Quality Grocery, Raleigh, NC
I didn’t plan to post anything from Raleigh, per my mention of the trouble of hometown travel blogging in my last NC post. But even though I only spent a handful on hours in Raleigh on this trip, I stumbled upon a new spot that only opened in the city last fall. Quality Grocery is a gem tucked into the Oakwood neighborhood just a block from the infamous Oakwood Cemetary. It’s staffed by friendly, tattooed hipsters who love talking about chicken salad and craft beers, road trips out west and the best coffee shops in the city. The menu is simple and inexpensive (hot and cold salads and sandwiches under $10), and the beer selection is extensive including single cans and bottles for consumption and 6- or 12-packs to take away. Quality’s also got a freezer of treasures from Maple View ice cream, and an eclectic grocery selection (think ketchup, sour mix, cereal and toilet paper). The inside decor is adorable, but the real prize is the orange patio furniture. Perfect for a late-afternoon lunch.