Raleigh North Carolina recs?
I'm flying in to Raleigh in about a week to visit family. First time to the Raliegh area and they are new too.
Cuisine...no preferences. I'm always interested in mom/pop places or non-chain places. BBQ, I suppose is a local specialty.
Price... happy with recs at all price points but would probably be happiest if most entrees on the menu are <$25.
You know, when I posted this request initially, I put it on the wrong east coast board. So, I hadn't looked at these posts. However, there are only a few recent threads and some are around a year old, so I was hoping for some additional chowish advice (because I'm not sure if these places are still chowish) and I'm hoping to not rely on Yelp to help me eat for a week.
I guess I'm just to loads more activity on the Los Angeles board... my home board.
So, if you have a more recent rec, please share...
Here's a few recommendations to check into, you don't say where in Raleigh you'll be so I've kind of gone Downtown-centric slightly:
The Pit - barbecue
Centro - upscale creative Mexican food
Stansbury - (I haven't been yet but it has gotten good feedback on here
Bida Manda - Laotian food
Second Empire - Downstairs they have a tavern which is less formal than the upstairs however you can order off of both the upstairs and the tavern menus. It's a Raleigh favorite.
There's also Coquette, Vivace, and Midtown Grille at North Hills which are all lovely and worth dining at.
In Raleigh, I'd recommend Poole's Diner or Beasley's Chicken (both run by the same chef). I like Spize Cafe for the banh mi sandwiches. I'd definitely recommend getting a "hot now" Krispy Kreme doughnut from the downtown location. As other mentioned, the Stanbury is supposed to be very good. Bonus is that it's located right next to Escazu chocolates, which are awesome. Then there's J Betski's which does nice German food. For Mexican, I recommend Taqueria El Toro on the south side of Raleigh, or Fonda Y Barreria Jalisco on the north side.
To get great bbq, you probably have to venture out of Raleigh.
I've generally liked Sitti and Neo Monde for Lebanese and I know that people will argue, but if Cooper's is open back up.. they are a safe bet for NC BBQ within the confines of Raleigh.
The new restaurant Stanbury is getting mostly favorable reviews with a few comments about some things being overly salty.
Soo's chicken for Korean fried chicken is pretty popular and cheap. I don't know if anyone has listed any breakfast spots for a good southern breakfast.
If there are food trucks in the area you could always hit one of those up too, but I think the last rodeo is happening before you come (not sure).
Sawasdee for Thai food. Mojoe's for good and relatively cheap burgers with out all the extra crap that places try to top their stuff with.
Finch's or Farmer's Market Restaurant for breakfast
J Betski's or Saltwater for lunch
Stanbury, St Jacques (fancy/French), or Capri (Italian) for dinner
Stick-to-your-ribs breakfast at Finch's http://www.yelp.com/biz/finchs-restaurant-raleigh
J Betski's http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-betskis-raleigh
Farmer's Market Restaurant http://www.yelp.com/biz/state-farmers-market-restaurant-raleigh
Get yourself the tastiest fried trout sandwich of your life at Saltwater: http://www.yelp.com/biz/saltwater-seafood-and-fry-shack-raleigh
Thank you for everyone's recs. Leaving today for Raleigh. Staying at a hotel near Creedmoor and Glenwood (Crabtree area) if that helps. Anyhow, I'll have a car and since I live in LA, I'm sure the distances aren't a problem with the rec's... since everywhere you go in LA takes 30-60 minutes.
If you want something very close and ethnic (Crabtree Mall is full of American-style chain restaurants) there is a small, independently-owned Middle Eastern place called Tarbouch about a mile away -- at Creedmoor and Millbrook. Look to the right of the Food Lion. They have some interesting stews, a marvelous soup ((starts with an M), and fresh salads (try the cauliflower). Good gyros and shwarmas.
Don't know whether Tarbouch has been mentioned here yet, but it is worth checking out. Hard working, really nice people trying to make it work. This is exactly the kind of restaurant that needs our support.