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— Quick, make a list of the best gastronomic cities in the world. You may be thinking of London, Paris and New York, and you should.

But you can find some of the best restaurants here in Fayetteville. More than 12,700 Fayetteville residents work in the food industry. This statistic scratches the surface of the incredible diversity and competence of Fayetteville restaurants.

Where to go for a good barbecue? What are the best Asian food restaurants? What are some good casual and upscale restaurants?

Answer these questions and you can make your trip to Fayetteville a journey through the cuisines of the world. Here is your quick guide.

Fowler’s Southern Gourmet

If you’re up for classic North Carolina barbecue, you should head to Fowler’s. It is located at 723 W. Roman St. in Fayetteville. The restaurant is only open for lunch from Wednesday to Saturday.

You can buy classic dishes like pulled pork, pulled chicken, and burnt ends. The fries are crispy and salty, perfectly complementing the tangy barbecue sauce and spicy meat.

You can try a few different sandwiches. Their jerk tacos feature pork and jalapenos with their special jerk barbecue sauce. The Commander in Cheese combines brisket with spicy chili cheese and salty pickles.

The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed. Feel free to ask the chefs for their steps in preparing BBQ ribs.

Gohan Bistro

Gohan Bistro is a sushi and ramen restaurant located at 524 S. Reilly Road. The restaurant offers dozens of different sushi dishes, appealing to all kinds of eaters.

You can try classic sushi rolls like salmon and avocado rolls and California rolls. You can enjoy rolls with roast pork and fried kimchi as well as rolls with mango salsa.

If you’re not a fan of fish, the ramen is amazing. You can enjoy pork belly ramen with a range of ingredients including minced garlic and chili peppers. Vegetarians can try the shiitake mushroom ramen as well as the tofu and bean sprout ramen.

You can also order poke, a Hawaiian dish made with raw fish. The chefs cut the fish into cubes and serve them with different sauces. You can enjoy fish with ginger juice, sriracha mayo and chilli paste.

E-Tae Won

E Tae Won is a Korean restaurant at 594 S. Reilly Road. The restaurant offers delivery and takeout, so it’s one of the best restaurants in Fayetteville to go to when you’re on the run.

E Tae Won specializes in soups, stews and barbecue dishes. Many of their dishes are spicy, including their vegetarian options like tofu stew. If you have to avoid spicy dishes, you can try their fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce.


When you want Mexican food on your trip to Fayetteville, you can stop by Rookies. You can find Rookies at 6290 Yadkin Road, but the restaurant also runs a food truck. You can visit the restaurant’s website and find out where the truck will appear in the city.

Rookies specializes in popular Mexican street food. As you can imagine, you can find plenty of tacos. Tacos Locos contain meat with a special red sauce and pico de gallo.

But you can also find burritos, quesadillas and taquitos. Fried lovers can eat carne asada fries with steak and nacho cheese.

If you want to try a food challenge in Fayetteville, you can try the wet burrito. You have to eat a giant burrito stuffed with chicken, fries and beans in less than eight minutes. The burrito is also topped with nacho cheese and salsa, so be sure to have plenty of napkins as you race against time.

Fried Turkey Sandwich

No trip to Fayetteville is complete without a stop at The Fried Turkey Sandwich Shop. As the name suggests, the restaurant serves fried turkey sandwiches with all the trimmings. You can find three different locations, including one at 2318 Paintersmill Drive in downtown Fayetteville.

You can go the traditional route and order a turkey club or a turkey provolone sandwich. But if you really love Thanksgiving, you should try the turkey sandwich. The sandwich is turkey with bread stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce, perched on Texas toast.

You can also try the turkey bites. These are pieces of breaded turkey breast fried and served with various sauces. You can dip them in gravy, honey mustard, and sweet chili sauce.

Antonella’s Italian Restaurant

Antonella’s Italian Ristorante offers upscale Italian cuisine at 300 Hay St. It’s a good place to bring guests and business colleagues.

You can find most classic Italian dishes at Antonella. You can start with the tomato bruschetta and Caprese salad.

You can then order chicken parmesan, lasagna and tortellini. If you’re trying to stay healthy, Antonella’s offers salmon with garlic sauce and spinach. But when you want to treat yourself, you can order cheesecake and tiramisu.

When you want to have a romantic evening, you can visit Antonella’s during the night when they offer a fixed price menu. In past years, Antonella’s has offered special Valentine’s Day menus. You can enjoy dishes like osso buco at low prices.

The best restaurants in Fayetteville

The best restaurants in Fayetteville have so much to offer. You can head to Fowler’s for ribs and pulled pork.

Gohan Bistro and E Tae Won are two of Fayetteville’s best restaurants for Asian cuisine. If you want to go south of the border, you can try the tacos at Rookies.

When you’re in a hurry, you can order sandwiches at The Fried Turkey Shop. When you are looking to settle down, you can go to Antonella.

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