What's on Tap

What's on Tap

A hungry Hopscotcher's guide to dining in downtown Raleigh

Posted September 5, 2011 11:23 p.m. EDT
Updated September 6, 2011 4:57 p.m. EDT

There's no denying that Raleigh, North Carolina is officially on the live music map.

is back for its second run and the buzz around town is beyond electric.

With over 135 bands this year's festival is predicted to bring in over 10,000 concertgoers to the capital city. That' a lot of mouths to feed and possibly even more PBR kegs to unload.

Lucky for Hopscotch attendees downtown Raleigh has some great places to grub and has added some amazing culinary weapons to its arsenal since last year's fest.

While there's not a bad option on the list, these 3 would have to be my favorites:

Beasley's Chicken + Honey:  Chef Ashley Christensen's latest concept hasn't slowed down since she opened her doors nearly 2 weeks ago.  There will most likely be a wait.  Wait, trust me (preferably at the bar with a delicious hand-crafted cocktail).  The honey-drizzled chicken, aioli-covered tomatoes and mac & cheese are 3 of the best things I've eaten in a long time. 

Busy Bee Cafe: New to the team is Executive Chef David Mitchell, formerly of NOFO at the Pig.  David has added a few new items including the housemade chicken empanada small plate and the organic chicken entree.  Oh yeah, they're also one of the top 100 beer bars in the country. 

Raleigh Times Bar: Bar food done right.  It's a simple formula that has made the Raleigh Times Bar a staple in downtown Raleigh.  If you do nothing else, order the pork nachos.

From Lebanese to BBQ the options are diverse and guaranteed to leave you satisfied. Enjoy!

Here are a within walking distance of the Hopscotch venues:

Big Easy


Caffe Luna

Capital Club 16

Clyde Cooper's BBQ


Dickey's Barbecue

Dos Taquitos Centro

Five Star


Humble Pie


Jimmy Johns

La Volta




The Pit

Poole's Diner

Port City Java

Remedy Diner

Shish Kabob


Sosta Cafe

Spize Cafe

Tir Na Nog

Vic's Italian and Pizzeria


Zydeco Downtown