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Jan 13, 2010 06:53 AM

Best burger in Raleigh?

ok, so as mentioned in a previous post, i'm traveling to raleigh for the first time. one of the things i try to seek out on a trip is the best burger. i will be staying downtown raleigh, but could travel to neighboring areas too. No Fuddruckers or anything....i saw this posted for something else and had to laugh. nothing i can get elsewhere in the country. Thank you all!

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  1. In NC, the only way to get a rare burger is in a place where they grind their own beef in-house. Downtown's best burger would have to be The Raleigh Times. They also have BBQ Pork nachos, and the pork comes from the Pit (mentioned on another thread). The Raleigh Times has a great bar menu, lots of good beers, and a nice pub atmosphere.

    1. Here is a picture of the nachos at the Raleigh Times. They don't have as much pork as they used to, but it's still soooo good.

      (You can get these - and some Chicken Fried Pickles - as a starter to your burger.)

      1. There's a place called Abbey Road Grill in Cary, NC that was voted 'Best Burger in Cary'. Cary is basically right next to Raleigh. Here's their website:

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        1. re: WorkHardEatHard

          +1 on Abbey Road! The burgers are awesome.

          1. re: WorkHardEatHard

            If it's not too late to be useful, I'll throw in another thumbs-up to Abbey Road. Great burgers, friendly people, late 60s-early 70s vibe.

          2. Does anyone know if the new Diner restaurant grinds their own meat? They have a few burger selections, but being so new I couldn't begin to tell you I've heard anything about their burgers.

            Just some other options (people can weigh in on them)
            Fat Daddy's on Glenwood (north of Crabtree Mall)
            Mojoe's Burger Joint in Glenwood South Area
            Player's Retreat (bar/hangout)
            Cloo's sliders
            Porter's Tavern

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            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

              I haven't heard if the Diner grinds their own meat. But I do think they specialise in interesting combinations on burgers (if that's what you're into). Greg Cox mentioned a Vegas Burger "which stars American Kobe beef with truffle foie gras mayo and sautéed spinach."

              Our two favorite burgers in Raleigh are Raleigh Times and the PR (Players Retreat).

              1. re: cackalackie

                Yeah I saw that on the menu it's also pretty high in the dollar amount for a burger for obvious reasons. I don't konw if you cover with a lot of things can you really tell the difference between kobe and a good sirloin mix? Just was adding the thought about checking that Diner out as another possibility to the OP.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I think the Hibernian makes a great burger. Best downtown.

                  I know you said you didn't want to go there, but sadly, Fuddrucker's does have THE best burger in the Raleigh.

                  Of course, this is MY opinion, so no haters, please.

                  1. re: Fu Dee

                    I haven't sampled all the burgers in Raleigh to know who makes the best. If I had to make a list, here are my nominees.

                    I don't recall if I've had a burger at Raleigh Times, but I don't doubt theirs is good. They make a lot of condiments and stuff in house and I think that attention to detail carries over positively to the food.

                    The Player's Retreat. They make a damn fine burger, good fries and have a nice selection of craft beer. That's the triple crown of burger excellence for me.

                    If you're north of downtown, the Sawmill Tap makes a great burger. Again, nice beer selection, but I don't remember about the fries.

                    Poole's Diner makes a Royale w/ Cheese that's high-end but quite tasty.

                    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                      I have to give Porter's a burger a slight edge over the Raleigh Times although both are excellent

                      1. re: Guilty Gourmand

                        I agree - Porters burger is just a bit better imo.

                        I often prefer the atmosphere of Porters over Raleigh Times when I'm not up for a high noise level. Porters has more comfortable seating and it is easier to have a conversation. Both have good food and I'll happily eat at either place.

                  2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Went to the Diner last night and the Vegas burger (kobe beef) is now gone from the menu. Our server suggested that the high price might have put people off. But thought it strange - as they've just opened.

              2. Since you can travel a little bit and you want something you can't get anywhere else, I suggest you try The Angus Barn, which is a long-standing expensive steak place just north of the airport. Ignore the main dining room with people waiting for tables and trot upstairs to the "Wild Turkey Lounge."


                It's no reservations, grab-a-table bar and upscale pub grub. If you order their hamburger, be prepared for gasps and looks of terror as the server brings it out to your table. It's an obscene amount of meat packed into a giant brown pillow that overflows the bun. I'm talking well over a pound. It's $16 and an extravagant spend so you can have a story to tell. Very nice taste, but it's the setting (the bar is crazy looking) and the unique size that set this one apart.

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                1. re: klmonline

                  I have heard that they also have a "junior" burger that is still a hefty half pound burger. It's not on the regular menu but you can ask for it. Can anyone confirm this?

                  Found the answer to my own question. It's called the "kid's" burger:


                  1. re: klmonline

                    Or order the "kid's" burger which is a half pound burger.

                    1. re: klmonline

                      My wife and I split one, along with a warm spinach salad.