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Jul 22, 2009 06:19 AM

Best Southern Food in Triangle area?

Hi everyone,

I have a friend coming to visit me in Raleigh for a week from the Minneapolis area - she wants to experience true southern food. I would like to try and stay away from the upscale places (from a budgetary perspective) and would appreciate some input! I've heard great things on this board about the Pit in downtown Raleigh - and not such good things about Mama Dips, unfortunately. Any suggestions re: good fried chicken, etc., would be welcome. Thanks!

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  1. For bbq, go to Allen and Son between CH and Hillsborough. For traditional southern fare, go to Joyce & Family in Fuquay-Varina.

    1. I echo bbqdawg's recs. Allen&Son has the best BBQ, while Joyce&Family has the best fried chicken + southern sides.

      If you're willing to drive a bit out of Raleigh (like an hour away), I also really like The Old Place:

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      1. re: mikeh

        I've never even heard of the Old Place - I just checked out the website - it looks great! Thanks so much.

        Other ideas are welcome!!

      2. Also, don't discount fast food chains she may not have access to, such as Bojangle's, Chick Fil-A, and Biscuitville.

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        1. re: cackalackie

          Cacalackie You forgot the best- Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill. Nothing says the south to me quite like one of their biscuits with the pork filling of your choice. All downed with Sweet Tea of course!

        2. Also worth going to

          Holden's BBQ in Youngsville very good BBQ and a lot closer to Raleigh, the hours can be tricky so call first, 582 Us 1 Hwy, Youngsville - (919) 556-3607

          Murphy House, in Louisburg, Good Country buffet and worth the drive. Just like The Old Place