Irregardless cafe is on West Morgan Street in Raleigh, close to NC State’s Campus. Open for more than 30 years, the restaurant is well-established as a cafe and catering business in the Triangle.
Irregardless calls itself a “farm to table” restaurant, known for using fresh, local produce. It caters to meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans; making it a great option for a diverse crowd of eaters.
The restaurant is small, but has a stage. They host local musicians almost daily, to entertain while you sip on a glass of wine, or share a meal with friends and family.
I went to Irregardless with my family, and we all enjoyed it. They have friendly service, and waiters who have patience to give you suggestions on the best dishes and drinks. Don’t let the word “cafe” fool you – this is not a quick, cheap restaurant. The environment is laid back, but the tab is not college-budget friendly, even if it is in the middle of a neighborhood populated by 20-somethings. The bill for the four of us capped off at about $140. Most of the entrees are $20-$30 dollars. The tab included beer and wine, and an appetizer.
We started with the vegetarian pesto pizza. It’s a thin-crust pizza, topped with caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, & melted mozzarella. This was my favorite thing on the table.
My mom and I both ordered the Morgan Street chicken, a crowd favorite according to our waiter. It’s a chicken breast marinated in Irregardless’ lemon tahini dressing, coated with crushed cashews & panko crumbs. It’s topped with an herb compound butter and served with whole grain mustard sauce, roasted potatoes & sauteed spinach.
My brother got the shrimp and grits. The dish is served with sautéed shrimp, tomato con casse, Parmesan & cheddar grit cakes with a wild mushroom sherry cream sauce.