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April 4, 2013

Montford Drive: 10 spots for food and fun

Here are spots to drink and dine - from the eccentric to the elegant in one of the city's top nightlife destinations.

Montford Drive has evolved into one of the city’s top nightlife destination. Here are 10 top spots to drink and dine – from the eccentric to the elegant.

Brazwell’s Premium Pub: The pub, which has multiple televisions both inside and on its large patio, offers a menu packed with salads, sandwiches, and burgers. But the drink specials, occasional live music, and see-and-be-seen 20-somethings seem to be the biggest draws to this bar.

Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse: It could be the famed Philly Cheesesteaks (they offer a variety of versions from Fajita Chicken Philly to Steak & Egg Philly), or it could be the tasty ribs and wings. But the more than 60 beers on tap probably have a lot do with the spot’s popularity.

El Camino: With Negro Modelo on tap and a varied selection of tequila, Tex-Mex El Camino is gearing up for the street’s late night-loving crowd. The menu includes a few amusingly named dishes like Democrat and Republican burritos and an enchilada called The Iguana.

Good Food On Montford: The small, modern space adds a friendly intimacy, while the pocket-sized plates feature inventive options like crispy quail lettuce wraps, bites of falafel with a cucumber relish, and their famed pork belly in steamed bun.

Jeff’s Bucket Shop: A tiny basement dive where karaoke dominates Wednesdays through Saturdays. The later at night, the more likely you are to see anyone from bankers to bikers belting out tunes on the small stage.

Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizza: This cozy pizzeria does it all. Sure, you can have the simple, classic versions, but sophisticated options like the Rodolfo topped with artichoke hearts, ham, mushrooms, and a touch of pesto are the specialty.

Maverick Rock Taco: Inspired by the laid-back Tex-Mex scene of Austin, Texas, the space features an eclectic ambiance. The fare, though, is more straightforward. Tacos, burritos and tortas dominate the menu, while North Carolina beers from breweries like OMB and Mother Earth take their place among the margaritas and sangria. This spicy spot has become a favorite for hungry night owls.

Moosehead Grill: This longtime neighborhood favorite has perfected the chicken wing – they’re crispy and flavor-packed with names like Bee Stings and Hemogoblins. The atmosphere is unassuming; the rooftop patio is your best bet on warm days.

The Roasting Company: This casual, order-at-the-counter restaurant offers some of the best rotisserie chicken in town. The best time to stop by is Wednesdays for their peppery chicken pot pie. Go early; devotees grab it fast.

10 Park Lanes: This isn’t a place for the serious. The food is casual with fried pickles, barbecue and burgers making up the staples. More adventurous eaters can dig into the signature Mason jars layered with Southern favorites like beans, ribs, and mac and cheese.

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