Looking for the best restaurants and eats in these vibrant and popular cities right next to Raleigh? You’ve got some great options besides the usual chain offerings that you usually find in the area! Ethnic eats like Indian, Korean, Italian and Chinese along with other great dining. Cary has come such a long way with its food scene over the last five years! These best restaurants span the price range from high to low.
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If you’re interested in Raleigh’s best restaurants, please check out my list of the 20 Best Raleigh restaurants!
A wonderful family-run restaurant and hidden gem for kebabs, pides and more. Take advantage of their patio and BYOB on warm days…
A casual spot for great craft beer and surprisingly good bar food, don’t miss their poutines and flatbreads!
If you’re up for smoked meats and fresh sides, enjoy this casual quick-serve spot. Solid brisket, ribs and pulled pork hits the spot along with the Southern sides.
A casual cafe specializing in the quirky but delicious fried chicken and waffles combo! Put on the stretchy pants if you’re dining at Dames….
Classic Italian-American cuisine in a slightly upscale setting. Don’t miss their focaccia bread starter or penne alla vodka!
A NC take on the classic Brooklyn pizza joint, opened by the nephew of Domenic Di Fara! Wonderful NY pizza with high quality ingredients…
Modern pub with all the beer and trimmings along with very good pub fare.
A hidden gem offering flavorful S. Asian eats in generous portions for not much money. Awesome Manchurian gobi (cauliflower), chili chicken and naan bread.
Some of the best thin-crust Neapolitan pizza in the Triangle, do not miss it!
This national chain serving up wonderful burgers and sandwiches has its first outpost in the NC Triangle. Quick and delicious!
Spicy, flavorful and ethnic Chinese fare that’s out of the ordinary. Great for take-out or dine-in, don’t miss their dan-dan noodles or dry-fried string beans.