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Aug 20, 2011 09:21 AM

Need rec for breakfast between RDU-Raleigh and/or sandwich place between Raleigh-Durham

Flying in early morning next week for meeting in Raleigh in the am followed by a tour of Duke mid-afternoon (will have a teen in tow who's interested in the Duke tour). Would very much appreciate recs for a good (quick) breakfast place to stop between airport and Raleigh before the meeting...or a good (quick) sandwich place to stop for lunch enroute from Raleigh to Durham. Teen is partial to muffins, waffles, pie, salad, sandwich wraps, mashed potatoes and just about anything chicken; won't eat hot dogs, burgers or que. Many thanks.

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  1. Can't really help with the breakfast, but from the sound of your teen's taste in lunchtime fare, Dame's Chicken and Waffles will get the job done. It's not far from Duke East Campus in Durham. I haven't eaten there myself, but the buzz on the board has been mostly positive.

    Dame's Chicken and Waffles
    317 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

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    1. re: Remsleep

      Ah! Chicken and Waffles in Durham looks perfect; if we can't get there before the Duke tour, we'll go there afterwards for sure. Morning meeting in Raleigh is inside the 440 belt and starts when I get there although I don't want to keep folks waiting too long. Saw mention of a few coffee places -- Global Village, Sosta Cafe, Cup of Joe -- are any of those good bets in terms of being able to park and get in and out pretty quickly if we don't end up having enough time for a real breakfast? (When does the morning rush hour begin/end, anyway?) Thanks much.

      1. re: pielady

        I recommend Hereghty's, just inside of 440 off of Glenwood Blvd. Parking is easy as there's a large lot and they have some of the better pastries in town. They also have quiche and some other breakfast items. Cup of Joe and Global Village will require street parking along HIllsboro, which now that school is starting up again will be a pain. Sosta is downtown and downtown parking is hit or miss. I can usually find something but you may have to circle. Helios on Glenwood South is also street parking but a good spot. Other downtown coffee shops that are pretty good include Morning Times and Benelux.

        Sosta Cafe
        130 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

        Morning Times
        8 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

        Cup of Joe
        4381 Senator Richard B Russell Sq, Acworth, GA 30101

    2. Do you know which part of Raleigh the meeting will be held? With morning traffic and the need to make an appt. that will help with suggestions.

      In broad strokes Raleigh is broken down by "inside" the beltline (I-440) and "outside" the beltline (between I-440 and I-540). Then area-wise there is downtown, NCSU area, Crabtree Mall area to list a few.

      1. One possible breakfast place in between airport and Raleigh would be Cafe Carolina in shopping center off of Harrison Avenue in Cary. Muffins, croissants, bagels, parfaits, other breakfast items, etc. I'd say it's good and passable but not great but it has location and variety going for it which is part of their business model. They are a local "chain" with a handful of locations around and so a bit corporate and not a neat-o local coffee shop bakery kind of place but it would be a convenient option just outside the airport before the road divides and you have to decide which direction to take around Raleigh.

        1. Suggest you eat lunch at Duke as eating on campus should be part of any visit by a prospective college student. Try The Refectory at the Divinity School.

          1. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. As it turned out, all our tours and meetings ended up taking twice as long as I'd planned and, what with Irene knocking at the door, we just focused on getting done and getting out and left food prowls for another time. We did manage to get some take-out sandwiches and cookies in Chapel Hill from "Sandwich" which were quite yummy (even though as first glance they did not look that appealing). Loved the whole area, though, so we will be back.