Where to Eat in Wendell: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Marianna Hollaway

Wendell is a town in Wake County, North Carolina United States. It is a satellite town of Raleigh, the state capital. The population was 5,845 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Wendell

1. Aubrey's Grill

38 N Main St, Wendell, NC 27591-9029 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Diner Lunch, Breakfast +1 919-365-5528
Excellent
71%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Aubrey's Grill

Reviewed By Steve C - Archers Lodge, NC

Met a friend for lunch. The food is prepared fresh in front of you with little wait. Cannot beat the taste or the price. While the restaurant is small, everyone is friendly, understanding, and enjoy the coziness. Well worth the stop! The burgers are delicious! The breakfast items are just as delicious!

2. Brown Bag Bagels

4 N Main St, Wendell, NC 27591-9029 SGD 7 +1 919-366-6037
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Brown Bag Bagels

Reviewed By Amber N - Asheville, North Carolina

While visiting our friends in Raleigh, they told us about an authentic NY bagel place that had opened near their home. We had bagels for breakfast one morning of our visit. They were delicious! The cinnamon chip bagel is superb as is the blueberry. Our friends ordered savory bagels, and they said they are the reason they keep going back to Brown Bag!

3. McLean's OLE Time Cafe

418 W Gannon Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597-2508 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 22 +1 919-269-0125
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 127 reviews

McLean's OLE Time Cafe

Reviewed By HubbellGardiner - New York City, New York

We ordered lemon pepper chicken, grilled shrimp, scallops and catfish. All were excellent. The sides were worth the visit though. The butter beans were perfectly cooked and the collards were as good as you remember from childhood. The piece de resistance was the chocolate pecan pie. Decadent and delicious. I would definitely go back.
PS: the delivery of the food was slow but it was no fault of the server. The restaurant was very busy and she couldn't have been nicer.

4. Boulevard Pizza

2925 Wendell Blvd, Wendell, NC 27591-7270 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 919-365-0040
Excellent
72%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Boulevard Pizza

Reviewed By 475jillk

I got a steak and cheese sandwich to go. It was very good - not the best option to eat in the car. I think it had mayo on it - which I don't usually find on a Philly Cheesesteak - but it worked!

5. Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q

121 Wakelon St Ste 121, Zebulon, NC 27597-2404 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 919-269-7009
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q

Reviewed By Magnus G

If you are a lover of fried chicken then welcome, I had a 8 pieces menues with fries, it was so good. Well recommended if you are not in to healthy stuff.

6. Agave Mexican Bar & Grill

18 W 3rd St, Wendell, NC 27591-8086 Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 919-365-0069
Excellent
41%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Agave Mexican Bar & Grill

Reviewed By TravelingTogether5 - Wendell, North Carolina

The service is fantastic. The atmosphere is pretty par for the course when it comes to Mexican restaurants. Great location in downtown Historic Wendell. Food was good. Not fantastic, but good. With very reasonable prices, fantastic and very friendly service and its location I'm sure we will be back.

7. Hillbillies

1206 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597-8730 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 919-404-2212
Excellent
38%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Hillbillies

Reviewed By Frank T - North Carolina

Zebulon, NC is pretty much a food, shopping and event desert. The customer service or lack thereof that exists at McLean's has taken over at its sister restaurant, Hillbillies. Why that name is probably offensive to real mountain folk who take care of each other no matter what.

Today I ordered a simple cheeseburger combo, all the way, mustard, chili, onions and slaw. The order taker (great description) looked at me and asked twice if I wanted slaw, to which I replied yes. We got our drinks and went to a table. They called the number and I picked up the food. As I bit into the cheeseburger, I immediately knew there was no slaw.

I went back up front to the counter girl who barely was able to utter “duh” and told her I ordered slaw and that there was none on my burger. She laid it down in sight in the back and just stood there with her mouth open. Someone took the burger out of sight and came back in a few minutes and said that she was putting slaw on my burger for free, but next time I needed to order it and she was not friendly with that.

Steamed, I went back to my seat, found the receipt which you can see in the photo and checked. The order and a $.29 charge said that I should have gotten slaw. When I took the ticket back up to the front, all I got was insolence and belligerence, no apology, no “can I do something to make it right” just a spewing of ignorance.

When did it become OK to let loose on the customer? You can’t make this kind of stupid up. So if you want little or no service and hold out for OK food, Hillbillies is your place. Just don’t expect much except lip.

8. Domino's Pizza

2821 Wendell Blvd, Wendell, NC 27591-6904 Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 919-365-9192
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Allraceschurch W - Wendell, North Carolina

Getting better all the time. This Domino's has been in Wendell for a long, long time. I especially like to order on-line and pick up my food. My daughter likes to order on line for delivery. Either way the food is great and the prices are reasonable.

9. Great Wok Chinese Restaurant

2823 Wendell Blvd, Wendell, NC 27591-6904 Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 919-365-6988
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
14%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Reviewed By Allraceschurch W - Wendell, North Carolina

I have eaten take out from here dozens of times.
Most of the time all was OK
The last few times in though I do not believe I was greeted with the kindness and smiles you would expect when spending your money. I have decided to back off a little from take outs from here - mostly because of the help. That may sound bad, but I don't care how good the food is, I expect a smile and a thank you.

10. Grounds Cafe

320 Vintage Point Ln, Wendell, NC 27591-6858 +1 919-374-7227
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
16%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Grounds Cafe

Reviewed By MrsRojas26 - San Jose, California

Had a late lunch here. Excellent food and service. I love the view and ambiance. It's a nice quiet spot to eat and enjoy friends or family. They don't have a huge menu, as they mostly serve drinks, but their food is pretty good.

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