Last week was our spring break, which is why I didn’t really post much; Kiyo and I were in South Carolina! We drove all the way to Myrtle Beach from Saratoga Springs, stopping for one night in Fairfield Connecticut to stay with my friend Laura, and then one more night in Raleigh, North Carolina. We had no prior knowledge about Raleigh, but it seemed like a good place to take a pit stop.
I read a few recommendations and articles about the Raleigh Times Bar, which is in a building from 1906 that once housed the town newspaper. The decor highlights the history of the building, with concrete walls and chipped painting, covered in some areas with original prints of the old newspaper and some artwork.
The menus are adorable fake little newspapers, and wherever possible, local ingredients are used (you can see above that one of the desserts is “made by a local grandma,” how cute!).
The bar is also known for having an extensive beer selection. Kiyo had a local brew and I had a glass of their house-made sangria.
Even though it is an American restaurant, Kiyo had the enchilada, which was more like a burrito covered in sauce and cheese, but was still quite tasty.
Since we had been snacking on the road for quite a while, I was craving vegetables but I could not resist the beer steamed pastrami sandwich on rye with house made kraut, melted Gruyere and spicy brown mustard. The pastrami was divine and basically melted in my mouth. It came with house-made pickles and I ordered a side salad, which had romaine, tomatoes and cucumbers, with a creamy avocado and jalapeño dressing, which I had hoped would be spicier but was still delicious. The great theme and attention to detail, authentic decor, and interesting spins on classic American dishes completely won me over.
The Raleigh Times Bar
Location: 14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27617 Phone: (919) 833-0999