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Best Raleigh Desserts

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I love desserts.

I could skip french fries and pizza any day, just give me some chocolate. I am always on the hunt for good desserts, and I judge a restaurant harshly on their dessert selection.

Enter Hayes Barton Cafe, one of Raleigh’s hidden gems. The restaurant recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and is really known by locals as a Raleigh institution. The food is superb, but the desserts are even better. We head over whenever we are having a serious chocolate craving.

The restaurant itself is decorated in a 40’s theme with pictures of Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. The dessert counter is something to see. Ordering a piece of cake at Hayes Barton will feed a small army so be prepared. They lovingly refer to their hefty slices as “slabs of cake”. You could just head to the dessert counter and order a piece to go.

Starters:

We started out the evening with mussels.

YUM.

Some other favorites are the crab dip and the oysters. Hayes Barton also has homemade bread at the table that is seriously mouth watering. They feature a different type of homemade bread every week. When we went, there was cinnamon sweet bread that I ate way, way too much of.

Dinner:


For dinner, I really haven’t had a bad entree. They have weekly specials that you can find on their Facebook page. I had the pot pie which was honestly hands down the best chicken pot pie I’ve ever had. We also had the shrimp and grits, which was one of the specials. The grits were to die for.

Desserts:

You really can’t go to Hayes Barton without having dessert. We tried the Red Velvet cake which was so good. They are known for their coconut cake which I’ve had and highly recommend. You can also order cakes for special occasions. This past Christmas we ordered a coconut cake and it was a major hit.

Hayes Barton is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday. If you’re in the mood for some fantastic home style food or a huge slab of cake, head on over.

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Death and Taxes

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Welcome to my first Raleigh guide post! I’m a huge foodie and I love to be out and about, so I thought I’d do some reviews of my favorite local places. Raleigh is just overflowing with local restaurants making it hard to know where to go. So, let me be your guide! We recently had dinner at one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants, Death and Taxes. Located in downtown Raleigh, Death and Taxes is the newest addition to the Ashley Christensen restaurant group. The focus of this restaurant is wood fired entrees. Think perfectly grilled steak, pork and seafood. This is on the smaller side in terms of size, so plan on making a reservation. You can find their online reservation system here.

Drinks:

The drink selection at Death and Taxes is vast and you could just head there for drinks. The bar is inside the restaurant and faces the kitchen which features an open design. We always try to go a little before our reservation to have a drink and watch the chef do his thing. The wine list goes on and on and honestly, I haven’t had a bad glass there. This visit, I stuck with a trusty favorite, sparkling rose, which I highly recommend. For cocktails, my favorites are the The Stowaway and Les Sucettes.

First Course:

We started the party with the roasted oysters with chili butter and preserved lemon. YUM. Those suckers lasted approximately 2 minutes after this photo was snapped. Other favorites we’ve had are the charcuterie and the beef tartar. You also have to order the bread and butter starter. The bread is freshly baked every day and it’s worth every last calorie.

Entrees:

For our main course, we shared the grilled shrimp and steak. I really feel like if it’s your first time at Death and Taxes you have to try the steak. It’s what they are known for and it does not disappoint. It’s always perfectly cooked to your preference. The beef is NC grass fed angus, so it’s always super tender. The shrimp entree features NC shrimp in a butter garlic sauce that is light and flavorful. Both entrees were fantastic. We’ve also had the pork chop and the fish. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. The sides we had this time were fried potato fonduta which resembles a fried mashed potato ball and the twice cooked mushrooms. 

Dessert:

Did you really go try a new restaurant if you didn’t order dessert?  We ended the night with an Irish coffee and lemon ice cream sandwich. Pro tip: order your Irish coffee with double Jameson and Baileys. The ice cream sandwich is made with a ginger snap cookie and it’s the perfect sweet and citrus combination. If you’re more of a chocolate fan, the dark chocolate bread pudding is heaven on a plate.

I’m linking the full menu here. Keep in mind, the menu is seasonal and changes so things we had  might not always be on the menu. It is a higher end restaurant and entrees range from $24-35, but it is beyond worth it. I will also say the service at Death and Taxes is above and beyond. All of the wait staff was super accommodating while I traipsed around their restaurant taking 8 million pictures. Highly, highly recommend checking out Death and Taxes.

Questions about Death and Taxes or other Raleigh restaurants? Let me know!

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