While many of the familiar chain restaurants can be found here, the neighborhood also houses
many locally owned establishments. Cafe South serves a mix of café and diner fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The extensive menu and generous side options cater to the finickiest of tastes. The hobo breakfast, consisting of layers of hash browns, onions, peppers, eggs and bacon and topped with gravy, satisfies the heartiest appetite. For lunch and dinner, the cafe fries smothered in cheese, bacon and jalapeños and served with house-made ranch can't be beat.
For a taste of local flavor, be sure to try Bill Spoon's Barbecue. Specializing in Eastern North Carolina barbecue, one bite of the pulled pork and you can see why this place has won so many awards. The mustard slaw and hush puppies provide a perfect complement to an exceptional meal.
For lovers of Mexican cuisine, The Burrito Factory really hits the spot. A crowd favorite, the massive California wet burrito includes a mix of beef, french fries, queso dip, beans, more cheese and pico de gallo. Also, be sure to stop by for Taco Tuesdays where all chicken, beef and pork tacos cost just 99 cents each.
After dinner, be sure to head over to Barreled At The Lift, located just adjacent to Montclaire South. This intimate, Roaring '20s-themed watering hole serves an eclectic line-up of cocktail choices. If you prefer, challenge the mixologist to create a concoction unique to your tastes. DJs spin popular music from Friday through Monday evenings, but check the company's website for special events throughout the week.