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Cool or Unique Restaurants in Raleigh NC

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

    http://www.poolesdowntowndiner.com/

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

      http://www.irregardless.com/pages/5/R...

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        1. re: carolinadawg

          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.

          1. re: rockycat

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

            1. re: rockycat

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

              1. re: Timbles

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

            http://www.theremedydiner.com/

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

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              1. re: steven6838

                as a vegetarian/vegan Remedy is on my list.

            1. 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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              1. re: brsmith2

                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"

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

                http://bluemangoraleigh.com/