Raleigh NC and Greensboro NC
I am going to be in Raleigh for a conference in mid September at the Raleigh Convention Center. Staying at the Raleigh Marriott. I will have wheels. I will also be visiting some friends in Greensboro for one day.
I would like to check out places that are great representatives of North Carolina. I love BBQ but don't want to exclude other foods just to have BBQ.
Besides trying the representative local cuisine, my other preferences are for good seafood, decent Asian food (Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Indian, and Korean). Greek, middle eastern, or Brasilian.
Any help is appreciated.
Do a search on here for Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and Greensboro and you'll find lots of suggestions. Indian, mexican and southern are among the strongest cuisines in the Raleighh/Durham area.
One of the best bbq joints in NC is Allen and Son, located between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, just off I-40 at exit 266. Somewhat limited days and hours of operation, check with them before you go to make sure you don't miss them.
Allen and Son will be a bit far for a drive from Raleigh. While it may not be as good you can try the Pit or even Coopers in Downtown Raleigh. While many may say Coopers is substandard, it is still a good enough representation of Eastern Carolina BBQ and is in a really neat building and the pork rinds they serve are always welcome.
I'll repeat CarolinaDawg's suggestion about doing the search. Most of those cuisines have been covered fairly extensively on the board. I don't know that we even have a Malaysian restaurant in the area, though.
A quick run-down of some faves would be:
Super Wok, Cary (only order traditional Sichuan)
Asian Grill, Raleigh (only order traditional Shanghai)
Grand Asia, Cary (buffet and bakery)
Too many to mention, but my current favorite is
Sai Krishan Bhavan, Morrisville
Seoul Garden, Raleigh
Neomonde, Raleigh and Morrisville
Fish Restaurant at the Raleigh Farmers' Market
"Representative" local cuisine:
That's hardly an exhaustive list and just my very quick opinion. There are many more great options in the area. Given another 5 minutes I'd probably come up with at least another half dozen ideas, but I know that other CH'ers will fill in the many blanks.
To add to Rockycats suggestions in Raleigh and Cary/Morrisville
Sawasdee for Thai
Udupi in Cary for Indian (there is a whole little India section not far from SuperWok)
Maru for japanese
Neo Asia in Cary for Dim Sum Sat. Brunch and Dim Sum house for all day dimsum but not with carts.
If you are willing to come over to Chapel Hill/Durham you can also go to Mediterranean Deli for Middle Eastern
Gourmet Kingdom for Szechuan chinese
Red Lotus for Shanghai chinese
Saffron, Cholonad or Vimalas for Indian
Crooks Corner for local flavor
Lantern of a mix of local and asian flavors
you have Vit Goal Tofu and Chosun OK for Korean (I believe)
Yamazushi and Kurama for japanese
Li Ming for Asian equivalent of Grand Asia in Cary
Thai Cafe for Thai food
China Garden for chinese
and as rocky cat said others will fill in or 2nd or say don't bother.
I deliberately left off Updupi. They used to be a favorite of mine but the last few times I've been there I've gone away with the impression that they are no longer as good as they used to be.
I was debating whether or not to add
Dim Sum House in Morrisville.
Possibly the best dim sum in our area, but if the OP is from somewhere he can easily get dim sum, Dim Sum House is probably not worth the trip. Your post may not be entirely clear on the cart matter - Dim Sum House does have the carts on weekends.
OP is from Ohio but don't know that area. I hesitated adding Lantern since it is pricey and isn't exactly asian but is local with asian inspiration. There are other top notch (not for budget conscious) restaurants. I do like AN over in Cary but haven't been since they changed chefs. Old Chef now runs Elements in Chapel Hill which is brand new.
In Greensboro do follow Sue's suggestion regarding Vietnamese food!
For downtown Raleigh these threads have good information:
Quite a few restaurants in the area close on Sun. & Mon., especially BBQ places.
Local cuisine is two fold. Farm to fork with a Southern spin is done quite well at a number of places. I also take the phrase to perhaps mean traditional preparations.
If you are willing to drive a two hour round trip I highly recommend a visit to Blackbeard's BBQ & C-Food in Conetoe (east of Raleigh off US 64 alt.). They are open Thurs - Sun. They do Southern really well! Plus their BBQ is very good too. This is a great spot to get a good sampling of both!
For Southern/soul food closer to Raleigh there is Larry's Southern Kitchen 10-15 min. south of downtown. Joyce and Family is a little further south.
Bosphorus in Cary has really good Turkish food. On Sundays they have house-made doner after 3. It sells out early.
Rockycat's recommendation for the seafood place at the farmers market is on the money for the best NC seafood! Very casual place - very fresh seafood.