An all-in-one craft brewery, flower shop, bookstore, and dim sum restaurant sounds like something made up by a bot created to generate restaurant ideas. Actually, though, all of that comes together to make of the best places in Raleigh. Brewery Bhavana’s Chinese menu is made up of dim sum and larger plates, with a few high-end ingredients thrown in like scallion pancakes with bone marrow, and shrimp and pork shumai with caviar (despite this, prices are still reasonable). Head here with another person to stand at the long bar and drink a few of their 40 house-brewed beers on tap, or bring a group to the bustling but not deafeningly loud dining room.
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