Doc shares his favorite places in Apex.
I love me some Apex! After having the honorable Mayor Lance Olive on with us for Doc & Lora’s What’s Right with Your City, I wanted to check it out for myself. Not that I didn’t trust the city’s ambassador. We absolutely love Mayor Lance… It was his positively pure passion that motivated me to check out the downtown on Salem Street. Wow! Now I must nominate the entire street for the Best of Apex!
My wife and I love unique experiences and Apex’ Salem Street is just that! Something for everyone on one and a half blocks.
Our first stop was Provincial. This is a fantastic farm-to-table establishment with a unique menu and spectacular deserts! The Seared Maine Diver Scallops were amazing as was the Grilled Lady Edison Pork Chops. It is not a burger joint but Provincial has the absolute highest quality, best tasting burger I’ve ever had in North Carolina. Provincial has much to offer including homemade chips and remarkable adult beverage concoctions. A unique and quality place for a night out on Salem Street in Apex.
Next to Provincial is Peak of the Vine. This is a very cute, very comfortable wine bar. A very nice place to meet up with friends before taking a dinner tour through Salem Street. The feature a very nice selection of wines and the staff is super nice!
Next to Provincial is Salem Street Pub. This is all that a pub can be in all ways. If you like beer, they keep some excellent choices on tap at all times plus feature rotating specials. The menu is what you might expect for a pub but the quality is way more than one would expect from the category. In my opinion, there are some dishes that have a certain way of being cooked and offered. I discovered the Salem Street Pub’s Patty Melt and I highly recommend this selection—if you know what a real Patty Melt is supposed to taste like. Amazing!
Across and back down the street is the Peak City Grill & Bar. Beth and I had a wonderful night of dining with #Found John. Depending on the night, Peak City features live music from local musicians. Not a parade of cover bands, the establishment takes pride in brining artists that are creating their own material. That’s not to say you won’t hear a song or two that brings back a memory or motivates you to dance. The menu is also very fun. Crispy Garbanzo beans, marinated olives, or Pimento Hummus kick off the appetizer orders followed by small plates featuring bacon-wrapped scallops to “hot” fried Quail—not to mention daily specials and a robust menu. The atmosphere is “night out” and/or “business meeting.”
So much more on this amazing little street in the middle of Apex. Beth and I have yet to visit the Beer Dispensary but they advertise a huge selection of beers. We have not been to Buttercream’s Bake Shop—we always seem to miss the open hours. We also plan to visit Anna’s Pizzeria and to take in the knitting shops and art galleries. YES! IT IS ONLY A BLOCK AND A HALF LONG!
Do yourself a favor. Check out Salem Street in Apex… definitely the place to B.