Cary, North Carolina Dining

While we’re certainly biased towards our in-house offerings at Peck & Plume, when the mood strikes to venture out, we’re always happy to offer recommendations for local restaurants in Cary, NC. Explore a few of other favorites below:

academy street bistro

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Academy Street Bistro

Just down the street from The Mayton, you’ll find this charming bistro serving New American cuisine
with a French flair. Enjoy a meal in their dining room or on the patio.

the exterior of an old brick building pharmacy called Ashworth Drugs in Cary, NS

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Ashworth Drugs

Get yourself a traditional red hot dog from this downtown Cary mainstay. Ashworth Drugs has been in business since 1957 and serves lunch and ice cream from their old-fashioned soda fountain.

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Big Dom’s Bagel Shop

Hand-rolled bagels made Montreal-style right in the heart of downtown Cary.

people gathered in the outdoor seating area of Bond Brothers Brewery in Cary, NC

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Bond Brothers Beer Company

Enjoy a cold one at this landmark brewery, taproom, and beer garden. Check their calendar for fitness clubs, live music, food trucks, and more.


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BREW Coffee Bar

Located adjacent to The Cary Theater, BREW is our pick for classic and seasonal coffee drinks and pastries.

Bull City Ciderworks

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Bull City Ciderworks Cary

Head to Bull City Ciderworks for unique gluten-free ciders that bridge the gap between wine and beer.

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Cotton House Craft Brewers

Right next door to The Mayton, you can enjoy delicious local beers in their cozy indoor setting or on one of their back porches. Check their calendar for special events like yoga, food trucks, craft markets, and more.


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Esteamed Coffee

Esteamed Coffee is a non-profit coffee shop and café located off of S. Academy St. that employs individuals with various disabilities and serves up specialty coffee drinks and pastries.

various flavors of ice cream in green paper cups with white polka dots

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FRESH. Local Ice Cream

No visit to Cary is complete without a stop at FRESH for handcrafted ice cream made from local milk. Stop by for a scoop of one of their 15+ signature flavors or pick up an ice cream cake for a special celebration.


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Geluna Gelato

Head to Geluna Gelato for small batch artisanal Italian gelato made daily.

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Hank’s Downtown Dive

Your neighborhood bohemian dive in downtown Cary serving local & Mexican eats including tacos & fried chicken, plus cocktails.

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La Farm Bakery

At this downtown bakery, master baker Lionel Vatinet produces 15 different styles of bread from a European-style hearth oven. Take home a loaf or pick up pastries to enjoy as you stroll.

a plate of deep fried shrimp topped with walnuts sitting of a bed of seasoned greens

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MC Restaurant

From the historic Jones House, award wining chef Michael Chuong showcases local and sustainable ingredients in high end sushi dishes with upscale Asian flair.

blue moon

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Once in a Blue Moon Bakery

Head to Blue Moon for to-die-for cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and more baked goods. They’re our go-to for custom and special event cakes.


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Pizzeria Faulisi

Faulisi combines freshly milled flour from Raleigh’s Boulted Bread with Caputo flour from Italy to create their signature dough. Enjoy a pie from their wood-burning stove or one of their seasonal antipasti dishes.


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Prohibitive Cary

Enjoy classic cocktails and delectable snacks at a hidden-away bar in The Matthews House. The Matthews House was built in 1915 by the Matthews family of Cary, North Carolina. The house was primarily a private residence as well as home to various small businesses such as a florist, dress maker, and salon.


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RBF, Your Authentic Champagne Bar

Come as you are and enjoy bubbly and snacks. RBF is located in the Williams House in Downtown Cary under Bull City Ciderworks.


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Scratch Kitchen and Taproom

Find dishes made from scratch, careful attention to details, and a focus on southern hospitality at Scratch Kitchen and Taproom.

a plate of Asian style sautéed beef and vegetables

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Taipei 101

Considered some of the best Chinese food in the Triangle, you’ll find authentic Szechuan, Zhejiang, and Taiwanese dishes at this downtown Cary mainstay.

Escape to Cary, NC.

Cary Guide

Discover everything Cary has to offer during your stay at The Mayton.