What food do I need to experience in Raleigh?
June 18, 2009 1:56 AM   Subscribe

Where to eat in Raleigh?

I'll be in Raleigh this weekend so please tell me about your favorite restaurants. Specifically soul food/homestyle, but really just any place you love. If there's some event happening I shouldn't miss, throw that in too.
posted by Roman Graves to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Ole Time BBQ One of the better BBQ joints in my opinion. Crappy building, good food. Good for lunch

42 Street Oyster Bar Great for dinner, I like to sit at the Oyster bar and gulp 'em down like they are going out of style.
posted by wrnealis at 4:35 AM on June 18, 2009

Raleigh Times has fantastic burgers.
posted by c lion at 6:06 AM on June 18, 2009

The Pit is some awesome BBQ and soul food!
posted by ejazen at 6:15 AM on June 18, 2009

Haven't been yet, but The Pit is getting good reviews.
posted by littleredwagon at 6:17 AM on June 18, 2009

Meant to add: For events and happenings around town, check out the Independent Weekly. You can see their specific picks for the weekend in this section.
posted by ejazen at 6:18 AM on June 18, 2009

Yeah, NewRaleigh had a recent thread about the burger at Raleigh Times making Food Network's 50 burgers, 50 states list. It's a really good restaurant overall, owned by good people (although the comments about them having a good publicist, too, might be on target). If you like BBQ, The Pit has gotten a lot of press lately - Ed Mitchell is a local treasure (and beat Bobby Flay a couple of months back).

The annual American Dance Festival starts this weekend just up the road in Durham; I've seen some amazing stuff there over the years. If you like dance, you get a twofer with Mark Dendy choreographing a bunch of folks (probably students) at various places in the lobby for an hour before Shen Wei Dance Arts does the main performance.
posted by mediareport at 6:26 AM on June 18, 2009

If you want to combine food with and experience, go to the Raleigh Farmer's Market Resaurant. Not fancy by any means, and it's just basic home cooking.
Or, while you're there, check out the Seafood Restaurant for some light, crispy fried goodness. Couldn't find a link to it, but it's seen here.
posted by mightshould at 7:37 AM on June 18, 2009

Response by poster: I saw that episode of Throwdown with Ed Mitchell but couldn't think of his name. I'll definitely check out The Pit.
posted by Roman Graves at 8:22 AM on June 18, 2009

For soul/homestyle food, it's totally worth your drive to Mama Dip's in Chapel Hill.
posted by auntbunny at 8:32 AM on June 18, 2009

I came here to post Mama Dip's but see auntbunny just got it. So consider it seconded :)
posted by reptile at 10:00 AM on June 18, 2009

Mojoe's will always have a place in my heart even though it's really just a 'Burger Joint'.
posted by lyam at 1:47 PM on June 18, 2009

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