Raleigh >Humble Pie
Humble Pie (HP) leaves the most opinionated foodie…..humbled. This place has won my blue ribbon for favorite restaurant in Raleigh. I have visited HP twice now and both times has been superior culinary experiences. Their plates are visually and tastefully brilliant.
My first visit was a late week night during the “brown bag” period of alcohol licensure. Some may be dissuaded from entering, but I felt the way the HP folks handled this set-back was charming. They actually gave a dinner-mate a complimentary local beer. For starts we all shared: Caesar Salad: cliché but good, “Broiled Tetilla Cheese” Tasty cheese/honey/grape spread and the popular hummus which 3 out of 3 diners disliked. Entrees ordered: Shrimp&Grits: safe and good, Oven Mahi Mahi: fish that’s not fishy: yes, please and the Grilled Andouille Sausage: cowboy-esque robust dish, tasty! Dessert: Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding: sounds silly – but was well worth the try.
Round two was just as unique & flavorsome. Starters included the Fried Green Tomatoes & Bruschetta: both seem cliché’ but HP’s versions are uniquely delicious. Entrees included: Black Bean Crepe: inventive concept that works – the table’s favorite. The sesame ahi tuna: must like spice to enjoy this treat, and lastly, chicken penne: which looked like a lean cuisine, so I passed.
I really enjoy this restaurant – I’d avoid the hummus & chicken penne – but the entire menu is a safe (but delectable) bet you’re going to have a great meal. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures to try the patio space & beverages.
New.Favorite.Restaurant.. Ate here on a Saturday night around 8:30 with some friends, and even though we didn't have a reservation, we got a booth right away. Great start... From there, things only got better. The food was INCREDIBLE. Simply divine. Walk, run, sprint, fly....do whatever it takes to get to this restaurant; you won't be disappointed.
Memorable Rehearsal Dinner - Tons of Fun!. Parents in FL; Kids live in NC where they will be married; Rehearsal dinner to plan long distance. Kids picked out 10 possible restaurants - parents visited NC in February and ate at 4 top-notch restaurants and picked the one they wanted - which was a planning disaster - famous restaurant with incredibly difficult staff and unfriendly atmosphere. So, we reluctantly went with Humble Pie - which offered great food, reasonable prices, fabulous staff, however, we were concerned about suitability of the location for an 'intimate' dinner for about 50 people. Silly us! We neglected to factor in the fabulous Jim Beriau - one incredible guy who makes things happen! Many of our guests had never visited a tapas restaurant, some of us had dietary restrictions, and some additional guests arrived after we thought everyone was seated. Not a fret - Jim and his top-notch wait staff (headed by Juan Carlos that night) made everything look effortless. The food was delectable- one taste treat after another. We had crab cakes that were called the best one of our guests every had; fried green tomatoes that even the most naive guest pronounced tasty; sauteed green beans that popped with flavor; lettuce wrapped chicken for our guests who did not eat fish; mahi-mahi with scalloped potatoes that melted in our mouths; all completed with a sampler desert plate that disappeared faster than a $10 bill at the betting track - and everyone said they were too full! Best yet, everything fit in our budget and we were showered with compliments all wedding weekend, even from those who had never visited a tapas restaurant in the past. One guest was a chef who requested the Humble Pie menu to take with him! Trust me, there's nothing to be Humble about at this restaurant and it is one that we will visit every time we are in Raleigh - we have been spreading the word high and low about the fabulous food, incredibly moderate pricing, professional staff, and the best: Jim Beriau! Thank you Humble Pie for such a memorable event for our family!!
Fantastic. Simply fantastic. I knew Jim from when he did time behind the bar at Margaux's in North Raleigh and was totally bummed when I heard he left to start a new venture. Yeah, that was years ago. Tracked him down and checked out his new digs at Humble Pie. Great decor. Fantastic eats. And, of course, pretty much every beverage you could ever want...except for that $1,000 bottle of cabernet. (Jim: You hearing me? I need some top shelf reds on that list!)
gluten free choices. Took a friend who has Celiac Disease (wheat gluten) to Humble Pie restaurant with the kids. The kids got the usual - pasta with parmesan. The great news is that my friend had several delicious choices without gluten. She confirmed ingredients with the chef. It was excellent.
Good Time Every Time!. This place is awesome. My wife and I go to dinner or Sunday brunch almost twice a month. The menu is great and has items you won't find anywhere else. Try the mahi with gouda potatoes. The host (who I think is the owner) is professional and always helping out the servers. When friends or clients ask where to go, I always tell them Humble Pie!
mediocre food, owner was really rude. This is the 3rd -- and absolute LAST time -- we've gone/will go to Humble Pie. Restaurant was mostly empty tonight, so we got prompt service from the regular waitstaff. Food was decent, but in comparison to other places in the area (The Pit, Zely & Ritz, Tasca Brava, etc), food was mediocre and definitely not worth the price, particularly since the owner was really rude to our group. We will definitely not go back. I do not recommend taking your guests here either. We had out-of-town guests, and they now have a horrible opinion of Raleigh dining.
Super food and selection.
Food was great. This is a wonderful place for a group with varied tastes or wanting to sample plenty of dishes. Our group had no fewer than 6 or 7 apps. and tapas and ALL of them were delicious. We were disappointed the cheese plate and banana dessert we wanted to order was not available, but the chef personally came to our table and made us a "make up" dessert for the birthday girl. Super berries and cream.
For the selections we had, we were pleasantly surprised the food bill was reasonable. A great place for dates, girl's night, a large group, or a light pre-party dinner/drinks. Would highly recommend for all of them. Atmosphere is nice and open inside and patio looks romantic and cool at night.
Food with such a great depth of Flavor. The food and atmosphere work together to create a perfect dining experience. The restaurant was large and spacious with a warm, inviting feel. For two people, we had four dishes which was more than enough. Three dishes to share would probably be the best combination. The shrimp and grits and ahi tuna were absolutely to die for! The shrimp broth really was "of the gods" with such a rich, but yet refreshing flavor. The grits were in the form of crispy cakes that melted in the broth to create a most satisfying texture. The ahi tuna was perfectly seared on the outside and a deep red in the middle. Their food was so delicious and I plan on going back many times more.
I know THAT dude. He was in some band...and that other dude is a wicked bartender..
Jim and Joe's Place: If you had asked Joe when he was having convulsions on-stage at State's Sigma-Nu Fraternity at a Johnny Quest show, that years and years ( and years) later he would be paired up with one of Raleigh's famous bartenders (Jim, dummy) and together own one of Raleigh's top speak-easy hipster joints...he'd have said, "Probably." This place is the Viper Room for Raleigh. If you don't know what that is, ask your mom or dad.
The food is gold plated extacy and the service staff is more educated than you are. Love it.
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