“Where do you want to eat?”
If you and your friends or family struggle with this question on the daily, we understand! Goldsboro-Wayne County is a foodie’s paradise, from our iconic barbecue to the international cuisine from across the globe, it’s hard to choose. But don’t worry, we’ve got you! So next time you’re struggling to decide, check out this 10 Totally Fly Places to Eat guide and reserve your arguments for building that entertainment center together.
TASTE THE FLAVORS OF WAYNE COUNTY
There is no name better associated with Eastern, North Carolina barbecue as the name Wilber’s…
Walking into Wilber’s is like stepping into the proudly nurtured heritage and history of Goldsboro-Wayne County. Take a seat and order yourself some of the mouth-water, pit smoked pulled pork with a side of hush puppies. Drink in the fresh, ice-cold sweet tea as you breathe in the smells of smoked meats, and that infamous vinegar-based sauce. We’re talking about that whole hog, hand chopped love here! If your mouth isn’t watering already here, let’s talk real bananas. Banana pudding, ya’ll. If you don’t believe us, check out the video!
BARRIQUE | 18TH AMENDMENT LOUNGE
Angus steaks, fine wine and barrel-aged whiskey…
Have we caught your attention yet? This upscale, yet casual restaurant brings to the table everything you could want for a romantic night out, a celebratory dinner, or as a way to treat yourself after a long day of exploring Goldsboro’s sights and sounds (jet sounds, to be exact).
Barrique’s sources their food locally from sustainable farmers, and their seafood is plucked straight from the ocean of the North Carolina coast. Stop by their 18th Amendment Lounge for before or after dinner for drinks, where you can savor their craft cocktails.
Brought along your fur-child? They got you covered. Barrique’s pet-friendly covered patio is the place to be!
MEZCALITO GRILL + BAR
What do you call a place that serves margaritas in a shaker? Heaven…
Their drinks aren’t the only thing that will make your heart flutter. Honoring their Mexican heritage, the team at Mezcalito have designed a menu that features the classics of Tex-Mex cuisine while giving you adventurous twists on traditional meals like Molcajete, Ceviches, and mouth-watering tacos.
It’s an old saying that if you have a sweet tooth you’ll wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of Mezcalito’s fried ice cream. No, that’s not a lie.
Don’t walk, just run into the arms of a fruity drink, snap a picture and join the #tacotuesday train and leave Mezcalito with a belly full of happy memories.
THE LAUGHING OWL
Take your taste buds to new flavor destinations…
Asian-inspired cuisine and American-style favorites, The Laughing Owl has food for the whole family. Located right in the heart of bustling Historic Downtown, sit outside and feel the cool breeze while you enjoy the picturesque fountain, just a stone’s throw away from your table. Enjoy live music on weekends, and go owl-spotting throughout the dining areas inside.
Having served the community for over 10 years, we guarantee you’ll leave The Laughing Owl “hooting and hollering” for more!
VAILHOUSE OYSTER BAR & GRILLE
Family owned and run Vailhouse takes its name from the Vail family…
If you’re craving the freshness of the ocean, you’ll get it here! Outdoor seating is available so you can enjoy your Po Boy on the patio, and a kid’s menu is available to satisfy even the youngest of palettes! Feeling more land-locked? Don’t worry, Vailhouse also serves an assortment of non-seafood items that will leave you wanting more.
Looking for the oysters? Get them steamed and raw by the peck! You can also take home the “Best Steam Pot in the ‘Boro” and have your own Low Country Boil party at home.
BRISAS LATIN CUISINE
Take a staycation and discover bold and rich Caribbean flavor…
At Brisas Latin Cuisine, you’ll find a menu that will take you trip to islands far from here. Discover twists on classic appetizers and dishes, such as Fried Pimento Cheese Balls, served over a house-made sangria tomato jam or their 8 oz. skirt steak topped with chimichurri and served with sweet plantains.
Head over on Sunday’s and enjoy their fresh take on brunch with classics, with new found favorites, served with mimosas that will keep you smiling while dining!
CARL & ‘CHELLE’S GRILL ROOM
Hometown love and Certified Angus beef combined together at this family-run restaurant…
Carl & ‘Chelle’s is your friendly family-owned steakhouse that will have you wanting to try everything on the menu. Voted one of the 10 best steakhouses in North Carolina and #1 in Wayne County for 9 consecutive years, you know you’re getting the best when you walk in!
Grab yourself their Signature Steak Burger, seasoned to perfection, or grab yourself any one of their four cuts of angus steak to your specified temperature, alongside a trip to their salad bar.
LOS FOGONES PERUVIAN FUSION
Specializing in fresh ingredients and authentic Peruvian Fusion cuisine…
Los Fogones is a place to remember! From classics to a beautiful Rotisserie Chicken to exciting and bold flavor with their charbroiled Peruvian classic dishes, you’re never far away from an experience that will have you wanting more.
Head over during dinner and discover their Grill Platters, boasting their Peruvian Chicken, 1/2 a rack of Ribs, a grilled Rib-eye steak and grilled Italian sausages, alongside a choice of 2-3 sides and a trip to their salad bar! Want to explore their classics? No problem, they have a whole section dedicated to Peruvian Classics. You won’t even need to bring along your passport to travel!
A high energy atmosphere served alongside speciality sushi rolls, burgers, hot pots and hibachi…
You can’t miss Jay’s Kitchen driving down the road, as it’s architecture is equal to the unique cuisine served up! Born in North Carolina, Jay’s Restaurant Group specializes in American fusion restaurants that “bring together the extravagance of Eastern stylings with the home-cooked goodness of the West.”
Discover their specialty sushi rolls, with names reflecting their unique stylings, such as the Goldsboro roll, the Firecracker roll, or the Super Crunch roll. If you’re a burger fan, their diverse selection is bound to satisfy your appetite with selections like their Bulgogi Burger or their classic Super Jay Burger.
STONEWALL’S RESTAURANT & GRILL
Providing home-cooked meals and a relaxing space to enjoy your meal…
Stonewall’s is a community favorite, producing home-cooked family recipes that make you feel like a member of the family with every bite. All-American classics like hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken and their succulent barbecue pork, chicken and turkey have people lining up every week to get them!
Daily lunch specials are something you cannot miss, with Tuesdays focused on Fried Chicken Wings and Cook’s Choice, Wednesday’s BBQ Turkey and their AMAZING Fried Chicken, Thursday specializing in BBQ or Fried Pork Chops, Friday’s Fried Fish or Shrimp Basket, and finally every 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month being dedicated to BBQ Pork and Chicken!
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