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Offline Count Walewski

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Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Topic Start: February 19, 2013, 11:45:51 AM »
I am going to be in Raleigh for Easter weekend. I have a decent idea of what I want to see and do in the area, but I am looking for advice on where to eat. What are the iconic, must-eat places?

To help you out, I am primarily interested in eating meat, and I especially like pulled pork and ribs.

Offline Ali the Baseball Cat

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Re: Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Reply #1: February 19, 2013, 02:00:11 PM »
I used to go there for work a fair bit, and we always seemed to end up at Bonefish Grill.  Not bad for a chain, but certainly not iconic either.

Offline houston-nat

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Re: Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Reply #2: February 19, 2013, 02:25:32 PM »
To help you out, I am primarily interested in eating meat, and I especially like pulled pork and ribs.
I think Man Vs. Food or some similar Travel Channel show found an amazing pulled pork place in Raleigh. Worth checking their website.

Offline 1995hoo

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Re: Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Reply #3: February 19, 2013, 03:00:21 PM »
I think Man Vs. Food or some similar Travel Channel show found an amazing pulled pork place in Raleigh. Worth checking their website.

Correct. The name of the joint is "The Pit." I've never been there, but I will say this: I visited one of the places featured on Man v. Food's Tampa episode, a place called Skippers Smokehouse. Adam Richman raved about the smoked gator ribs. We did not especially enjoy the visit. The fried gator tail appetizer was very good, but the gator ribs were very tough and chewy to the point where Ms1995hoo gave up on hers and got more of the gator tail instead. The place also was not air-conditioned. Struck me as a good place to go for live music, but not so much a good place to go for summertime lunch! That experience kind of made me a bit wary of going to places featured on Man v. Food UNLESS I first go online and seek out reviews of the restaurants.

I spent a lot more time in Durham and Chapel Hill than I did in Raleigh during my three years living in that area. Recognizing it's been 15 years this year since I graduated from Duke, my favorite places in Durham were (a) a dump of a seafood place called Fishmongers located on Main Street near Brightleaf Square east of Duke's East Campus; (b) an Irish pub called the James Joyce located in the same general area; and (c) a local pub named Devine's located midway between the other two places (the burgers at Devine's were really good). All three were still there as of two years ago.

In Raleigh my favorite place was actually a fast-food joint, a small chain called Char-Grill. The place is a bit of a local institution. There's one near NC State. The one I frequented is on Atlantic Avenue north of the city (I worked around the corner from there the summer of 1996).

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Re: Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Reply #5: February 19, 2013, 06:37:29 PM »
I think Man Vs. Food or some similar Travel Channel show found an amazing pulled pork place in Raleigh. Worth checking their website.

I've been to a couple of manufacturer very good places. Lots of creative camera work- they never have held up to the plaudits on the show (same with diners and dives)

Offline Ali the Baseball Cat

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Re: Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Reply #6: February 19, 2013, 08:05:01 PM »
A friend worked at the "jumbo slice" place on 18th street that was featured in an episode of "Man vs Food"...apparently one of his coworkers was a refugee who had spent 17 years being tortured in a prison in Equatorial Guinea, and he quit because the place was so nasty. 

I've been to a couple of manufacturer very good places. Lots of creative camera work- they never have held up to the plaudits on the show (same with diners and dives)

Offline Count Walewski

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Re: Where to eat in the Raleigh, NC area?
« Reply #7: February 20, 2013, 10:58:52 AM »
I've made dinner reservations for "The Pit", because both WNFF and Yelp said very good things about it. I will check out these other places too.

Thanks!