If you are looking for relaxed, warm coastal vibes, I suggest a little road trip to Chapel Hill to try the new bartaco restaurant located at University Place. They have indoor and outdoor dining (complete with cozy blankets!). The vibe is sunny, bright and feels like somewhere you'd dive in to for casual tacos and beach vibes.
Tacos are the specialty (along with rice bowls), order them how you want and as many as you want! Be sure to order a margarita or a cocktail made from freshly squeezed juices. Go there for a casual lunch or dinner. Be sure to ask for the #bartacosecret which is a fried avocado taco. It's delicious!
Another tip, try their hot sauce! They have three flavors, jalapeno, roja and super hot habanero. We loved them and decided to take some home with us (they are available for purchase!)
bartaco currently has locations in 9 different states including a restaurant in Asheville, NC. They will be opening one soon in North Hills! The North Hills location will be their first restaurant in the Raleigh market.
Enjoy! Bartaco is located at 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514