Looking for the best restaurants and eats in these vibrant and popular cities right next to Raleigh? Cary and Apex have 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 options. 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 and yes, Herons is probably the best restaurant in the state but not on this list given how pricey it is. (Updated on 6/23/2023)
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If you’re interested in Raleigh’s best restaurants, please check out my list of the 20 Best Restaurants in Raleigh!