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Apr 8, 2013 07:04 AM

Looking for real North Carolina food

We love to eat at local places or places have serve food we can't usually get in CT. We will be traveling to NC and going to Winston-Salem, Elon and Raleigh (college tour). Any great suggestions on places to eat?


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  1. Have you done a search on here? There are many posts for Winston and Raleigh.

    In Winston, I would suggest Sweet Potatoes, Mr. BBQ, Little Richards (also BBQ), Milners, Mozelle's. In Burlington, near Elon, Delancy's offers great southern cooking.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Of the ones mentioned by carolinadawg I have only been to Delancy's. They were terrific and manage to keep the great taste while using healthier options.

    2. In Raleigh you can try Pam's Farmhouse. It is close to NC State if that is one of the college's you are visiting.

      1. Good recs from carolinadawg, although I'd suggest skipping Mr. BBQ in favor of Little Richard's. In fact, if you want real NC barbecue you should skip them both and go to Allen & Sons, just off I-40 at exit 266. Not much for atmosphere, but the barbecue is the best around.

        I'd also suggest the Moose Cafe at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market in Greensboro, just off I-40 at the Sandy Ridge Rd. exit. Good "country" cooking!

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        1. re: arbyunc

          x2 for Little Richard's

          x4 for skipping all that and stopping by Allen & Sons

        2. Not sure what you can't get in CT. We have friends who live in CT and they always insist we bring them a supply of White Lily flour when we come for a visit.

          If you want Southern fine dining restaurants in Raleigh, I suggest Poole's, Second Empire, Mandolin, Batistella's, and Glenwood Grill. Or, you could stop in at Chapel Hill for Acme (actually in Carboro) or Crooks Corner (which is one of the founding restaurants of Southern fine dining).

          For more humble Southern fare, in Raleigh there is Big Ed's in City Market and the restaurant at the Farmers Market. For BBQ in Raleigh, there is The Pit in the Warehouse District, and Clyde Cooper's downtown (celebrating its 75th anniversary this year).

          Hope this helps.

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          1. re: jnwall

            I'd add The Lantern in Chapel Hill to this list.

            1. re: d.v

              I like the Lantern, but it isn't what I'd consider Southern food.

              1. re: LulusMom

                Maybe not typical Southern but they use a lot of local ingredients. I guess that makes them kinda Southern, no?

            2. re: jnwall

              Good rec's for the most part, but please dont send anyone to the restaurant at the farmers market in raleigh.