If you were planning to scan this guide just to find the word “barbecue,” we made it easy for you by putting Clyde Cooper’s first. When you want Carolina-style, vinegar-based pork barbecue, this Raleigh spot is where you should get it. It’s one of the oldest barbecue spots in the state (it opened in 1938) and both the slow-roasted pork shoulder and baby-back ribs can rival any other barbecue in the Triangle. They also make fried chicken and brisket, along with all the usual sides.
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Poole’s Diner is more upscale than most classic diners you’ve been to, head here for a date when you want to eat creative food in a dark space.
Garland in Raleigh mixes Southern influences with Indian dishes - you could spend a whole night between the club and music venue above and below.
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The Roast Grill
You’ll find as many opinions on the best hot dogs in Raleigh as you will people - but our favorites are the perfectly crispy ones from Roast Grill.
Equal parts brewery, restaurant, and plant shop, Brewery Bhavana is one of our favorite places in Raleigh.
Trophy Brewing & Pizza
All three Trophy locations around Raleigh have the same great beer, but when you want fantastic pizza too, head to the one on Morgan.
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