A sampling of some of the many dining options within walking distance of World of Bluegrass:
Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant: Serving a filling Southern breakfast, where you can order country ham and red-eye gravy, scrambled eggs and brains, and delicious biscuits. 220 Wolfe St., 919-836-9909, bigedscitymarket.com.
Joule: Coffee shop and restaurant owned by Raleigh’s only James Beard-award-winning chef, Ashley Christensen, offers modern takes on classic Southern breakfasts. 223 S. Wilmington St., 919-424-7422, ac-restaurants.com/joule.
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Mecca: Raleigh’s oldest restaurant and a classic meat-and-sides lunch spot. It is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. 13 E. Martin St., 919-832-5714, mecca-restaurant.com.
Morning Times: Serving Durham-based Counter Culture coffee, as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch for eat in or takeout. 10 E. Hargett St., 919-836-1204, morningtimes-raleigh.com.
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Battistella’s: Offers New Orleans and upscale Southern fare. 200 E. Martin St., 919-803-2501, battistellas.com.
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey: Another Christensen restaurant, offering fried chicken, chicken and waffles, and chicken pot pie, plus sides and desserts. 237 S. Wilmington St., 919-322-0127, ac-restaurants.com/beasleys.
Bida Manda: Serves Laotian food, a close cousin of Thai food, and the staff will put you at ease when ordering. 222 S. Blount St., 919-829-9999, bidamanda.com.
Chuck’s: Christensen’s burger restaurant offers house-ground 100 percent chuck meat burgers in half-pound or 5-ounce patties. 237 S. Wilmington St. (Same building as Beasley’s, with different entrance), 919-322-0126, ac-restaurants.com/chucks.
Clyde Cooper’s BBQ: Serves a hybrid of North Carolina barbecue traditions with chopped pork shoulder doused with vinegar. 327 S. Wilmington St., 919-832-7614, clydecoopersbbq.com.
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar: An Italian-inspired eatery with a patio that cannot be beat for people-watching. 420 Fayetteville St., 919-256-1451, jimmyvsraleigh.com.
Raleigh Times Bar: A favorite lunch and dinner spot for locals, next to its sibling, Morning Times. 14 E. Hargett St., 919-833-0999, raleightimesbar.com.
Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co.: Specialty hot dogs, fries and milkshakes. 121 Fayetteville St. #108, 919-307-8558, tasty8s.com.
Death & Taxes: Christensen’s newest restaurant is centered around a wood-fired grill. 105 W. Hargett St., 984-242-0218, ac-restaurants.com/death-taxes.
Poole’s Downtown Diner: Christensen’s flagship restaurant offers Southern seasonal food. 426 S. McDowell St., 919-832-4477, ac-restaurants.com/pooles.
Bittersweet: A cocktail and dessert bar. 16 E. Martin St., 919-977-3829, bittersweetraleigh.com.
Foundation: Basement bar devoted to sourcing ingredients as locally as possible, 213 Fayetteville St., 919-896-6016, foundationnc.com.
Fox Liquor Bar: Christensen’s basement bar that prides itself on creating killer cocktails. 237 S. Wilmington St., 919-322-0128, ac-restaurants.com/fox.
Slim’s: Cheap beer and a good jukebox. 227 S. Wilmington St., 919-833-6557, slimsraleigh.com.
Compiled by staff writer Andrea Weigl