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Best Meals in Raleigh?

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Please advise? Just moved to town and really having a hard time finding the real Gems in Raleigh. I am very tired of the tourist traps. I am Looking for the best places to eat in Raleige they do not have to be high end, can be a small local place as well. Thanks.

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  1. Here's a couple of my favorites: Hayes Barton Cafe, Cafe Luna (try the salmon pasta), Fins, Jibarra, South and the meatloaf at North Ridge Pub. For good reviews, check out Greg Cox's reviews in the N&O. What type of food do you like?

    1. In the Raleigh/Cary area, I'd recommend:
      Hayes Barton, Lily's Pizza, Raleigh Times Bar, Cafe Tiramisu, Amedeo's, Lotus Leaf, Maxmillian's, Mura, Prime Only, and 518 West.

      1. I live in Durham and rarely get to Raleigh. From everything I've heard, if I lived there, my first stop would be J. Betski's. Waraji Sushi is fantastic - I have been there.

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        1. re: suse

          can't believe i forgot to mention j. betski's, esp. after i gushed about them to you at dinner the other night! duh... that's about as much of a gem as you're going to find. killer austrian/eastern european food--schnitzel, pierogies, cured fish... and a stellar wine list with lots of stuff offered in quartino (small carafe).

        2. Fins-- great seafood, although i haven't been to the new incarnation (his previous resto was much smaller).
          Enoteca Vin-- fresh. local, simple, and a 50 bottle cruvinet. one of my personal faves.
          Frazier's--pretty little room, excellent food, a nice date spot.
          Roast Grill-- the best hot dog I've had that wasn't cooked on my grill at home. 8 seats at a lunch counter, homemade chili, no ketchup offered--the real deal.
          Dos Taquitos--pretty good mexican food, and excellent margaritas.
          Thai Villa in Cary-- excellent thai, and they'll actually make it "thai hot". 'nuff said.
          Times Bar-- they cure their own corned beef for the reuben. best belgian beer selection around.

          I have to respectfully disagree with the assessment of Greg Cox as an accurate arbiter of taste in the Triangle-- he seems to give just about everyone 3 stars if they're even moderately good. Not that some of those places aren't deserving, but it seems as though he's afraid of hurting people's feelings a lot of the time.

          1. I have only lived in Raleigh for about six months, but the best meal I've had was at Frazier's. It's definitely high-end, but the food was just wonderful.The menu is heavy on the seafood - I had triggerfish over a leek and mushroom ravioli, in a pancetta broth . . . mmm. Good crusty bread, too.

            My favorite casual lunch spot/ coffee shop downtown is Sosta Cafe, on Davie St.

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            1. re: dubedo

              Some lower price options are

              LOS CUATES 4524 Old Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC. Great fish tacos.

              Holy Smokes BBQ 335 Tryon Rd. At last, real Texas BBQ in he triangle.

              La Shish 908 Ne Maynard RdCary, N C Good Lebanese.

              The Food Factory 211 East Chatham Street, Cary Good deli

              Cindy's House Cafe 140 E Chatham St Cary. Breakfast and lunch, see their web site for dinner options.

              Havana Grill 404 W Chatham St, Cary. Great Cuban.

              You should be able to eat at all these places for close to $10.