Neomonde on Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville.
Travelers benefit from diverse dining options in the vicinity of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. From traditional steakhouses to ethnic cuisine, there are a variety of choices for a first meal when arriving at RDU or one last taste of Raleigh before a departure.
Here are some area favorites worth considering when coming or going from RDU.
Capital City Chophouse
Capital City Chophouse offers a classic steakhouse menu. Menu favorites include she-crab soup and pan-seared scallops served with brown butter, lemon and parsley. Capital City Chophouse in Morrisville is part of a small North Carolina-based chain of restaurants. It’s located less than two miles from RDU, making it a favorite among frequent flyers.
Dim Sum House
Having received a coveted four-star rating from The News and Observer in 2011, Dim Sum House features dim sum carts loaded with traditional Chinese small bites that roll through the dining room floor on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 10:30pm. Diners can order dim sum and other larger Chinese dishes from an extensive menu on weekdays. Menu options include salt and pepper pork chops, shrimp and chive dumplings and Chinese broccoli.
Those in the mood for New York-style pizza should check out Bella Mia, located in Cary near RDU. The Triangle’s first coal-fired pizza joint, Bella Mia was opened by New York transplant Rick Guerra in 2010. Meat and vegetables are locally-sourced, and flour is flown in from Italy. Pizzas are named after well-known New York City streets, including the “Delancey Street,” with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, house meatballs, caramelized onions and gaeta olives. The coal oven-roasted chicken wings make for a great starter. Bella Mia clocks in at less than four miles from the airport.
Diners near RDU also have options for a more casual meal. Neomonde, which serves Lebanese and Mediterranean fare, opened its doors in 1977 and is still going strong. The restaurant is a popular lunch spot for nearby Research Triangle Park professionals, with a line out the door on most weekdays. Salads and sides including fattoush, hummus and falafel are offered as sampler plates ($8 for any four selections). Neomonde also bakes its own bread and features an on site Mediterranean market with olives, spices and other regional specialties.
The Angus Barn
The Angus Barn first opened its doors in 1960 and remains one of Raleigh’s most popular dining destinations. The venerable restaurant is known for its steaks, but seafood lovers will also be happy with well-executed favorites like North Carolina crab cakes and lobster tail. Entrees aren’t cheap, running from $23 for a ground beef steak to $59 for a Maine lobster tail, but they all come with soup or salad and choice of side. Vegetarian options are also available. Guests can also dine in the more informal Wild Turkey Lounge, in one of several private dining rooms, or at a special “Chef’s Table” in the bustling Angus Barn kitchen.
Laura Bastian is a freelance food and travel writer based in Durham, North Carolina.