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  • nab71 Mar 25, 2011 04:09 AM
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Quick trip to Raleigh this weekend...any lunch recommendations near the Raleigh Sheraton? Something cute, not too $$ and a few vegetarian options for the husband would be great. We like quaint, tucked-away, non-touristy spots if possible. Thanks!

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  1. I forgot to add that we won't have a car, so walkable from the Sheraton (in the rain?) is preferred.

    1. There's not too many touristy spots in Raleigh, except perhaps the Pit. Actually, Market seems like the perfect place for you, but it's maybe a little far to walk, especially in bad weather. Dos Taquitos Centro is right downtown and does good Mexican food with a Saturday brunch. Or the Rockford (on Glenwood South) would be a good choice - it's definitely tucked away and cheap. Perhaps Buku or Spize Cafe would be good choices too, if not terribly quaint.

      1. Right downtown I'd recommend Sono for sushi, Spize Cafe for Viet-Thai, Taleigh Times/Busy Bee Cafe for barfood and beer, Gravy for Italian, Oakwood Cafe for Argentinian and Cuban. Maybe Capital Club 16 for American German. Oh and Fai Thai just opened up on Moore Square! The Market and S. Glenwood is walkable or you can take the R-Line circulator bus for free for easier access to those locations...

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        Sono
        319 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

        Oakwood Cafe
        300 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

        Spize Cafe
        121 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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        1. re: RonboNC

          As dinersaurus pointed out, neither Sono, Gravy, Oakwood Cafe, Capital Club 16, or Fai Thai is open for lunch on Saturdays. I would second the other votes for Raleigh Times though - I forgot to include that one in my suggestions. And Sitti is good too. I've heard mixed things about Busy Bee.

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

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

        2. Meeting all of your criteria it a bit tough, so I'll go with walking distance from the Sheraton, good, open for lunch on Sat., veggie options available, and moderately priced. I would check out Sitti, an eastern mediterannean place a few blocks from your hotel. On the walk way back you can enjoy a high gravity Belgian beer at Raleigh Times or a cup of coffee at the Morning Times. Regardless of where you go, do make sure they are open for lunch on Saturday before you go, as I'm pretty sure that some of the suggestions here (Oakwood Cafe) are not.

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

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

          Morning Times
          8 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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          1. re: dinersaurus

            Whoops, missed the part about the weekend! Yes, Fai Thai and Oakwood don't do lunch... CC 16 does brunch on Sunday.

            Busy Bee doesn't have quite the menu spread of RT but it's decent. And I've heard they've really spruced up their brunch options. Overall I like it as an alternative to RT since it tends to be a bit less crowded with slightly better decor, imo.

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            The Busy Bee Cafe
            7719 Highway 25 N, Ware Shoals, SC 29692

            Oakwood Cafe
            201 W Cuyler St, Dalton, GA 30720

          2. Check out Remedy Diner too.
            However just like RonboNC recommended Spize, if you like Vietnamese sandwiches, Spize rocked my world.

            1. Buku? I liked it and Sitti a lot. Don't klnow Raleigh well enough to know where things are, but both seemed to be downtown. I don't eat red meat (although I do eat poultry and seafood) and had no problem at either place.

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              1. re: LulusMom

                Check the date of the OP.

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  Thanks CD. I did, but I noticed that waitress had replied, and I figure there are others coming to town who might find the answers useful.