Beaufort, NC - Aqua originated as a tapas restaurant in 2003, and has grown into a favorite spot for locals and visitors year-round. Fresh, local flavors take priority at Aqua, and diners are likely to find sun-ripened local tomatoes, fresh-caught grouper, regional cheeses and more among the menu choices. Food is only so good without a proper drink in hand, and Aqua's large but moderately priced wine selection, beer choices and varied specialty martini list leave few wanting.
Kill Devil Hills, NC - Craft beer rules at the Outer Banks Brewing Station—six are on tap, including lemongrass wheat, which won a 2009 World Beer Cup silver medal—but kids are welcome, and there is even a playground and pirate ship to explore outside. Casual fare compliments the beer. Pizza, sandwiches, bar munchies, and steamed and fried seafood are served. A wind turbine partially powers both the restaurant and brewery.
Raleigh, NC - bu•ku draws inspiration from the pushcarts and markets of the world. Diners can embark on a gastronomic tour that might include Colombian arepas, Polish beer--braised chicken pierogis, Thai-style barbecued pike, and a sashimi selection unrivaled by any of the traditional sushi bars in the area.