#CGIEATS | Raleigh Edition

With over 20 domestic Rock ‘n’ Roll events each year, the #CGISTAFF sure work up an appetite on race weekend. As runners, we’ve already done all the homework for your visit to Raleigh. Here are the top recommendations from staff and locals to help you make a swift decision when you’re tired and just plain ol’ Rungry!


Angus Barn

You won’t want to miss this Raleigh icon if you have a craving for the finest steaks and seafood in the Triangle. 

Price: $$$

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey

For the best Soul Food in town, Beasley’s will not disappoint. From their Chicken & Waffles, fresh biscuits and potatoes & gravy there’s no room for skimping.

Price: $$

42nd Street Oyster Bar

One of the South’s most famous landmark restaurants since 1931, 42nd Street Oyster Bar offers many varietals of baked and steamed oysters. Try Oysters Rockefeller or Pimento Cheese over a cold draft beer.

Price: $$$

Poole’s Downtown Diner

For comfort food, Poole’s diner is the place to carbo-load up pre-race.  Try their macaroni au gratin and pimento cheese appetizer.

Price: $$


Raleigh Times Bar

Feel the history of Raleigh while sipping on craft beers and contemporary cocktails in the old Times building. Try their fried pickles and cheese burgers if you’re hungry too.

Price: $$

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

If you love BBQ, the Pit is the place to be! Serving up authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district, you’ll love the chopped BBQ & Beef Brisket, pulled pork, banana pudding, and unique selection of craft beers on tap.

Price: $$

The Station

For a cozy and rustic watering-hole you can’t go wrong with The Station. Serving up eclectic dishes like the Pork belly sandwich with potato wedges, the Dip Sampler and Pickled Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, you find the perfect pairing with a locally crafted brew on tap. If Sunday-Funday is more your thing, order a $4 Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Price: $$


Tir na nOg Irish Pub & Restaurant

Designated as the official headquarter bar of Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh, Tir na nOg is the perfect spot for a post-race party. Whether you’re in the mood for Sunday brunch or traditional Irish food, beer and LIVE music there’s something for you.

Price: $$

Village Deli

For homemade foods in a rustic and cozy atmosphere, Village Deli is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite. Try their Fried Green Tomato BLT and island crab corn and pork shoulder soup.

Price: $$