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Aug 4, 2011 04:31 PM

Raleigh NC - Lunch near Cameron Village?

We'll be making a trip to Cameron Village in Raleigh. I've recently read or heard something about a great place in Cameron Village. Not sure if it's new or if it's been there a while. I just remember thinking "I'll have to try this place!" - but now, I can't remember one single detail - other than it was a restaurant in Cameron Village.

Any ideas what I'm thinking of? And, if not, any suggestions for lunch in this general area?

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  1. Here's a link that lists the restaurants in Cameron Village, perhaps the name will jump out at you:

    You will be quite close to Hillsborough St. which has more interesting options IMO-
    Locopops, Davids Dumpling & Noodle Bar, Porters Tavern, Fraziers. Not sure if they are open for lunch though.

    This link (written from the University perspective) gives a good idea of what's available:

    1908 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

    1. I've heard that Cafe Caturra is pretty good. Fraziers, David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar, and LocoPops are good suggestions that are very close by. Just a little bit further down Clark Ave/Peace St there's J Betski's, 18 Seaboard, Market Restaurant, and Escazu Chocolates. Glenwood South is also close, or Lilly's Pizza in Five Points.

      18 Seaboard
      18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

      J Betski's
      10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

      Five Points Restaurant
      Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801

      1. Will be in Raleigh for lunch next week with family.
        Looking for a local (not chain) spot.
        Have heard about Cameron Village and St. Mary's/Hillsborough area.
        Any new info on that?
        Where's the best lunch? Salads, burgers, beer, cocktails?

        6 Replies
        1. re: rcburli

          Tupelo Honey just opened there (I think). Pretty good, if it is at all like their original location.

          1. re: Westy

            They are in one of the new condo(?) buildings on Oberlin. Location is at the corner of the building catty-corner to the McDonalds.

            Just to update the thread the following are no longer open:
            Locopops, Porters Tavern, Fraziers. Pretty sure Market Restaurant has either moved or closed.

          2. re: rcburli

            Sort of an interesting question. In Cameron Village proper, there are unfortunately not many strictly non-chain spots I'd recommend for burgers / salads and beer. Perhaps leading the list would be Village Draft House which has a very good draft beer selection but I've never found the burgers, salads, etc. more than average really. It's been awhile since I've been. They are part of a local group I think that has more than one other location but not really a chain. There is also Cameron Bar and Grill there which I prefer to Village Draft House for atmosphere and food but, again, we're not talking about anything special food-wise.

            Another old school option would be the Players Retreat at corner of Oberlin and Hillsborough just a few blocks up from CV. Can be pretty decent bar food and good overall beer selection although not as broad of a draft beer selection in my experience. I'm probably forgetting some other options right around CV but there really is not an obvious spot there that leaps to mind as a recommendation.

            As others have noted, CV is not very far from lots of other areas including Glenwood South (MoJoe's Burger Joint--for very good local, non-chain burger but probably not for salads), downtown Raleigh proper (Chuck's--for the best burger in town in my opinion plus Brewmasters for very good but sometimes inconsistent non-chain burgers but very strong NC draft selection). Sort of in between the two areas is the Seabord Station / Peace Street area with a Bad Daddy's Burger Bar and Tyler's Taproom with good burgers and beer selections but from chains.)

            1. re: Guilty Gourmand

              Considering it will be St. Patrick's Day, how is the Hibernian Irish Pub?

              1. re: rcburli

                Unfortunately, I haven't been to Hibernian in a long time. I think it's probably fine but just no longer my scene. Food-wise, I think Tir Na Nog in downtown probably has the stronger reputation but either is probably fine for basic items. (Greg Cox from the N&O recently provided an updated review of Tir Na Nog and I think it got 3 1/2 stars.) Suspect both may have block parties, etc. in honor of the day.

                If you are looking for an Irish pub, McDaid's opened in the old Porter's space on Hillsborough Street not far from Cameron Village. (FWIW, all of these places are basically within a roughly 2 mile radius of each other.) I've only been to McDaid's once and I thought it was ok. Wife liked it more than I did. I think part of that may have been incredible depression i still feel over the loss of Porter's.

                Let me throw out one other thought that is not strictly burger and beer place but has great versions of both and also very good but limited salads. That is be J. Betski's in Seaboard Station. Although it is Polish / German and I just about always get the sausage and pierogi platter, they sell burgers at lunch and have limited but great German beer selection.


                1. re: Guilty Gourmand

                  " I think part of that may have been incredible depression i still feel over the loss of Porter's."

                  Me too...