I’ve been to many places, traveled through 27 states, and eaten at several different restaurants. Truth be told, I love food. The different cultures each restaurant offers in the different locations can certainly be amazing! So low and behold, my top ten favorite restaurants in North Carolina and Maryland and why they are worth a visit. Below is not in any particular order.
Hunan Manor (Columbia, MD)
I love Hunan Manor in Columbia. I used to visit this restaurant since I was young and would always get their honey sesame chicken with rice. It was so delicious! Years later, I started branching out a bit with getting eggrolls, supreme crispy eggplant, and fried rice. Of course the Honey sesame chicken dish will always be my favorite dish there. Plus the customer service was the best. I haven’t been there in the last few years so definitely still hoping that the quality and service is still top notch.
Bertuccis (Columbia, MD)
Now this restaurant had the best wood oven pizza I ever tasted! It did not have an ash taste like some other pizza places I have tried. Plus service was usually pretty good as well. And if you were not interested in pizza, they had plenty of other options and you could watch the cooks cooking with the ovens. It was awesome.
Asian Kitchen (Durham, NC)
This place is one of the best Chinese food places I have found here in North Carolina. I tried a few other places before but they were so disgustingly horrible, I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyways! This restaurant, despite being small, is pretty amazing. I love their dumplings, springrolls, and eggdrop soup. Some other family and friends have tried various dishes there and liked them too. Plus, customer service there is really good and the staff are pretty friendly too.
CJ’s Restaurant (Asheboro, NC)
This restaurant is a nice little restaurant. They have a room for parties, a salad bar, kind staff, and a black bean burger that is drool worthy. The food is very comfort oriented and even though during mealtimes it gets pretty busy, the staff are always wonderful and kind. They also have a good selection of breakfast foods too.
Randy’s Pizza (Durham, NC)
Even though I only visited this restaurant once, the pizza was pretty good. They are very accommodating to food allergies and the pizzas are pretty good sized too. Definetly worth a visit!
Ma’s Kettle (Savage, MD)
Now this restaurant is simply amazing. It is pretty small but the food is top notch and the size of the cakes is simply outstanding! They don’t skimp on the food! In the soups, they will have chunks of meat in the meat soups and their meals are simply divine. Definitely worth a visit for lunch!
Time Square Pizza (Asheboro, NC)
Time Square Pizza in Asheboro is a New York style pizzeria with a variety of choices. They have a super huge pizza for groups (I swear when I saw it it looked the size of a small table! Like a good 3-4 feet give or take… or could just be my memory but it was huge!) and each personal slice is pretty large as well. I loved getting black olives on my pizza then adding more parm cheese on top. Plus the staff is pretty friendly too. They have two locations in Asheboro. One off of Rt 64 near Walmart and the other downtown off of Fayettville St.
The Cheesecake Factory (Columbia, MD and Durham, NC)
Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This place has always captured my attention and the food is awesome. I used to get the orange chicken with rice meal along with sharing an appetizer of the macaroni and cheese balls with marinara sauce. The staff are usually pretty friendly and the food choices are pretty amazing overall. If you can, get there early or else you’ll be waiting over an hour to get a seat.
Chubby Tacos (Durham, NC)
This restaurant is pretty small here in Durham but pretty good. Staff are friendly enough though not too sold on allergen knowledge but at least they have vegetarian options. It’s pretty good mexican style food and they do give a decent portion and have a small salsa bar for you to add to your meal.
P.F.Changs (and Pei Wei in Columbia, MD and PF Changs in Durham & Greensboro, NC)
P.F.Changs (And Pei Wei!) are absolutely amazing. They work well with those who have food allergies and in the top ten for people for allergies to eat at in 2016. The chicken meals are amazing. I love the honey chicken and white rice dish. They also have a few vegetarian dishes too like Ma Po Tofu (Which is amazing!) and Buddha’s feast too which can be gluten free if I remember correctly. They also have an eggplant dish too. They used to have vegetarian dumplings which were amazing but that was removed from their menu unfortunately. Other than that, definitely an awesome restaurant to visit and pretty relaxing atmosphere.
Okay so from the list above, you can probably tell I love chinese food as well as pizza too. I have tried other cuisines such as japanese (Shiki Sushi in Durham, a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, a restaurant at Epcot in Disney World, and a couple places in Maryland), italian (Little Italy in Baltimore, MD), mexican (Asheboro, NC and some places back in Maryland too), and of course bbq (MD and NC). So if you have a chance to visit one of these places, I definitely suggest it!