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Continuing on with the second of our three-part series on Bonus Room Options, we look at four more possibilities to turn that extra space in your home into one of the best rooms in the house. We again utilize suggestions from the experts at and will look at four more ways that you can add a specific area to explore your personal interests…no matter what those may be. Following this article, we will look at our final four Bonus Room Options, in the next posting to our blog.

No Excuses: Bonus Room Options to Increase Strength and Stamina Right at Home

Strength and stamina through whatever type workout equipment you like in you “home gym” bonus room.

How many of us are always thinking, “I’ve got to get myself in shape?” It sure is easy to find an excuse, however, to not go to the local gym. Am I right? Well, with the next of our Bonus Room Options, there are no more excuses about commuting or not liking to work out at the gym. This is because next on our Bonus Room Options is a home gym.

Now, no one expects a “state-of-the-art” professional athletics team workout facility in your spare room. By a home gym, this idea from our Bonus Room Options can cater to your needs. You may opt for a treadmill or some type of cardio machine. Possibly you would include weights. Other ideas may include mats for yoga. Regardless, whatever you choose, your home gym can be as much or little as you choose. The addition of a mirror on the wall, a television, and a fan or two to keep it cool in your “home gym,” is all you need to get that exercise and put your bonus space to great use, too.

From a “Work” Out to “Play” Time: Bonus Room Options for the Kids!

A little creativity as shown in this and the photo at top, can lead to a great “Play Room” for the kids.

Ok, so the next of our Bonus Room Options is one that could solve a problem that any young family can relate to. That problem would be clutter…and not just any clutter. Toys, stuffed animals, games, books, and so on…are you following me yet? That’s right, this option is for the little ones, and with a little creativity, your bonus room can be their fun, new playroom.

It is certainly not strange for families with young children to have a designated room for toys and such. As a matter of fact, just ask anyone who has repeatedly stepped on a LEGO their thoughts on this! For one, you keep the clutter that came from your kids in just one room here. Plus, you can also make them a pretty fun room to reflect the things they enjoy most with the decoration here. Most importantly is in when having company over, you can simply keep the door shut. Thus, that mess of toys that you dread picking up again is out of sight.

Color and Creativity Await with the Next Option

A few pieces to hang on the wall, an easel and supplies can turn the room into a studio

Time to let those “creative juices” flow with our next entry from the Bonus Room Options. This can be a room that is enjoyed by all ages of members of your household, as you turn the room into an art studio. Again, like the “home gym” spoken of earlier, you can go as “in” or as simple as you’d like on this one…the choice is yours!

That being said, with the addition of a few easels, some storage-type units to store art supplies that can be used in the “studio.” Now, an art studio is going to have its “messy moments,” so one option is to replace the floor with a linoleum or vinyl type that looks good and cleans easy. Once again, the possibilities are endless with this project for our Bonus Room Options and would be used not only for leisurely painting or art you work on, but also for the kids’ school projects and the like, too.

A “Twist” on the Bonus Room idea Takes a “Dirty” Turn

This next of our Bonus Room Options is one I’d recommend in a space that there either is or could be a sink, as it could be used in many helpful ways. As a gesture to your resident “green thumb,” or if you simply have an interest in plants or gardening, this option would be a “green” or “gardening” room.

What is a “green” or “gardening” room you ask? Well, it is what it sounds like. It’s a place to complete gardening tasks. Its a room to repot your plants without the need for transporting them for spot to spot. Keep all your gardening tools (soil, pots, spades, etc.) on hand in this room as well. Likewise, utilize that sink to rinse fresh fruits and veggies you pick or to make a centerpiece with your fresh-grown flowers.

Whether You opt to Rest Up, Get Loud, or Just Get Some Work Done. We’ve Got More Ideas From Which You can Choose!

Our next blog post will be the final one in this series on Bonus Room Options. In that piece, we will discuss and detail our final four Bonus Room options. Much like those in this article, there are an array of different choices depending on personal tastes. In our third and final piece, we will look at ideas for a musician, a “book worm, “ or a visitor!

To see more of our Bonus Room Options, you can visit the previous article from our blog at Likewise take a detailed look at these bonus room suggestions and more, visit


You’ve just decided to build your new dream home in the Knightdale Station new home community. You have ideas and design plans, for your kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and all points throughout. However, you may still be unsure of what to make that fantastic extra space with the unfinished room you have. Luckily for you, the experts at recently released a helpful list of Bonus Room Ideas that may help you choose what you’d like to do with that space. 

A walk-in closet space is a popular “bonus room idea” that can always be helpful for extra space.

Bonus Room Ideas: Games, Food, or a Movie Anyone???

The possibilities may not be endless, but with a decent sized bonus room, they may be pretty close. Naders, the popular California-based furniture experts, name 12 Bonus Room Ideas for you to ponder as you decide what to do with your space.

Get Ready with Plenty of Space and Storage

Starting on the top Bonus Room Ideas listing is a walk-in closet. At, they explain the reasoning and perks on turning this space into such and area. “If you are the kind of person that always seems to have more clothes and shoes than closet space.” It goes on to finish saying, “you might love the idea of turning your spare room into a giant walk-in closet.”

Moving on to suggest what to include as part of these, the article continues. “Add a few clothes racks, a vanity table with a mirror, and lots of shelves and drawers. You will soon turn your wasted space into the perfect place to get ready for school, work, or a night out.”

A game room or “man cave” is certainly an option that many choose to use their bonus room space for.

Sit Back and Relax in a Home Theater

The next idea that is detailed for Bonus Room Ideas is a Home Theater. Do not get drawn in and worried thinking this idea is only doable by spending outrageous amounts of money… because that is certainly not the case. While you may splurge if you like, this can also be an inexpensive method if you’d rather.

Just as long as your family likes to relax, whether for movies, sports, or a favorite TV program, the Bonus Room Ideas to make this a Home Theatre is a great one. Again, Nader’s offers up how to approach the Home Theater room and different ways you may set it up. “If you want to go big or go home, you can add in a row of recliners with built-in cup holders and a large, flat-screen TV. Other, more cost-conscious families might opt for an older TV and a well-loved sofa, recliner, or a few beanbag chairs. Pair your seating area with blankets, pillows, and popcorn and you will have the perfect place to relax and unwind.”

Cards? Billiards? Bonus Room Ideas for a Game Room

Sticking with the entertainment theme, our next listing of Bonus Room Ideas is a Game Room. This like the previous idea could be done in either simple of grand fashion. The Nader’s team touch on a few ways to approach the game room idea.

“Combine a pool table or a poker table with a cozy lounge area,” it begins. “You will be well on your way to hosting a relaxed group of friends or neighbors. You could upgrade the game room by including a built-in bar, complete with a mini-fridge full of cold drinks and maybe even a wine rack.”

A kitchenette or area for drinks and snacks has been an increasingly popular way to utilize a bonus room in recent times.

Snacks and Refreshments: Bring a Bit of the Kitchen to Your Bonus Room Ideas

The top Bonus Room Ideas for 2020 continue, and our next entry is a kitchenette. “Keeping a few snacks and cold drinks in a kitchenette can be extremely convenient for busy families.” Nader’s continues explain, “especially those with larger houses.”

“This works particularly well for spare rooms that are located in the basement or on the home’s upper floors.” It concludes, “Grab a snack between activities or a cold drink to keep you going during a long day.”

Creativity, Health and the Kids: More Bonus Room Ideas Discussion is Ahead.

In our next post in this series, we will look at several more creative and practical Bonus Room Ideas. This will take us to places that the whole family can enjoy, whether they want to use their creativity, muscles, or just have fun.

To see more of Bonus Room Ideas at Nader’s, visit Likewise, for more information on the builders or new homes at Knightdale Station, go to


Simply because it is not your own bedroom to lay in, this does not mean anyone else cares to be uncomfortable either. That’s right, our next series of articles “around the house,” will take us through Extra Bedroom Ideas. 

The addition of some unique artwork as pictured can make a statement in turning a spare room into a comfortable living space for guests.

To be more specific, in this the first post of this series, we will detail different Extra Bedroom Ideas to maximize space and create a cozy extra room. In the upcoming posts to follow, we will be more specific in ways to not only turn an extra bedroom in a comfortable spot for guests. In these, we will actually look at multiple options and usages for a “bonus room.”

Giving Guests Comfort with Extra Bedroom Ideas

Whether family or friend that is visiting, it is always nice to feel “at home,” even when one is not. Your Extra Bedroom Ideas should keep this in mind. Things we will discuss in this article and series will hopefully give you new insight and inspiration for your extra space!

Make a Statement in Your Extra Bedroom 

Just because you don’t lay your head to rest there every night doesn’t mean the guest bedroom shouldn’t be up to par design-wise. You can make a statement that is not only inviting and comfortable but stylish too.

Yes, you want a guest to feel at home, but this can be done in your particular comfort zone. Maybe some unique art on the walls of lighting can give this space the feel you are seeking. A headboard or accessory to the bed such as something to sit on could also be “statements” made among Extra Bedroom Ideas.

Transforming your attic into an extra bedroom can give that “home away from home” feel you desire if done tastefully.

Extra Bedroom Ideas: Transforming your Attic 

Maybe you don’t have the conventional “spare bedroom.” The “bonus room” is a feature offered in many newer floor plans. However, if you don’t have a “bonus” room, your creativity can still allow for Extra Bedroom Ideas.

But how, one may ask is this possible if If all the rooms in your home are occupied? What if you don’t have said “room” per se, but for whatever reason, you need to set up a bedroom? This is when we suggest looking at your attic space.

There can certainly be challenges to transforming attic space. However, as we will see in this series when done properly this can turn out incredible.

Making a Guest “Feel at Home” in Your Home

The inclusion of extra seating/an area to enjoy a little private time outside of the living room in an extra bedroom is a very welcoming touch.

Yes, when a guest visits, we obviously know they are not at home. However, with a little extra thought they can at least be made to feel at home.

The effort to have some type of comfortable seating beside the bed, can really help in this. Of our Extra Bedroom Ideas, this is one that allows them to sort of “be at home” in your home. Just a place to unwind where they can feel able to enjoy a few moments of privacy can be a very nice touch. Likewise, a dresser and personal storage with in the room can also provide them with the same “home away from home” type feeling.

No Need to Break the Bank: Utilizing Your Resources Can be Surprisingly Effective 

If the space has limits, simply use what you have and be creative.

A chair can look nice as a side table if utilized correctly for example. Color choice in the room can also come into play here. A happy or welcoming color scheme can certainly go along way in helping to complete an extra bedroom.

This concludes our first article focusing on Extra Bedroom Ideas. In our next post in this series, we will begin looking at more specific ideas. These are ideas the whole family can enjoy, and show uses “beyond a guest room.”

The builders at Knightdale Station can work with you through the building process, including ideas for your “bonus” room. To take a look at some of the floor plans available with a bonus room, visit


On the heels of our “Youth Athletics and Activities” articles, we bring yet another fun and active option. This one is located right inside of the Knightdale Station new home community and gives children a chance to improve strength, coordination, and overall confidence. Located at 405 Knightdale Station Run, this option is the highly acclaimed studio, Heathers Dance Knightdale.

The girls’ at Heathers Dance build confidence…and strength as shown in this group exercise.

Why Choose Dance? Heathers Dance Knightdale has Plenty of Reasons!

Referring to, they explain the many ways that taking classes with Heathers Dance Knightdale can boost the confidence and spirits of your child. Detailed in the company’s “Mission Statement,”they explain the following.

“Heathers Dance was created for young dancers with the desire to improve their strength, coordination, and grace through dance.” They continue, “This is a studio where creativity, individuality, and self-expression are encouraged.” 

Later in the same statement, Heathers Dance Knightdale further explains their philosophy and how it positively affects the students. “The atmosphere at Heathers Dance is one of energy and excitement and is fully devoted to providing dancers of all ages an encouraging environment where they are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their dance education. We place special emphasis on building self-confidence.”

Mrs. Heather is very hands on in helping the youngsters to learn and feel comfortable in their performing.

How Old is Too Old? And How Young is Too Young to Start my Dancing Journey?

Many kids or parents may wonder “what ages is too early or late to start” when deciding on dance. At Heathers Dance Knightdale, that choice is really up to you and your child. They offer classes for as young as 3 year olds, all the way up to 12th graders.

The classes are broken into respective age groups as necessary. However, outside of a few classes aimed specifically to the 3-5 year olds, most are open for all ages.

Heathers Dance Inc. Knightdale: The “Princess Academy,” More for the “Young-Ins,” and For All Ages

The array of classes available at Heathers Dance Knightdale are almost all comprehendable and offered to all ages other than a few. These would be for the younger dancers (age 3-5) and is called the “The Princess Academy.” 

Both the “Princess Academy,” and the other 3-5 year old exclusive class are explained in detail at the company website. These give an explanation of the class and what the youngsters will take away from each. Below are the official age groups, and specific class descriptions quoted directly from

“Individuality and self-expression are both encouraged” at Heathers Dance Inc.

Princess Academy (3-5 year olds)

The Princess Academy is a program for young dancers. This program engages dancers to learn appropriate terminology in a fun and creative way. Princess Academy classes include “Tutu Cuties” (ages 3-4) and “Fairytale Dance” (ages 4-5).

Dancers will receive an introduction to beginning ballet and tap movement. Likewise, students will develop basic fundamental skills, dance terminology, creative movement, and gain flexibility. 

Princess Academy classes are a great way for dancers to try multiple styles while meeting new friends and having fun. A graduation ceremony and personalized certificate will conclude this season. 

Classes from all age groups at Heathers Dance get their critique and individually work with instructors on getting “recital ready.”

Tumble and Twirl (3-5 year olds)

Your dancer will learn tumbling skills on a mat in a safe, structured environment. This class will help your dancer increase strength and flexibility while working on their motor skills from a different perspective!

Ballet Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)

As the foundation of all dance, Ballet emphasizes precision, balance and strong technique. Ballet helps to develop poise, grace, proper alignment and posture, technique, control, and flexibility. Ballet class will include stretching, barre work, class etiquette, ballet technique and ballet choreography.

Tap Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)

Tap is an American dance form. The focus of this dance is energetic rhythm, musicality and strength. This form of dance helps develop coordination in the ankles and feet. Our Tap Classes incorporate “Broadway” and “Rhythm” style tap dancing.

Jazz Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)

We provide our students with all different forms of jazz. These classes are popular with all ages. Jazz focuses on isolations, flexibility, rhythm, leaps, and turns. Emphasis will focus on proper technique, alignment, and posture. Jazz students benefit from the knowledge of ballet, and we strongly encourage our students to incorporate ballet into their dance schedule.

Ballet, Jazz, and Tap are just a few of the class offerings at Heathers.

Lyrical/Contemporary (Grade 2-Grade 12)

Lyrical/Contemporary is a form of dance that gives students the opportunity for self-expression, while finding a connection to music and choreography. The dancer will explore movement, space, rhythm, and creativity. Dancers will grow their technique as well using their creativity.

Hip-Hop (Grade 3- Grade 12)

Hip-Hop is an upbeat and high-energy class. We encourage beginners and dancers with experience to join! The studio will choose age appropriate music selections for each level. It is a very energetic form of dance that can be choreographed or improvised.

Tumbling (Ages 4 and up)

Tumbling is comprehensive gymnastics training from beginners to advanced, in all aspects of floor tumbling. This includes cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers, handsprings, intricate passes, aerials, and much more. Tumbling classes are great for improving motor skills, flexibility, strength, fitness, and self-esteem.

Boosting confidence and self-esteem through dance is one of the main goals at Heathers Dance Inc.

Progressive Program (Grade 4 and Up)

At Heather’s Dance we strive to nurture and cultivate the next generations’ artist through dance of all genres. The Progressive Program is an invitation only program for those dancers who show desire, ability and commitment and passion in their dance practice. Progressive Program classes meet multiple times a week, require year around training, and our instructors do evaluations are several times a year. This program includes all different styles of dance.

Share in Our Vision and Our Purpose

The Heather’s website also explains the importance of their vision. Not only the importance it carries to them, but alos to you and your child once becoming a part of the Heathers Dance,Inc. Knightdale family.

 “It is important to us at Heathers Dance that all members of our team members share our vision, our purpose and beliefs that encompasses everything we do both in and outside of our classes.” 

It continues to say the following. “Mrs. Heather shares her visions with our instructors, and our office staff members at our studio and it is the driving force behind every interaction with our students and their families.”

They conclude, “We care and love each one of our dancers. We value and appreciate each one of our dancers and their families.”

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In this article, we will continue with all the great offerings the Town of Knightdale has for the youngsters in town to enjoy. That being said, we would be remiss to not discuss the Knightdale Youth Athletics programs.

Teamwork is taught and lifelong memories and friends are made!

In our previous post, both Tennis and Volleyball were discussed as new offerings from the town. However, the Knightdale Youth Athletics do include baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer. These programs are all thriving and not only offer fun and active ways for the kids to get involved but are also some of the more successful in the area.

Whether Spring or Fall, the Knightdale Youth Athletics action is Hot on the Diamond.

With two full “seasons” of action each year, the youth baseball and softball programs in Knightdale keep the kids “on the bases” almost all year round. With a Spring session for the boys and girls starting practices in mid-March and running through early-June, you know the season has changed to Summer once the kids “take the field” in Knightdale.

The Knightdale girls’ softball program has produced a number great teams that have had great success in year end tournament play.

Both the baseball and softball programs have a dedicated group of coaches and administration that stress safety, sportsmanship, and fair play. Consequently, that dedication has seen Knightdale ball teams of all ages compete both regionally and state-wide for championships on almost an annual basis.

In addition to “heating” up the Spring and Summer, the ball fields remain full of Knightdale Youth Athletics well into the next season as well. This is because of the town’s Fall Baseball and Softball schedules. Play starts up for this autumn tradition among Knightdale Youth Athletics in mid-August and games run until the middle of October.

For those interested in this years’ upcoming Spring baseball or softball seasons, registration is open until February 15.

“Kick Into the Fun” of the East Wake Soccer Association

Youth basketball runs nearly year-round in Knightdale for both boys and girls.

Another of popular choice in Knightdale Youth Athletics offers both a Spring and Fall season for girls and boys. The local soccer programs offer fun for all ages. Like those above, however, they too are highly successful.

Much of the Spring and Fall soccer seasons are played right at Knightdale Station Park. The soccer programs are offered by the East Wake Soccer Association (EWSA). EWSA offers the sport for Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon residents ages 4-18. The EWSA lists their own mission statement on the official Town of Knightdale website and it is as follows.

“Children playing soccer in a positive atmosphere of sportsmanship and learning will always be our mission. 100% volunteer-driven since 1981, we remain devoted to the youth of our communities here in eastern Wake County. “

Boys and girls of all ages can play in either the Spring and Fall soccer leagues offered in Knightdale.

If Two Seasons Isn’t Enough, “Go to the Hoop” for Three with the Knightdale Youth Athletics Basketball Programs

The Knightdale Youth Athletics programs usually have a Summer and Fall season. But, the boys and girls basketball programs in Knightdale also have a Winter season. The longest of the three seasons is the Winter program. This runs from November – February.

Both the Fall and Summer Knightdale Youth Athletics basketball programs go for about two months. The Fall program runs from mid-September until mid-November, while Summer starts in May and ends in July.

Each of the Knightdale Youth Athletics basketball programs usually sees one or two practices and games per week. Occasionally, they also have a Saturday afternoon game on occasion.

The Knightdale Youth Athletic programs are a great way for the kids to stay active and have fun. For more information on the baseball, softball, and basketball programs, visit For more on the soccer programs, visit


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The youngsters in town have many choices in the upcoming year. Whether they enjoy, music or sports or whatever else they prefer, the town parks and recreation department deliver! In the upcoming months alone, there are several great programs and Knightdale Youth Activities that the kids can sign up for.

In this and our next post, we will discuss many of the great Knightdale Youth Activities that your youngsters have the option of trying. 

The Music and Movement program offers children a chance to realize their talents and make some friends in. doing so.

Music and Movement: Getting Creative with Knightdale Youth Activities

Starting on January 7 and running every Tuesday throughout the month will be the Music and Movement program. The classes will be held each week from 10:30- 11:00 a.m. at the Knightdale Recreation Center.

According to the Town of Knightdale website, these fun-filled, and stimulating Knightdale Youth Activities are described as follows.

“A creative atmosphere where your child will interact with their peers through a variety of movement and music-based activities.”

It continues describing the program, stating. “We will do dancing, jumping, basic tumbling, ball and sports activities, parachute, instruments and other fun things that will vary each class to keep your child interested and learning along with our theme.”

The Knightdale Recreation Center is located at 102 Lawson Ridge Road in Knightdale.

Schedule for Knightdale’s Music and Movement Programs

  • Red- Tuesday, January 7th
  • Blue- Tuesday, January 14th
  • Green- Tuesday, January 21st
  • Yellow- Tuesday, January 28th

Knightdale Youth Activities Feature Sports for all Seasons

The sports available for both girls and boys as a part of the Knightdale Youth Activities offer plenty of options as well. Each of these active lifestyles, and of course giving your best effort. Supporting this is a statement from that reads as follows.

“Knightdale Youth Athletics are designed to provide a competitive recreation opportunity that promotes fitness and well-being to participants in a team sports setting. Knightdale Youth Athletic Programs aim to encourage participation, sportsmanship, skill development, and fun.”

Tennis Academy: A Newer Option for the Knightdale Kids

Each Tuesday night through out the winter the Knightdale Tennis Academy will help build and develop the fundamentals of the sport.

Also, this first year that the “Tennis Academy” is offered among Knightdale Youth Activities. Partnering with the Raleigh Tennis association and Try Tennis, the town is excited to add the choices for the kids.

The “Tennis Academy” is a clinic that will build and develop fundamental skills in the attendees. It will feature guest instruction and speakers in addition to hands-on training.

This program will run on Tuesday nights throughout the winter. These following is today; schedule of event

Knightdale Tennis Academy Tuesday Night’s Schedules

(No Clinic on December 17)

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.– Ages 5-10
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.- Ages 11-17
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.– Ages 18 and up

Introducing the Knightdale Volleyball Academy

Likewise, there will be a Knightdale Volleyball Clinic starting this spring.

Another new program for Knightdale Youth Activities is the Volleyball Academy. Described at the official town of Knightdale website as a “skill development clinic including instruction from Raleigh Volleyball Club coaches, players, and guest speakers.

These new programs will begin in April and the clinic will be two nights a week. As noted above, the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Raleigh Volleyball Club for this first-ever Volleyball Academy. Registration is from February 1-March 15.

In our second and final post for this series, we will take a look at several other Knightdale Youth Activities. Many of these activities will be taking place at Knightdale Station Park. To see more on the activities and ongoings at Knightdale Station Park, visit For all upcoming Town of Knightdale activities, visit

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After documenting three of the top Knightdale NC Restaurants in our last post, we now move along to the Top 3. In this article, we continue with our rankings based on the scoring and reviews of customers at Trip Advisor.


The delicious New York style pizza at Grand Street Pizza comes in several crust types including Sicilian (shown).

Once again, we excluded any national chain or fast-food restaurants from this listing. Also, in our naming these top three Knightdale NC Restaurants, we only included those eateries receiving a minimum of 20 reviews at Trip Advisor.

“Eating My Way Through the Menu” at iPho Sushi Kitchen and Bar

Located at 4001-H Wide Waters Parkway and featuring Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine is iPho Sushi Kitchen and Bar. Giving a self- description at there own official website (see here), the top-ranked Japanese spot in Knightdale says the following.

“We serve creative sushi and traditional Vietnamese dishes in a fun, social and family-oriented environment.” They continue, “We deliver our sushi items in an elegant eye-catching decoration and presentation and our kitchen traditional items in an individual bowl.”

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In addition to its incredibly fresh, made to order sushi, iPho Sushi Kitchen and Bar makes many great Japanese and Vietnamese dishes.

Not only do the great staff at iPho serve up delicious, fresh sushi and all traditional Japanese favorites, but they also offer up vegetarian and vegan options as well. One woman, who is a regular iPho customer spoke of her love for the array of menu choices offered, starting by saying, “Eating My Way Through the Menu.”

She went on to say, “This place is amazing. My 2019 New Years resolution was to eat all the way through the menu.” Staying true to her resolution, she added this. “I have been here 6 times and I love everything I have ever had.”

Yet another customer that visits Knightdale NC Restaurants from their home off the Carolina coast makes this a stop each time through town. “Amazing!!!… The service was splendid…great genuine smile and so helpful, ” they started. ”
Moving from great service to the great food, the reviewer concludes, “The sushi was just perfect. Please try this amazing place. Wow!”

NY Diner: “The Best Breakfast in K’Dale!!!”

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The classic diner atmosphere, coupled with a great breakfast and traditional diner classic dishes and sandwiches make NY Diner a hit.

When many people think “breakfast,” they think to a simpler time gone by and to a classic diner setting. Well, no need to “think back” any more, just head over to 909 McKnight Drive and the NY Diner. Consequently, just like any classic diner, the number two on our list of Knightdale NC Restaurants has much more than just breakfast, as lunch, dinner and all points between are equally as authentic and delicious.

“A great authentic NY Diner,” one reviewer starts. “We went for breakfast while visiting family. Great menu with lots of options.” This “New Yorker” continued, “Service was attentive and fast and food was delicious. Being from NY it’s hard to find an authentic diner menu; this one is close! We’ll definitely go back.”

Giving more accolades to NY Diner, another reviewer gave a “tip of the cap” to the old style diners.”This place reminds me of the great diners that used to line the US Highways.” He goes on, “Food was very good, service fast and the prices are reasonable. We met some old friends in area and tried it based on other strong recommendations. Very good experience.”

The Top Reviewed of All Knightdale NC Restaurants is Grand Street Pizza


In addition to its pizza and wings, Grand Street Pizza also has delicious strombolis, calzones, sandwiches, and so much more.

“If you love New York style pizza, you will love Grand Street,” boasts one reviewer. This former NY resident who know calls Knightdale home, went further in praising our number one among Knightdale NC restaurants.

“Grand Street Pizza is the truth.” He continued his complimentary tone speaking about the restaurant located at 911 McKnight Drive. “It was a struggle to find good pizza when I move to North Carolina, then I discovered Grand Street Pizza after moving to Knightdale. The food is wonderful, the staff is fabulous. He concludes, “Pizza is one of the few things that I miss about living in New York, and this is a place where I can get my pizza fix.”

As with the previous listing on our Knightdale NC Restaurants listing the appeal of NY Diner is equally as great with local residents. “Awesome food,” starts one 20-year resident of the Raleigh area. “Best pizza in the Triangle. We’ve been here 20 years and I’m glad we found this place.” She concludes, “Most excellent.”

In summary of the number one ranked of our Knightdale NC Restaurants, we fittingly turn to one more customer review. This is from another Knightdale resident, who starts by saying the following. “Great pizza by the pie or by the slice, and other great menu options.” She goes on, “This is one of the few places my whole family will agree upon. Friendly and consistantly great food.”

In conclusion, this reviewer sums up Grand Street by saying it is “no doubt the best pizza in town.”

This wraps up our two part series on Knightdale NC Restaurants. To see more reviews on any and all of those we touched on, visit

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There are plenty of delicious dining options in Knightdale, just a short drive from the Knightdale Station new home community. Using actual customer scoring and reviews from Trip Advisor, we have compiled a listing of the Top Restaurants in Knightdale.

Ranking the Top Restaurants in Knightdale

For our listing, we excluded any national chain or fast-food restaurants. Likewise, we based the rankings on Restaurants in Knightdale on those receiving a minimum of 20 reviews at Trip Advisor. Our Top Restaurants in Knightdale actually contains six local eateries, as three had identical scores. Thus, we will cover those three Restaurants in Knightdale in this article and the Top 3 in the second of this two-part series.

“Great Food and Better Service,” and the Authentic Tastes of Mike’s Italian Kitchen.

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The Chicken Alfredo (pictured) is just one of many delicious pasta offerings at Mike’s Italian Kitchen.

Located at 7142 Knightdale Boulevard, Mike’s Italian Kitchen is the first to make our list of Top Restaurants in Knightdale. At their official website,, they explain the inspiration behind initially opening their doors. 

“We opened this kitchen for everyone to experience what Mike loves to do, Authentic Italian Cooking. ” The explanation continues as follows. “In our menu, we’ve incorporated traditional, authentic dishes along with some modern twists on Italian classics. We wanted to bring a little bit of everything we love about Italy to the Knightdale community.”

 Mike’s vast menu features an array of pasta, pizzas, soups, salads, desserts, and authentic house specials. With such a variety, it is no surprise the local crowd keeps coming back for more. One specific customer summed up their experience with the following review.

“Everything was Perfect” at Mike’s Italian Kitchen

“Huge portions…as any Italian restaurant worth its weight should be. The kind, attentive staff made us feel like we were sitting down at home with comfortable unpretentious decor.” The customer continues, “The Avocado Bruschetta and Three Entree Meal were amazing! The bread and salad were both fresh. So much food we couldn’t eat it all and we even shared a plate knowing we couldn’t take leftovers.” She concludes, “I didn’t think to take pictures until after we had eaten some and shared the main plate but everything was perfect!”

A’Nets Katch: “This is the Place, For Fresh Fish”

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The freshest seafood in town landed A’Net’s Katch among the Top Restaurants in Knightdale

Much as Mike’s have a “local niche” carved out for Italian cuisine, the next of the Top Restaurants in Knightdale is the town’s “go-to” for fresh seafood. Located at 2009 Village Park Drive, A’Nets Katch first opened in the Spring of 2009. At, they tell of their scrumptious beginning.

“Annette Brown and Gregory Knish opened A’Nets Katch in the spring of 2009 with a vision of changing the way seafood was sold.” It continues to say, “Being Knightdale was one of the fastest-growing areas we decided to honor this town first. In the fall of 2011, it quickly became apparent we needed to add the kitchen.”

Moving from just selling the fresh seafood, to actually preparing and serving, A’Net’s Katch began taking off. “Once they were given room to experiment, they created quite the “outside the box” menu.” Their website goes on, “However, she never lost sight of the passion for creative seafood dishes. They knew that to create the dishes they wanted to share with the world, using only the freshest ingredients available, they would have to establish a unique restaurant of their own.”

With just about any type of seafood you could imagine, coupled with the passion detailed above customers began taking notice. One visiting couple fondly recalled their experience of this entry in our Top Restaurants in Knightdale. 

Visitor Thinks A’Nets is  a “Little Slice of Heaven”

“We are from Maryland and we were looking for some hot, steamed male blue crabs. We called all around the Raleigh area, but every place we called was sold out or they just had female crabs. I came across this restaurant on the internet so I called. Yes, they had male crabs. We jumped in the car and came all the way from Garner. Absolutely wonderful!!”

The reviewer gushed on, “Not only did we get crabs, we also tried the gator bites and some of the fried fish. We go to Florida to get gator all the time and their gator bites were the best we’ve ever had. The crabs were wonderful. They were very busy but the staff was all very friendly and accommodating. I feel like we found a little slice of heaven. We will be back.”

For the “Best Mexican Food Outside the Southwest, ” Head to El Señor


Whether seafood, chicken, steak, or beef, El Señor serves up a delicious dish.

Continuing a theme, as with the two previous Restaurants in Knightdale, El Senor seems to have captured the local market for Mexican cuisine. Setting at 2001 Widewaters Parkway, Suite U, El Senor features authentic and always fresh Mexican food. At, they also speak of both their “mission” and view on serving the Knightdale community.

“El Senor offers an enticing array of Mexican dishes made with all-natural ingredients, made fresh daily.” The website continues in its “About Us” section. “El Senor is convenient and accessible for lovers of all-natural Mexican meals and vegetarian meals. Visit our friendly staff, home-style dining areas, and a family-friendly environment.”

Likewise, their mission statement reads similarly, “We strive to provide a diverse menu that is compromised of home-style recipes at great prices.” It concludes, “We offer the most delicious and healthy food in a family-friendly atmosphere.”

Longtime Customer Sings Praises of El Señor

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El Senor’s fresh, delicious Mexican cuisine has landed it in the Top Restaurants in Knightdale.

The public appears to totally agree with the sentiments expressed at their website. One loyal customer left the following glowing review of El Senor at Trip Advisor. “We have been patrons of El Senor since my wife was pregnant with my now 7 year old son. We have never, in almost 8 years ever had bad food or bad service.”

The customer goes on, “We have worked our way around the menu and have yet to be disappointed. What makes them special is that on occasion the bring new dishes to the menu that are a different take on that traditional fare. We have tried a few of these and they have always been fantastic.

“The waitstaff are extremely friendly and make sure your visit is perfect. Their homemade salsa is amazing.” He concluded, “I have only had dessert there once and had the fried ice cream and it was easily split between my wife, son and myself. If I want Mexican, I go to El Senor.”

We will continue our listing with the three highest rated Top Restaurants in Knightdale in our next blog post. For more information and reviews on the Top Restaurants in Knightdale covered in this article, visit





An annual holiday tradition at Knightdale Station gets even better if that’s possible! As the Knightdale slogan goes, “This is the best time of the year!” Thus, with both traditional Knightdale Christmas Events on the same night and a chance to “start something festive,” this may be the “best time” yet! On Saturday, December 7, the schedule “flips” this year for the “Christmas on First Avenue” festivities…at the Station!

Knightdale Christmas Events, including the Tree Lighting are an annual holiday tradition.

“Turning it Around” at the 2019 Knightdale Christmas Events

The most anticipated Knightdale holiday celebration of all, Christmas on First Avenue is back on December 7. However, unlike in years prior, the Knightdale Christmas Events this year will both take place on the same day.

Likewise, there will be a later start time to this years’ Knightdale Christmas Events, with “Tree Lightning” starting at 5:00 p.m. Consequently, the annual Knightdale Christmas Parade will follow as we attempt to “light up” the holiday season.

“Lighting Up ” the Parade for the Very First Time!


The Knightdale Christmas Parade will take place after the Tree Lighting ceremony.

Once again, the second of the two traditional Christmas Events, the Parade, will take place following the tree lighting. This is not the only “reversal” in this years’ Christmas Parade, as the route has also been flipped.

That being said, the Parade will start at 6:30 p.m. on Knightdale Station Run. Then moving opposite as it has in years’ past, the route will head down First Avenue and then to Fayetteville Street.

Being that the Christmas Parade will take place “under the stars” for the first time, the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department at the official event site urges those entering a float to, “BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!”

Schedule for Knightdale “Christmas on First Avenue” on Friday, December 7

5:00- 6:00 p.m.- Christmas Tree Lighting

6:30-8:00 p.m.- Christmas Parade

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for best parade float entries. For further details and information on this year’s’ Knightdale Christmas Events’,


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Oak City Brewing Company Maker’s Market is back for a second year! After a successful inaugural event in 2018, the community has spoken! On Saturday, November 23, you can start your holiday shopping off right from 12:00- 5:00 p.m..In doing so, you can support all local vendors and get a head start on the season.

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Shown is the official event poster for the Oak City Brewing Company’s Makers Market.

Oak City Brewing Company Maker’s Market: Something for Everyone

Much like with last year, vendors are going to be out in full force on November 23. The Oak City Brewing Company Maker’s Market takes place at the brewery, which backs up to Knightdale Station Park at 616 North First Street in Knightdale.

The full list for Maker’s Market includes 40 local vendors. These desirable shopping options that are signed on for the event are listed at the end of this post..

Enjoy a Bite or a Beverage at Maker’s Market

If you are not the “shopper” in the family, there still will be plenty to enjoy at the 2019 edition of the Maker’s Market. Once again there will be to be food trucks throughout the days’ festivities for those who are hungry. Each of the three trucks signed on for the event will be “open for business” from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks Scheduled for the Maker’s Market:

  • Beefy Buns
  • Caribbean Kicker
  • Little Lanea’s Mini Donuts 

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The Beefy Buns Food Truck is one of three scheduled to be at Maker’s Market.

Obviously, you can also indulge in any of the delicious Oak City Brewing flavors at the brewery throughout the day. This includes whether you decide to just stop for a break. Likewise, if you are “fresh out of shopping,”  you can allow company to continue as you enjoy.

Live music featuring all local acts will also take place throughout the day. This will begin at noon also with Proton Jones, who will play until 2:00 p.m. After a short break, Cody Daniel will take the stage from 3-5 to close out the days music.

For further details on this and all the great events coming up from Oak City Brewing Company, visit at

Below is the Full Vendor Listing for Maker’s Market on Saturday, November 23.

  • Mama’s Salsa
  • Tink and Twist
  • Art by Patricia
  • Deelightful Designs
  • Pope Farms of Knightdale
  • MAP Lipz
  • Sweet Home Clocks
  • River Swirl Creations
  • The Soap Hut
  • Tea, Cup, & Kettle
  • Heart Strings Custom Embroidery
  • Dog Mom
  • Winslow Lane & Company
  • Oasis Farm,
  • Dogwood Handknits
  • Blinking Toad
  • Rocking Horse Designs,
  • Delifefull Granola,
  • Brandy’s ExclusIVES
  • Steve’s Got Bee’s
  • Serve With Verve
  • 1 Blossom 2 Blooms
  • Smiling Elephant
  • AmyDraws,
  • GerDan Chocolates
  • Boyd Woodsmith’s
  • Sandra Sweeney Art
  • Mutt Stuff
  • Elysian Art
  • Mangata Birth and Botanics
  • Brittany Jewel Art
  • Pigs on a Wire Artworks
  • Ann Akland Pottery
  • DiGiulio Studios
  • Kim Proctor Art
  • Stafford Style
  • Stains And Grains
  • Barbara C Art
  • The Rusted Hinge Marketplace
  • Tiny Heart Bakeshop