

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St, Durham
919-416-3823
www.elmosdiner.com
Carr Mill Mall, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro
919-929-2909
www.elmosdinercarrboro.com

finalists

Carolina Ale House
Tribeca Tavern
Venable Rotisserie Bistro

Late-night munchies

Cosmic Cantina
1920 Perry St, Durham
919-286-1875
128 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-960-3955

finalists

Cook-Out
The Raleigh Times Bar
Time-Out

Local pizza

Lilly's Pizza
1813 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
919-833-0226
810 W Peabody St, Durham
919-797-2554
www.lillyspizza.com

finalists

Amante
Mellow Mushroom
Pizzeria Toro
Randy's Pizza

Mexican/Latin American in Durham County

Dos Perros
200 N Mangum St, Durham
919-956-2750
www.dosperrosrestaurant.com

finalists

Chubby's Tacos
Mez
Nanataco
Torero's

Mexican/Latin American in Orange/Chatham County

Fiesta Grill
3307 NC Hwy 54 W, Chapel Hill
919-928-9002
www.fiestagrill.us

finalists

Bandido's
Carrburritos
Margaret's Cantina
Monterrey

Mexican/Latin American in Wake County

Dos Taquitos
5629 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh
919-787-3373
410 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
919-835-9010
www.dostaquitosnc.com

finalists

Centro
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Tres Magueyes

Middle Eastern

Mediterranean Deli
410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-967-2666
www.mediterraneandeli.com

finalists

Baba Ghannouj
Neomonde
Sitti

Milkshake

Cook-Out
Various locations
www.cookoutnc.com

finalists

Char-Grill
Chuck's
Goodberry's Frozen Custard

New restaurant in Durham County

Mateo
109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham
919-530-8700
www.mateotapas.com

finalists

Monuts
Pizzeria Toro
Rise

New restaurant in Orange/Chatham County

Kipos
431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-425-0760
www.kiposgreektaverna.com

finalists

Lucha Tigre
Oakleaf
Venable Rotisserie Bistro

New restaurant in Wake County

The Fiction Kitchen
428 S Dawson St, Raleigh
919-831-4177
www.thefictionkitchen.com

finalists

Bida Manda
Bolt Bistro & Bar
Top This!

Outdoor dining in Durham County

Geer Street Garden
644 Foster St, Durham
919-688-2900

www.geerstreetgarden.com

finalists

Alivia's Durham Bistro
Guglhupf
Vin Rouge

Outdoor dining in Orange/Chatham County

Top of the Hill
100 E Franklin St, 3rd Floor, Chapel Hill
919-929-8676
www.thetopofthehill.com

finalists

Acme
Crook's Corner
Weaver Street Market

Outdoor dining in Wake County

Boylan Bridge Brewpub
201 S Boylan Ave, Raleigh
919-803-8927
www.boylanbridge.com

finalists

Humble Pie
Mellow Mushroom
The Raleigh Times Bar
Vivace

Pie

PieBird
618 N Person St, Raleigh
919-508-7612
www.piebirdraleigh.com

Foster's Market
Scratch
Southern Season

Restaurant with gluten-free options

Sawasdee
3601 Capital Blvd, Raleigh
919-878-0049
6204 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
919-781-7599
www.sawasdeeraleigh.com

finalists

Bella Monica
The Fiction Kitchen
Sugarland

Ribs

The Pit
328 W Davie St, Raleigh
919-890-4500
www.thepit-raleigh.com

finalists

The Blue Note Grill
Hillsborough BBQ Company
The Q Shack

Romantic restaurant

Lantern
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-969-8846
www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists

411 West
Nana's
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
Vin Rouge

Salad

Saladelia
Various locations
www.saladelia.com

finalists

Lilly's Pizza
Sweet Tomatoes
Whole Foods Market

Sandwich

Sandwhich
407 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-929-2114
www.sandwhich.biz

finalists

Neal's Deli
Parker and Otis
Toast

Seafood

Squid's
1201 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill
919-942-8757
www.squidsrestaurant.com

finalists

42nd St. Oyster Bar
Blu Seafood and Bar
Bonefish Grill

Southern cuisine

Mama Dip's
408 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill
919-942-5837
www.mamadips.com

finalists

Crook's Corner
Lucky 32
The Pit
Watts Grocery

Steak

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
919-781-2444
www.angusbarn.com

finalists

Bin 54
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sullivan's

Steak & cheese

Anvil's Cheesesteaks
2893 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh
919-854-0558
www.anvilscheesesteaks.com

finalists

Italian Pizzeria III
Jersey Mike's
Randy's Pizza

Subs

Jersey Mike's
Various locations
www.jerseymikes.com

finalists

Firehouse Subs
Jimmy John's
Subway
Which Wich

Sunday brunch in Durham County

Watts Grocery
1116 Broad St, Durham
919-416-5040
www.wattsgrocery.com

finalists

Guglhupf
Rue Cler
Vin Rouge

Sunday brunch in Orange/Chatham County

Acme
110 E Main St, Carrboro
919-929-2263
www.acmecarrboro.com

finalists

411 West
Crook's Corner
Elmo's Diner
Weathervane at Southern Season

Sunday brunch in Wake County

Brigs
Various locations
www.brigs.com

finalists

Capital Club 16
Coquette
Humble Pie
The Irregardless

Sushi

Tasu/Shiki Sushi
207 NC Hwy 54, Durham
919-484-4108
8919 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh
919-544-8474
2007 Walnut St, Cary
919-896-7289
www.tasunc.com

finalists

Akai Hana
Sono
Sushi Love

Taquería

Chubby's Tacos
Various locations
www.chubbystacos.com

finalists

Los Comales
Nanataco
Taqueria la Vaquita

Thai

Thai Cafe
2501 University Dr, Durham
919-493-9794
3309 Rogers Rd, Wake Forest
919-453-1679
www.thaicafenc.com

finalists

Sawasdee
Sushi Thai
Thai Palace
Twisted Noodles

Turkish

Talulla's
456 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-933-1177
www.talullas.com

finalists

Bosphorus
Mediterranean Deli
Troy Mezze Lounge

Vegan friendly

The Fiction Kitchen
428 S Dawson St, Raleigh
919-831-4177
www.thefictionkitchen.com

finalists

Sage
The Remedy Diner
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Vegetarian friendly

The Fiction Kitchen
428 S Dawson St, Raleigh
919-831-4177
www.thefictionkitchen.com

finalists

Spotted Dog
The Irregardless
The Remedy Diner

Veggie burger

Buns
107 N Columbia St, Chapel Hill
919-240-4746
www.bunsofchapelhill.com

finalists

Bull City Burger and Brewery
BurgerFi
Chuck's
Only Burger

Vietnamese

Lime & Basil
200 W Franklin St, Suite 130, Chapel Hill
919-967-5055
www.limeandbasil.com

finalists

Bahn's Cuisine
Dalat Oriental Restaurant
Pho 9N9
Pho Far East

Wait staff in Durham County

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St, Durham
919-416-3823
www.elmosdiner.com

finalists

Mateo
Nana's
Watts Grocery

Wait staff in Orange/Chatham County

Lantern
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill
919-969-8846
www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists

Acme
Crook's Corner
Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Wait staff in Wake County

Bella Monica
3121 Edwards Mill Rd, Suite 103, Raleigh
919-881-9778
www.bellamonica.com

finalists

Angus Barn
Capital Club 16
The Fiction Kitchen

Wine list

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh
919-781-2444
www.angusbarn.com

finalists

Glasshalfull
Mateo
Six Plates

Wings

Ba-Da Wings
302 E Main St, Suite B, Carrboro
919-960-0656
2161 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh
919-832-3902
www.badawings.com

finalists

Buffalo Brothers
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Wild Wing Cafe
Wings Over Chapel Hill


Corrections: In the accompanying photos, pictured is Triangle Krav Maga (not Krav Maga Raleigh).

  • House painter: The full company name is Primary Painting of Cary (not just Primary Painting).
  • Local fashion designer: A line break was missing between Rocket Betty and Stitch.
  • Bike shop: The Bicycle Chain website is www.thebicyclechain.com (not www.bicyclechain.com).
  • Hair salon in Wake County: The company name is Blo (not Blow).

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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