Mondays are tough enough without having to figure out where to eat. Go ahead and bookmark this list of Triangle spots open on Mondays for the next time you “accidentally” forget your lunch at home, or need to find a place for after-work dinner or drinks in Wake, Durham, Chatham or Orange counties.
What do you do when you’re in the mood for pasta but your coworker is craving Indian? Refectory Cafe has you covered. The Monday brunch, lunch and dinner menus cater to all diets, offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in a range of cuisine styles. The restaurant also offers a full bar, so you can celebrate your culinary compromise with a toast.
This sibling-owned restaurant offers a burst of flavors in every dish, combining salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. The menu features classic dishes from the owners’ hometown in Thailand, elevating everyday flavors. Thai Cafe provides a spread of appetizers, stir-fries, and noodle entrees for dinner each night, with specialty lunch courses available seven days a week.
Indulge in a Gaelic burger, house-cut fries, or fish and chips with Irish-inspired toppings at James Joyce Irish Pub. The venue provides a cozy yet lively atmosphere, featuring tables branching off a central hallway leading to an outdoor patio with a stage, cornhole, and additional seating. Stop by for an Irish pick-me-up during Monday lunch to start your week off strong.
Serving hot dogs, burgers, fries and shakes for more than 80 years, King’s is a family-owned staple in the Bull City. Try the pulled pork sandwich or a veggie dog for Monday lunch. Just walk up to the window, order your favorite American classics and enjoy them at the covered picnic tables.
Named after beloved NC State soccer coach George Tarantini, Osteria Georgi offers modern, vibrant decor and handcrafted pasta for lunch on weekdays and dinner throughout the week. The restaurant honors the passion behind Italian cuisine, serving fan-favorite arancini, paninis, various pasta styles, desserts, and drinks for every time of day.
A comfy, lounge-style indoor/outdoor seating area invites guests to relax and savor Bartaco‘s take on Mexican street food. From tacos and rice bowls to wraps and stews, this colorful spot offers a diverse range of dishes. Cleanse your palate with a fruit juice, iced tea, or Bartaco’s margarita from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays. Insider tip: sit at the bar during lunch and enjoy the lunch tray special – your choice of three tacos or one rice bowl plus chopped salad or soup for $12.
This taqueria goes beyond standard tacos, offering a lunch menu that specializes in breakfast-meets-Mexican food from Monday through Friday, along with seafood dishes, tortas and more. Kahlovera‘s artsy eatery features a photo wall, exposed brick, and vibrant lighting fixtures, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The Loop‘s first North Carolina location opened in 1995, offering burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and wraps. The diner also serves chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and Oreo shakes and malts for those who get a sweet tooth on Monday afternoons.
In downtown Apex, Scratch Kitchen and Taproom puts a unique twist on southern fare, offering everything from fried green tomatoes to bibimbap bowls. Stop by on Mondays for pimento cheese wontons or a bibimbap bowl. The restaurant’s vintage decor complements the historic Tobacco & Mule Exchange building’s history, and it houses its cocktail lounge, Neat and Sweet, for late-night drinks and desserts.
Known for handmade flatbreads and Lebanese-inspired dishes, Sitti offers entrees like chicken shawarmas and eggplant kabobs with hors d’oeuvres including tabouleh, kabis, and various hummus options on Mondays. Try the spot’s signature Phoenician Fizz or the Beirut Betty with your meal, and enjoy the classy yet relaxing environment.
Comfort food meets local flavor at Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar. The menu infuses hearty meals like grilled cheese and mac and cheese skillets with contemporary organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Whether you’re in the mood for an Italian handheld or Relish’s take on North Carolina-style barbecue, the restaurant has options for all, including a gluten-free menu for adventurous eaters. The restaurant also features a retail shop showcasing items from local vendors.
This unique spot in North Raleigh offers authentic Cuban fare based on eateries in Miami. Menu items include ropa vieja, lechon asado, tacos and various platters. Casa Cubana also has an outdoor mojito bar with seating, perfect for celebrating Mojito Mondays.
A staple with locations in downtown Pittsboro and Siler City, Elizabeth’s Pizza emphasizes the core ingredients in each pizza, using quality basil, oregano, rosemary and olive oil. Large garage windows illuminate the space, offering booths, tables and an outdoor patio for warmer days. If pizza isn’t your preference, Elizabeth’s also serves pasta, salads, stromboli, calzone and more, accompanied by a side of garlic bread. Their Monday special includes two slices, a garden salad, and a drink for $9.99.
A family-owned restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Mondays, Virlie’s Grill in Pittsboro dishes out home-cooked meals, from omelets and pancakes to ribeyes and pasta. The old-timey diner-style restaurant offers a step back in time as you enjoy your baked potato, homemade pimento cheese sandwich, or meatball sub.
Whether you’re seeking a place to watch a football game, a lively late-night eatery, or a weekend brunch spot, Carolina Brewery provides spacious indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy classic Southern dishes and beer brewed on-site. This restaurant and bar celebrate North Carolina’s rich barbecue tradition alongside an array of house sauces and rubs, available for purchase at local grocery stores.
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Greek Kouzina invites you to savor a pita sandwich, Greek burger, or a kebab platter and end your meal with baklava. Located in MOSAIC at Chatham Park, a walkable mixed-use development at the gateway of the community, this restaurant offers an extensive array of Middle Eastern dishes in a bustling part of town with plenty of outdoor space to explore.
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