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Looking for real North Carolina food

Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 07:04 AM

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. carolinadawg RE: Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 07:32 AM

    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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      meatn3 RE: carolinadawg Apr 8, 2013 08:16 AM

      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.

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      chazzer RE: Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 08:35 AM

      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.

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        arbyunc RE: Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 10:24 AM

        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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          JayL RE: arbyunc Apr 8, 2013 11:24 AM

          x2 for Little Richard's

          x4 for skipping all that and stopping by Allen & Sons

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          jnwall RE: Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 11:33 AM

          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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            d.v RE: jnwall Apr 13, 2013 03:29 PM

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

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              LulusMom RE: d.v Apr 15, 2013 06:24 AM

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

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                d.v RE: LulusMom Apr 22, 2013 12:03 PM

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

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              veganhater RE: jnwall Apr 14, 2013 06:40 AM

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

            3. Kris in Beijing RE: Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 11:37 AM

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                Mik1093 RE: Mik1093 Apr 8, 2013 12:20 PM

                Thanks all! Will look into these! Getting hungry just reading this list! As for what we can't get in CT, thinking more local food that we may not get in New England. Keep the lists coming!

                1. Melanie Wong RE: Mik1093 Apr 15, 2013 01:09 AM

                  In Winston-Salem, I had a great local experience at PB's Takeout,

                  and at Sweet Potatoes,

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                    lpatter RE: Mik1093 Apr 22, 2013 09:12 AM

                    Any suggestions for a BBQ joint (not chain) on the way from Rocky Mount to Brunswick Isles?

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                      carolinadawg RE: lpatter Apr 22, 2013 09:37 AM

                      I assume when you say "Brunswick Isles" you mean Oak Island, Holden Beach, etc. in Brunswick County?

                      Blackbeard's in Conetoe (only open Thursday - Sunday, i think), B's in Greenville, Jack Cobb's in Farmville, Bum's and Skylight Inn in Ayden, Wilbur's in Goldsboro, Grady's in Dudley.

                      Best to check in advance to make sure they are open on the day and time you're traveling.

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