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Help Us Choose a Lunch Spot in Cary / Raleigh

TerryG Mar 30, 2011 01:44 PM

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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    smileaaron Jan 26, 2012 07:56 AM

    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

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      TerryG Apr 4, 2011 02:25 PM

      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

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        AtomicComet Apr 1, 2011 09:26 AM

        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

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          ucctgg Apr 1, 2011 06:03 AM

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

          1. meatn3 Mar 31, 2011 10:46 AM

            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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              meatn3 Jan 26, 2012 10:06 AM

              Update: This venue has closed.

            2. brsmith2 Mar 31, 2011 03:58 AM

              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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                burgeoningfoodie Apr 1, 2011 08:36 AM

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

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                yahooer Mar 30, 2011 08:50 PM

                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. AreBe Mar 30, 2011 02:03 PM

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

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                    dinersaurus Mar 30, 2011 02:02 PM

                    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
                      rockycat Mar 30, 2011 02:56 PM

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

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                        TerryG Mar 30, 2011 02:59 PM

                        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

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                          dinersaurus Mar 30, 2011 04:05 PM

                          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

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