Cherry Bomb Grill | Dish | Indy Week
Pin It

Cherry Bomb Grill 

Cherry Bomb Grill has carefully cultivated a retro atmosphere.

Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

Cherry Bomb Grill has carefully cultivated a retro atmosphere.

Much has been made of Cherry Bomb's "Hot Rod Girl" waitresses. Don't let that bother you. The downtown Raleigh spot's loaded burgers and well-made sandwiches—not to mention its 66 beers on tap—deserve as much attention as the leggy staff members. In fact, I found the high level of service the Hot Rod Girls delivered more memorable than their high-and-tight outfits. Maybe that's just me.

Cherry Bomb replaces longtime Raleigh institution Joe's Restaurant in a somewhat challenging location on a corner at the warehouse district's edge. With its varied menu of American favorites and its self-consciously retro atmosphere, it fills a niche that needed filling on the downtown dining scene: a reliable place to grab a good burger and a brew that isn't overrun by hipsters sporting fauxhawks.

At first glance, the menu looks fairly standard, with typical focus group-approved staples. But taste the Tricked-Out Mac & Cheese ($6.95), tangy and rich with bleu cheese, bacon and sweet diced apples, and you'll realize that Cherry Bomb is as serious about delivering good food as it is about its American Graffiti vibe. Most of the starters, including the fresh, lightly battered L.A. Low Rider Fish Tacos ($6.95), are hearty enough to make a meal of, as are the pizzas ($7.95–$9.95). With toppings that include Memphis-style barbecue and Philly cheesesteak, don't expect anything to challenge a traditional Neapolitan execution, but do expect satisfaction when you sink your teeth into deep piles of cheese and toppings.

Most satisfying, though, are the burgers. Thick, juicy handmade patties come with a range of creative topping combinations. The best is The Cherry Bomb ($8.95), which boldly marries beef, bleu cheese and a tart and chewy dried-cherry marmalade. Get Dave's Wife's Potato Salad on the side and you'll wonder if she really is back there in the kitchen whipping it up.

The beer menu includes loads of locally brewed choices on tap, so finding some suds to soak up your meal is a treat. Pints are $3 on Tuesdays, and appetizers are half-price after 11 p.m.

More surprising than the high-quality food and service was how kid-friendly Cherry Bomb is. The wait staff was as indulgent of my 3-year-old's need for a fresh lemonade as they were of the need of the nearby party of 20 for another round. And they were all smiles when he got up to dance beside the booth to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

As far as I'm concerned, if you serve great beer and burgers and let my kid dance in the aisles, you can wear whatever you want.

  • Best suited for: People who like hamburgers, beer and rock 'n' roll

Related Locations

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Dish

  • Candy crush: Celebrating the Triangle's sweet tooth

    Candy crush: Celebrating the Triangle's sweet tooth

    Once you've tasted artisanal chocolate, sans the chemicals and preservatives, eating a Snickers bar is like drinking Folgers, and chasing it with a bottle of Rhinelander and a shot of Cutty Sark.
    • Dec 4, 2013
  • Escazu's new line of micro-batch chocolates

    Escazu's new line of micro-batch chocolates

    Escazu's micro-batch bars replicate the distinct flavors of the shop's four popular drinking chocolates: Spain, Xochiaya (Mexico), Italy and France.
    • Dec 4, 2013
  • Loaded for (Gummy) bear

    Loaded for (Gummy) bear

    Off Departure Drive in Raleigh, Derek and Brett Lawson manufacture the World's Largest Gummy Bear, weighing in at 5 pounds.
    • Dec 4, 2013
  • More »

Twitter Activity


Waraji, yes....I can't believe Sushi Blues and Cow Fish made the list. Harris Teeter has better sushi that these both …

by Michael Anderson on The best sushi in the Triangle (Dish)

La Piazza Pizza is second to none the best

7277 N Carolina 42, Raleigh, NC 27603

A Pure …

by goodfood85 on Pizza! On the hunt for the Triangle's best pies (Dish)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation