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East End Bistrot

East End Bistrot

2024 is only halfway over, and I believe I’ve already found my top restaurant of the year. East End Bistrot in Raleigh is one of the most outstanding restaurants I’ve visited in a while. I want to scream it from the rooftops, but this blog will have to do! An upscale...

Wye Hill Brewing

Wye Hill Brewing

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing is known in Raleigh as a female-owned business offering delicious food, craft beer, and astounding views of Downtown. Perched in the charming Boylan Heights neighborhood, Wye Hill beckons with its unique blend of delectable cuisine,...

Hi, I am Megan.


As the proud founder of NC Eat & Play, I want to welcome you to our community. We want to be your destination for local wanderlusting in North Carolina. I created this space to help locals discover great food and activities for sensible budgets and everyday play. I’m proud to serve as a Chief Curator and influencer for North Carolinians, where every day, my team and I highlight and celebrate local businesses and establishments in North Carolina.

Like many, I consider my home the center of everything. I live in the greater Raleigh area where many of the food and play stories are naturally covered, but not all. I have a large audience following us from all over the state, and I participate in covering cities and towns far and wide as much as possible.

“We wholeheartedly want to inspire others to live abundantly local and enjoy all the riches of North Carolina.” – Megan Nichols

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Mama’s Cheesy Bacon Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Mama’s Cheesy Bacon Shrimp and Grits Recipe

If there's one dish I always order at restaurants when I see it on the menu, it's some delicious shrimp and grits. They've become an irresistible favorite of mine. Fortunately, I can have them at home any time I'd like thanks to my mom's recipe! These shrimp and grits...

Our First Time Trying Salt Crusted Salmon!

Our First Time Trying Salt Crusted Salmon!

I had never heard of salt crusted salmon until The Butcher's Market introduced me to the concept. As usual, they love pushing us to try new things and my mom and I were pretty nervous about this one! It's truly so fun working with The Butcher's Market as we are...

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2024’s Hottest Interior Design Trends

2024’s Hottest Interior Design Trends

Contributed by an NC Eat & Play Partner: Furnitureland South Explore the latest trends in textiles, patterns, and colors in interior design with expert insights from Furnitureland South. Did you know that High Point, North Carolina, is the furniture capital of the...

Pick the perfect dining set for your space

Pick the perfect dining set for your space

As a mom and entertainer, having a good dining set is essential for me and my family. We understand the importance of a well-curated dining set that meets our functional needs, reflects our personal style, and enhances our home's ambiance. That's why, with...

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