Stay-cation in the Triangle Area (March 1st-10th)
Any suggestions? I'm a grad student at NCSU and my boyfriend and I decided to stay in town for spring break rather than spend money to travel else where.
I've grown-up in Chapel Hill, lived in Durham for six years, and in August we moved to Raleigh.
Please share with me local delights that I just can't miss. Food or activities would be great.
My favorites are the following:
Merlion in Chapel Hill
Sandwich in CH
The Waffle Place on Franklin st in CH
Crook's Corner for brunch on Sunday
J.Betski's in Raleigh- get the mushroom or potato pierogi and some sausage
Kurama's for sushi or off the special menu-sit at the sushi bar and ask for Tomo
Next door is Sitar Indian- the buffet is good but a la carte is better.
Watts Grocery- but you must go on Fri/Sat for dinner. Make reservations. I have been Sunday night and it was clear I was eating leftovers- but Fri/Sat is excellent.
Given you lived in the Triangle most your life I think you've got that down pat. I'd head out to Wilmington and the beach, west out to Mooresville or southwest to Charlotte and Atlanta. How about Carolina Tiger Rescue (Pittsboro) or the Lemur Center (Durham)? The Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville? BBQ tour in Lexington? Grab a cheap hotel in Charlotte and hit up IKEA and Amelie's French Bakery? Out to Asheville for beer and food? Lots of local options but I'd probably go explore beyond the Triangle and grab some cheap hotels on Priceline or Hotels.com
You make a great point - there are a lot of good day trips from the Triangle. If I had a week to just explore and eat, I'd probably drive down to the Greenville area on day for a BBQ feast (lunch at B's, dinner at Skylight, and maybe even swing down to Wilber's for takeout if time permits). It would make for a long day, but you could be home in time for bed.
Yep, plenty of day trips mpjmph! I heard Goldsboro does some good que.
On a sidenote since you're sorta new to Raleigh I'd also hit up the NCMA, Museum of Natural Science for free. A movie at IMAX or maybe a Taste Carolina or Triangle Segway tour downtown. For First Friday hit up Artspace, VAE, DesignBox for art galleries? Drag show at Legends and visit to Videri Chocolate in the Warehouse District? How about the State Farmers Market and breakfast at the SFM restaurant? There are options in the City of Oaks but timing is everything...
In Raleigh as opposed to Durham and CH and not so expensive:
Korean food at Seoul Garden on Atlantic Ave at Millbrook.
Chinese food at Super Wok, no too far down the road from NCSU, on Maynard at Chatham.
Peruvian food at Machupicchu on Falls of the Neuse at Old Wake Forest.
BuKu on Davie at Hargett St downtown.
Bida Manda on Blount St in the old Duck and Dumpling location.
There are many more options if also going to Durham and CH and spending $100-120 vs. $50-60 for two.
I would opt for day trips myself.
Spring is herring season. Combine that with excellent bbq and all around Southern cooking at Blackbeards in Conetoe for a fantastic casual meal. They are only open Thurs - Sun though.
Have lunch then wander further East to my favorite NC oyster bar, Sunnyside. Open evenings seasonally in Williamston.
For a really wonderful meal head to Kinston for dinner at the Chef and The Farmer. Reservations are advised unless you are arriving just as they are opening. This is a truly exceptional spot.
Check out visitraleigh.com for lots of suggestions on things to do.
The trolley tour is fun and informative. We always find something interesting at the NC History museum or Raleigh City Museum. I would recommend lunch at Sitti, Clyde Cooper's for BBQ, or a visit to Bida Manda if you are walking around downtown.
Visitraleigh.com has a section on dining too.
I've always wanted to do this so I'll share with you in case you like the idea. Pick a food theme for the day and then comparison test some of the best known places in the Triangle to decide for yourself who you like best: sushi, burgers, pizza, breweries...or head over to Lexington for a day of BBQ tasting.
So many of the places you've named I haven't tried! Thank you! I think so often when you live somewhere it is easy to settle into a rut of visiting the same places.
I really like Indian food, we like SPICY food.
Some of my local favorites are:
Acme- Sunday Brunch
Thai Villa - no atmosphere but awesome food
Neo Asia - the sushi chefs take their sushi rice seriously and it shows!
City Beverage - the 'outrageous steak sandwich' is super rich, but worth every calorie
Dawat - Very accommodating for large parties, service staff are lovely (not a fast food restaurant- prepare for a long leisurely meal), and the food is amazing
It doesn't really count as the Triangle Area but my wife and I did an overnight at creamery/goat farm in Siler City. With breakfast the next day. You could then head to Pittsboro and do lunch or dinner at Oakleaf or just get the huge $8 banasplit at S&T soda shoppe and maybe explore Starlight meadery if you like Mead.
I don't know if there is anything to eat but there are places to be rented at Hyco lake and the other lake near it (not Gaston).
OH, there are too many!
Vietnamese- Dalat in Raleigh
Japansese - Sushi Tsune in Raleigh
Indian - India Mahal in Raleigh
Drinks/American bar food and a nice patio - The Borough in Raleigh
Coffee/people watching - Cup-A-Joe on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh
Italian - Picola Italia in Cameron Village in Raleigh
Lebanese - Neomonde in Raleigh
Mexican - El Rodeo in City Market in Raleigh
Rockycat- I live downtown so I tend to stay in the area. I am a true ITB (Inside the Beltline) type. I have been to Pho Far East and its great. I have gone to Dalat (for 13 years) so often we are on a first name basis.
Each establishment tends to have their own style so I do like to mix it up occasionally but my partner prefers no surprises and like to go to the same places.
The El Rodeo in City Market is where we tend to go on First Friday Gallery walks as most of the galleries and the City's ArtSpace artist lofts/wharehouse is right next door!
Same thing with Sushi Tsune. They know me there and I really like it when an establishment knows its customers.
I agree with you burgeoningfoodie, however the list was strictly Raleigh and I've had a hard time finding good Mexican food here. Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco is pretty good, and though it's Salvadoran, for a number of years ago we ate a lot at Mar y Sol. Jibarra never did it for me. It's OT but it would be neat to find really good Mexican and central American places here in Raleigh.
Dalat was great when I was in college in the 80s...one of the first places I ate out at with my future wife who is originally from that part of the world. Somehow it wasn't the same 10 years later...there may have been a change in ownership. I haven't tried recently though. I'm not aware of a really good Vietnamese restaurant these days any closer than Greensboro.
Jujube, for spicy food
Fearrington House - everyone should eat there once. everyone should spend the night there once (but it's quite expensive).
Squids, for good seafood, and a great raw bar
Spankys, a chapel hill institution, and they have antibiotic/ hormone free burgers.
Roast Grill, hot dogs in downtown Raleigh
Angus Barn, eat in the Wild Turkey Bar, get dressed up outrageously nice and pretend it's prom night.
Arboretums in Chapel Hill and Raleigh
Horse trail riding
NC Museum of Natural History
NC Museum of Art
Hillsborough BBQ company
Pancuito (dinner, nice, in Hillsborough)
Saxapahaw General Store
Ye Olde Country Kitchen, Snow camp
Larry's Southern / Country Kitchen (Garner)
Joyce & Family, Fuquay
a blt at Merritts, chapel hill
...that's a good start.