Liz Porcelli’s Favorite Places to Eat & Drink

The Raleigh Wine Shop owner shares her favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Raleigh and the Triangle area.
by Catherine Currin

For our 2023 Guide to Where to Eat and Drink in the Triangle, we surveyed a dozen food industry folks to find their go-to spots for everything from an elegant date night to a casual drink, to the best place to bring someone in from out-of-town. One of those folks was Raleigh Wine Shop owner Liz Porcelli. The Bloodworth Street spot offers more than just wine retail but food pop-up events, by-the-glass options, and a great space for friends and family to connect. When Porcelli isn’t sharing her wine knowledge with Raleigh, here are her favorite eateries and bars in town.

Where do you go for a good craft beverage?

Vault Craft Beer. I like anything seasonal or on tap!

What’s your go-to dive?

Slim’s for beers, Woody’s for wings

Photo credit: Bryan Regan, Slim’s

Where do you for date night?

Death & Taxes

Photo Credit: Trey Thomas, Longleaf Swine

What’s your favorite new spot?

Longleaf Swine BBQ

Where do you like to take an out-of-towner?

Stanbury. It’s the most unique spot with the most unique menu that’s always rotating and fresh! Peak Raleigh food scene!

Photo Credit: Bryan Regan, Layered Croissanterie

What’s your favorite coffee spot?

Layered Croissanterie, so I can get a croissant, too!

What’s your favorite brunch place?

St. Roch

What and where would your last meal on earth be?

Chido Taco. I love the quesabirria tacos.

What chef should we watch out for?

Preeti Waas of Cheeni Indian Food Emporium

What’s somewhere worth the drive?

Matsu Hibachi & Sushi in East Raleigh. For me it’s in my neighborhood, but a short drive for those downtown.

Photo Credit: Bryan Regan, Gym Tacos

What’s your favorite meal to order to-go?

Gym Tacos

Photo Credit: Bryan Regan, DeMo’s Pizzeria & Deli

Where do you go for weekday lunch?

DeMo’s Pizzeria & Deli

What’s your favorite place for international cuisine?

Red Pepper Asian

This article was originally published on on December 28, 2022.