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?
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.
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!
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.