Local Eats


Carley Outlaw , Social Media Chair

While life in a big city can seem compelling, there are many perks to a small town. Small businesses are sprinkled throughout Rocky Mount Academy’s surrounding areas and shape the community into the robust and charming place that many of us call home. I am no stranger to shopping–and eating–locally, with current and all-time favorites being mentioned below. 


When the afternoons are dragging along and filled with homework, or I’m in desperate need of a moment of peace on Sunday morning, I can be found in Larema Coffee House located in downtown Rocky Mount. The caramel latte is just the perfect balance of sweet and salty, as it satisfies every tastebud with its creamy, delectable body of milk, topped with a bold, smooth espresso that leaves you wanting more. Somehow the coffee can get even better thanks to the environment that Larema offers. Calming music, comfortable chairs and couches, and the original feel of the historic building transports visitors to feel like they have entered simpler times. Some evenings you may be lucky enough to hear live music from locals and can feel the lively spirit of the crowd surrounding you. Larema does more than provide the best cup of coffee around; it inspires creativity and is one of my favorite spots in Rocky Mount.


Next up on the list are my top picks for good eats in the area that will make you forget Nash County is not an exclusive posh city. Bin and Barrel, also located in downtown Rocky Mount, is home to the most delightful small plates and appetizers. The Seared Yellowfish Tuna is topped with sriracha aioli, a soy reduction, and is sat nicely on top of seaweed salad. Perhaps you may find that your mouth is watering? Good news, it does not stop there: The Trio of Spreadables and House Charcuterie will be sure to hit the spot. The Trio is ‘OMGoodness’ Pimento Cheese (choice of original or jalapeno), spinach & artichoke dip, and bacon cheddar ranch dip served with perfectly crisp crackers with a hint of sea salt. Out of the three, it’s certainly hard to say which steals my heart the most, but the bacon cheddar ranch dip is unmatched. When you need a light meal or just a friendly place to hang out, Bin and Barrel’s relaxed yet class atmosphere makes it THE place to be.


Trekking onward on the subject of food, the hands-down best place to get pizza in the area is Angelo’s, located in Red Oak just past the fire station. I may be partial to Angelo’s due to the fact it’s five minutes away from my house, or it may be the fact my father picks it up at least once a week, but nonetheless, it is divine. Forget Domino’s, Pizza Inn, or Pizza Hut… once you taste the craftsmanship of the dough, fresh mozzarella, and the variety of toppings to choose from (one of them being local Smith’s Sausage!), you will never go back to boring chain pizza. 


The next time you and friends or family can’t agree on a restaurant, know that you can’t go wrong if you eat local and support the businesses and people that shape our community.