Best Foodie Spots in Durham

With the start of April, there are so many different activities going on in the Triangle area like beer festivals, spring parties, and porch Sundays.

If you are visiting universities at this time such as UNC Chapel Hill-Duke-NC State be sure to check out the different restaurants in this area.

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Diving into some of Durham’s top restaurants and hidden gems, I have listed some of my favorites below. Enjoy! And order never matters!

-Rue Cler: French cuisine at its finest. A Parisian-style restaurant with the freshest ingredients and diverse clientele. Be sure to check it out, but be warned – it is tres expensive!

-Revolution – Contemporary Global cuisine. I came here during food week and the lamb was phenomenal alone with the Korean pork belly. Do not miss out as it is extremely international with unique fusions and tastes.

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-Mateo: Tapas. A typical Spanish (Andalusia style) restaurant. Being Spanish, I found this place very typical and delicious! If you crave cured Spanish meats, cheeses, and tortillas, this is definitely the spot for you.

-Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie: one of my favorite bakeries in the area with a German twist. In need of a coffee and pastry, European style this is the place for you. It is also a local brunch spot for Duke students.

 

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Driving by Durham, you’re in for a surprise as the downtown if full of delicious restaurants! I know this is an area I definitely need to dive more into!

 

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Best Places in Raleigh

Wanting an elegant night in Raleigh? Having the ability to spend a little more this weekend?

Raleigh has those places! So when in Raleigh some of my favorite restaurants are:

-The Pit — best BBQ in the Triangle area!! But be ready for long lines and payments!

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-Sullivan’s Steakhouse – on Glenwood, nice quiet, and AMAZING steak. Tip: order the spinach casserole

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-Angus Barn– The definition of elegance. Be sure to get the wine tour and be amazed by their organic and delicious steaks. Feels like you are actually eating the freshest meat.

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-Sitti – Being a Mediterranean food lover, this is the best Lebanese I have had in the Triangle area! You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu!

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Best Foodie Spots in Carrboro

Carrboro is definitely a unique place. Full of trendy thrift shops, hipster bars, and organic living, it is seen as an eclectic spot in the Triangle Area. But do not be fooled, this little hub has some of the best food in the region!

Below, is a list of my top 5 which are all walking distance from Franklin Street. Again, order does not matter.

1. Acme -One of the best local gems! Southern fusion, delicious drinks, and some of the best brunch in this area. Did I mention they have a scallops eggs benedict and a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Definitely a must try!

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2. Venable – There has not been one plate in this restaurant I have disliked. Starting with their French Press coffee and Salmon Chèvre salad, this place never seems to disappoint. Make sure you sit out on the patio on a pretty day.

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3. Milltown – Their steak and frittes are to amazing! Not to mention their wide range of beer on tap. Avoid the bread pudding, and do not forget to order their dynamite duo of truffle fries and aioli sauce.

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4. Carrburritos – my personal favorite Mexican in the entire area. The chips and choice of salsa that come with the meal are exceptional. Be sure to order a burrito or the tacos. Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere is unreal. Music, locals reading their latest find, and people sipping coffee at 6 pm, one feels like they stepped into a little bar in Brooklyn.

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5. Provence – French and Mediterranean dining. My favorite restaurant in the entire region. There is a reason I am going to dinner here on graduation. The chef really focuses on the quality of his food making it taste like you just walked into Paris. Favorite dish – too hard to choose just one.

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Be sure if you are coming into the Triangle Area to not forget to stop by Carrboro. So many people miss this area and all its hidden gems.

 

 

Top Bars in Chapel Hill

Now that we are all back from Spring Break, it is time to get back into the work grind. But wait it is St. Patrick’s Day.

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What better day to post your favorite bars in the Chapel Hill area

So here are a few to get into this Monday. All these places have a dance floor, BEER, and most importantly Specials!

1. Fitzgeralds (better known as Fitz) – Chapel Hill’s own Irish Pub. What better way to get into the spirit?

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2. Rec Room: Definitely every Monday has specials – can you say green LIT?

3. TOPO – if you want to keep less green and a little classier, this is the place for you. Can you say half off beer? This place has one of the best breweries around not to mention an  incredible rooftop patio view.  

—Head downstairs to Back Bar – for a more chill atmosphere with beers and games like pool, darts, foosball, and hangmen

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4. The Library – No, this is not a place to study in fact every monday they have $1 wells. Plus more Specials this holiday.

5. He’s Not Here (He’s Not) – Last but certainly not least, Carolina’s Number one spot: He’s Not. Home of Michael Jordan and the Blue Cup – how can you not stop in?

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Special Request – Pantana Bobs – if you are in need of the more Greek scene here in Carolina this is the place for you. With an outside patio and a strong social scene, definitely make a stop here before you head home.

Enjoy this holiday, it only comes around once a year!

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Sugarland

Ever feel a sugar rush? Well now it’s your time to snack! Forget about Gigi’s Cupcakes

Sugarland has it all!

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Their best treats so far?

-Lemon Bars

-Gelatto, even better frozen Gelatto martinis

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-Cupcakes

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Cheesecakes

-Cakes, cakes, cakes

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-COFFEE

-Did we say the frozen martinis?

 

Come in for a little treat, a sweet breakfast, or whenever you need a pick me up

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