Gateway Restaurant – Raleigh, NC


Gateway Restaurant
2411 Crabtree Blvd
Raleigh, NC, 27604
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Gateway Restaurant in Raleigh might be the epitome of a hole-in-the-wall diner. I had never heard of it until a recent diners, drive-ins and dives contest held by The N&O. As it turns out, I’ve driven by the tiny strip mall near the Raleigh Flea Market Mall on Capital Boulevard that houses the restaurant hundreds of times, but never realized it was there.

The restaurant is your typical southern diner serving the favorites for breakfast and lunch six days a week. It’s a cozy dining room area, complete with about a dozen tables and a lunch counter. Of course the service is friendly, and of course they serve breakfast all day. Like some of the better diners around, some of their entrée and side items rotate daily. Usually this means you’ll get a fresher meal, so it’s always good to take a look at these options.

Me, I went with a pork tenderloin biscuit with egg and cheese plus a side of home fries–all for about $5. The tenderloin was moist and tender so the biscuit actually held together as I ate it, which makes for an excellent sandwich. Their biscuits are not the fluffy kind (ala KFC and Bojangles) but more of the smooth flaky kind (ala Chic-Fil-A) which isn’t my favorite, but homemade and fresh nonetheless.

When I ordered the home fries, the waitress asked me if I’d like cheese and peppers on top. Of course I would. As you can see in the above picture, the result is pile of delicious-looking food similar to scattered, smothered and covered hashbrowns at Waffle House or even a small plate of cheese fries. They use their french fries as the breakfast home fries, and probably just saute them on the flat top instead of deep-frying. That caused the fries to be a little soggy and dissapointing, but man they give you a lot of cheese to make up for it.

Gateway received the most reader nominations in the aforementioned N&O diner contest. I agree it’s a solid restaurant, but it was a bit surprising that it surpassed all the other great joints in the area. It’s nothing out of the ordinary nor is it spectacular, but then again when it comes to comfort food, you play it safe–good food you’re familiar with. And Gateway hits that mark.

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