Triangle Top Three’s – My Favorite Restaurants and Eats

Top Three Bakeries
* Guglhupf- Durham
* LaFarm Bakery- Cary
* Rise Biscuits and Donuts- Durham


Top Three NC Barbeque Joints
* Allen and Sons- Chapel Hill
* Ed Mitchell’s Que- Durham
Clyde Coopers- Raleigh


Top Three Southern Barbeque Restaurants
The Pit- Raleigh
Backyard BBQ Pit- Durham
* Big Mike’s BBQ- Raleigh


Top Three Breweries
Fullsteam Brewery- Durham
Big Boss Brewing- Raleigh
* Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co.- Raleigh


Top Three Brewpubs
* Tyler’s Taproom- Raleigh
Natty Greene’s- Raleigh
* Raleigh Times- Raleigh


Top Three Brunch Restaurants
Watts Grocery- Durham
* Beasley’s Chicken- Raleigh
Acme Restaurant- Carrboro


Top Three Burgers (Cary)
* Barry’s Cafe- Cary
* Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar- Cary
* Five Guys- Cary


Top Three Burgers (Durham)
* Bull City Burger and Brewery- Durham
* Only Burger- Durham
* Dain’s Place- Durham


Top Three Burgers (Raleigh)
* Chuck’s- Raleigh
* The Mecca- Raleigh
* Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar- Raleigh


Top Three Cheese Fries-Tots
Dain’s Place- Durham
Raleigh Times Bar- Raleigh
Natty Greene’s Pub- Raleigh


Top Three Chicken, Fried and Otherwise
* Beasley’s Chicken & Honey- Raleigh
* Soo Cafe- Raleigh
* Mami Noras- Raleigh


Top Three Chinese Restaurants
* Super Wok (Sichuan)- Cary
* Captain J’s (Shanghainese)- Raleigh


Top Three Cocktail Bars  (Raleigh)
* Foundation- Downtown Raleigh
* C. Grace- S. Glenwood, Raleigh
Fox Liquor Bar- Downtown Raleigh


Top Three Date Spots - Durham
* Mateo (Spanish)
* Little Dipper (Fondue)
* Toast (Paninis)


Top Three Date Spots, Inexpensive- Raleigh
* The Rockford (American)
* Calavela (Empanadas)
* Beasley’s (Chicken, Southern)


Top Three Date Spots, Basic- Raleigh
* Tazza Kitchen (American, Pizza)
* Garland (Indian, Asian)
* Jose and Sons (Mexican)


Top Three Date Spots, More Expensive- Raleigh
Tasca Brava (Spanish)
* Second Empire (American, Southern)
* Humble Pie- Raleigh


 Top Three Donut Shops
* Rise Biscuits and Donuts- Durham
* Baker’s Dozen- Raleigh
* Monuts Donuts- Durham


Top Three Eastern European Restaurants
* J Betski’s (German, Polish)- Raleigh
* Guglhupf (German)- Durham


Top Three Farm to Table Restaurants (Raleigh)
* Poole’s Diner- Raleigh
* The Stanbury- Raleigh
* Plates Neighborhood Kitchen- Raleigh


Top Three Food Trucks
KoKyu BBQ- Durham
* Baguettaboutit- Chapel Hill
* Porchetta- Raleigh


Top Three French Restaurants
* Vin Rouge- Durham
* The Kitchen- Chapel Hill
* Coquette- Raleigh


Top Three Indian Restaurants

* Cilantro Indian Cafe- Cary
* Tower Indian- Morrisville


Top Three Italian Restaurants

* Gravy- Raleigh
* Bella Monica- Raleigh
* Daniel’s Restaurant- Apex


Top Three Latin-S. American Restaurants
* Oakwood Cafe- Raleigh
* Calavela- Raleigh
* Centro- Raleigh


Top Three Lunch Deals (Cary)
* Cozzolino’s Pizza (2 slices, breadsticks, drink for lunch- $6)- Cary
* Cook Out (Tray with sandwich, two sides, drink)- $5- Cary
* Tijuana Flats (2 tacos, chips, drink- $5 on Tuesdays)- Cary


Top Three Mediterranean-Middle Eastern Restaurants
* Sitti- Raleigh
* Baba Ghannouj- Various Locations
* Bosphorus- Cary


Top Three Mexican Restaurants (Raleigh)
* Taqueria El Toro- Raleigh
* Los Cuates- Raleigh
* Jose and Sons- Raleigh


Top Three Nacho Plates
* Tobacco Road Sports- Durham, Raleigh
* Raleigh Times Bar- Raleigh
* Tyler’s Taproom- Raleigh


Top Three Neapolitan Pizza Places
* Bella Mia (Neapolitan)- Cary
* Pompieri Pizza- Durham
* Pizzeria Toro (Neapolitan)- Durham


Top Three NY Pizza Places
* Cozzolino’s NY Pizza- Cary
* Randy’s Pizza- Raleigh
* Pizza Dude- Apex


Top Three Non Thin-Crust Pizza Places
* Lilly’s Pizza- Raleigh
* Rosati’s (Chicago Deep-dish)- Morrisville
* Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co.- Raleigh


Top Three Onion Rings
* Tobacco Road Sports- Durham
* The Point- Raleigh
* City Beverage- Durham


Top Three Patios (Durham)
* Tobacco Road Sports Cafe (American)
* Guglhupf (German, Bakery)
* City Beverage (Small Plates)


Top Three Patios (Raleigh)
* Humble Pie (Small Plates)
* Babylon (Moroccan)
* Vivace (Italian)


Top Three Sandwich Spots
* Hot Point Deli- Cary
Toast- Durham
Sandwhich- Chapel Hill 


Top Three Small Plates Restaurants
* Humble Pie- Raleigh
* Mateo- Durham
* Six Plates Wine Bar- Durham


Top Three Spanish – Tapas Restaurants
* Taberna Tapas- Durham
* Mateo- Durham
* Tasca Brava- Raleigh


Top Three Sushi-Japanese Restaurants
Waraji Restaurant- Raleigh
Sono- Raleigh
Yuri Japanese- Cary


Top Three Thai Restaurants
* Sawasdee Thai- Raleigh
* Thaiphoon Bistro- Raleigh
* Tom Yum Thai- Cary 


Top Three Wine Bars
* Mosaic Wine Lounge- Raleigh
* West End Wine Bar- Chapel Hill and Durham
* Six Plates Wine Bar- Durham


Top Three All You Can Eat Deals (Raleigh)
* Hibachi Grill Supreme & Buffet- Raleigh
* Orchid Japanese Restaurant- Raleigh
* Napper Tandy’s (Wings Wednesday)- Raleigh



Best Restaurants in Cary and Apex

Bosphorus Restaurant (Turkish)- Cary A wonderful family-run restaurant and hidden gem for kebabs, pides and more.  Take advantage of their patio and BYOB on warm days…   Cilantro Indian Cafe (Indian)- Cary This new and spicy does Indian with some heat!  Don’t miss their tandoori wings or Moroccan hummus…   City Barbeque (BBQ, Southern)- Cary …

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Best Restaurants in Durham

Bull City Burger & Brewery (Burgers, Beer)- Durham Great locally brewed beer and gourmet burgers made with love   Dame’s Chicken and Waffles (Southern, Soul)- Durham Heart-wrenchingly, delicious fried chicken on fluffy waffles served with syrup, OMG!   Guglhupf Cafe (German, Bakery)- Durham Fantastic pastries, brunch and German food in a casual but lovely setting …

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Best Restaurants in Raleigh

Beasley’s (Fried Chicken, Southern)- Raleigh A great hip and casual eatery for classic Southern with a twist from Ashley Christensen   Calavela (Empanadas)- Raleigh Flaky and amazing empanadas in a variety of savory and sweet flavors, great date spot!   Capital Club 16 (American, German)- Raleigh Classic American-German done with care and quality ingredients, perfect …

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