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With the chilly temperatures and the new semester just
beginning, it is the opportune time to find your next favorite study spot in
one of the iconic coffee shops, Raleigh has to offer: Benelux Coffee.
Benelux Coffee features a warm environment and a friendly
staff. It is the perfect location to hangout with friends, or to catch up on
some studying. Entering the coffee shop, there is a huge mural made from coffee
beans, covering the left wall. To your right, you will see the pastry counter
and just above that you will see a menu, featuring a variety of coffee, ciders,
and Belgian waffles. The atmosphere is inviting and the shop is dog friendly,
so you can bring your favorite furry friend along.
I first tried Benelux Coffee, when a friend wanted to catch
up, after returning from Thanksgiving break. She suggested the coffee shop and
I’m glad she did, because I have visited on multiple occasions since. While the
shop features a variety of pastries, I insist you have to try the Belgian
Waffles. The menu allows you to choose from a variety of toppings to
personalize your waffle, to your individual taste. My favorite is the Belgian
waffle topped with fresh strawberries, Biscoff cookie Butter, and whip cream.
Of course, a cup of coffee is necessary to complete my order. The staff brings
the order to your table when it is ready and then it is time to enjoy the
treat, which only Benelux Coffee can provide.
Benelux is native to Raleigh and
was first established in 2010. The coffee is freshly roasted every day and the
waffles are made to order, so it is guaranteed always fresh. I recommend this
coffee shop as one of the best, I have been to in Raleigh and I will continue
to return for the good eats, warm atmosphere, and friendly staff. The closest
Benelux Coffee is located in Cameron Village at 402 Oberlin Road, Suite 118, Raleigh, NC
Coming from the south, I always appreciate homemade southern
dishes. It was important for me to find a restaurant central to campus, which
provided a taste of home, when I arrived at college. Nobody will ever beat my
mom’s cooking, but there is a restaurant, which comes close to living up to my
Tupelo Honey Cafe is a newer restaurant, located in Cameron
Village. I remember passing it frequently, while running errands around town.
It always appeared warm and inviting, so I decided to check out the menu
online. To my surprise, the menu was loaded with unique southern dishes at
reasonable prices. I had previously heard friends raving about the food and the
unique atmosphere, so I decided to get a group of people together to try it out
Upon stepping foot in Tupelo Honey, I instantly fell in love
with the atmosphere and décor. The lighting was warm and friendly, encouraging
conversation; the interior had a rustic feel, with different accents relating
to honeybees, which expressed the name of the restaurant perfectly. People
buzzed in conversation, over warm dishes of shrimp and grits, fried green
tomatoes, and southern fried chicken with gravy. By the time I reached my
table, I already knew what I intended to order, from seeing the other customers
dishes. I ordered the fried chicken and biscuits, with a side of baked
mac-n-cheese. While waiting, they served us scratch made biscuits, with local
honey and blueberry compote. Our order followed quickly after finishing our
biscuits and it lived up to all of my expectations. The flavor of the food was wonderful and fulfilled my
craving for southern food. Not only was the food excellent, the service
followed suit as well. Tupelo Honey has quickly become my go to restaurant for
southern food, with a fun atmosphere.
Honey is located at 425 Oberlin Road in Raleigh, NC 27605. They offer
gluten free options and modified plates for dietary restrictions, as well. I
would definitely suggest trying the food for yourself; you won’t be disappointed!
It’s been long awaited for. Many have asked and now I am finally blogging on a student favorite: El Cerro. While I was not a fan of Mexican food before visiting, El Cerro has completely changed my mind and taste buds.
I first experienced El Cerro with a group of friends, who frequented the restaurant, like it was their second home. After being seated, we were served bottomless fresh chips and salsa. Traditional Mexican music played throughout the restaurant and the interior was decorated with a variety of colorful pieces, which highlight the culture and provide an enjoyable dining experience. The service was quick and within moments of sitting down, we had received our drinks and were ready to order. “You can’t go wrong with chicken and cheese,” was the statement my friends lived by when ordering. Following their lead, I ordered Arroz Con Pollo; better known as “ACP,” it is a chicken and rice dish, covered in cheese. The food took fifteen minutes tops to be served to our table and we were supplied with as many chips as we could consume while waiting. Once I took the first bite of ACP, I was hooked. I now understand why most of my friends rave about El Cerro and frequent it more than once a week.
El Cerro is student friendly and the prices are great for a student on a budget! It’s located across from the Avent Ferry dorm at 2217 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606. They serve a variety of Mexican dishes in a casual environment, you are sure to enjoy!
As midterms and cooler weather rolls around, it is the time of year to find a quiet place to study and to enjoy a warm cup of coffee. So this week, I ventured out to find my new favorite coffee house. Taking the advice of friends, I decided I would try Sola Coffee Café for a specialty macchiato and some well needed time of studying.
Upon entering Sola Coffee, I was impressed with the chill atmosphere and the calming aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. I was immediately greeted by the barista behind the counter and offered a sample of their specialty flavored maple cappuccino. In all honesty, it was one of the most unique and best tasting flavors, I have ever experienced. I was close to ordering it as my drink, but decided I would try a different flavor. Ordering was made difficult, by the offering of so many specialty coffees and homemade bakery items; I wanted to try one of everything. I ended up with a traditional macchiato, accompanied with almond milk and pumpkin syrup for a special fall flavor; additionally, I refused to leave the counter without an item from the bakery, so I ordered a blueberry scone. The service was quick and efficient and the barista told me about the background of Sola Coffee Café as I waited. I was pleased to find out it was a family owned coffee house started from the passion for community. It was evident Sola was community friendly and served as a great place to foster quality time with friends and family. I intended to stay for only an hour, but ended up spending my whole afternoon engulfed in the warm atmosphere and the classic coffee house tunes. Since going, I have visited Sola three more times and was never disappointed by the service or the food. If you are looking for quality coffee and quality service, Sola Coffee Café is a great place to start!
Sola Coffee Café is located at 7705 Lead Mine Road, North Raleigh. It offers gluten free and vegetarian options, as well as a tranquil place to study or to enjoy time with friends!
Have you ever been in the mood to have breakfast for dinner? If so, Flying Biscuit Cafe is a dining experience you won’t want to miss. The atmosphere has a southern flair and offers a unique spot to share a laugh or make memories over a side of their famous grits or warm homemade biscuits. You can choose from an all day breakfast menu or order one of the signature lunch and dinner dishes, such as shrimp and grits or fried green tomatoes. Flying Biscuit Cafe offers vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options,to cater to any dietary need you may have. If you need any help deciding on a dish, ask the staff, because they are experts on the menu and are more than happy to make sure you have an enjoyable experience each time you visit.
Flying Biscuit Cafe is my personal favorite. I am a breakfast fanatic, so I jump at any opportunity to enjoy one of their bacon, egg, and grit bowls, accompanied by their homemade biscuits and apple butter. I’m drawn to the eclectic decorations and overall warm atmosphere, because it’s student friendly and offers warm meals at an affordable price. The first time I tried Flying Biscuit Cafe led to my friends and I coming back each week, sometimes three times in one week. It’s almost impossible to describe Flying Biscuit Cafe, because the service, food, and overall dining experience is almost too good for words. The smell of fresh made biscuits hits you at the door and if that doesn’t hook you, the overall great service and quality meals at a great deal will.
Flying Biscuit Cafe is located at 2016 Clark Avenue Raleigh, NC 27605 in Cameron Village. Specials and unique pancake flavors are offered seasonally, so just in time for fall make sure to stop by and try the pumpkin spice pancakes, with a side of creamy dreamy grits!
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