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Help Us Choose a Lunch Spot in Cary / Raleigh

Here's the situation: One person needs to be not too far from work (Maynard & High House). Another from North Raleigh doesn't want to be too far into Cary. Still another wants to be able to get a good salad. Several of us want to avoid chains. And one person hates the Carolina Cafe.


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  1. Have you been to SuperWok, which is nearby? Order off the Chinese menu for fiery Szechuan cooking. Upidi is good for a nearby South Indian buffet.

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    1. re: dinersaurus

      Udupi is not quite what it used to be, although Super Wok is an excellent suggestion.

      1. re: dinersaurus

        I adore Super Wok and Udipi, but that doesn't satisfy my Salad lady. La Farm sounds like a good choice, but maybe a tad far for the North Raleighite. I was also thinking Bella Monica. They do have salads. Any possibilities near Harrison & Weston?

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

        Super Wok
        7550 Dorchester Rd Unit F, North Charleston, SC 29418

        Udipi Cafe
        3300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Ste J, Duluth, GA 30096

        1. re: TerryG

          Yes! An is right there for great asian-inspired food and salads right there. You've also got Bella Mia in the same complex.

          Bella Mia
          2025 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513

      2. La Farm? http://www.lafarmbakery.com/files/LaF...
        The North Raleighite can take Harrison to Cary Pkwy to La Farm.

        1. How about Bella Mia? Best pizza in the state, easily. Roasted vegetable platter is a salad eater's delight. And if they'd rather have a more traditional salad, they offer 2 or 3 different ones at lunch. Place is warm, wonderful and welcoming. Near SAS campus in Cary. Convenient for you all. I don't think you'll find a better lunch anywhere.

          Bella Mia
          2025 Renaissance Park Pl, Cary, NC 27513

          1. I second Bella Mia, Super Wok, and La Farm. I'd add Neo Monde (the Cary/Morrisville location) as an excellent choice.

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            1. re: brsmith2

              I'll 3rd La Farm is is the closest of the restaurants named to that intersection.

            2. Chatham Street Cafe would work. Several nice salads, variety of sandwiches and entrees, location meets the criteria. I've only been for dinner, but it was quite nice. Well prepared, good ingredients, and delicious.


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              1. re: meatn3

                Update: This venue has closed.

              2. I recommend the Tangerine Cafe in Cary. You can see their menu online. Lunch is an especially good deal.

                1. I recommend Connolly's Irish Pub at the intersection of High House and Davis. something for everybody there.

                  Connolly's Irish Pub
                  24 E Court St, Greenville, SC 29601

                  1. We ended up at the Cary Cafe in the Harrison Pointe Shopping Center (Harrison and Maynard - next to Staples). Nice place. Decent food (my velvet chicken soup was delicious). The place was nearly empty which worked out well for us because we needed a quiet place to talk and there was a big table that could accommodate 8 - 10 people who want to have one conversation. Feel bad for the owners who were nice because the location is somewhat hidden.

                    But not a bad option for a group who wants a working lunch.

                    Cary Cafe
                    212 Grande Heights Dr, Cary, NC 27513

                    1. How about KomoKomo French Korean restaurant? They have dishes from $6 on lunch and pretty hip place to visit. their dessert is also worth trying even during lunch time. I work in RTP and go there once in a while