B U K U : Global Street Food – Downtown Raleigh

Sundays are like mini holidays; they’re best spent with friends and family around the table, often filled with food and festive libations. With warm weather approaching, enjoying all that food and conversation on a great patio is a little piece of heaven, especially when there is a fully stocked buffet and room full of champagne waiting for you inside.

This place is very real: buku global street found can be found on the corner of Wilmington and Davie street, and they serve up a mean buffet every Sunday. Buku has made a name for themselves across town, known for global street food (with vegetarian and vegan options) in a refined dining setting. The chefs prepare an array of tapas and flavorful dishes daily, each nods to time-honored recipes that spans generations. Inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors in cities across the globe, Buku specializes in a new type of dining that is designed for mix & match and the kind of plate sharing that sparks conversation! Sunday is their chance to play with a different format by a buffet spread  with everything from sweet made-to-order waffles to good old fried chicken.
Brunch has been an old favorite sister date for us, and last weekend we had the chance to check it out. On our way in, we eyeballed the killer patio that easily seats a crowd, but the chilly weather forced us into the warmer, cozy dining room. A friendly server greeted us shortly after being seated, and brought out the holy trinity of brunch – coffee, bubbles and water – while we began our adventure across three walls of food and four different stations.
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We naturally beelined to the bread table, full of our favorite food group – carbs. Plate piled high with croissants, bagels and mini cheesecakes, we  trotted over to top our plates off with some mac and cheese. The next  plate consisted solely of the fried chicken and waffles. There is arguably NOTHING better than sweet maple smothered waffles and chicken.
Between all our plates, our table was a pretty good sampling of all buku had to offer. Macaroni and cheese, German potato salad, spanakopita, waffles, carved turkey, bagels with cream cheese, Nutella bars and more. We loosened our belts, sipped our coffees, and tried to clear our plates enough to justify round two.
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Bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy – all the traditional brunch favorites – were the next (and last) up for  the two of us, but a more ambitious foodie could easily cover more ground. Lacking a sweet tooth, I tend to skip past the plates of sweet delicacies. Ben – not so much. He filled his last plate with cookies, mini cheesecake, fresh fruit and a couple last-minute slices of bacon while we watched over freshly brewed cups of coffee. When we couldn’t gorge ourselves anymore, we headed out to change into sweatpants and forsake our cleaning to instead slip into food comas.
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We highly recommended the brunch experience, but if you can’t make it for a morning visit don’t miss out on the weeknights for a unique dinner experience!
Hours – Mon- Thurs  11am-10pm
Friday/Saturday – 11am-12am