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

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.

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    1. 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.

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      Vin Rouge
      2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

      Sitti
      137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601

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

        1. 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...

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

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

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            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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