9 Tomato Dishes to Eat Right Now

…because it’s summer, and they won’t be perfect forever.

by Catherine Currin

If you couldn’t tell from our August cover, we just can’t get enough of summer tomatoes. Serve ‘em up in a delicate salad, a messy sandwich, or a classic tomato pie — we don’t care, we love them! Fortunately, there’s plenty of tomato to go around. Here are just a few of the ways Raleigh restaurants are serving up our favorite vegetable fruit.

Photograph by Baxter Miller | Courtesy Ajja

Tomato Plate at Ajja 

Cheetie Kumar’s new restaurant, Ajja, is chock full of fresh produce — and of course, she’s put her own spin on things. This seasonal tomato plate is piled high with barrel-aged feta and a sesame brittle.

Photograph courtesy Standard Beer + Food

Heirloom Tomato Salad at Standard Beer + Food

This no-frills tomato plate at Standard is sure to satisfy your next craving. 

Photograph by Ayn-Monique Klahre

Tomato Pie at Hummingbird 

A Southern staple, Hummingbird’s tomato pie is creamy, cheesy, flaky and delicious — a meal unto itself or a great one to share.

Photograph courtesy Poole’side Pies

“The Duke” Pizza at Poole‘side Pies 

At Poole’side, you get the best of both worlds: pizza and a tomato sandwich, all wrapped up into one. 

Photograph courtesy Poole’s Diner

Tomato Tart at Poole’s Diner 

One of several tomato dishes at Poole’s, the Tomato Tart features sunflower shoots and a sherry vinaigrette. 

Photograph courtesy Mandolin

Panzanella Salad at Mandolin 

If you missed Sean Fowler’s coveted tomato dinner at Mandolin, munch on the panzanella salad for lunch or dinner for tomatoes from Mandolin Farm. 

Photograph courtesy (ish) delicatessen

Tomato Sandwich at (ish) delicatessen 

Owner Matt Fern says these are best eaten over a kitchen sink, but a giant bowl at (ish) delicatessen will do for these simple-yet-delicious tomato sandwiches. 

Photograph courtesy Irregardless

Fried Green Tomatoes at Irregardless 

The fried green tomato appetizer at Irregardless is not only crunchy and full of flavor — it’s vegan and gluten free. 

Tomato Tartine at Boulted Bread

A classic tomato sandwich of good bread, mayo, in-season heirlooms and good cheese all melted together.

This article originally appeared on waltermagazine.com on August 8, 2023.