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    Cook-Out: Fast, Delicious, Raleigh-style

    by HasTowelWillTravel Updated May 10, 2010

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    Sometimes when you're traveling, you're not looking for the most expensive restaurant on the planet. Sometimes you just want food that is delicious and well-priced for a traveler. Well, in Raleigh (and surrounding areas), you have an option: Cook-Out. If you're looking for an American lunch, like a good burger, this is the place to go. Cook Out is a Raleigh-based, small time fast food counter that specializes on one thing: coking some of the tastiest burgers and shakes out there.

    The locations themselves are simple affairs, with walk-up counters and drive-through (2 lanes for faster service). But they allow the food to speak for itself. The prices are reasonable, even on the cheap side. Burgers are around $3, and shakes are about $2. You can't beat that!

    Favorite Dish: The burgers are simple: grilled beef on a bun. You can get it in different sizes (up to 1/2 lb) and with different combinations (try the cheddar: cheddar cheese, bacon, and grilled onions). The burger is cooked perfectly, hot and still juicy, dripping with yumminess. There are other options for non-beef eaters; chicken strips, chicken burgers, and BBQ.

    But don't stop there. Add on a side, such as fries, hush puppies, or onion rings. And you cannot miss one of their shakes. Nearly 40 flavors of shakes, served cold and dense as a brick, almost like a gelato rather than a milk shake. I had the oreo, a classic, and it was packed full of cookies and delicious ice cream. The folks there know how good they are; they make sure to serve each one with a spoon.

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    Brio Tuscan Grill: Late lunch one Sunday in July

    by gordonilla Written Oct 19, 2009
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    I made a Sunday afternoon visit to the Crabtree Valley Mall, and after shopping I had lunch at Brio. IT was excellent, staff were friendly and attentive. I was there at a little after 14.00, so had a late lunch.

    The recpotion staff were friendly too, and let me wait inside when there was a torrential down pour of rain after a very warm afternoon.

    Sun-Th 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm

    BRUNCH AT BRIO ~ Available Saturday and Sunday Until 3pm.

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    The Cheesecake Factory: More than just cheese cake!

    by gordonilla Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    After some retail therapy at the Crabtree Valley Mall - my colleague, Donna, and I went to dinner. It was a spur of the moment thing - but it was well worth it.

    It was excellent experience; the interior was large and cool - Egyptian style decor, latin music and great staff. Our server was Will - great service and personality.

    Favorite Dish: The spicy cashew chicken and kpobe burger are great choices. Also have a cheesecake or at least one slice. I recommend the Dulce de Leche cheesecake.

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    Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Yet another quality steakhouse to visit!

    by gordonilla Written Jul 4, 2009
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    Whilst out shopping with a colleague at the Crabtree Valley Mall - I came across this restaurant as i was looking for Barnes & Nobel. All I can say is that the staff are excellent and food is second to none.

    Sadly, I had to cut my visit short as I found that the supplier we were in discussion with that day had brought their staff to eat there too.

    However it was a great place to visit and I will go back and have a less interrupted visit.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is excellent - large and SMALL steaks available from this restaurant.

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    The Angus Barn: "Beefeaters Haven"

    by gordonilla Updated Jul 4, 2009
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    This was another restaurant that was recommended by the hotel concierge service - and yet again, I think I can say that it was a good tip to follow. It seems that this is a long established and family run steakhouse. I believe that 2009 sees it enter it's 45th year of business and it is still family run; currently the daughter of the founder is running the operation, Van Eure.

    From what I can remember about the restaurant - you fill find it is busy and if you book a table for 21.00 or 21.30 you should have no trouble getting seated. There is also a shop and a bar - the Wild Turkey bar and lounge is also a busy place to visit. They also offer you a complimentary shoeshine when you are waiting. The portions are very very large - but don't worry they always ask if you wish a box to take the unfinished food home.

    Don't forget to take the traditional red apple when you leave the restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: It's a steak house so use your common sense.

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    Big Ed's: Great Breakfast on Saturday

    by SosoSeth Written Apr 25, 2009

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    Big Ed’s is great on Saturday morning. They have an old band out front while you wait in line singing Dixie songs. Inside the atmosphere is a collage of southern relics. It is a great place to get some southern cooking!

    Favorite Dish: Grits, Sausage and biscuits! And Sweeeeeeet Tea.

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    101 Lounge + Cafe: Breakfast Lunch and Happy Hour

    by SosoSeth Written Apr 25, 2009

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    101 Lounge + Cafe is an international style coffee house and bar with an upstairs lounge. It has a clean and hip, urban design, that is relaxed and not the typical grunge coffee house. It’s open 7am to midnight, so it was an easy choice as I travel alone, it is pretty inexpensive and has FREE Internet! I took a liking to this place because it is so close to my hotel on Fayetteville Street, but has more of a big city, neighborhood feel.

    They serve a straightforward breakfast, lunch and late night menu. Mostly sandwiches and salads, nothing fried, but it does the job and the staff treats you like a regular on day 1. They have a very good selection of coffee, espresso, beers, wines and martinis. Real chill spot to get some work done or hang out while sitting in the café, outside on the corner or upstairs and people watch!

    It is also right across the street from City Market and Art Space. It’s cool too that they change their art work every month to support a local artist or non-profit. They’ll sometimes have live music and is a good place to start the night if you plan to be up late. They are dog friendly as well, so a lot of the locals will bring their pups out over a drink to chat with their neighbors after work.

    It is one of my favorites and is a great neighborhood spot conveniently stuck in the middle of downtown Raleigh.

    Favorite Dish: Breakfast: Sausage and egg Bagel
    Lunch: Swiss Turk wrap or Grilled Cheese (with avocado and tomato)
    After work: BBQ Chicken Pita Pizza or Bruschetta
    Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake
    Drinks: Feisty Monkey or local draft beer

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    Goodberry's Frozen Custard: Frozen Custard like you've never had before

    by nyonnetti Written Dec 2, 2008

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    Goodberry's is the best ice cream (or frozen custard) place in town. We unfortunately live too close and eat here way to often! Make time to try some custard-you won't be disappointed!

    Favorite Dish: I love the concretes! I usually do the chocolate custard with m&m's but my husband and daughter love the vanilla with cookies 'n cream. Their are a varieties of toppings and custard flavors.

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    Taverna Agora: "Opa!!"

    by nyonnetti Written Nov 16, 2008

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    Great restaurant specializing in greek food that we can't stop going back to. The setting is very charming and a perfect spot for a nice dinner out with your mate or a nice place for a group of family/friends. It has a rustic surrounding and plays traditional music. The food is very unique and authentic and can be a nice alternative to the chain restaurants surrounding this area.

    Favorite Dish: Moussaka is by far my favorite and what I always get so can't recommend another dish. However, the appetizers Saganaki and Spanakopita are delicious as well as the lemon chicken soup.

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    Waraji: Top Quality Sushi

    by nyonnetti Written Nov 16, 2008

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    This place has the best sushi in town and has been rated #1 in Japanese cuisine for this area. It is definitely the freshest sushi I have ever had and it has kept me coming back for more. The restaurant is not large and not overly fancy, but it has very authentic Japanese chefs and food and that is what is important to me.

    Favorite Dish: I love the crunchy, sweet dragon, shamoo, and spicy tuna rolls. I recently got the spicy tuna hand roll and it was awesome but very spicy! The salads with ginger dressing and Miso soup are also very delicious.

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    Neomonde: The best Lebanese Cafe in town

    by nyonnetti Written Nov 16, 2008

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    This place is by far the best place to eat if you like Mediterranean cuisine. It is not the fanciest restaurant, in fact it is more of a deli style, but I would eat here for lunch in dinner every day. It is truly authentic and offers the freshest food. Everything is made fresh daily and the cafe offers a grocery section for those of you who like to do their own cooking.

    Favorite Dish: The hummus is the best I have ever had. I also love the tatziki, tabouli, grape leaves, and Veggie Moussaka.

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  • Carolina Ale House: Great place to catch the game

    by fightingobbler Written Jun 5, 2008

    This place has countless TVs along with projector screens to show all the local (NHL Hurricanes, ACC sports, Carolina Panthers) games, as well as some out of the area. Just make sure to get there early if you plan on watching the game there. They have excellent food and a pretty good beer list. With 6 locations in the area, it shouldn't be too far from you.

    Favorite Dish: Bleu Cheeseburger

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  • The Pit: Everything but the squeal!

    by fightingobbler Written Jun 4, 2008

    On the edge of downtown, near the railroad tracks, this place is a find. It has the feel of an upscale place, but the menu of a backyard family gathering (with a few fancier options). The Carolina Style Ribs here are great and relatively cheap as far as ribs go. Try not to fill up on the biscuits and hushpuppies if you can help it, but they are mighty good.

    Favorite Dish: Carolina Style ribs with a side of mashed potatoes and slaw. Topped off with sweet tea, of course.

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  • Clyde Cooper's Barbecue Restaurant: The way it's supposed to be made

    by fightingobbler Written Jun 4, 2008

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    Located in a small, old brick building on E Davie St. Cooper's is a trip back to good old times. Very cheap and very good BBQ... the best I've had in Raleigh, although I haven't been to a BBQ locations in North Raleigh. It is very small, 4 people to a booth at best, but it is well worth it. I recommend it to everyone who comes to town.

    Favorite Dish: Barbecue Sandwich with a side of hushpuppies and sweet tea

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    NOFO at the pig: eclectic

    by MovingMere Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    A restaurant unique to North Carolina, NOFO stands for North Fourth St in Wilmington, which is it's first location. It is now open in three cities, each with their with their own tagline:

    In Raleigh: NOFO at The Pig (the building used to be a Piggly Wiggly grocery store)
    Wilmington: NOFO at The Forum (actually in Wrightsville Beach)
    Charlotte: NOFO on Liz

    Featured in both Southern Living and Our State magazines, this eclectic restaurant is a local favorite. I've been for Sunday bunch, where they serve delicious dishes ranging from the Southern classic shrimp & grits to a crab cake salad. The food was great and reasonably priced, and wandering around the restaurant level as well as the other shopping upstairs was a fun way to finish the meal.

    All three locations have received numerous awards, but perhaps the most interesting is one for NOFO at The Pig:

    Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance, for Outstanding Contribution Toward Enhancing the Beauty of the City of Raleigh, by Encore Magazine in 2002

    Favorite Dish: shrimp and grits

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