A coworker and friend of mine recently introduced me to Mitch’s Tavern on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, NC. Famous for its appearance in the 1988 film “Bull Durham,” Mitch’s Tavern is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Identifiable by a relatively small sign above the unmarked entrance door, Mitch’s was also featured by MSN City Guide in their list of top 10 US taverns. Based on these two factors alone, you should find it worth your time if you’re in Raleigh.
Located at 2426 Hillsboro St, Mitch’s Tavern is upstairs above a coffeeshop. Find the dark wooden “secret door,” and you’ve found the way to great food and plenty of beer on tap – all at rather reasonable prices. Though Mitch’s features quaint dark wood paneling, dark booths, and dark chairs, there are plenty of LCD televisions around to catch your favorite games. If you look around, you see a variety of unusual decor, including a stuffed deer, airplanes, and unusual posters.
Though I can’t speak for the rest of the menu, I can tell you that if you eat beef you’ll just love the London broil. Featured on the daily specials menu, the $6.95 half-pound London Broil is marinated in balsamic vinegar and garlic, served in a french roll with herbed mayonnaise, melted cheese and chips. You can barely escape McDonald’s for that price!
Mitch’s always has plenty of beer on tap, including ales, IPAs, and porters. On my most recent visit, I got my London broil with a Foothills People’s Porter. The dark brew paired with the delicious sandwich harmoniously. If beer isn’t your thing, Mitch’s has plenty of other alcohol available to make your favorite drink.
CONCLUSION: If you’re in town and love delicious inexpensive food and a variety of beer on tap, give Mitch’s Tavern a try!