Since Transfer Co. Food Hall opened late last year, it’s been on the top of our list of must-tries in Raleigh. We’re quite the foodies here at LC, so one giant room with 11 different vendors is a dream come true. Unfortunately, being mere mortals with limited stomach capacity, we were only able to try 3 out of the 11 vendors on our first pass--Benchwarmers Bagels, Locals Oyster Bar, and Che Empanadas. But, after a delicious first experience, we already have plans to come back for round two to get seconds on some of our favorites, as well as experience some of the other cuisine offered. Until then, here’s a look into what we ate our first time at Transfer Co. Food Hall:
From the masterminds behind Boulted Bread and Jubala Coffee, Benchwarmers Bagels is serving up wood-fired bagels alongside delicious coffee. Go with a classic such as an everything bagel with plain cream cheese or opt for one of their unique bagel sandwiches-- we ordered the #6 aka fried bologna, yellow mustard and egg and it was delicious! But, you don’t have to take just take our word for it; last month bon appétit put Benchwarmers Bagels on their list of the 50 best new restaurants of 2019.
Locals Oyster Bar
This collaboration between Locals Seafood Market and Person Street Bar gives you a taste of the coastline while being landlocked in Raleigh. Order a cocktail and dine in or buy a fresh catch to take home with you; either option, you can’t go wrong. We decided to stick with the counter service menu and tried the Blue Crab Roll with a side of hushpuppies--the dill sauce took the roll to a whole new level of good. Next time we visit, we already have our eye on trying some oysters from their raw bar.
Have you ever wanted a taste of Argentina without having to jump on a 15+ hour flight? Che Empanadas is serving up the most authentic homemade empanadas Raleigh has to offer. In fact, owner Anabel has been making empanadas from family recipes for years. The menu offers several classic empanada flavors such as Jamon y Queso in addition to unique flavors like caprese. With all the empanadas ranging from $3 to $4, ordering several different flavors might just be your best option. We tried the Pollo (chicken) and Carne (beef) but will definitely be coming back for a second round to try more flavors.
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