Preeti Waas’ Favorite Places to Eat & Drink

The chef and owner, Cheeni Indian Food Emporium shares her favorite spots to sip and savor in and around Raleigh
by Catherine Currin

Where do you go for a good craft beverage?

A’Verde Cocina + Tequila Library in Cary. The Hot Mess is my favorite.

What’s your go-to spot for a date night?

Jolie. I love the rooftop.

Photo Courtesy: Glasshouse Kitchen

What’s your favorite new spot?

Glasshouse Kitchen in RTP. The pork and persimmon pizza is unforgettable.

Photo Courtesy: Vidrio

What’s your favorite place to take an out-of-towner?

Vidrio. We’ve had some outstanding meals there.

Where do you go for coffee?

NoRa Coffee in North Raleigh. It’s a wonderful community spot.

Photo Credit: Anna Routh, St. Roch

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

St. Roch. The best in town!

Where would our last meal on earth be?

Stanbury, hands-down.

What’s somewhere that’s worth the drive?

Bodega by Curate in Asheville.

What’s your favorite place for a meal to-go?

Lao Lao Food Truck

Photo Credit: Bryan Regan, Gym Tacos

What’s your favorite weekday lunch spot?

Gym Tacos

Where do you go for international cuisine?

This is a really tough one, because I absolutely adore Thai, Indian, Chinese and Laotian food. Tough pick between Taipei 101 in Cary and Sizzlin Stirfry Asian Bistro. 

This article was originally published on December 29, 2022 on