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Raleigh NC - Lunch in Area of Northgate/Crabtree Area?

wintersummer Jan 5, 2011 04:31 AM

We need to make a trip to Raleigh, to visit some the general area of Northgate Mall and Crabtree. I don't know much about the Raleigh dining scene and am looking for some suggestions. Trip will most likely be on a weekday.

Where would be a great spot for lunch? We're willing to drive some distance (maybe 5-10 miles or so) - but would like to stay in general area. Any cuisine, any price range, just good food.

  1. w
    wintersummer Jan 6, 2011 09:44 AM

    Coquette sounds great. You guys must know my tastes!

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    1. re: wintersummer
      yahooer Jan 9, 2011 02:41 AM

      Good choice. Coquette is great. And if you decide you want sushi, I'd pick Waraji (N. of Glenwood) over Mura (North Hills) any day.

      1. re: yahooer
        Tom from Raleigh Jan 10, 2011 05:01 AM

        Often during the day, getting to Waraji can take too long with traffic. I think Haru at 2603-155 Glenwood Ave. is closer. Given a choice, I'd pick Haru over Waraji.

        Another choice that a bit off the beaten path is BB&Y on Women's Club Drive.

        1. re: Tom from Raleigh
          dinersaurus Jan 10, 2011 01:01 PM

          Second the recommendation for Haru, which is my favorite Raleigh sushi joint (I did not care for Mura at all). Wintersummer, if you make it over there, Hereghty's, a pastry shop just across the parking lot from Haru, is a great spot for coffee and dessert. Speaking of, they also have some nice sandwich and salad lunch options.

    2. AreBe Jan 5, 2011 12:56 PM

      I really like Coquette at North Hills. Bella Monica is quite good, a few miles west, and you need a reservation even for lunch.

      Bella Monica Restaurant
      3121 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

      Coquette Brasserie
      4351-119 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh, NC 27609

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      1. re: AreBe
        LulusMom Jan 5, 2011 11:49 PM

        Another vote for Coquette.

      2. RonboNC Jan 5, 2011 09:45 AM

        Around North Hills you usually hear about Coquettes (French), Vivace (Italian) and Mura (Sushi). I'd definitely check out Sawasdee Thai and Waraji (Japanese) just north of Crabtree Valley Mall. Heading south towards Five Points, Lilly's Pizza and Hayes Barton Cafe are great!

        But as mentioned earlier, it's easy to get into downtown to S. Glenwood, the Warehouse District and Fayetteville Street where your options really open up...

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

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          wintersummer Jan 5, 2011 07:38 AM

          Oops! I meant North Hills! I'm wanting to stay in Raleigh.

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            dinersaurus Jan 5, 2011 06:16 AM

            Northgate is in Durham, so you're talking about a pretty wide area here. There's not much around Crabtree, but in 10 minutes you can be in downtown Raleigh or North Hills in five minutes. In or near downtown Raleigh (assuming you want more than a sandwich for lunch), I would do J. Betskis or Sitti. In North Hills, I would do Vivace or Coquette. Closer to Northgate, I would do Vin Rouge.

            Vin Rouge
            2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

            137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601

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              lutherben Jan 5, 2011 05:20 AM

              My favorites are www.chargrillusa.com and www.roastgrill.com.

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