Apex Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Apex

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina and a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 43,907 as of July 1, 2014. Apex is known for being the home of Benjamin Roberts.
Things to do in Apex

1. Daniel's Restaurant & Catering

1430 Nc 55, Apex, NC 27502 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 919-303-1006
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

Daniel's Restaurant & Catering

Reviewed By qmiller1 - Cary, North Carolina

Food is always good and fresh. Pastas and pizzas with unique and creative toppings, as well as the classics. Also Italian staples. The environment is pleasant and casual. Service always good. This is not upscale or fancy but just quality food at reasonable prices.

2. Buttercream Bakeshop

101 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502-1427 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 919-362-8408
Excellent
61%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Buttercream Bakeshop

Reviewed By NCTraveler2015 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Buttercream Bakeshop was one of my stops on a recent stop in Apex. It is a small shop with a few tables but is very welcoming and cozy when you enter. The cases have many selections so it can be a little overwhelming. Some of the items are creative as I got a Dude bar that is sort of like a brownie with bacon. There were other ingredients too but it didn't last long enough to remember everything. Then there is a Hocus Pocus bar that reminded me a little of a seven layer bar. The coconut macaroons covered in chocolate are so good as well as the cookies. I enjoy my stops here as I leave with lots of goodies and service is very welcoming.

3. Common Grounds Coffee House and Desserts

219 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502-1499 Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast +1 919-387-0873
Excellent
43%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Common Grounds Coffee House and Desserts

Reviewed By 150hotelnightsayear - Durham, North Carolina

Consistently delicious coffee, nice assortment of pastries, and ice cream for those who don't want something hot! There is an assortment of fun, quirky mugs, too.

Staff is friendly and efficient.

Prices for specialty coffee ranges from $3-$4.50. Not inexpensive, but on par with chain shops that aren't as good!

4. Salem Street Pub

113 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502-1427 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 919-387-9992
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Salem Street Pub

Reviewed By JoeBoxter - Cary, North Carolina

This pub is one of our favorites due to the consistent quality of the meals and the superior service. The owner seems to be always there overseeing the action and stepping in where needed. The staff is friendly and courteous. Many restaurants and pubs could follow their example.
We ordered fried shrimp and grilled shrimp dinners as well as a bowl of chili to start. The chili is among the best around - thick with meat and a delicious sauce. The shrimp portions are large and both the fried and grilled shrimp are delicious. The grilled shrimp are marinated then blackened so they are a little spicy. The side of cole slaw is small but very good. The only thing average about the meal is the fries. They were freshly cooked but obviously frozen rather than fresh cut. Skylar, our server, was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.

5. Sweet Cheeks Bakery

803 E Williams St, Apex, NC 27502-2177 Takeout, Delivery, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 919-303-9305
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Sweet Cheeks Bakery

Make your next event extra special with our Heavenly Baked Goods! Our delicious, made-from-scratch cakes, pies, brownies, cookies and cupcakes make us your ideal party partner! The Sweet Cheeks Bakery commitment is always to create quality products, just like Grandma used to make! Every baked good is made from the finest and freshest ingredients. Our business was home-based for four years and grew into a storefront location! This location offers top-notch hospitality and free WiFi service. Sweet Cheeks Bakery welcomes patrons to enjoy a dine-in experience and offers French pressed coffee, a full line of organic hot tea and cocoa, in addition to an array of baked goods.

Reviewed By drinnc1958 - Apex, North Carolina

We've purchased individual cupcakes from Sweet Cheeks on many occasions. All of them have been moist and delicious! We're fond of their chocolate and their red velvet cupcakes.

6. The Wake Zone Espresso

6108 Old Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27523-8242 Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 919-267-4622
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Reviewed By SHerbertSJ - Apex, North Carolina

What a fun coffee shop! Wed Happy Hours are the best for a chance to try a new, creative coffee treat they have mixed up! bright colors, fans, travel quotes and lawn chairs create a super fun, inviting ambiance! Loads of smiles from the empolyee's and their baked goods are excellent!

7. Doherty's Irish Pub & Restaurant

5490 Apex Peakway, Apex, NC 27502-3924 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 919-387-4100
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Doherty's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Doherty's is your place to join friends and family for sensational Irish American food & fantastic service at great value. Enjoy a meal with your family, have a quick business lunch, catch the game or listen to live music at your favorite neighborhood pub!

Reviewed By J L - Raleigh, North Carolina

Even without a reservation on a busy weekend night we were seated in just a few minutes. The staff is always great and the food wonderful. I had the Mac and cheese with brisket and it’s too much for one sitting! I did it anyway! I recommend the place for all kinds of Irish meals, wings, sandwiches and salads.

8. Belgian Cafe

1232 W Williams St, Apex, NC 27502-3953 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Belgian, Cafe, European, American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 919-372-5128
Excellent
48%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Belgian Cafe

Welcome to Belgian Café, the Triangle's ultimate Belgian coffeehouse experience. Our recipes have traveled over 4,000 miles from the kitchens of Brussels to Apex, NC. Experience our fine pastries and other Belgian novelties such as the Orangettes which are made from the perfect combination of fresh citrus dipped in decadent Belgian chocolate. Join us for a Petit déjeuner français, our signature breakfast, paired with a glass of fresh Jus d'orange. Stay for a Café latte or Lait Russe made with local, organic coffee beans. If you are short on time, take the Belgian Café experience with you through our variety of desserts from tarts to cakes. Chocolate lovers can indulge in our Le Fondant au Chocolat or Cake à l'Orange et Chocolat. Pick up one of our scratch-made tarts filled with fresh fruits that are sure to please everyone. Our chefs are passionate about pastries and strive to bring you a one-of-a-kind experience.

Reviewed By Burtdol - Apex, North Carolina

This restaurant is very difficult to find - had to give up until we finally located it by remembering 1232 W. Williams.When coming down Williams heading toward Cary before hitting Route 64, take the right turn into the area where cleaners are located or the clothing resale establishment is located. The small restaurant is located on the right in a series of small establishments. You really can't see from the street. One of our favorites is the Mushroom Toast. Small bread slice with delicious mushrooms and sauce typical of Europe. Don't miss out on their great pastries and cookies and with a Coffee Latte or similar, great conversation can result. It is small but enjoyable and their fresh offerings such as Belgian waffles with fruit are excellent. A little taste of Belgium right in Apex - recommend highly. Not inexpensive but then quality food ingredients require a little extra cash price!

9. Skippers Fish Fry

1001 E Williams St, Apex, NC 27502-2160 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 919-303-2400
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 207 reviews

Skippers Fish Fry

Reviewed By tbmoorefield - Raleigh, North Carolina

First of all, we love Skippers. We live in Fuquay but anytime that we are in Apex we will stop by to grab some great seafood. The food is great and the employees are always friendly and competent. Tonight however, was above and beyond great service. I mentioned while sitting at the bar area how great stout milkshakes were as I noticed they had a few stout varieties on draft. Next thing I know I was surprised with a stout milkshake to try. Totally unexpected but such a nice gesture that illustrates the attention and care to customers that makes Skippers a great place to eat.

10. La Rancherita

102 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502-1428 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 919-303-2448
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 136 reviews

La Rancherita

Reviewed By Gregory N - Apex, North Carolina

Don't go with the basics, they don't do a good job with basics. But if you can order a specialty taco or burrito, they are very good. The margaritas are great and anything with chorizo is good too. Service depends on the waiter, sometimes it's great, sometimes it's horrible. It appears that there is no average waiter here.

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