Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
237 S. Wilmington Street
We tried Beasley’s with a bunch of fellow foodies, two of whom are huge fans of the spot. It’s a concept restaurant by Ashley Christiansen, a two-times James Beard nominee, which is a huge honor. The space sells only fried chicken and sides. You can get that chicken by the quarter-bird in white or dark portions ($7.50), as part of a sandwich ($6.50), or with waffles ($10), but the waffles are only available in the morning and late at night.
The largest focus of the menu is actually on drinks, and I think that’s where Beasley’s shines the most. There are a number of champagne and soda options and smaller general wine and beer listings. The specialty cocktails ($9) are pretty delicious. I, of course, had to try one, as did most of our group. We embrace the lush.
That’s the Norman Collins, made with spiced rum, ginger, lime, soda, and chocolate chile bitters. Those bitters are what pushes this drink to excellence. I’ve often found that crazy-sounding bitters combinations come off too subtly in a drink, but you could taste these prominently, and they went super well with the other ingredients, making what could be an ordinary drink into an amazing one.
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Capital Club 16
16 W. Martin Street
About a week and a half ago, I went to Capital Club 16 with the Social Media Supper Club, which is always a fun time of trying a restaurant together.
The Supper Club tw-eaters this go-round.
I quite liked Capital Club 16, which may be related to its reputation as a hipster locale—I think I meet several of the vastly changing definitions of hipster, and I’m not afraid to admit it. Especially when being hipster means enjoying a relaxed dinner in a room with tasteful, rather than boring, white walls full of light and most importantly, delicious cocktails.
That is the Moore County Moonshine cocktail, made with Gentleman Jack moonshine, peach-mint preserves, triple sec, and a mint sprig garnish. The peach-mint combination made for a delicious drink that was just a little too sweet.
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2014 Fairview Rd.
Five Points, Raleigh
Hours: Mon—Fri 11 am—3 pm
Tues—Thurs 5:30 pm—9 pm
Fri—Sat 5:30 pm—10:00pm
Sandwiches and Small Plate Fare: $8.50—$9.50
Entree Fare: $10—$16
NOFO @ the Pig is a nifty mixture of gift store, food market, and restaurant. My companions and I had a fun time trying to guess what NOFO could stand for, since we weren’t north of any street that started with Fo. Lo and behold, the Internet! NOFO @ the Pig is one of three stores named for the original NOFO, or North Fourth Street, in Wilmington. We were there at night, so the shop, located on the top floor, was closed, but it looks awfully inviting for gift shop explorers like me. Whimsy best describes the restaurant’s atmosphere.
Apparently, this is the former site of a Piggy Wiggly, and NOFO has reclaimed some of the store’s fixtures as design elements, along with a circus’s palette of colors and polka-dotted tables. It’s a great atmosphere—don’t miss the central chandelier with glass-blown pigs!
We started with a couple of drinks from the bar, and they most certainly made a good mint julep.
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