Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean – Cary, NC

The next time you’re in the mood for an authentic Mediterranean meal you should visit Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean in Cary, NC.  Everything is fresh, delicious and inexpensive.  Some of our favorites include the chicken kabobs, the hummus and any of their salads.  The place isn’t fancy, but what they lack in décor they certainly make up for in fast friendly service and first class food quality.  Give them a try at 2468 Walnut Street.

Fiesta Grill – Carrboro

We are lucky to have so many restaurants in the Triangle area.  But when it comes to real authentic Mexican cuisine, there is only one place to go.  Fiesta Grill, 3307 NC HWY 54 W, is located just west of Carrboro but well worth the drive.  To be honest, after moving here from California we were a little disappointed in the Mexican restaurants in the area until we found Fiesta Grill.  They have great tamales, Caldo 7 mare (seafood soup), and ceviche on the weekends.  The restaurant is small with limited seating so we recommend going during off hours so you don’t have to wait.  3pm is a great time because it is right before the rush.  Enjoy.

Goodberry’s Frozen Custard – Cary

Forget the fro-yo trend; Goodberry’s frozen custard is where it’s at!  It is smooth and satisfying with a silky texture for your palate.  Nothing beats the heat of a Southern summer quite like Goodberry’s.  Here’s how it works. There are three flavors a day, with chocolate and vanilla being the standards.  The third is a rotating daily selection that, if you’re lucky, might be key lime, pumpkin, chocolate malt, or lemon — check their online calendar to plan accordingly! 

In addition to cones, they also offer milkshakes, malts, sundaes, parfaits and ‘concretes’, which is your flavor of choice mixed with a selection of toppings. Servings are usually shareable so bring a friend and start enjoying the frozen goodness that is Goodberry’s.  Personally I can’t get past ordering the chocolate concrete with heath bar!

Poole’s Diner – Raleigh

Poole’s Diner, located at 426 S. McDowell Street in Raleigh, is arguably the home of the best macaroni and cheese in the Triangle area.  Owner/Chef Ashley Christensen has rejuvenated the spirit of the almost 70 year-old restaurant.  The blackboard menu changes daily, so you can be certain to find something new on every visit.  Whenever possible Poole’s Diner works with local growers and artisan producers.  And don’t pass up on the cocktail menu either.  They have a great beer and wine selection along with cocktails made with fresh ingredients.  You really can’t go wrong with whatever you order at Poole’s Diner, but you really should try the mac and cheese.

Rue Cler – Durham

When it comes to French cuisine in North Carolina, it doesn’t get much better than Rue Cler.  Located at 401 E Chapel Hill Street in Durham, Rue Cler is a French Restaurant and Bakery.  When it comes to the bakery, the beignets are out of this world.  We highly recommend picking up a dozen or so and enjoy them with a steamy cup of coffee.  You won’t be disappointed.  The restaurant offers a prix fixe menu for $30 that you can actually check out beforehand on their website.  Every dish is prepared the way it would be at a local Parisian restaurant.  So if you want to slip away for a few hours and experience a taste of France, visit Rue Cler.

Bocci Italian Trattoria & Pizzeria – Cary/Durham

Bocci creates a perfect blend of Old World charm and new style. There are two locations in North Carolina: 2425 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary and 5850 Fayetteville Road in Durham. Bocci stands out from other Italian restaurants in this area by creating the original “trattoria” charm through aromas, atmosphere and music. Ingredients in every single meal are made fresh daily. Bocci accommodates all types of parties – from big groups of 40-50 people to intimate dates for two. The menu is varied, including delicious entrees of meat, pasta, seafood, and, of course, pizza. Stop by today!

Super Wok – Cary

Versatility meets timeless culture at Super Wok. Chef Zengming Chen has built his restaurant comfortably in Chatham Square, using techniques that he learned from his grandfather has he grew up in Fuzhou, China. Chen presents a classic American menu, and beside it patrons will find a traditional Chinese menu. The lunch menu is served from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and the restaurants is open until 10:30 PM.

Skipper’s Fish Fry – Apex

Since the Triangle is located so far from the beautiful Outer Banks, we have to find other ways to fulfill our seafood cravings. Luckily, Skipper’s Fish Fry perfectly fits those needs. The chefs at Skippers use only the freshest and finest ingredients to cook every meal to order – seconds after they are ordered. The menu boasts Cajun-style selections, platters, steamers, and much more. Over the years, Skipper’s has been consistently top-rated as one of the best locations in Apex. Check it out today on 1001 East Williams Street.

Mama Dip’s – Chapel Hill

For true southern comfort, Mama Dip’s is the place to be. Mildred Edna Cotton Council, better known as Mama Dip herself, opened her restaurant on only $64, and her business has taken off. A North Carolina native, she has grown with the town and the times. Her recipes include fried chicken, barbecue, pork, ribs, seafood, and a number of delectable sides. There is also a breakfast menu, including omelettes, meats and eggs, pancakes, waffles, and biscuits. Mama Dip’s is located at 408 West Rosemary Street, parallel to Franklin Street. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 8:00AM to 9:30PM and Sunday 8:00AM to 9:30PM.

Café Helios – Raleigh

Located perfectly on the hip and trendy Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, Café Helios is the perfect mixture of alternative, local, and comfortable. The owners boast an affinity for local coffee and products, and it’s not hard to see. While their menu contains a traditional selection of café drinks and treats, there are inexpensive breakfast and small dining options that are sure to satisfy. There are two bars, raised booths, and tables inside as well as a selection of outside seating to enjoy Café Helios’s can’t-go-wrong menu and traditional yet unique coffee shop style. Doors open at 7:00AM and close at 10:00PM Monday through Friday, open at 7:30 and close 10:00 Saturday, and on Sunday open at 8:00 and close at 10:00.