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Aug 3, 2010 07:08 AM

Lunch in Raleigh - Capital Blvd/Brentwood area

I'm heading over to Raleigh in a bit and was wondering whether anyone had any last-minute tips on a good place to catch lunch in the Cap Blvd/Brentwood area. Wide open on cuisines. Thanks!

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  1. Lots of good ethnic choices - like Sawasdee Thai.

    Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
    3601 Capital Blvd Ste 107, Raleigh, NC 27604

    1. Off the top of my head - and I'm sure I'm forgetting some - there's

      Fortune Palace at 2815 Brentwood Road - ignore the buffet, order off the traditional menu
      Vallarta Mexican at 3177 Capital Blvd - sit down table service
      El Pasea Salvadoran at 3027 Capital Blvd, - not brilliant, but different and tasty
      the restaurant inside Compare Foods at 2215 New Hope Road - steamtable, cucina casera-style, Latin meat n 3's almost. You may not need to eat dinner, though.

      Just down Capital, inside the Beltline is the taco truck parked by the auto shop (righthand side when you're headed south) and the seafood market whose name totally escapes me now but is mentioned on other recent threads.

      I no longer recommend the Vietnamese restaurant next to Fortune Palace or Pho Cali. Neither is worth is any longer. You'll notice most of the recommendations are Mexican/central American. it's the nature of the neighborhood.

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      1. re: rockycat

        My mistake above, the restaurant inside the grocery is in International Foods, not Compare. The address is correct, though.

        1. re: rockycat


          That store was a Compar Foods for many years. They switched to International Foods a year or so ago. If it were me, I'd hit up the taco truck you reference, El Poblano. It's at Capitol and Hodges. I've eaten at each of the places you tip and there's not a clunker in the bunch.

      2. Thanks. Just missed getting the responses in time. I appreciate them though! I'll keep these in mind for next time.