Support local business in Fuquay-Varina and enjoy craft beer, Italian cuisine and tasty desserts
Posted October 8, 2020 12:29 p.m. EDT
Updated October 16, 2020 1:29 p.m. EDT
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — Fuquay-Varina is a town separated by train tracks -- one part Fuquay and the other part Varina. Some downtown businesses have been around for more than 80 years, while others are newcomers.
A day in Fuquay-Varina is a great way to taste homemade desserts and new craft beers and to burn those calories in shopping.
If you drive into town on Broad Street, you'll notice the bright and colorful town mural, done by Sean Kernick. The mural is one block away from Aviator Tap House, where you can drink beer made in Fuquay. You can also try out the smokehouse, across the street.
If you're in the mood for something more adventurous, right down the street is Pints Ice Cream Shop. You can get booze-infused milkshakes or a flight with three flavors of ice cream and three different kinds of beer. Or, you can try the beer floats. Pints is open from Thursday through Sunday with outdoor seating in the Varina Station.
While there are 20 parks to explore in the town, a stop at the Fuquay-Varina Mineral Spring Park is a must. Rumor has it, the park's mineral spring has healing powers.
Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne said that the spring is believed to have cured more than 200 people. He said, with a chuckle, that he takes "two swallows" from the spring each morning for good health.
While you're hanging out at the park, be on the lookout for Fuquay's signature painted Bengal tiger cubs. The Fuquay-Varina Arts Center hides a handful of colorful tigers across town. If you find one, post a photo on social media and hashtag #weheartfv.
Also in the Fuquay district is The Mill, a coffee, craft beer and espresso bar. In the morning, it's a great place to hold meetings, get homework done or do some reading. At night on the weekends, enjoy your drink outside. For fall, try out the Shut Your Pumpkin Pie Hole Wheat Yam Beer or a Brown Sugar Chia Latte.
Across from the Mill is Chocolate Fix, which offers unique gourmet chocolates. Try their milk chocolate-covered potato chips for a mix of sweet and salty or sea salted caramels.
End your day at Garibaldi, a high-end Italian restaurant located on the outskirts of downtown. Garibaldi is located inside of an building which was built to be a Pizza Hut. But as Fuquay has grown, so has its cuisine.
Try the velvet white wine potato noodles or linguine with clams. All the bread is baked the day you get there, and the desserts are homemade fresh each day.
Produce from Garibaldi is locally sourced and picked out fresh three times a week. The owner and founder of the restaurant, Arken, grew up in France, so the food has a bit of French flair.
Mayor Byrne recommends Garibaldi himself and goes there so often that he has his own table.