Busy Bee Cafe
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by frazbri:
4.13/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Busy Bee Cafe is a bright and pleasant restaurant. I'd almost say it's more restaurant than bar, but that's not really right. It's a multi faceted place.
The first part you encounter is the cafe. (and I mean that as in coffee) Beyond that is the main body of the restaurant with the long bar along the left side. There is also an upstairs area and a rooftop patio. I'll focus on the downstairs.
The main bar has eight taps. Most notable was Brooklyn Backbreaker. They also stock some pretty impressive bottles. (Some rare, some pricey, but all worthy)
The menu is a step or two above standard pub fare. Yes, they do burgers and sandwiches, but they also serve shrimp & grits, organic chicken hoppin' john, and braised lamb shanks. I had the shrimp & grits as it's not something you find in my neighborhood. Good stuff.
Service was very good. The bartender kept on top of things, and seemed like a good fellow.
This is another place I would return to if I get the chance.
02-20-2010 01:59:20 | More by frazbri
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Cool little spot in downtown Raleigh - watch out for the bus depot a few doors down - tons of terrifying looking vagrants nearby. Inside the busy bee is a warm and comfortable place though.
We had just crushed some BBQ at Cooper's and were looking forward to pizza at Trophy, so we didn't eat here. The menu looked solid though, and everything coming out of the kitchen looked great. I'd definitely plan a subsequent visit around dinner I think.
the selection is a little odd - tons of bottles at a pretty high premium and 15-20 unique taps between the 2 bars. Nothing was particularly enticing on our visit - i opted for the BA hoppyum which was better than expected. Taps appear to turn quickly, and should always be good, but haven't ever been great when I've looked.
Eagle eye-blackie spotted some BCBCS in the cooler that wasnt advertised so we domed a few coffee wales, which turned out to be just the kick in the pants we needed for our Raleigh adventure night.
01-01-2014 22:36:39 | More by dirtylou
Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh, NC
96 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.