Tasty Tuesday: The Players' Retreat
By Mollie Lambrecht, Communications Intern
This week’s Tasty Tuesday takes us down the street to one of Raleigh’s oldest favorites since 1951, The Players’ Retreat. This popular local spot is tucked away where Oberlin Rd meets Hillsborough Street, making it a quick and easy stop for lunch or dinner. I went by on the earlier side of their lunch hours to enjoy a nice meal and the experience exceeded my expectations.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is very laid-back and uplifting with many defining characteristics like the décor and the line of televisions that can be seen from just about any angle. The main room includes a bar along with tables and booths that extend around the perimeter. Tables are also available outside for a more open setting and seating in the side room for bigger parties. The side room has a pool table, which is always a fun game for all ages and, personally, one of my favorites to play with friends.
I sat at the bar and the friendly bartender welcomed me immediately with a smile and explained all the specials for the day. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and answered questions I had as a first-time customer with great ease. The variety of options on the menu is sure to satisfy anyone that dines in, with meals and drinks that meets all types of flavor preferences.
For starters, they offer all sorts of fried goodness, from cheese fries and mozzarella sticks to jalapeno poppers and buffalo wings, and so many other tasty platters. For those looking for a healthier or lighter meal, they offer a wide selection of salads and soups. As for the entrees, the kitchen can fix up just about anything you can think including different steak, chicken and seafood plates. I tend to lean toward sandwiches or hamburgers, which are very popular items on the menu and include both classic dishes and ones with specialized twists. I finally decided on the classic chicken club because you can’t go wrong with the flavors of bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo all in one.
My lunch was prepared in a few short minutes and I was able to enjoy it while watching the different games and programs televised on the numerous screens. This was most definitely a solid choice for a delicious lunch break. You can always order food for pick up if you’re on the go or want to enjoy the meal elsewhere. The Players’ Retreat is a place for all, especially food and sport fanatics! If you’re in search of a local spot with mouthwatering food and a hospitable staff, go check out The Players’ Retreat!