A sampling of some of the many dining options within walking distance, a short Uber ride or a jaunt on the R-Line from World of Bluegrass festivities:
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.
Cafe Lucarne: A City Market counter-service spot serving toast, biscuits, eggs and grits for breakfast; the housemade bread is getting great reviews. It also serves lunch and early dinner (it closes by 8:30 p.m.). 309 Blake St., 919-803-7475, cafelucarne.com
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Lucettegrace: A modern French pastry shop selling croissants, macaroons, cookies and cakes. You must try the Dixie Cannonball, a biscuit filled with sausage gravy. Also serves lunch. 235 S. Salisbury St., 919-307-4950, lucettegrace.com
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.
Lunch and Dinner
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey: One of James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen’s restaurants; it offers 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. Try the pork belly soup. 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.
Garland: Indian food is the starting point for this restaurant that gains inspiration from the world’s cuisines. 14 W. Martin St., 919-833-6886, garlandraleigh.com
Parkside: A modern take on a meat-and-three: you can order a rib-eye, salmon, baked or fried chicken or pulled pork with three sides, prices range from $11-$28. Or choose four sides for a “vegetable plate.” 301 W. Martin St. 984-232-8969, parksideraleigh.com
Whiskey Kitchen: A fun barroom and restaurant with a great patio overlooking Nash Square. If you have more than two hungry people, order one of their platters: shellfish or pork shank pot pie. 201 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-803-3181, whiskey.kitchen
Death & Taxes: Another Christensen’s restaurant with a menu centered around a wood-fired grill. It was named one of the best new restaurants by Food & Wine and Bon Appetit magazines. 105 W. Hargett St., 984-242-0218, ac-restaurants.com/death-taxes.
Fiction Kitchen: A vegan and vegetarian restaurant serving delicious, satisfying food that carnivores will not complain about. 428 S. Dawson St. 919-831-4177, thefictionkitchen.com
Poole’s Downtown Diner: Christensen’s flagship restaurant offers Southern seasonal food. 426 S. McDowell St., 919-832-4477, ac-restaurants.com/pooles.
Stanbury: A cozy neighborhood restaurant serving well-executed, local seasonal fare. 938 N. Blount St., 919-977-4321, stanburyraleigh.com
Bittersweet: A cocktail and dessert bar. 16 E. Martin St., 919-977-3829, bittersweetraleigh.com.
Dram & Draught: The owners claim to have the city’s largest selection of whiskey. Food trucks are often outside serving food. 623 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 919-607-8501, dramanddraught.com
Foundation: Basement bar devoted to sourcing ingredients as locally as possible, 213 Fayetteville St., 919-896-6016, foundationnc.com.
Fox Liquor Bar: Basement bar that prides itself on creating killer cocktails. 237 S. Wilmington St., 919-322-0128, ac-restaurants.com/fox.
Person Street Bar: Want to enjoy a nice cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine among adults? Head here. The bartenders are the best in the city. 805 N. Person St., Raleigh, 919-977-5953, person-street.com
Slim’s: Cheap beer and a good jukebox. 227 S. Wilmington St., 919-833-6557, slimsraleigh.com.