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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.

Thank you!

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  1. Is there any particular kinds of foods you especially like (or dislike) or want to try? Is there a price limit?

    1. 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.

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      1. re: fara

        I'll happily second Merlion. Interesting Malaysian choices along with some more mainstream Asian stuff. Not great atmosphere, but friendly service and delicious food.

      2. 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

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        1. re: RonboNC

          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.

          1. re: mpjmph

            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...

        2. 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.

          1. Allen and Son BBQ (between CH and H'boro)
            Saxapahaw General Store
            NC Museum of Art
            Fearrington House
            Oakleaf in Pittsboro