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7 Restaurants You Need to Try in Fayetteville, N.C., in 2021

Moving to the lovely city of Fayetteville? Or just visiting the area and want to see what the food scene is like? If so, say no more — we’re here to help with our foodie’s guide to some of the most mouth-watering restaurants in Fayetteville.

From Italian cuisine to Southern dishes, our list has something for every taste bud. And, because we’ve already taken care of the research, all you need to do is focus on enjoying the food. So, without further ado, here are some must-try restaurants in Fayetteville when you’re in need of a culinary adventure.

  1. Mellow Mushroom

This charming place is a staple in Fayetteville and has been making “the best pizzas on the planet” for more than 40 years. Here, you’ll notice that variety is important as you struggle to decide between ordering stone-baked pizzas, calzones, hoagies or sandwiches. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. They also take pride in their stellar cocktails — which are made with fresh ingredients and no artificial additives — so make sure you also order a yummy beverage.


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  1. Mission BBQ

Their mission? To serve the most authentic American food you’ll ever taste. Since 2011, they’ve toured the world to find inspiration and discover what makes great BBQ. So, if you’re looking to feast on some comfort food in an unpretentious and friendly place, then this is it. The restaurant features a wide variety of tasty meals — from brisket and pulled pork to smokehouse signatures, like ribs and salmon. All we can say is dig in and enjoy the vibe!


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  1. Fayetteville Pie Company

Pop in for something sweet, savory or both. Offering exotic pies like “pineapple paradise” — as well as more traditional ones, like homestyle chicken pot pie — Fayetteville Pie Company is here to keep your taste buds entertained, while simultaneously reminding you of grandma’s cooking. Plus, the menu changes quite frequently, so you can indulge as much as you want without ever getting bored.

316 Oyster Bar

Take a flavorful journey to check out 316 Oyster Bar, where you’ll find the highest quality seafood and steaks available, as well as a pretty great selection of cocktails and tap beer. If you want a friendly and comfortable place to spend some time with friends or family, then you’re sure to love it here. On top of the exceptional food they serve, this restaurant also boasts a style that is one-of-a-kind, with a retro vibe that sets the scene for a charming night out.

  1. Fowler’s Southern Gourmet

Another Fayetteville place not to be missed, Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is “more than just a BBQ joint.” Here, you can have an intimate, fine dining experience and enjoy food sourced from local ingredients. From exquisite tacos and burritos to smokey briskets and ribs, go ahead and order anything — we guarantee you can’t go wrong.

  1. Luigi’s

A family business for more than 20 years, the casual and budget-friendly Luigi’s is like no other place around. Its scrumptious take on Italian cuisine will leave you wishing you could devour their entire menu. And don’t even get us started on their desserts. Limoncello cake, affogato, cannoli — all the staples of Italian cuisine are right here in Fayetteville.

  1. Rude Awakening

There aren’t that many coffee shops that can boast about decades of history, but Rude Awakening has been spoiling its customers with exquisite coffee since 1999. Here, it’s a sublime experience to sit down and enjoy the varied coffee, including espressos, lattes, cold brews, cappuccinos or Nitro.

Fayetteville has much to offer the North Carolinian foodie, so be prepared to try out some of the most fabulous flavors here. Then, after you’re all done visiting these spots, let us know which one is your favorite or if you have a suggestion of your own!

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Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

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