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Mandolin now offers farm fresh eggs, prepared meals

Eight years ago, Raleigh native Sean Fowler opened Mandolin at 2519 Fairview Road.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Eight years ago, Raleigh native Sean Fowler opened Mandolin at 2519 Fairview Road. At the time, the farm-to-table restaurant was the fourth eatery to occupy that corner of Fairview and Oberlin Street in a three-year period.

"Raleigh is on the cusp of this culinary awakening," Fowler said at the time.

Now, Mandolin has grown into a hot spot for dinner and brunch. Their new bar menu has also been attracting casual diners.
"I listen to our guests. Clearly they wanted a place that they could eat on a more frequent basis ... kind of pop in for a burger and a beer or a glass of wine and a light bite," Fowler said Tuesday during a recording of the Out and About Podcast.

Fowler is also very passionate about the Mandolin Farm, where many of the restaurant's herbs, all of its lettuce and many other vegetables are being grown.

"I think the farm is kind of where we've really been putting a lot of our resources, a lot of time, a lot of our energy. And I think one of the things that really kind of differentiates us from a lot of places around town," Fowler said.

The farm is also growing hops, which Fowler said will be used for an upcoming collaboration with a local brewery.

The farm has also been the site of several on-site ticketed dinners, which Fowler hopes to resume after the coronavirus pandemic.

While Mandolin's dining room is closed, Fowler has shifted the focus to take-out and family meals. Guests can also purchase fresh eggs and heads of lettuce from the Mandolin Farm.


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