Cameron Village in Raleigh, North Carolina, built in 1949, is one of the first planned communities in the United States. It includes both residential neighborhoods and a shopping district that has small shops, many of them locally owned, casual neighborhood restaurants and more upscale options for eating and drinking.
The Flying Biscuit Cafe serves breakfast and dinner options regardless of the time of day. With bright colors and painted murals adorning the wall, its atmosphere is whimsical. Breakfast options are diverse and include organic oatmeal pancakes topped with warm peach compote; smoked salmon scrambled eggs with dill cream cheese and grits; and a range of omelets. Vegetarians will find no shortage of choices here, from the vegan barbecue burrito to black bean and cornmeal cakes topped with salsa, sour cream, feta, and onions.
Cameron Bar and Grill has a sophisticated downtown vibe, with black-and-white pictures adorning the walls and dark colors prevalent throughout. A large outdoor dining area makes a relaxing spot for eating in good weather. It specializes in basic American fare, and dishes are hearty. Start with an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, fried pickle chips or pimento cheese dip. A range of salads, burgers, and sandwiches are on the menu. Entree options include marinated hanger steak with potatoes and vegetables, blackened catfish with okra and black-eyed peas, and chicken pie with vegetables topped with puff pastry.
Cantina 18 specializes in Southwest cuisine and offers unique takes on tacos, nachos, sandwiches, and entrees. Outdoor patio dining is an option when it’s warm. Nacho choices include short ribs with corn, peppers, beans and goat cheese; pineapple-barbecued chicken with pickled chilies and white cheddar; and avocado and black bean with corn, pico de gallo and jack cheese. Tacos include ground beef, adobo-grilled chicken with apples and cranberry and sesame crusted tuna with hominy relish and warm orange marmalade.
Village Deli and Grill has been a Cameron Village staple since 1996 and is the original location for the restaurant, which has now expanded to two additional ones. Sandwiches are the deli’s specialty, with standards like chicken and tuna salads, turkey and roast beef and more distinctive options like the fried green tomato BLT and homemade grilled pimento cheese. Burgers, chicken, breakfast and salad options all make great choices as well.
Piccola Italia offers candlelight dining both indoors and outside. In business since 1982, the restaurant is owned and operated by a native of Palermo, Sicily. At large menu features typical Italian classics. The appetizer menu includes bruschetta, fried mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, mozzarella caprese and fried calamari. Diners have entree choices that include pasta dishes, chicken, seafood, veal or pizza. All come with bread and a choice of soup or salad.
Village Draft House is an ideal Cameron Village spot to sit and watch any major sporting event. Walls are lined with flat-screen televisions. Portions are large, from appetizers to entrees, and 100 beers are on tap. Seating is available in one of three separate areas; two inside and one outside. Try an appetizer of fried pickle chips or artichoke hearts coated with cornmeal breading. All hamburgers are made by hand and never frozen. Salad lovers have their choice of one of 11 options at this quintessential sports bar.
This coffee place serves a Raleigh-roasted brew plus tea, homemade baked goods, and creative sandwiches. Try the Belgian waffles for a breakfast treat with that cup of Joe.