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April 2015



Saints & Scholars Irish Pub

Written by , Posted in $$ - Bring your debit card, Bar, Irish

Located just outside of the Sutton Square Shopping Plaza, near Falls of Neuse Road, Saints & Scholars Irish Pub can be found at 909 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. This Irish-style restaurant and pub mainly caters to the late-day/evening crowd, but it also serves as a great lunch spot!


Saints & Scholars Irish Pub

This restaurant boasts plenty of easy parking, a sizable outdoor patio, and a fairly spacious interior – perfect for large groups, bar crowds, and the occasional musical act. Despite the dark decor, the lighting actually isn’t too bad (for a pub-style restaurant). The bathrooms are definitely reflective of a bar crowd, and while the atmosphere looked clean, the air inside was a little damp and musty and had the slight smell of beer, which made it feel a little sticky.

On the upside, the wait staff was super friendly, attentive, and efficient at anticipating our needs. Little touches, such as making sure we had extra napkins and automatically refilling our water glasses without us having to ask make a huge difference!

Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos

Cost: $10.99

Saints & Scholars takes a twist on the traditional Shepherd’s pie with their “Irish Nachos”. The nachos are actually listed as an appetizer; however, they definitely hold their own as an entrée. This generous dish consists of: pub crisps topped with Saints & Scholars’ homemade Shepherd’s Pie mix, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream.

The nachos had a really unexpected flavor, but it was good! The heavy shepherd’s pie, with the fresh pico made for a pretty great combination. The fusion of different global foods, was something that really set them apart.

Fish N’ Chips

Fish n' Chips

Cost: $12.99

The Fish N’ Chips consisted of cod fillets covered in a house batter and fried. The meal was served with fries, cole slaw and homemade tartar sauce.

The fish was really really good. It was a very large portion of fish- better than I’ve had in the past 10 years in getting fish and chips at any other restaurant. Actual fish was there, not just fried bread.  The fries were okay- nothing special.

Bangers N’ Mash

Bangers N' Mash

Cost: $12.59

The Bangers N’ Mash consisted of grilled Keilbasa sausage served over garlic mashed potatoes and topped with a caramelized onion gravy. It was served with two slices of warm pita bread.

I thought it was odd that it was served with pita bread, but that didn’t really matter; this dish was DELICIOUS. Really flavorful. I only wish that they served it with some sort of green veggies to make me feel less guilty. I ate this on an empty stomach and STILL had a hard time finishing it. Definitely bring your appetite!

Overall, we were pretty pleased with Saints & Scholars. It’s a great spot for a more relaxed business lunch, or to grab a few drinks with friends. Each of us was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful and fresh each of the dishes tasted, and while the presentation was somewhat simple, there was no mistaking the bold flavors of the meals.

The only regret that we had was that we were too stuffed to squeeze in dessert. The Irish pub boasts homemade desserts made fresh daily, and the options sounded mouthwatering. We won’t tell you what they were; you’ll just have to stop by to see for yourself.

Total (for 3 adults): $40.05*

*does not include tip



June 2011



Tobacco Road

Written by , Posted in $$ - Bring your debit card, Bar, Bar and Grills, Just outside of North Raleigh

It was a hot night after enjoying an amazing concert at the downtown amphitheater when my boyfriend and I realized we were star.ving.

We’d already had dinner earlier in the evening (518 on Glenwood) and then we were off to see Mumford and Sons (my favorite band in the whole world but that’s beside the point). After braving the heat before, during and after the concert, we’d both sweat off the calories from dinner and were in need of some grub.

He suggested Tobacco Road which seemed an odd name for this non-Carolina girl but I was game. We weren’t too far and were able to find a decent parking spot at 222 Glenwood Avenue, in a nice little part of town with a few restaurants and specialty shops.

Tobacco Road is a true sports bar with numerous television sets and a little area that even includes several recliners. I wasn’t here to watch any ESPN, however, so we sat down and browsed through the menu.

It was almost 11 at night so we didn’t want to eat too much food, but we were considerably hungry and an appetizer just wouldn’t do. We settled on the fresh pico de gallo with chips. It was absolutely delicious except we didn’t realize there were decent sized chunks of jalapeno in there (with seeds) so we each got a little more burn than we’re used to. (If you like the burn, you’ll probably love this appetizer).

We each ordered a soda, and then one beer and a mixed beverage (or two).

We also decided we’d share a burger instead of each having a full meal. We ordered the Durham Bull burger (medium well) which has bacon and bbq sauce. We also added cheddar cheese.

The burger was delicious. DELICIOUS.

Tobacco Road had a great atmosphere. There were couples together, a few groups of friends hanging out at the bar or at a table. Some folks watched the TV while others just chatted quietly. There was a family that came in with their kids and they seemed to have fun too. One of the servers put on a children’s channel on the tv closest to their table which I thought was really nice of her to do. (Although why someone had their kids out and about at midnight to eat I’m not sure. Just sayin’…)

Our tab was just under $30 after tip, which wasn’t too bad for the food we got as well as a few bar drinks. We’ve been back several times because we enjoyed the atmosphere and food so much. Definitely a neat date place or if you want to watch the game and chow down on some really good food.





January 2011



Tap City North Raleigh – tapped out?

Written by , Posted in $$ - Bring your debit card, $$$ - Better budget a little for this, Bar, Bar and Grills

If you like beer with your dinner, Tap City may be your new best friend.

Tap City is located in the Falls Village shopping center, just off of Falls of Neuse Road (there’s a Chick-Fil-A there and a Panera Bread). We’ve been excited about this location because it’s nice to have a more local bar and grill that doesn’t require a trip downtown if we don’t want to drive, park and walk.

Tap City is a brand-new addition to the North Raleigh food scene and we have to say we haven’t been disappointed thus far. Aside from boasting more than 30 beers on tap and another more than 30 bottled, you’re sure to find something to drink that you really, really like. :)  If you don’t care for beer, you can get any other beverage or mixed drink from their full service bar.

Enough about imbibing:  let’s talk food.  Our first experience left us drooling for more. We had their southern wings with their sweet with a bit’o’heat Wango Tango sauce. Just the smell gets your taste buds revved up for the burst of flavor you get from this dipping sauce. I don’t do spicy but with a bit of ranch to cut the heat, I enjoyed these wings!

Our second trip was almost a complete bust until our server saved the day. I wish I remembered her name come to think of it…  Anyway, one of us ordered the roast beef sandwich and the other a fish sandwich. I have to tell you that the roast beef sandwich wasn’t good. At.All. It didn’t taste like a flavor I thought should be associated with roast beef. Whether it was my own flavor and taste preferences getting in the way or if Tap City just happened upon a not-so-good flavor combo I don’t know, but I was disappointed and picked at my french fries. I figured I’d just get the sandwich to go and leave well enough alone.

My server wouldn’t hear of it though. She noticed I hadn’t eaten much of my food and asked me if I didn’t care for it. I told her it wasn’t a flavor I was enjoying very much and she IMMEDIATELY got a menu, removed my current plate and helped me pick out something else to eat. I had the Funky Chicken sandwich which hit the spot!

They removed the meal I didn’t like from our bill and couldn’t have treated us better if we’d eaten one of everything off the menu.

This type of excellent customer service will get me to go back to eat at Tap City again. (Don’t worry, our server got extra in her tip for her fantastic efforts).

I recommend you give Tap City a try. It’s a fun little spot with a unique menu and fun wait-staff. Prices are comparable to other similar spots in the area.