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Best Mac and Cheese in RDU (Hillborough, Cary, Apex inc.)

Spirits in Cary. Like Relish, they have several different variations. In general, I think Spirits has very good upscale pub food.

Mar 26, 2015
mdv31616 in Southeast

Good places to eat in Outer Banks? (southern part)

Take the ferry south to Ocracoke Island (free). On Ocracoke you have several choices. SmcNalleys (sp)- on Silver Lake - Great View of the water and boats coming back from offshore. Open for lunch till 8ish? Often has live music. Good hamburgers, OKRA and fish. Same for the Jolly Roger - on the water - burgers, sandwiches, fish. Jason's has great fried shrimp, fish, veggies & pizza. Don't let the casual atmosphere discourage you. One of my favorite restaurants. For upscale dinner (after 5 or 5:30-7 nights), try Back Porch, Dajio's as well, but I prefer Back Porch. Zilly's is a wine, beer bar on the Back Road with a decent selection for the OBX.

Aug 09, 2014
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Thanksgiving Plans Have Imploded... Opportunity To Experience a Nice Meal/Stay Somewhere in NC..? Where Would You Go?

We're in the same boat this year and have also been searching for places within a 3 hour drive. Couldn't find a menu regarding Heron's Thanksgiving selections. Angus Barn, Carolina Crossroads, Margaux, Il Palio are serving Thanksgiving. As far as out of town... Grove Park is booked full. We love Green Valley Grill which is the restaurant at O'Henry. Great food. Also considering Basnight's Lone Cedar in Nag's Head.. one of my favorites and they have oysters.

Nov 17, 2012
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raleigh nc - vino restaurant or other italian

It is worth the 45 minute drive from West Raleigh to drive to Burlington and go to Prego. I found them searching the web. They were written up in Our State magazine. Four trips later, I will keep going there. They have nightly specials, Fresh Figs wrapped in phyllo on salad, homemade pastas and desserts... and the patrons are so much friendlier and laid back then Raleigh. A community atmosphere. Reasonably priced and have a full complement of pastas as well as lamb, veal, etc.

May 11, 2012
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Raleigh area Pancakes

Try Breadman's in Chapel Hill. They serve breakfast all day. Limited variety... but excellent bananda, blueberry and pecan. I haven't been to Finch's in Raleigh, but they used to have Raspberry (real raspberry) pancakes.

Mar 17, 2012
mdv31616 in Southeast

Williamsburg, VA

Blue Talon Bistro one street from Merchants Square is consistently good, brunch/lunch dinner. I have had great as well as mediocre at Barrett's Seafood in Merchants Sq. Aromas for coffee and light breakfast. Away from the downtown area - Maurizios Italian - Shackelfords Seafood & Food For Thought - a bit of everything.

Jul 29, 2011
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breakfast in Durham, NC

The best breakfast place in the Triangle is Breadman's in Chapel Hill. I think a bit better than Elmo's (Durhan/CH) but similar $$/type. They have great pancakes and omelettes. Choice of sunflower toast (biscuits are up and down). and not a breakfast item but try the chocolate cake, served warm, no icing but powdered sugar.
As to breakfast in Durham?? Watt's Grocery on broad street. Definately upscale compared to Breadmans. Amy (owner/chef) promotes local ingredients. My favorite in Durham.

Watt's Grocery
1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

Jul 17, 2010
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Good Eats near Winston-Salem

I live in Raleigh but my inlaws are 1/2 hr North of Winston. We struggle to find good, solid restaurants. My favorite is in Greensboro, Green Valley Grill in the O'Henry Hotel. Don't let the "hotel" scare you off. They have small plates as well as entrees, promote local ingredients, have an outside patio, an eating area in the bar, all with the same menu as the dining room AND they are open on Sundays. I only wish they were closer to Raleigh.

Green Valley Grill
624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408

Jul 11, 2010
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Lunch past Raleigh to OBX

We have stopped at the Hitchin Post in Williamston. It's just off 64 on US 17 N. Wonderful seafood (grilled shrimp), several home cooked sides as well. They have a smaller portion plate that is nice. Best place I have found along the way.

Oct 22, 2009
mdv31616 in Southeast

Local Seafood joints near Williamsburg, VA?

For seafood in Williamsburg, we like Shackelfords. They have a great selection of steamed, raw and frield.
In Gloucester Point, try the River's Inn. 30 minute drive down the Colonial Parkay. Nice views of the marina. You can eat indoors (more formal) or outside.
Berret's was so so when we ate there last week. We have eaten there previously and enjoyed it. Maybe too busy this time of year. There are better selections for the money.

Outerbanks/Nags Head Off Season

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere, Basnight's Lone Cedar, is located on the causeway between Nag's Head and Roankoke Isldand. They are open year around and specialize in local seafood and everything is homemade, desserts, salad dressings, etc. Their new bar area provides wonderful views and a nice alternative to table dining. They have the freshest seafood and buy from local fisherman as well as produce from farms. Here is their website. . A few other's on a more casual scale would be Kill Devil Grill and Sam and Omies. Not sure if they will be open.