The Topsail/ Surf City portion of the N.C. coast may be known for its picture-perfect beaches, but what some people may not realize is that it’s also loaded with tasty bites. Whether you’re looking for a seafood spread or melt-in-your-mouth donuts, I’ve curated all of...
The Outer Banks of North Carolina may be known for lighthouses, wild horses, and stretching beaches, but the food-scene also deserves its share of the spotlight. If you find yourself frequenting familiar chains while on vacation, I'm here to rescue you. Wondering...
If there is one question I get more than, "Have you been to this place or that place or can you recommend a place,?" it's got to be for foodie photo tips. "Megan, can you tell me how to improve my food pics?" You guys know I started NC Eat & Play because I wanted...
If you’re in Raleigh, you need to head over to Lafayette Village and enjoy Southern Craft Sandwiches. Owner and trained butcher, Mark and his team are serving up mouthwatering gourmet sandwiches from Italian subs to loaded burgers.
The heart of downtown Raleigh may not be where you’d expect to come across some of the best southern comfort food in North Carolina, but that’s exactly where you’ll find it thanks to Iyla’s Southern Kitchen.
The Outerbanks restaurants offer beach town delights from seafood to sweet cravings. Many of the restaurants deliver gorgeous sunset views while you dine and enjoy.
Things To Do
Did you know that the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the country is located in the heart of Raleigh?
Only an hour from Raleigh, the Aloha Safari Zoo in Cameron, NC is a worthy trip for families looking to get up close to exotic animals. The zoo is a sanctuary for exotic pets that were bought and abused or neglected. Dean and I really enjoyed feeding the giraffe at the zoo.
The Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem is an indulgent safe staycation that will make you feel like you went back in time to live on a private estate spanning 55 gorgeous acres.
The Real-Tour Experience sponsored by The W Group.
There are so many reasons why locals love hanging out and living in Chapel Hill. More than a college town, Chapel Hill is packed with foodie delights, great local shops, and plenty of destinations for good times.
Newcomers to Raleigh have a lot of great NC barbecue choices. From small moms and pops to successful destination establishments, our Relocating to Raleigh members didn’t hold back their opinions on where to go for the best.
Raleigh has so many high-quality salon options for all your beauty needs! On point with all the trends but still offering great customer service and a small-town, caring vibe, Raleigh truly offers the best experience getting your nails and hair done. Want to know...
Local Faves on Podcast
Welcome to The NC EAT & PLAY Podcast. Today, we will be talking to Jason, co-owner of FRESH. Local Ice cream and their General Manager, Jessica. I started NC Eat & Play to highlight and celebrate local businesses, establishments and “worth-the-trip”...
Welcome to The NC EAT & PLAY Podcast. Today, we will be talking to Randy Hernandez, owner of Casa Cubana & Rum Bar and Red Monkey, which are both locally-owned restaurants here in Raleigh. I started NC Eat & Play to highlight and celebrate local...
Hello everyone! Welcome to The NC EAT & PLAY Podcast. I’m MEGAN, your host. As the HEAD CURATOR\TASTER AND EXPLORER of NC Eat & Play, I am thrilled to welcome you to our podcast. I started NC Eat & Play to highlight and celebrate local businesses,...
Hi, I am Megan.
CHIEF CURATOR / TASTER / EXPLORER
As the proud founder of NC Eat & Play, I want to welcome you to our community. 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.
“We wholeheartedly want to inspire others to live abundantly local and enjoy all the riches of North Carolina.” – Megan Nichols