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Cool or Unique Restaurants in Raleigh NC

steven6838 Feb 29, 2012 08:46 AM

I'm going to Raleigh this weekend with Wife, and looking for cool, artistic, unique, etc places to eat.
Also looking for a nice vegetarian place. Please Help!

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    chazzer RE: steven6838 Feb 29, 2012 08:59 AM

    For cool, I would recommend Poole's Dinner , not sure how they would be as vegetarian.


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      steven6838 RE: chazzer Feb 29, 2012 09:03 AM


    2. carolinadawg RE: steven6838 Feb 29, 2012 09:06 AM

      Irregardless Cafe features the work of local artists, supports local food suppliers and has lots of vegan and vegetarian options:


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        steven6838 RE: carolinadawg Feb 29, 2012 09:11 AM

        Thank You

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          rockycat RE: carolinadawg Feb 29, 2012 11:59 AM

          However, the food at Irregardless is not all that good. Most of the better restaurants in the area have multiple vegetarian/vegan options on their menus and local sourcing is a major trend here. You will have a better meal at nearly any of the other restaurants mentioned so far.

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            carolinadawg RE: rockycat Feb 29, 2012 12:48 PM

            Different strokes I guess. I've always enjoyed eating there.

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              Timbles RE: rockycat Nov 27, 2012 10:31 AM

              I have to eat there next week for business - the menu doesn't look inspired - what would be a safe/best bet to order?

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                rockycat RE: Timbles Nov 27, 2012 04:34 PM

                I haven't been there in many years. The Spouse used to like the chef's salad (the lemon-tahini dressing is actually rather good), but that's also been many years.

          2. meatn3 RE: steven6838 Feb 29, 2012 09:11 AM

            The Remedy Diner is an excellent vegetarian restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Quirky, artsy and delicious!


            BTW, this Friday is 1st Friday, so lots of galleries open late and street activities!

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              steven6838 RE: meatn3 Feb 29, 2012 09:17 AM

              That one looks good too

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                Rory RE: steven6838 Nov 27, 2012 07:41 PM

                as a vegetarian/vegan Remedy is on my list.

            2. brsmith2 RE: steven6838 Feb 29, 2012 09:35 AM

              Poole's is outstanding.

              Market Restaurant would be a good choice. Great vibe, good for vegetarians, and right next door to the fabulous Escazu chocolate shop.

              Other options, if not especially funky, are Zely & Ritz (eclectic), or Dos Taquitos Centro (upscale Mexican), J Betzski's (German), or Mandolin (fancy regional).

              For more casual eats, maybe Raleigh Times, Lilly's Pizza (quirky, artsy, and loud), or stop by Hayes Barton Cafe for a huge slice of cake.

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                darla500 RE: brsmith2 Mar 3, 2012 08:23 AM

                Thank you! I'm going to Raleigh on Tuesday, from Boston. I think we'll try Pooles, looks great-I didn't see a menu though. If you think of anything else please give a holler! It's my bday too, the "new 30"

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                supernc RE: steven6838 Feb 29, 2012 04:51 PM

                This location just opened and I am hearing good things. Very upscale looking, Looks like they have a good vegetarian list in their menu.


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                  normanc RE: steven6838 Mar 2, 2012 12:59 PM

                  fun place for lunch would be Calavera Empanada & Tequila Bar - great quirky Day of the Dead decor, great empanadas, including one sweet potato & black bean if I remember correctly. And the price is right... Also their Cilantro Lime salad is excellent.

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                    bbqme RE: steven6838 Mar 2, 2012 06:01 PM

                    Haven't eaten there in a while but I thought Coquette was a really cool bistro.

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                      Fu Dee RE: bbqme Nov 27, 2012 02:58 PM

                      Poole's is good, but overrated in my opinion. The wait and the noise is not worth it. Good bar drinks while you wait, but...the...wait...could lead to DUI.

                      RELISH is a very good. Veg friendly and hearty comfort food. Nice atmosphere.

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                        Tehama RE: Fu Dee Nov 30, 2012 04:09 AM

                        +1 on Poole's

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                      burgeoningfoodie RE: steven6838 Nov 29, 2012 10:06 AM

                      I can't say that any places in the triangle strikes me as unique compared to the terms cool/artistic.

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                        LulusMom RE: burgeoningfoodie Nov 29, 2012 01:05 PM

                        Revolution has a pretty "cool" feel to it. But I have to say, after lots of experience I've found that most cool/artistic type places put that ahead of having great food. Not always, but it seems to be the case most times.

                      2. RonboNC RE: steven6838 Nov 29, 2012 05:03 PM

                        I'll second Calavera as a cool little spot, great empanadas but maybe too casual for a 30th birthday. Capital Club 16 always does well for me but a bit noisy at times. Poole's as everyone has mentioned is really a Raleigh institution for the short time it's been a around but a bit pricey, noisy and no reservations. J Betski's is an excellent spot. Remedy and Irregardless are both good for vegetarians but I'm not impressed with the food at either space. Hayes Barton Cafe is quintessential Raleigh but not vegetarian friendly. Good luck!

                        1. Tehama RE: steven6838 Nov 30, 2012 04:10 AM

                          18 Seaboard www.18seaboard.com/ is always very willing to prepare vegetarian entrees. You might give them a call ahead of time to see what they can offer that evening.

                          I love Hayes Barton Cafe for dessert. Across 5 Points (the 5-way intersection where Hayes Barton and Lillys and NOFO are) is the more upscale Bloomsbury Bistro. NoFo might meet your off-beat requirement.

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                            montgomery carlo RE: steven6838 Dec 3, 2012 06:55 AM

                            J. Betski's is the best.

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                              jnwall RE: montgomery carlo Dec 7, 2012 01:44 PM

                              But only if you like German food.

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                                burgeoningfoodie RE: jnwall Dec 7, 2012 01:48 PM


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