Best Restaurants 2015

Best New Restaurant
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
HM: City Barbeque
HM: Blackfinn Ameripub

Best Appetizers
Bonefish Grill
HM: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
HM: Tribeca Tavern

Best Place To Get A Cocktail
Bonefish Grill
HM: Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
HM: Jimmy V's Steakhouse and Tavern

Best Bakery
La Farm Bakery
HM: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery and Café
HM: Gigi's Cupcakes

Best Barbecue
The Pit
HM: Danny’s Bar-B-Que
HM: City Barbeque

Best Breakfast
Brigs Restaurant
HM: La Farm Bakery & Café
HM: Another Broken Egg Café

Best Burger
Five Guys
HM: Tribeca Tavern
HM: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

Best French Fries
Five Guys
HM: Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
HM: Burger Fi

Best Dessert
Goodberry’s Creamery
HM: Angus Barn
HM: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery and Café

Best Special Occasion Restaurant
Angus Barn
HM: Second Empire
HM: Rey’s Restaurant

Best Seafood
42nd Street Oyster Bar
HM: Bonefish Grill
HM: Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar

Best Steakhouse
Angus Barn
HM: Jimmy V's Steakhouse and Tavern
HM: Rey's Restaurant

Best Pizzeria
Mellow Mushroom
HM: Anna’s Pizzeria
HM: The Original NY Pizza

Best Vegetarian
Irregardless Cafe
HM: Neomonde
HM: Greek Fiesta

Most Kid-Friendly
HM: Mellow Mushroom
HM: Moe's Southwest Grill

Best Asian Restaurant
Sushi Thai
HM: An
HM: Red Bowl

Best Mediterranean
HM: Greek Fiesta
HM: Taziki's Mediterranean Café

Best Italian Restaurant
Daniel’s Restaurant and Catering
HM: Bella Monica
HM: Café Luna

Best Indian Restaurant
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
HM: Cilantro Indian Café
HM: Tangerine Café

Best Mexican/Latin American
Los Tres Magueyes
HM: La Rancherita
HM: La Cocina Restaurante Mexicano

Best Neighborhood Bar
Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom
HM: Hibernian Restaurant & Pub
HM: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

Best Outdoor Dining
Carolina Ale House
HM: Mellow Mushroom
HM: Café Caturra

Best Wine Selection
Angus Barn
HM: UnVine'd Wine Bar
HM: Jimmy V's Steakhouse and Tavern

Best Craft Brewery
Aviator Brewing Company
HM: Carolina Brewing Company
HM: Fortnight Brewing Company

Best Food Truck
La Farm Bread Truck
HM: The Humble Pig
HM: Chirba Chirba

Brigs Restaurant

Fun fact 1: Brigs began as Brigham’s, but had to change its name to avoid confusion with a Massachusetts ice cream chain!

Fun fact 2: Each Brigs Restaurant serves several thousand eggs per week.

Did you know? Every Brigs owner and manager in Wake County began his Brigs career as a server, host, busser or dishwasher/prep cook!

2: Number of Cary locations, both owned and operated by Mike and Lisa Karner.

Since ’06: Brigs has gobbled up the Maggy title for Best Breakfast each year since the launch of the Maggys in 2006!

Monthly specials are especially popular at Brigs, notes founder David Brigham: January’s Benedict of the Month is The Three Little Pigs, made with smoked ham, country sausage and applewood smoked bacon. Also on the menu are Brigs’ homemade chili and cheese omelet, and griddle special Gingerbread Pancakes.

Daniel's Restaurant & Catering

Since 1996, Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering has been serving up Italian wonders to grateful diners, who have voted the eatery Maggy winner every year since the awards began in 2006. (The restaurant also nabbed Best Caterer this year.)

Here’s what Janet Perry, co-proprietor with husband Daniel, has to say:  

Large menu: “Many of our entrées started as a special feature offered for a few weeks, and became so popular that we needed to add them to the menu. We have many patrons who come in for a specific dish and we hate to disappoint, so the menu has grown over the years because we have such a hard time removing anything!”

Most popular dish: Penne alla Casa, in house, for takeout and off-premise catering. A rich pink sauce made from homemade marinara and cream along with garlic, sundried tomatoes, Romano cheese and baby spinach. Optional add-ins: Sauteed shrimp, pancetta or chicken.

No. 2 dish: Tie between chicken parmesan and homemade lasagna
“Our parmesan dishes (eggplant, veal, and shrimp) are prepared in-house, hand cut, breaded and fried when ordered so they’re nice and crisp,” Perry said. “We top the entrées with our marinara sauce, and a healthy amount of mozzarella cheese.”

Non-traditional dish: Southwest ravioli in Cajun cream sauce

Pizzelles? Not the cookies that Northeners might expect. Instead, these appetizers feature homemade dough cut into bite-size pieces and fried, topped with pepperoni, onions and jalapenos or eggplant, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, onions and fresh basil. Add pizza sauce and mozzarella, baked so the cheese melts.

900+: Number of bottles on the wine list

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