Restaurants in Downtown Apex
Salem Street, in downtown Apex is packed with cool places to eat and hang out. Most Friday and Saturday nights you’ll find dozens of people mingling on the streets, browsing the local boutiques, and picking their favorite spots for dinner. Great food, just steps away from The Villages of Apex!
Salem Street Pub serves a great lunch in wooden booths. One side of the establishment is a full service bar with stools and mixed drinks. The other side is tables and booths set for casual dining. At night and on the weekends it feels more like a Sports bar. They have an Awesome beer selection from local breweries, and it’s a great place to hang out and enjoy the game . On the menu are salads, burgers (which I highly recommend – YUM!), sandwiches and their Spicy Buffalo wings, all well priced. Occasionally you can find a Groupon Coupon for Salem Street Pub.
New to Salem Street is Majestic Cafe. They are a deli sandwich type place that has gotten mixed reviews on Yelp. It’s an easy place to take kids. I love the Carolina burger (which is made the way everybody in North Carolina USE to serve burgers), with slaw and homemade chili. They are owned by the same folks that opened Peak City Grill, and I suspect they will work out any kinks.
One of my favorite hangouts is Peak City Grill which features an outdoor patio. There’s also a beautiful antique bar and there’s seating upstairs as well. We like the seats by the window, where we can people watch! Some of the original massive wooden beams and copper inlaid ceiling remains. While Peak City bills itself as a steak house, but I think the non-steak choices are fantastic as well.
Peak City features acoustic music on a pretty regular basis, and you can hear it from just about any seat in the restaurant. Prices range from $11 for a gourmet burger to $28 for Angus Center Cut Filet. Occasionally you can find a Twongo Coupon for Peak City Grill.
Two other casual dining options include Rancherita for Mexican fair and Anna’s Pizza. Both of these establishments are long time favorites in downtown Apex and have well earned reputations for satisfaction. Large booths to sit in and menu pricing that’s friendly to the family wallet. Anna’s menu is full of garlic and yummy Italian food, some of my favorites are the calzones and the panini’s. Both places offer a take out, gotta love being able to grab a great pizza for the family on your way home.
Down the street is the Southern Belle and a Yankee Tea Shop. In July the shop was purchased from the former owners of the Pineapple Tea Room. The new owners, Angie and Kim, have it open everyday for tea and gift shopping but also take reservations for parties. They serve an assortment of teas and scones and even have fun hats and gloves which children like to try on. I feel sure that Mother’s and Daughters enjoy playing dress up and having “High Tea.”
At Savory try one of their meringues. A bargain at 75 cents!
After all that great eating, you might have room for dessert and there are 2 musts: The Ice Cream Shop, which has been in downtown for as long as I can remember (over 13 years) and new on the scene is Yummy Yogurt. Unlike many of the recent additions to our area in the frozen yogurt trade, this place is locally owned and operated and not part of any franchise. They also don’t follow the “by-the-ounce” pricing that has become so popular (and expensive!). On Friday and Saturday nights, you can often find local high school “garage” bands playing here! It has a wonderful bench out front that allows 4 or 5 kids to rock, and when the band is playing you will usually find more than a dozen people gathered outside to listen.
Across from the Baptist Church is Savory. A cute bakery with a few tables inside, and some very delicious sweets! It’s a great place to order Birthday Cakes from. For something sweet and light, try a meringue, and they are only 75 cents!
Looking for a great Coffee Shop? Try Common Grounds where they serve up fabulous coffee drinks, smoothies, teas and home baked goods. Some evenings there is also live acoustic music. On Tuesday mornings, a group of business people meet here to exchange leads, and network.