Honeycutt Team Real Estate Blog | Durham and Raleigh NC | Page #3

By Chelsea Nallenweg

Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Located just 20 minutes south of downtown Raleigh lies a botanical hidden gem waiting to be discovered by plant enthusiasts, nature lovers and explorers! Juniper Level Botanic Garden, one of the largest and most diverse plant collections globally, is a unique place for visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of the botanical world. With over 27,000 taxa of plants, Juniper Level Botanic Garden is the perfect place to visit for both adults and kids. 


Spread across eight acres of meticulously curated public display gardens, visitors can explore the grounds for hours. A tranquil pond, babbling creeks, 30 greenhouses, and a majestic waterfall are just some of the beautiful…

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By: Emma Belk


Al’s Burger Shack: Good is Good Y’all 

Where you can go to get the best burger in Chapel Hill is a debate that I’m sure has caused some arguments in the past. Many restaurants put up a mean fight: Four Corners, and Top of the Hill, to name a few. Even so, I feel comfortable defending my choice: Al’s Burger Shack. I’ve never had a burger at Al’s that I didn’t love. It’s also a fan favorite with my Dad as it’s always his first choice to eat when he is in town. 




Al’s Burger Shack is located down Franklin Street right before the start of Carrboro. The “Shack” part of the name only lives up to the restaurant when it comes to its inside space. The building is nice but most customers choose to eat outside on…

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By: Madeline Cook


Casa Carbone

On a rainy evening this spring we found ourselves craving pizza, and made the wonderful discovery that is Casa Carbone off of Glenwood Avenue in North Raleigh.  Those who’ve called this area home for longer than we have may be familiar with this family-owned Italian restaurant that’s delighted diners since 1984.  However, the Carbone family history of sharing their love of cooking with the city of Raleigh dates back to 1958 when they opened Villa Capri in the Ridgewood Shopping Center.  Casa Carbone carries on this tradition, serving the flavors of Italy with hundreds of five star reviews.  After enjoying a meal there, we’d give it 10 starts if we could! 


Lovely wooden doors set this restaurant…

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By Madeline Cook


Mezcalito Grill

As warmer weather approaches, get ready to enjoy a vibrant meal with festive flair at Mezcalito Grill!  Boasting traditional and modern options to satisfy every guest’s palette, each flavorful dish holds true to its Mexican heritage.  And with six locations across North Carolina, odds are you don’t live far from the fiesta!



At the Apex location, a ceiling of orange flowers above the hostess stand offers a nudge to trade your frets for fajitas and your troubles for tacos.  The trendy indoor dining area is only outpaced by the string-lit patio on a temperate evening.  Wherever you sit, prepare to quickly welcome a warm basket of fresh tortilla chips and zesty salsa while you peruse a beverage menu…

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By: Emma Belk


Carolina Coffee Shop: 1922

Recently, I was at a UNC baseball game and a trivia question came up asking, “What is the oldest restaurant on Franklin Street?” To my surprise, the answer was Carolina Coffee Shop. Carolina Coffee Shop has been serving the town of Chapel Hill since 1922, over 100 years! Anyone who is familiar with the Chapel Hill area knows how quickly restaurants on Franklin come and go. So, staying around for that long is a big deal, and makes Carolina Coffee Shop a must-eat restaurant. 




My favorite time of day to eat at Carolina Coffee Shop is always for brunch. They have an extensive brunch menu and I like to try something new every time. They serve traditional North Carolina brunch…

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By Madeline Cook


Tupelo Honey Cafe 

Craving comfort with predictably satisfying meals and welcoming ambience?  Look no further than Tupelo Honey cafe on 425 Oberlin Road in Raleigh. This Southern kitchen is as charming inside as it is outside with its glass front corner entrance and honeybee-inspired décor.  Prepare to enjoy a meal served on cast iron and blue china plates, with fresh cocktails and mocktails served out of punny glasses! 



The roots of Tupelo Honey cafe run much deeper than the endearing restaurant we enjoy today.  While the cafe now proudly operates in over 14 states, you may not know that the very first location was founded in Asheville.  For over 20 years, a deliberate focus has remained on scratch…

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By: Emma Belk


Thai Station

I went to Thai Station as a fancy dinner spot before a formal event, so my friends and I were all dressed up. Though most people were dressed casually, I still didn’t feel like we stuck out with our long dresses. Thai Station was the perfect amount of fancy for everyone in the room. Also, though I love Thai food already, this restaurant impressed me beyond its dishes. 



The Ambiance

The ambiance of Thai Station is definitely the one thing that makes this restaurant so unique and worth visiting. Since it is close to the Carrboro train tracks, part of the restaurant is built into an old train car, which you’re able to dine in. When you walk in the main room is very open and there is plenty of natural…

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By Chelsea Nallenweg


Museum of Natural Sciences Prairie Ridge Ecostation 


Located 15 minutes west of downtown Raleigh, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Prairie Ridge Ecostation is one of the coolest places to get outside and learn about nature! Embracing the beauty of the natural world, this eco-sanctuary boasts an array of features for everyone. Kids can walk through the gardens and native tree arboretum, walk trails that lead through prairie and forest, or explore the ponds filled with frogs and other creatures. 



The Nature PlaySpace is a huge hit for little ones. Kids are free to roam and explore in a natural environment filled with different outdoor activities. Kids can play in a mud kitchen, dig in a giant sand…

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By: Emma Belk


Grata Diner

“We’ll feed all y’all.” A pretty solid slogan for a brunch spot. Grata Diner in Carrboro did not disappoint. After running the Tar Heel 10 miler, my brother and I were scavenging for some grub. To say we were hungry would be an understatement. Grata came to the rescue and topped it off with a solid cold brew coffee as well. 



Grata Diner is made of brick, including the inside. There is a lot of natural light coming through the windows. They have green plants and a few pictures hung on the walls. When we went it was very crowded, full of post-race people. Overall it had a very warm atmosphere and all the customers were very chatty enjoying their brunch. A crowded brunch spot is a good brunch spot as…

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By Madeline Cook
Taverna Agora

Hoping to spend an early summer evening dining al fresco?  Look no further than the rooftop patio of Taverna Agora in downtown Raleigh. This Greek kitchen has perfected the art of outdoor dining with a beautiful greenhouse-style roof that cuts the glare of the sun while letting in those first rays of warmer weather.  You’d never know you’re right in the city as you sit among the treetops, surrounded by vines and an aesthetic that mimics the Mediterranean coast. 

Taverna Agora, with its blue and white color scheme, clay pots and open-air concept, evokes the pleasure of dining at a local taverna as one might on a trip to Greece.  In 2023, this restaurant celebrated 20 years of serving the Raleigh area, so you…

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