Located in the Five Points area of Raleigh off of Glenwood and Fairview street, The Point is weirdly aloof about just which of the Five Points it represents, and, frankly, being THE Point comes off a little haughty. The logo above the door is a star, and that doesn’t effing explain anything. Normally I’m the type that will immediately dismiss a restaurant/bar for not having enough clarity in their branding, but because I am self-tasked with providing you ALL the necessary information for you to decide whether or not this place is WORTH A VISIT, I went there.
Are you the kind of person who thinks “worth a visit” is a pretty low stakes gamble?
So maybe now that we’re on our fourth installment, you’re starting to believe that EVERY PLACE IS WORTH A VISIT. Well you’d be wrong. There’s a bathroom in a Taco John’s in Olathe, KS that may have been worth visiting once upon a time, and I’m certain that I was the first person to enter after some patron forever vanquished worthiness from its visit-ability status. So drop the attitude. NOT EVERY PLACE IS WORTH A VISIT. Let’s just move on.
Have you enjoyed going to restaurants in the past?
You bet your ass you have. In fact if you’re being honest with yourself, visiting restaurants is right up there with watching movies and talking to friends as a premier activity in your life. Well The Point checks all of your restaurant boxes. Food? Yep. Beverages? Yep. Service? Yep. Comfortable AC settings? Yep. What more do you want?….VISIT. The fact that it is a restaurant and you like those should be enough. But let’s dive deeper.
Are you the kind of person that likes a diversified menu?
Sometimes you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for. Sometimes you want pizza and your darling girlfriend wants a damn Sesame Crusted Tuna Caesar Salad. No need to turn this gaping difference in specificity into an argument about emotional neediness, just take her to The Point….VISIT. They’ve got a strong gourmet presentation on various classics like burgers and tacos, but they also throw in some fancy salads and hoity-toity apps. There’s definitely something on that menu for you.
Do you like places that turn into raging boozehalls after 10pm?
This place DOES THAT! And if you’re the type of person that reads this blog and likes that atmosphere, then I’ll bet YOU’VE ALREADY VISITED. And you know the main pitfall of the post 10pm crowd.
Are you offended by raging frat-stars?
This is one of the heavyweight frat bars in all of Raleigh. The Thursday night crowd is famously frat-tastic with swoops for days. Natural Light is actually a featured beer at The Point. If you don’t know what that means, then this probably isn’t the place for you….NOT WORTH IT. Stick to the lunch and dinner times.
Are you into cultural diversity?
This is really just a more heavy-handed variation on the question above. Let me put it this way: I think I may have seen one black guy there one time for about 10 seconds….NOT WORTH IT if you’re not a WASP, but you should definitely VISIT if you’re a non-WASP trying to make a statement.
Is a black guy eating a burger at a restaurant that one blogger call “fratty” really a ridiculous idea of a stand, and how could that possibly be a helpful piece of information in deciding whether or not a place is worth visiting?
Hey, why is this getting so heavy? Maybe you should just VISIT so you can be part of the convo.
Do you like $2 Bud Light drafts after work on Friday.
That’s better. Let’s keep the main thing the main thing and keep the mood light. You love affordable domestic beer, so YOU’RE VISITING. And that’s The Point.
Maybe starting to get it,
Dustin “What’s the point?” Riedesel