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My job takes me to Raleigh, NC net week. I'll be downtown without a car, staying at the Clarion on Hillsborough St. I'd appreciate suggestions for good chow within walking distance (or maybe a **short** cab ride). I'm on an expense account, which means I could go up to $50 for the meal, though the boss gives a meal allowance, so if I can find good chow for less, I can keep the change. I'm willing to consider all cuisines, but would appreciate special mention of regional specialties. Also, after dinner, any suggestions for a nice (relatively) quiet single-friendly place for drinks and other entertainment are appreciated. (I'm thinking Jazz club or coffeehouse that does acoustic music.)

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  1. A car is definitely not needed in downtown Raleigh. Please look into.. the R-Line bus that is like a Raleigh Circulator. You can use that if you don't want to walk anywhere. You can get BBQ at The Pit. You can check out Poole's Diner. Dos Taquitos Centro... Globe.. I'm not knowledgeable on the drink scene. If the Five Points area is open you can head to Bloomsbury Bistro in that area (I believe). Raleigh Times Bar I've heard is good. There are some good eats in North Hills which is a boutique mall and you could cab ride to that without too much trouble (I would think). It's early for me, but I'm sure others have great suggestions. Oh! If you can get over to the Hillsboro Street area, I believe Frazier's has opened back up as a small plates/wine bar concept and two good restaurants in that area that come to mind are 18 Seaboard and J. Betski's (Seafood and Polish respectively).

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    Raleigh Times Bar
    14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    Bloomsbury Bistro
    509 W Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

    Five Points Restaurant
    Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801

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    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

      Below is a link to a map of the R line, there is a stop close to your hotel, It can take you to Seaboard Station for 18 Seaboard and J Betski's, I would not label 18 Seaboard as Seafood, but as contemporary Southern. You can either walk to Raleigh Times, Poole's Diner & the pit or take the free bus. Five points or Frazier's would require a cab.

      http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/get-...

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      Raleigh Times Bar
      14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

      18 Seaboard
      18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

      J Betski's
      10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

    2. There is quite a bit within walking distance from your hotel. For entertainment pick up a copy of The Independent, the local freebie.

      For jazz there is Amra Glenwood South. Red Room or Sullivans also have jazz. Boylan Ave. Brewpub is comfortable for single folk.

      Have fun!

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      Red Room
      510 Glenwood Ave, Ste 101, Raleigh, NC 27603

      1. Check out The Borough. The food and service is good and the atmosphere is great. Berkeley's Cafe ought to take care of drinks and entertainment.

        The Borough @ 317 W Morgan St # 117, Raleigh, NC 919 - 832 - 8433.
        http://www.theboroughraleigh.com/

        Berkeley's Cafe @ 217 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 919 - 821 - 0777.
        http://www.berkeleycafe.net/

        1. Since you will be a block away from The Borough, I highly recommend walking over for a delicious meal, great drinks, and entertaining staff & patrons. The food is budget friendly as well. The Berkley is good if you want some strong drinks to wash your entertainment down with. Neptune's is another fun place to grab drinks. They usually have a good mix of people and the drinks are interesting. All are extremely walkable.

          18 Seaboard & J Betski's are amazing and I highly suggest stopping by for dessert at the very least. You can very easily blow your budget at both these places if you begin venturing down the wine path... And as has been stated, you can hop on the R Line for easy drop off or walk down Glenwood South for a mini-adventure.

          If you do feel like talking a short walk down Glenwood Ave (Glenwood is about a block from your hotel), be sure to keep an eye out for the Hibernian Pub. Not because you should eat there, but because on the other side of Glenwood from the Hibernian is a very nondescript door with stairs leading up behind it. Look hard and you will see in small print "Rockford". It should say "Enter here for sandwich heaven" because that is truly what awaits you inside. Might I suggest the potato salad as a side.

          For later night eating, David's Noodle and Dumpling Bar is a hit. The curry soup is divine and the staff is wonderful. Next door to DNDB is the Player's Retreat which is nice to catch any number of games at and relax. (You would want to cab it to DNDB & the PR)

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          18 Seaboard
          18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

          Hibernian Pub
          311 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

          J Betski's
          10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604