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The Best Restaurants in the Triangle

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Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I posted saying that I'm relocating to Cary for business. Well, I accepted an offer on my house today, so I'm ready to start thinking of where to move exactly. So, since I'm a foodie, where in the triangle would you recommend living. I'm considering, Cary, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. What area has the best yummy food options!! Keep in mind that I'll be opening up the office, so where I move is where the office is going to be. So that's not an issue.

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  1. Ethnic or fine dining?

    Friends in Cary are constantly complaining about the lack of good places down there, but they've actually got a pretty good sampling of ethnic (particularly Indian) food.

    Pound for pound, Chapel Hill is pretty nice (I know of at least one hound who will argue against this but plenty that will support it)and has the added advantage of being rather close to Durham so good Mexican joints as well as some of the areas nicest top end places (4 square, Mag Grill, and Nanas). You can also better justify aligning yourself with either Duke or UNC and spare yourself the indignity of being a Wolfpack fan. Something that should hardly be taken lightly.

    1. Most parts of the Triangle are fairly accessible from the others, and all the places you mentioned have their share of good restaurants. That said, I'd pick Chapel Hill because of the abundance of food and wine *shopping*. Weaver Street co-op, Southern Season, Whole Foods, Earth Faire, big chain groceries and smaller places like Mariakakis - all within a reasonably short drive. I know some 'hounds may like some of these places more than others, but as someone who has lived in places where much more effort must be made to find the same selection (Charlotte, Greensboro, even Brooklyn), I just appreciate the sheer plenty. As my parents, who live in Beaufort, will attest - I am spoiled rotten when it comes to food shopping!

      Also, every time I go to Cary I get stuck in a traffic jam. I think that might put me off my food.

      1. Huh! Many times (not every) I go to Chapel Hill I get stuck in a traffic jam! :)

        On the Cary side, for food shopping you also have the chains, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and soon to be Trader Joe's. As well as several ethnic markets. I know it's heresy on these boards to say that I don't think Weaver Street is that big a deal (gasp!) but I do think A Southern Season is nearly reason enough to move to an area all by itself.

        Franklin Street in Chapel Hill represents as fine a collection of foodie joints as you will find bunched together anywhere in the Triangle. And proximity to Durham for its high-end fine dining spots is also nice. Cary's places are more spread out.

        If you are opening a real office though (rather than a home office), I think you'll end up finding more open space on the Cary side of things.

        Good luck!

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        1. re: klmonline

          Lucienne;
          this ex-New Yorker thinks Chapel Hill is beautiful & foodie bliss. When I lived in Manhattan I had to trek further to find such great produce, Farmer's Markets, Lobster Mushrooms at Whole Foods, Weaver st. Eco Farms Arrugua - the best plus Franklin St. with Lantern,
          Elaines, Tallulah, & how 'bout Queen of Sheba, Ethiopian down the block?
          Well Hillsborough is very pretty & right near Chapel Hill too.
          welcome & enjoy:)!

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