Raleigh Union Station Ushers in a New Era of Transit in the Triangle

Enjoy a variety of dining options at train stops across North Carolina

Raleigh’s new transportation hub, Union Station, is set to open to the public July 10, 2018, bringing with it a new era of transit in the Triangle. Amtrak's new Piedmont train will pick up passengers at the station and take them from central to western North Carolina, providing a scenic tour of the Tarheel state. Here are some must-visit dining locations from each of the Piedmont's stops.


Raleigh

Located in the middle of the emerging Warehouse District, there is no shortage of restaurants to indulge in from Raleigh Union Station. While the barbecue classic, The Pit, is the area’s most popular restaurant, the small plates restaurant, Humble Pie, has been slinging out seasonal driven dishes to locals for well over a decade.

Humble Pie has served seasonal driven dishes to locals for well over a decade.
Humble Pie has served seasonal driven dishes to locals for well over a decade. (Courtesy Humble Pie)


Cary

Ranked No. 1 by Amtrak's 2017 customer satisfaction survey, Cary’s train station delivers passengers downtown. Cary has been exhaustively transforming its quaint downtown area into an entertainment destination accommodating bars and eateries. Pizzeria Faulisi is a pleasant six-minute walk from the station. Serving up wood-fire pizza, this popular restaurant combines local Triangle flavors with Italian traditions.

Pizzeria Faulisi's wood-fired pizza combines local Triangle flavors with Italian traditions.
Pizzeria Faulisi's wood-fired pizza combines local Triangle flavors with Italian traditions. (Courtesy eatRaleigh Blog)


Durham

Getting off the train at Bull City station brings passengers right into the center of Durham's transformed downtown. While there are a wide selection of dining options within walking distance, Mateo Bar de Tapas is among the most acclaimed. Headed by James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalist, Chef Matt Kelly, Mateo’s southern play on Spanish tapas have earned the restaurant local and national accolades.

Chef Matt Kelly's southern play on Spanish tapas have earned Mateo Bar de Tapas local and national accolades.
Chef Matt Kelly's southern play on Spanish tapas have earned Mateo Bar de Tapas local and national accolades. (Courtesy eatRaleigh Blog)


Burlington

Housed in a former North Carolina Railroad engine house, Burlington's train station drops passengers off two short blocks away from downtown. A five-minute stroll down Worth Street takes visitors to beloved Zack’s Hot Dogs, a local joint that has a feverish following thanks to serving dogs the traditional Carolina way for 90 years — with chili, slaw and onions.


Greensboro

Greensboro’s train station, also known as the J. Douglas Gaylon Depot, unloads passengers just two blocks away from the city’s famed Elm Street. Establishments like longtime favorite Liberty Oak and Natty Greens Brewing Company provide plenty of choices, but Crafted stands out with its renditions of famous street food and tacos.

Crafted offers a unique take on street food and tacos. (Courtesy Todd Turner Photography)
Crafted offers a unique take on street food and tacos. (Courtesy Todd Turner Photography)


High Point

Housed inside of a building constructed in 1907, High Point's train station is just minutes away from the city's iconic landmark, the World Largest Chest of Drawers. But before taking in this carpentry masterpiece, stop in Penny Path’s Cafe and Crepe Shop, which specializes in sweet and savory flavors of the thin French pastry.

Penny Path’s Cafe and Crepe Shop specializes in sweet and savory flavors of the thin French pastry.
Penny Path’s Cafe and Crepe Shop specializes in sweet and savory flavors of the thin French pastry. (Courtesy Penny Path Cafe)


Salisbury

Salisbury’s historic 1908 train station takes passengers to the town’s quaint downtown. Having made headlines with its award winning barbecue, The Smoke Pit doesn't serve up traditional Carolina barbecue. Rather than serving pork, brisket is king at this restaurant just a block away from the train station.

Brisket is king at The Smoke Pit, located just a block away from the train station.
Brisket is king at The Smoke Pit, located just a block away from the train station. (Courtesy The Smoke Pit)


Kannapolis

While Kannapolis may be a sparse stop on the Piedmont, there are a few gems worth visiting near the station. On the route to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Editions Bookstore and Coffee Shop provides passengers with a much-needed pick-me-up cup of caffeinated bliss after traveling. Editions' combination of North Carolina roasted coffee and used books have won locals over since the shop opened in 2017.

Editions Bookstore and Coffee Shop's roasted coffee and used books have won over the local since opening in 2017.
Editions Bookstore and Coffee Shop's roasted coffee and used books have won over the local since opening in 2017. (Courtesy Editions Bookstore and Coffee Shop)


Charlotte

Though the Queen City has plans to move its train station into a brand new facility in Uptown, the Charlotte train station is tucked away off a busy railroad for now, about mile away from Uptown. Unfortunately, it's not pedestrian friendly either with a lack of food options around the station. However, if you have the gusto for walking a mile or are willing to Uber or hop on a CATS bus, check out NoDa Brewing Company's tap room on Tryon Street (the N. Davidson Street location is currently closed). While the taphouse does not have an onsite kitchen, the brewery accommodates a TIN Kitchen food truck onsite every day. You can also Uber into Uptown, which is only about 3 miles away and offers a wide variety of dining options. 

Enjoy a custom brew at NoDa Brewing Company on Tryon Street, about a mile away from the Charlotte train station.
Enjoy a custom brew at NoDa Brewing Company on Tryon Street, about a mile away from the Charlotte train station. (Courtesy NoDa Brewing Company)


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