Company relocating to Cary and I am too
Hi everyone. I'm new to this board but thought that this would be the best place to post this. I currently live in NJ and the company I work for is relocating to the Triangle area. This won't be happening for another year. I know, another Yankee - so sorry:) Anyway, I'd be moving to Cary and need to know how the food situation is. I love eating out and exploring new restaurants so I'm checking to see if Cary and the surrounding area has great places to eat. I love all types of food and would love all budgets. Is it me or does Chapel Hill have better dining than Raleigh? I'm not familiar with the area at all, so sorry if that sounds like a stupid question. How far would it be to travel to Chapel Hill for a good restaurant? I'd be moving into the new Twin Lakes development in Cary. Also, any good bakeries in the area?
Cary is closer to Raleigh then Chapel Hill but barring traffic tie ups on 40 you could be in Chapel Hill in less then a half hour. You could also be in Durham for that matter. I agree that Raleigh has been kind of slow to gain new and interesting restaurants but it seems to be getting better. If you read the triangle chow post from a few days ago there are a couple of really good bakeries mentioned. As well as good area restaurants. While i often look at cary and cringe ( i am an architect who is pretty anti-sprawl) it does have some thriving ethnic areas with really great food. Especially indian. Good Luick and welcome a little early.
Welcome; the weather is great.
Guglehof the great Germany bakery is in Durham. People love Chapel Hill because it's so pretty as well as restaurantful.
Weaver St. in Carrboro (it's attached to Chapel Hill) is an amazing bakery. They make incredible croissants, brioche bread, Challah every friday, plus cakes, pies, cupcakes, focaccia. Real artisinal bread. I'm totally spoiled.
Actually, it's spelled Guglhupf, in case you try to find it. As far as restaurants in Cary, it's getting better around here (came from PA in 1998 myself) with decent Vietnamese, Turkish, and Thai restaurants. For something interesting, check out Maximillians in Cary. I have no idea how to describe their food other than the menu changes all the time and they have a decent wine selection. And an early welcome to NC! :-)
Although Twin Lakes is technically within the Cary limits, it's on the Western expansion of the city limits with a mindset more identified with Morrisville. By the way, you're right under the flight path for RDU, so expect some airplane noise.
The high end fine dining ($$$$) restaurants are distributed among Raleigh (notably Second Empire), Durham (Nana's, Magnolia Grill), and Chapel Hill (Elaine's on Franklin). Nothing really close to your home, but not a bad drive to go out for dinner. You are very near Hwy 40, which makes access easy to all.
Nearer your home, the best dining option is Lotus Leaf Cafe on Harrison near Maynard. They do a fascinating menu of upscale Vietnamese fusion dishes (only one pho on the menu... don't miss the Shaken Beef). There is also a good Indian restaurant not too far away on Airport Blvd, stuck in a strip mall behind a gas station. It's called India Palace.
The Indian population boom in the Cary area has brought many Indian restaurants around here. Italian restaurants are also well represented. Of course NC barbeque is everywhere. A short drive from your home, you'll find Neomonde Deli for good mideastern food (do a search on this board for many references).
We are sadly lacking in truly great pizza or Chinese and there isn't a Jewish deli anywhere to be found. Sigh.
As to bakeries, there is one additional one to mention in Cary, on Cary Parkway near High House. It is La Farm and features both breads and sweet pastries. They put out samplings of several offerings each day and there is often a line (especially at holidays).
For Mexican food, you want to hit the west side of the triangle, towards Durham and Chapel Hill.