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What food is Raleigh known for

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I am visiting Raleigh and would like to know what kind of food to look for. BBQ??? I don't know much about Raleigh and would like to hit Raleigh's best, even if it is a bit "touristy"

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  1. I have been in and out of Raleigh sinse the mid 60s..and I really dont think Raleigh is known for any specific type quisine...actually Raleigh is just starting to find itself food wise..its really only been in the past 5-10 years that Raleigh has attracted good restaurants and some noted chefs...the draw of the research triangle and influx of people has made it a better eating location than 20-30 years ago...anybody else want to comment.....

    1. Highbeams has the best wings I've ever eaten. Big fat drumettes and perfectly seasoned whether hot, medium or mild.

      1. Again, I would rec the State Farmers Market on Lake Wheeling Road just SW of downtown off I-40. They served mostly native foods with a selection of NC staples (BBQ pork sandwich, fried chicken, fried okra, butter beans, biscuits, cobblers, etc.). Exploring the market before and after is also fun.

        1. The Angus Barn for great steak. BBQ of course, but I have not found a great one yet. The Roast Grill for hotdogs, Google choppedonion.com for pictures. And the Char-Grill for milkshakes and burgers. All great places.

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          1. re: Choppedonion

            Can't share the love for Angus Barn and I cringe when out of towners are told to go there because it's a "Raleigh Institution".

            I've been here for about 4 years and haven't come across much that is uniquely Raleigh. The triangle area as a whole has a burgeoning food scene and there are some chefs who are commited to local products and bringing a southern sensiblity to it. However, the same could be said about other southern cities as well.

          2. The Angus Bar isn't good at all.

            I don't think this area is known for any one type of food. I think we are lucky that we have a lot of good places between Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill