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Lunch in Raleigh

So like many of you, I enjoy having a nice little mid-day break...however, we're getting stuck in a rut when it comes to decent lunch places in Raleigh.

We usually eat in the North Raleigh or Glenwood South area...North Hills area, Lily's, Mellow Mushroom, etc. What's your favorite lunch spot in that general vicinity? Any price range and any kind of cuisine are good.

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  1. Bella Monica is good for lunch. They serve pizzas, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. They have a website www.bellamonica.com

    I also like Neomonde near the fairgrounds. They have geat shawarma and sides.

    1. I second Bella Monica and Neomonde - what Neomonde lacks in ambience, it makes up for in incredible value.

      If you happen to be downtown, my favorite is Sosta Cafe (on Davie near Wilmington, near Fins). It's just a little coffee shop but the sandwiches and salads are delicious, with excellent fresh ingredients. I like the Sosta salad - lots of mixed greens, artichoke hearts, herbed chicken, tomatoes, and shaved parmigiano. It's a little pricey (a meal-sized salad and a can of soda will set you back $10) and a little slow (one guy in the kitchen), but I still love it. Good coffee, too.

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      Sosta Cafe
      130 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

      1. *Downtown: New Oakwood Cafe
        *Glenwood South: 518 West and Finch's (hole in the wall with ohh-so-good bad for you food). And I was just re-reading the posts on Briasas De Acapulco on Peace St.
        *Upper Glenwood: Salsa Fresh and Waraji
        *North Hills: Hot Pointe

        1. Porters on Hillsborough Street. (btw, it's fall break at State today and tomorrow)

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          1. re: jmkizer

            I've been really pleased iwth raleigh Times Bar on Hargett. Also, try Fins for lunch.

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              Raleigh Times Bar is good. Get the shrimp burger. Whatever you do, stay away from the Big Easy on Fayetteville St. Also, don't forget Clyde Cooper's BBQ.

              1. re: alysonlaurel

                Why do you not care for the Big Easy? I was there once, but had to immediately change my order "to go" due to a biz. emergency. Ate the food cold later, so couldn't really judge it... Our server was very accommodating & helpful though.

                1. re: meatn3

                  Big Easy is decent in theory, forgettable in execution. I'd characterize it as Sports Bar fare in the New Orleans style.

                  Service was the at the level of a just trained college student working their first restaurant job. Not terrible, just not professional. Going through the motions.

                  I had the shrimp etoufee. The wife had a po' boy. Nothing horrible, just underwhelming and mundane. After a similar experience at Yanceys, I was really hoping for something good but it was just meh.

                  1. re: meatn3

                    Both times I went, the food was inedible. We went once when they first opened and had a terrible time - things over and undercooked, things we ordered never delivered to us, dirty table. We went back a few months later to see if it had gotten the kinks worked out, and it was just as awful. I really wanted it to be good, since I like the idea of opening Fayetteville St and making an entertainment district down there. But everything tasted like a tv dinner. It's too bad.

                    1. re: alysonlaurel

                      Thanks for the feedback. We may have been lucky being called away!

            2. For a little quirky variety add Roast Grill into your mix. Nothing but hot dogs served their way.

              http://roastgrill.com/ <--noise warning

              1. Fayetteville Street Tavern, best kept secret in Raleighwood.
                Owners are great and have been in the restaurant scene forever.

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                1. I love going to Pho Cali Noodle palace on Capital Blvd....the small bowl is bigger than your head and costs roughly 6 bucks, including a plate loaded with fresh veggies, and a tray full of condiments...mmmm

                  1. I have to say raleigh times is a great lunch spot and I have heard nothing but great things about oakwood cafe from many of my chef friends.