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AKA Mike's list of great local restaurants in the NC Triangle and beyond

Last Updated: October 2018

Author's Note: There are plenty of other great restaurants, these are just my favorites.

Restaurant recs

Raleigh

  • Fried Chicken: Beasley’s Chicken and Honey (Link)
  • BBQ and Fried Chicken: The Pit (Link)
  • BBQ: Clyde Cooper's (Link)
  • Great food, awesome mac and cheese: Poole’s Downtown Diner (Link)
  • Dumplings and Noodles: David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar (Link)
  • Burgers: MoJoe’s (Link)
  • Burgers: Player’s Retreat (Link)
  • Sushi: City Market Sushi (Link)
  • Sushi: Waraji (Link)
  • Burgers and Sushi: CowFish (Link)
  • Mexican/Southern Fusion: Jose and Sons (Link)
  • Mexican (Authentic):Taqueria El Toro (Link)
  • Lebanese: Neomonde (Link)
  • Liquor bars: Fox Liquor Bar, Foundation
  • Korean Chicken Wings: Soo Cafe (Link)
  • Indian/Korean Fusion: Garland (Link)
  • Laotian: Bida Manda (Link)
  • Best Fried Pickles on Earth: Lynwood Grill & Brewing Concern (Link)
  • Italian: Casa Carbone (Link)
  • Italian: Assagio's (Link)
  • Ramen: Tonbo (Link)
  • Salads and Juice: Happy and Hale (Link)
  • Sandwiches: Carroll's Kitchen (Link)
  • Local Beer: Crank Arm, Trophy, Brewery Bhavana, Lone Rider, Full Steam, Gizmo, Wicked Weed

Cary/Morrisville

  • Korean: Golden Pig (Link)
  • Poke Bowls: Zenfish (Link)
  • Barbecue (and beers): Brew-N-Que (Link)
  • Chicken and Waffles: Dame's Chicken and Waffles (Link)
  • Lebanese: Neomonde (Link)
  • Japanese: Little Tokyo (Link)
  • Chinese: C&T Wok (Link)
  • Chinese: Szechuan Garden (Link)
  • Chinese (Szechuan): Taipei 101 (Link)
  • Chinese (Szechuan): Chengdu 7 (Link)
  • Turkish: Istanbul Restaurant (Link)
  • Vietnamese: Taste Vietnamese (Link)
  • Ice Cream: FRESH. Local Ice Cream (Link)
  • Local Beer: Bond Brothers (Link)

Durham

  • Ramen: Dashi (Link)
  • Poke Bowls: Zenfish (Link)
  • BBQ and Chicken: Picnic (Link)
  • BBQ: Johnson Family Barbecue (Link)
  • Chicken and Waffles: Dame's Chicken and Waffles (Link)
  • Ice Cream: Parlour (Link)
  • Local Beer: Ponysaurus (Link)
  • Local Beer: Fullsteam (Link)
  • Mexican: Nanataco (Link)
  • Korean: Namu (Link)

Chapel Hill

  • BBQ: Allen & Son Bar-B-Que (Link)
  • Burgers: Buns (Link)
  • Burgers: Al's Burger Shack (Link)

Triangle - Other

  • Burritos: Carrburritos (Link) - Carrborro
  • Ice Cream: Sunni Sky’s (Link) – Angier
  • Ice Cream: Maple View Creamery (Link) – Hillsborough
  • BBQ: Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q (Link) – Willow Spring

United States - Other

  • La Perla Cocina (Link) – San Diego, CA

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