The longtime Raleigh chef, most recently owner and operator of Gateway Plaza’s Fine Folk, shares his favorite foodie spots.
by Catherine Currin
For our 2024 Guide to Where to Eat and Drink in the Triangle, we asked ten food and hospitality industry folks to share their tried and true spots for everything from a casual lunch to happy hour to a place that’s worth hopping in the car and heading out of town. One of those folks was local industry pro, Chris Lopez. Lopez has been in the Raleigh hospitality industry for years — from helping Sunny Gerhart open St. Roch to working as executive chef at Cary’s Postmaster Restaurant and Bar. In 2022, Lopez opened Fine Folk in Gateway Plaza. It closed its doors in October 2023, but stay tuned for what he’s up to next. Here are his favorite spots around town for good food and drinks.
What’s your favorite place for happy hour?
The Longleaf Lounge
What’s your local guilty pleasure?
Chili spaghetti at Players Retreat
Where’s somewhere what’s worth the drive?
Donut Daily in Garner
Where do you frequent for lunch?
Mami’s Latin Style Rotisserie Chicken
If it was your last meal in the Triangle……
Any sandwich from Ideal’s Sandwich and Grocery
What’s your favorite new spot?
Where’s your favorite coffee shop?
The Optimist Raleigh
Where’s your favorite bite to go?
Where do you take out-of-town guests?
Char-Grill or Snoopy’s?
What are you most excited for?
This article was originally published on December 28, 2023 on waltermagazine.com