One of the best restaurants, and definitely the most ethnically authentic, just got even better. Oakwood Cafe is definitely in my top 5 restaurants in Raleigh, if not numero uno. Over the years, the restaurant has started filling up earlier and earlier for lunch as more and more people find out about this gem of a lunch joint. Dinner on the weekends is not as crowded and a very romantic place to spend little money and have a first class meal.
There are few negative things about Oakwood Cafe. The one major problem has always been space. Space for seating, space for waiting, space for paying. This was recently solved when the restaurant owners decided to slightly reconsider the interior. Gone is the table that was located, almost literally, in the kitchen. They have added a couple more booths, repainted the ceiling tiles and added new fiber board on all the walls. The bar has been moved back towards the kitchen and in general there is more space for seating and arrangement of tables for larger parties.
It actually took me a while to notice that things had changed. The space is less cramped but still has the same fantastic food and atmosphere. Thumbs way up Oakwood, that’s the kind of renovations we like seeing in the capital city.
Need a place for a first date or simply dinner tonight or Saturday? Check out Oakwood Cafe. I doubt you’ll be disappointed, I never have been.
photo from AuntNanny