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Apr 14, 2009 10:28 AM

Raleigh Lunch Near Capital and 540

New job near Capital and 540 (yeah!), but I live in Cary and have no clue where the good lunch spots are. I prefer small and locally-owned and takeout-oriented. I love taquerias, Asian places, BBQ, Indian, etc.

Thanks all!

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  1. Congrats on the new job but foodwise you're nearly in chain hell.

    About 15 minutes up Capital, depending on traffic lights, is Holden's BBQ. Just about as good as you can get in the area. Their hours, though, are unfortuntely erratic.

    Shorty's hot dogs is up in Wake Forest. I'm no fan, but many people consider it an institution.

    Also in Wake Forest is DaVinci's Italian deli on Rogers Road. They make very good sandwiches.
    Good pizza at Bella Italia on Capcom in WF.

    Wakefield has sushi, Mizu IIRC, but I'd say it's mediocre at best.

    Off Durant near Falls River there's the I Love NY deli, a sorta Jewish-style NY deli run by a Russian couple from Brighton Beach. They used to make their own rye bread until the customers complained that it was too chewy. Go fig.

    If you're willing to go south on Capital you may find some more interesting choices.
    Pho Cali
    Thien Phu in An Chau Plaza - better than Pho Cali but further away
    El Mandado
    Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco - much better than El Mandado but further away
    The restaurant inside the International (?) Mexican grocery off Atlantic. Steam table, fill-yer-belly, inexpensive Mexian, Salvadoran, and Italian (!) eats.
    Seoul Garden - Korean on Millbrook and Atlantic
    Jamaica Marketplace on Atlantic Springs across from the movie theater. There's a Jamaican on Capital but JamPlace is better.

    I can't come up with much more right now but I'd love to hear if people have others I've missed.

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    1. re: rockycat

      Near 540 and Capitol.

      Near Pho Cali, there's a tacqueria inside one of the gas stations.
      For Chinese food, there's Fortune Palace. I rrder off the menu, rather than the buffet.
      Swasadee for good Thai off Capitol.
      El Mandado is a grocery store that has a taco stand inside plus they make their own tortillas. If you want to make Mexican food at home, fresh, warm tortillas make a big difference.
      I like I Love NY Deli. Great sandwiches.
      At Falls & Litchford, Z Pizza is a chain, but I like their pizza.

      The best spot to seek out chow in that vicinity is the strip mall at New Hope & Atlantic, where International Foods is located. There's a couple of taco places, an Asian grocer, fried fish place and a pizza place.

      1. re: Tom from Raleigh

        How could I forget Fortune Palace? By all means, only order off the menu, not the buffet. With the regrettable demise of Red Palace they are the only restaurant in Raleigh serving a traditional Chinese menu.

        1. re: rockycat

          The Asian Grocery in that plaza makes a very good bahn mi for $2.50 - made to order!

          1. re: meatn3

            Keep walking past the Grocery to the back where the food court is for the best Pho in Raleigh.

            1. re: chazzer

              Is that Thien Phu, the one rockycat mentioned?

      2. re: rockycat

        Oh yeah - That junction is chain hell, but Capital Blvd, heading south, is ethnic heaven, is it not?

        Don't forget Los Cuates - in the car park of the Babies-R-Us/Chuck-E-Cheese shopping center, on the right if you're headed south. (Looks like it used to be a KFC.)

        1. re: cackalackie

          When I see an area, the only chains I see are Bojangles, Cook Out & Steak and Shake. Everything else is just noise.

          Anyone tried the grungy looking steak place at Capitol and Durant? It looks intriguing.

      3. Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I had to resort to grabbing a burrito at Moe's today and I don't want to repeat that again. I drove around for about as long as I could looking for something today and just couldn't find anything other than chains.

        Now, I'm off to start mapping where these places are in relation to my new digs.

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        1. re: jazzy77

          I have had a couple good lunches at Solomons in Mini City.