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Aug 3, 2008 04:54 PM

Must-Try Restaurants in Raleigh, NC

Hey all!

I am in Raleigh working for the next three months and thus have an opportunity to try the local must-eat restaurants, so to speak. where do you recommend?

I like anything from sushi to italian to good southern cooking.

thanks in advance!

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  1. raleigh only-

    J. Betski's
    The Pit
    Poole's Diner
    The Mint
    Fortune Palace
    Raleigh Times Bar

    this just scratches the surface of Raliegh. There;s a lot of interesting food in other parts of the Triangle and the surrounding area.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

      No Fin's? I just moved back to the area so I'm not sure if it's gone down hill but Fin's used to be one of the best restaurants in Raleigh, is it not so anymore?

      1. re: Erika RollerGirl

        I racked my brain trying to think of Fin's but the name just wouldn't come to me. I consider Fin's a must-try restaurant in Raleigh.

        There's a lot of great authentic Mexican food in Raleigh. I really like
        Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco near the Super Wal Mart between Falls of Neuse and Capital. There are a number of others out there. Some say there's good Tex Mex here as well.

        In my opinion, the #1, hands-down, must try spot for someone from outside the area in Raleigh is not a restaurant at all. It's LocoPops. This place will blow your mind. There are other locations in Chapel HIll and Durham.

        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

          RE LocoPops
          I tried the Cucumber Chile yesterday, as I told my husband that we have to bring all our "tourists" here. It's my 4-year-old's favorite place for a treat!

        2. re: Tom from Raleigh

          Normally I would definitely say Jibarra, but its last day in the North Raleigh location was August 3, and the open date downtown is "Fall 2008" so if the original poster is only here three months then the poster is going to miss it.

          Definitely agree on Fin's and Locopops.

        3. Just some good general all-around places, both for good food and local color:

          Mura at North Hills
          Lilly's Pizza
          Hayes Barton Cafe
          Angus Barn (c'mon, haters, it's a Raleigh institution!)

          If you're in town over the weekends, take a drive out to Chapel Hill and visit Southern Season. It's an unbelievable foodie mecca with a great deli counter and a pretty good restaurant (Weathervane). There are also a lot of great restos in Durham and Chapel Hill - search the board here for some fairly recent threads on the area.

          Welcome and have fun!

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          1. re: Suzy Q

            I'm in Wilmington, not Raleigh, but we get over there pretty regularly. I have to second Suzy Q's recommendation of Vivace. It's excellent Italian. Their honey-almond gelato is one of the best things I've tasted.

          2. I'm not super-familiar with Raleigh's better restaurants, but two I like are:

            Hard Times cafe on Greenwood Ave. (they have great chili dishes, imho)
            Zely and Ritz (

            1. In Raleigh, you got to try Porter's, Waraji, Haru, Oakwood Cafe, Bella Monica and Dos Taquitos Centro....again just scratching the surface

              1. fins! definitely and locopops (not dinner, but amazing). anything else worth going to is in Chapel Hill (Lantern) or Durham (Rue Cler)