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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Asian Restaurant
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“Celebrates the diverse food traditions culture of Laos. The owners opened Bida Manda (Sanskrit for "mother and father") as a way to honor their parents. Open for both lunch and dinner, Bida Manda offers a delicious marriage of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cooking refined by French techniques. Come for the food and stay for the cocktails!”
  • 64 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“Guinness world record for # of beers on tap. They also have great food options as well. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Named one of the Best New Restaurants in America in 2018 by Food and Wine Magazine. AWESOME!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“Macaroni is a MUST! Owned by a James Beard award winning chef! Perfect for dinner or weekend brunch but expect a wait! Does not accept reservations. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Great spot for those craving authentic NC BBQ. Very easy to access with Citrix Cycle bikes - there is a station about 1 block away from the restaurant. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Not your typical fried chicken. Owner just won the highly prestigious National James Beard award in 2019. Highly recommend the chicken and honey.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Well, they were once voted best pizza in NC, so I'd say that's a total win (and YES! Their pizza is increds!!)”
  • 38 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Very good food, slightly different fare. Reservations recommended, but if you go at 5pm you might be lucky and score a table! About a 15 minute walk, but you'll need it after! There's also a chocolate shop nextdoor that makes its own chocolate... Called Escazu.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best vegan friendly restaurant in Raleigh. There is usually always a wait and they don’t take reservations. Brunch is super popular!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
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“Classic Lebanese dishes with a few twists, including falafels, zaatar roasts, and kabobs served alongside grilled ribeye steaks and salmon. Enjoy any one of a number of authentic Mediterranean dishes, grab a Lebanese beer, and take a seat at the restored art deco bar. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our casual hang out spot. We go here to grab a burger or drink a beer with friends.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“Great spot for coffee and breakfast! Literally just a block if your at our Wilmington street location. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Big Ed's is one of the last original breakfast diners that actually feels like an old-school diner. It's part of City Market, one of the oldest areas in Downtown Raleigh. You'll enjoy cobble stone roads & walkways and fun historical pieces throughout the restaurant.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“This food is indescribably good. Garland is the passion project of chef and rock guitarist, Cheetie Kumar. The seasonally driven menu is influenced by the flavors of India and Asia, with locally sourced ingredients reinvented with a distinctly Southern flare”. ..... from their web site. Chestier and her husband Paul are real nice and the food is awesome. They also are in a real popular band called “Birds of Avalon.” They also have a casual dance bar downstairs called Neptunes Parlour and a great live music venue upstairs. We love sitting at the bar for dinner. It is first come first served and you can make reservations.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Dan takes his engineering team here for delicious burgers and amazing milkshakes when they're done a great job on a project. You have done a great job by visiting Raleigh, so you deserve a burger too.”
  • 15 locals recommend