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18 Diversely Delicious Restaurants in Fayetteville and Cumberland County

Last Updated on June 15, 2020

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Since such a variety of people live here, there is a very diverse lineup of restaurants in Fayetteville and Cumberland County to explore. Here, you’ll find classic Southern, Egyptian, Vietnamese, Korean, and melt-in-your-mouth barbecue among the best places to eat.

Honestly, this is just the beginning of our list because we keep finding new delicious joints to add upon each visit! But for now, here’s where we like digging in when in the Fayetteville area.

This post is part of our series on Fayetteville and Food and Drink in North Carolina. A few of these restaurants and places to eat featured in our guide to a weekend in Fayetteville. Digging into the city’s food scene also appeared on our North Carolina bucket list!

Restaurants in Fayetteville

If you’re looking at a specific area, check out our map at the bottom of this post that includes all of these restaurants in Fayetteville and nearby things to do.

Circa 1800

108 Person St

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Local is the name of the game at Circa 1800, a truly upscale downtown Fayetteville eatery. Using as many local ingredients and products as possible, this place supports North Carolina growers and producers and making food that tastes fresh.

They’re even committed to serving only North Carolina beer on tap, especially some of our favorites. Circa is a great place to catch up with friends over a delicious meal.

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Come for brunch and jump on their impressive Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar! And if you come and don’t get the Southern Eggrolls, we can’t be friends. These tastes are wrap house-made pimento cheese, pepper jelly, and slowly braised bacon collards in a delicious wonton.

We mentioned Circa’s strong brunch game in our guides to Christmas in Fayetteville and breakfast in North Carolina.

Drop by the River Seafood

1130 Person St

Starting out of his home in Ludowici, GA, Chef Yamani began selling his famous fresh seafood by “dropping” in and doing pop-ups. Quickly selling out and seeing there was a demand for fresh seafood, Chef Yamani opened up Drop by the River Seafood and Straight Drop in Fayetteville.

Known for their Drop Sauce, all of the seafood is fresh, steamed, and served in huge portions. We chose to split the Royale Combo, which was essentially a shrimp boil with crab legs. Come hungry and expect a bit of a wait, because Fayetteville knows this is a delicious spot!  

Fayetteville Pie Company

253 Westwood Shopping Center

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To Fayetteville Pie Company owner Leslie Pearson, pies are love. This idea started in her Grandmother’s kitchen, where there was always a hot pie coming out of the oven. And when you visit, you’ll see that the same is true at Pearson’s amazing pie shop!

With a frequently changing menu, you can change it up each time you’re out for a baked treat. They feature savory and sweet pies and we grabbed their Italian Stallion, Hot Tot, and Chocolate Dulce De Leche last time.

One thing that keeps up coming back for more is the rustic vibe inside. I can see why it’s one of the most recommended places to eat in Fayetteville!

Fowler’s Southern Gourmet

723 W Rowan St

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Starting as a food truck in 2017, Fowler’s Southern Gourmet quickly became a local favorite and quickly opening up a permanent location.

Fowler’s sources from Cheshire in Goldsboro for his delicious pulled pork and makes everything on-site, including the ketchup. Owner Wade Fowler is proud that he sources as much as possible in his restaurant from North Carolina. 

The chicken comes from Chapel Hill and Fowler brings the oak for smoking from his own property in Fayetteville. Don’t skip on their expertly crafted wine and beer pairings during or after eating from his menu.

Fred Chason’s Grandsons

5339 Marracco Dr, Hope Mills

Along with Napkins, Fred Chason’s Grandsons is a unique and locally-owned spot right off I-95. I mean, you can’t go wrong with all-you-can-eat Southern home cooking and seafood, right?

And just like the name says, this buffet is actually run by Fred Chason’s grandson, Todd Warga. He and his wife, Sheryl, met when they were both working at Chason’s Barbecue.

And as a tribute to Todd’s grandfather, the two opened up this family tribute in Hope Mills, with additional locations in Fayetteville, Smithfield, Rocky Mount, and Garner.

Scoop up some of the gooey mac-n-cheese and definitely don’t miss their fried chicken! Remember that it’s all you can eat, so you can fill up as long as you leave room for dessert!

Gaston Brewing Company

124 Hay St

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Gaston Brewing Company is all about transporting you to a lazy day on the water, not just through the chilled out decor you’ll find inside. With good crisp beer and delicious pub food, it’s easy to kick back, relax, and make memories with friends here.

Brewing their own beer is just one of the things that Gaston Brewing does really well. Their food menu is stocked with finger-licking burgers, fried cheese curds, and brats.

So what are you waiting for? Order a pint and chow down!

Grilled Ginger

5052 Yadkin Rd

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The last time I had Vietnamese food as real and delicious as Grilled Ginger, I was sitting on a plastic stool in an alleyway in Hanoi. While you’ll find a much more relaxing and comfortable dining space than my experiences in Vietnam, the flavor is just as good here.

Owners Han Nguyen and Thanh Vo brought their restaurant experience from Vietnam to Fayetteville and our bellies couldn’t be happier!

From your standard pho dishes to others rarely found outside of Asia, we recommend jumping out of your comfort zone at Grilled Ginger. Bun Thit Nuoung and Ga Xao Sa Ot are favorites of ours, but we’re always on the prowl for something new.

Guatemala Centro America Restaurant

2805 Raeford Rd

There aren’t many places in North Carolina, if any, where you can get Guatemalan, El Salvadorian, and Honduras cuisine all in one place. Guatemala Centro America Restaurant is fairly new on the Fayetteville food scene, and we’re here to say we absolutely dig it!

This family-run business is not only authentic, but everything is fresh and made to order. From the homemade tortillas to the pupusas, there is nothing on the menu that isn’t fantastic. If you aren’t familiar with this kind of cuisine, the staff is more than happy to help you navigate the menu- but we definitely recommend trying it all!

Huske Hardware House

405 Hay St

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Huske Hardware House is Fayetteville’s oldest BrewPub, fermenting yeast on Hay Street since 1996. The building itself also has a long history in Fayetteville, landing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Originally built as a hardware store in 1903, Huske remained in business for 67 years. As a brewpub, today, their incredible creations include the Level Headed Blonde.

However, don’t skip out on Huske’s food menu, which ranks among the best restaurants in Fayetteville. Here, you’ll find half-pound burgers and thick-cut ribeyes.

Luigi’s Italian Chophouse and Bar

528 N McPherson Church Rd, Fayetteville

Despite existing in the always-turbulent food business, Luigi’s has long remained one of the busiest and best restaurants in Fayetteville. Upscale and offering an extensive wine list of over 300 varieties, this is a fantastic place for a date night.

Luigi’s started as a spaghetti house in 1950 and after various evolutions over the years, includes more dishes to go along with the original family recipe sauces. From dry-aged steaks to their signature spaghetti, eating at Luigi’s is an experience you shouldn’t miss.

Mash House

4150 Sycamore Dairy Rd

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Craft brewed beer, incredible burgers, and quality steaks are what you’ll encounter at the Mash House. It’s known by many as a favorite place to dine when in Fayetteville, and for good reason.

Not only does the Mash House use local ingredients whenever possible, but they also butcher in-house, which is rare for restaurants these days.

Their microbrewery also follows the same virtues and does not use preservatives in their award-winning beers. Personally, I think you should go big and get their Mondo Mash flight so you can try all nine of their draft beers!

Napkins

5435 Corporation Dr, Suite 2, Hope Mills

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You won’t find typical brewery food at Napkins, located just outside the Dirtbag Ales taproom. Chef/owner Brian Graybill knocks it out of the park with this locally-sourced restaurant. He keeps even the most loyal of customers interested, thanks to daily menu changes.

We’ve eaten melt-in-your-mouth burgers and some of the best barbacoa one could ever imagine at Napkins, and can’t wait to return for more.

More recommendations a la me include their Tostados when on the board and of course, a basket of tots.

If you visit Napkins and Dirtbag, you’ll also be supporting one of Fayetteville’s veteran-owned breweries and one of our favorite brew makers in North Carolina.

Noble Meats & Eatery

2469 Lillington Hwy, Spring Lake

In between the two access points for Carvers Creek State Park is probably one of Fayetteville’s most delicious hidden gems. Noble Meats in Spring Lake is both a butcher and restaurant that has been serving Cumberland County since 1987.

The dining room and menu are simple, but the quality and flavor are top of the line! Grab a pulled pork sandwich, some burnt ends, and don’t sleep on that mac and cheese!

Pharaohs Village

2425 Hope Mills Rd

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The family-owned Egyptian restaurant Pharaohs Village serves tasty food for everyone, from newbs to tabbouleh fanatics.

Everything is made in house from scratch with recipes that have been passed down for generations.

Dishes are prepared to order and the portions are huge, which is great! Get a Mixed Kofta Kebab Platter and their fresh-made tabbouleh salad and take yourself to a distant, spice-filled land!

The Sweet Palette

101 Person St

The rustic brick walls and sweet smells aren’t the only special thing happening at 101 Person Street! Offering fresh-made baked goods like cupcakes, cake balls, and cookies, The Sweet Palette also utilizes natural, local ingredients.

While you are enjoying your sweet treat, take some time to browse the walls that are decorated with local artwork.

Taqueria Las Delicias

524 S Reilly Rd

Truly a hidden gem in Fayetteville, Taqueria Las Delicias might look simple from the outside, but it is bursting with flavor inside! From the spicy salsa bar to the moist and tender meats, clearly this taqueria has the best tacos in Fayetteville!

While the standard order of tacos are six, we recommend saving room for dessert! Their fresh made cakes are absolutely incredible. We chose their chocolate flan and 10/10 would recommend!

Uptown’s Chicken and Waffles

7105 Brag Blvd & 1707 Owen Drive

Southern to the core, Uptown Chicken and Waffles is (and I’m not making this up) the BEST fried chicken I’ve ever had. Owned by military veteran and local celebrity, Chef Judy is a master at every single dish on the menu.

They also make an amazing Shrimp & Grits, accompanied by plenty of tasty peppers and andouille sausage. And if you’d prefer it fried, try their Fish and Grits.

Vicky’s Biscuits and Chicken

128 Grove St

The Original biscuit in the ‘Ville, Vicky’s is definitely a must-eat restaurant in Fayetteville! The lines will the long, but the wait will be worth it! Out of that tiny kitchen on Grove St comes some of the largest and most buttery biscuits you’ll ever have.

The biscuits are so good that even other restaurants in Fayetteville use Vicky’s. And while they are huge, save room for one of their incredible cinnamon rolls. They are gooey, buttery, sweet, and also crunchy!

Our Thoughts and Yours, Too!

With a variety of flavors to choose from at these awesome Fayetteville restaurants, there’s something for everyone! Whether you’re feeling elevated in pub food, the best brunch you will find in North Carolina, or amazing international eats, Fayetteville has an impressive food scene.

Putting this guide together has made me hungry for more, and we’re excited to head back down and try some more. If you know the area, do you have any must-eat restaurants that deserve a mention along with these?

We’d love to know about them. Let us know in the comments!

Map of Fayetteville Restaurants (and More)

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Disclosure Note

Special thanks to the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for hosting our meals during multiple stays. All opinions within this article are our own.

11 thoughts on “18 Diversely Delicious Restaurants in Fayetteville and Cumberland County

  1. Christine Natvig says:

    I really like Pad Thai on Good Middling Rd their food is authentic and so are the people who work there. Vietnam Kitchen in Westwood Shopping Center is the same way. In both You are greeted with a smile and a flavor palate that will make you feel like you were in Thailand or Vietnam.

  2. Robin Deffendall says:

    I by far prefer the aptly named Vietnamese Restaurant on Yadkin Rd to Grilled Ginger. And for Thai there is only House of Thai on Cumberland Rd. For Indian food, you must go to Bombay Bistro on Cliffdale Road. They have amazing food. Go on Saturday when they have homemade yogurt on the lunch buffet. Yum!

    • Carl Hedinger says:

      Christina would love to know this. Side note: I’m down for some Pad Zee Ew if they have that. Hopefully, you won’t let me down, Pam!

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