Food & Drink

Everywhere Worth Eating in Raleigh

Published On 09/24/2015 Published On 09/24/2015
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1. Chuck's 237 S Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Go and check out why Chuck's has won a spot on our list with their famous "The Dirty South Burger."

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2. Lilly's Pizza 1813 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27608

Though traditional flavor combos abound, like the Five Point pie (creamy pesto, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, Parmesan, and fontina) the themed ones can get a little wacky, like the Thai Bhat (Thai curry sauce, grilled chicken, roasted garlic, chili pepper, baby corn, cheddar, Parmesan, fresh ginger, plus scallions) or the South of the Border (black-bean salsa, roasted garlic, Monterey Jack, grilled chicken, roasted chilies, and cilantro).

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3. State Farmers Market Restaurant 1240 Farmers Market Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603

Located right outside the State Farmers Market, this country breakfast spot has some of the freshest ingredients around… even though (err, because?) they all end up cooked in oil or griddled. Don’t knock the fried bologna biscuit or the Streak O’Lean -- the most mysterious of mystery meat -- until you’ve tried ‘em.

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4. Big Ed's City Market Restaurant 220 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The pancakes are the size of hubcaps, and if eat three, you get a free T-shirt. Any questions? But seriously -- for a southern take on your favorite pre-5pm meals, come to Big Ed's. They'll spoil your appetite for the rest of the day with entrees like country ham with red eye gravy and fried catfish.

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5. The Players' Retreat 105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605

“Players” in this case, refers to anyone who’s into hash browns, cheese fries, pancakes at 11pm... or single-malt Scotch -- the PR has the largest collection in the state -- which should be basically everyone.

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6. Fiction Kitchen 428 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Conveniently located near the North Carolina State Farmers Market and the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, this 100% vegetarian spot uses local ingredients and global influences to create the greenest dishes in the Tar Heel State.

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7. Angus Barn 9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

Despite its name, Angus Bar is an elegant establishment that boasts an impressive wine cellar. And in addition to the main dining room, patrons can also enjoy their steaks with a few cigars in the smoker-friendly "Meat Locker."

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8. Lucettegrace 235 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

This modern patisserie bakes seasonal pastries for their counter, such as pumpkin pie croissants and BBQ breakfast cakes. Lucettegrace also provides upped sandwiches and Lebanese style tea.

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9. Clyde Cooper's BBQ 327 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Clyde Cooper's BBQ is serving up smoked meat Carolina-style, with a vinegar-based sauce and killer hush puppies.

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10. Beasley's Chicken + Honey 237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601

At Beasley's, honey marries chicken and waffles—not high fructose maple sludge. The menu also supplies comforting sides like buttermilk biscuits, stewed tomatoes, and pimento mac 'n' cheese custard, along with creative cocktails and local craft beers.

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11. Bida Manda 222 S Blount St, , 27601

This elegant restaurant and bar serves Laotian cuisine, a mix between Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French influences. Menu items include pork belly soup, papaya salad, duck larb, and a variety of stir fry dishes.

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12. The Roast Grill 7 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Since 1940, this modest, mom-and-pop joint has been serving hot dogs with mustard, onions, and chili. Don't you dare ask for ketchup— it's not allowed.