Every so often, you miss college-aged you. Not the crippling anxiety over your future or 20-page papers, but the ability to brush off a hangover after about 20 minutes. For the present day you and the hangovers that usually last a full day, there’s Dame’s Chicken and Waffles. You can pick a waffle, a schmear (scoops of whipped butter in flavors like maple pecan and orange honeycomb), and type of chicken you want on top. Or you can go with one of their signature options if that sounds like an unsolvable SAT question in your current state. And, if breakfast cakes topped with fried meat just aren’t your thing but you’re a good sport humoring your friends, there are also options like sausage-filled shrimp and grits or an egg-and-sausage breakfast platter.
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Parker and Otis
Parker and Otis is in a kitschy gift shop in Durham so after spending $20 on candy and things you don’t need, get some of our favorite sandwiches.
Gocciolina is a cozy pasta place in Durham where you should bring a date and share a few reasonably-priced plates.
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Garland in Raleigh mixes Southern influences with Indian dishes - you could spend a whole night between the club and music venue above and below.
Crawford and Son
Crawford and Sons in Raleigh is the right balance of fancy and cool, with high-end Southern food and a funky interior.
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.
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Why go to a busy deli counter near a college? Because no matter who you ask, Med Deli is an absolute Chapel Hill essential for lunch.
Hi-Wire is hands down the best indoor brewery space in Durham - it’s massive with tons of beers and games.
La Farm Bakery
It might be a bit of a drive from Raleigh, but it’s worth finding an excuse to go to La Farm Bakery in Cary for the French pastries and sandwiches.
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