Restaurant City Location Cuisine Notes Priority Price
Bonne Soiree Chapel Hill Franklin St French Glowing reviews, expensive, no website 1 $$$$
Bull City Burger & Brewery Durham Downtown American Coming in February 1  
Bullock's Durham 147/1-85 Barbecue great reviews, 2nd fav next to A&Son 1 $
Café Caturra Raleigh Cameron Village American Sandwiches, pizzas, wine, VA-based 1  
Chef and the Farmer Kinston Downtown American all local, looks awesome 1 $$$
Coquette Raleigh North Hills French Brasserie, great reviews, brunch! 1  
Gourmet Kingdom Carrboro Weaver St Chinese lots of buzz, good reviews on Chowhound 1  
Herons Cary Harrison Ave ? At the Umstead Hotel, super expensive 1 $$$$
Holden's BBQ Louisburg ? Barbecue local favorite 1  
J Betzski's Raleigh Downtown German fancy, great reviews, now serving lunch 1 $$$
Mami Nora's Durham Roxboro Rd Latin American Peruvian style chicken, sounds good 1 $
Neal's Deli Carrboro Weaver St American great sandwiches, house made pastrami 1 $
Pig, The Chapel Hill Weaver Dairy Barbecue sustainable pork, good chef?, + reviews 1 $-$$
Pulcinella's Durham Woodcroft Italian red-sauce joint, Michelle's parents raved 1 $$
Revolution Durham Downtown Modern Eclectic menu, very good N&O review 1 $$$$
Roast Grill Raleigh Downtown American Only hot dogs! - a Raleigh institution 1 $
Skipper's Fish Fry Market Apex Hwy 55 American Platters of fried goodness! 1 $
Spize Café Raleigh Downtown Asian Thai baguette sandwiches (banh mi) 1 $
Taqueria Rancho Grande Cary Maynard Rd Mexican Tacos! 1 $
Waraji Raleigh Duraleigh Japanese best sushi, japanese, pricy 1 $$$
35 Chinese Cary ? Chinese good Chinese menu 2  
Bin 54 Chapel Hill Glen Lennox American Fancy steakhouse 2 $$$$
Fat Philly's Holly Springs Hwy 55 American Cheesesteaks, real Amoroso's rolls 2 $
Four Square Durham Rockwood American expensive, triangle top 5 supposedly 2 $$$$
Gravy Raleigh Downtown Italian Empire/Bella Monica in old Riviera spot 2 $$
Jasmin Cary Walnut St Mediterranean cheap gyros, etc, across from Cook Out 2 $
Joyce & Family Fuquay Downtown American Southern buffet, area's best fried chicken 2  
Merritt's Store & Grill Chapel Hill Downtown American famous BLT sandwich 2  
Pancho Villa Cary Chatham St Mexican cheap tacos, taquitos, etc. 2 $
Panciuto Hillsborough Downtown Italian all local ingredients 2 $$$$
Player's Retreat Raleigh Hillsborough St American Fresh ground burgers, divey joint 2 $
Schiano's Raleigh Pleasant Valley Pizza heard some good things 2 $
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen Chapel Hill Franklin St American biscuits, drive through 2 $
Twisted Noodles Durham 15-501 Thai best Thai in area, also a CH location 2 $
604 West Morgan Durham ? Italian Good review on Carpe Durham 3 $$-$$$
Abbey Road Grill Cary Chatham St American Good burger, sandwiches 3 $
Alivia's Durham Brightleaf Square American Bistro - good reviews 3 $$
An Cary Harrison Ave Asian Expensive - great reviews 3 $$$$
Angelina's Kitchen Pittsboro Downtown Mediterranean all local, Greek food 3 $
Asian Gril Raleigh North Raleigh Chinese Shanghai style, 4 stars from N&O 3  
Battistella's Raleigh Glenwood Cajun good reviews, moving to Moore Square 3  
Buns Chapel Hill Franklin St American Fresh burgers, hand-cut fries 3 $
Busy Bee Café Raleigh Downtown American Nice space, Michelle says not good 3 $$
Capital Club 16 Raleigh Downtown American just opened, German bent to the menu 3 $$
China Palace Durham ? Chinese chowhound favorite 3 $$
Chow Raleigh North Raleigh American new from UFG, pizza bar, wings, burgers 3 $$
Dame's Chicken & Waffles Durham Downtown American as the name suggests, good reviews 3 $$
El Buen Sabor Durham Rockwood Mexican Pupusas, tacos, you name it 3 $
Elaine's on Franklin Chapel Hill Franklin St American Super Expensive 3 $$$$
Eno Restaurant & Market Durham ? American Coming soon - Zely&Ritz/Coon Rock Farm 3  
Fearrington House, The Chapel Hill 15-501 Modern Ultra-fancy, ultra-expensive 3 $$$$
Flights Raleigh North Hills Modern at Marriott NH, nice menu, local 3 $$$
Helios Raleigh Glenwood South Modern New menu, chef from Coqutte, cook-outs 3  
Kitchen Chapel Hill 15-501 (?) Modern new bistro - sounds ok, 4 stars from Cox 3  
La Shish Cary Reedy Creek Middle Eastern Shwarmas, gyros, etc, great baklava? 3 $$
Lotus Leaf Café Cary Harrison Ave Vietnamese Menu looks good, prices reasonable 3 $$
Lucky Chicken Clayton Downtown Latin American Peruvian style chicken, sounds good 3  
Margaux's Raleigh North Raleigh   good reviews, good looking menu 3 $$$
Oakwood Café Raleigh Downtown Cuban Looks like a dive, people love it 3 $$$
Pepper's Chapel Hill Franklin St Pizza the Lilly's of Chapel Hill - an institution 3 $$
Pizza Italia Raleigh Brier Creek Pizza good pizza, cheese steak? 3 $
Posta Tuscan Grille Raleigh Downtown Italian 4.5 from Greg Cox, in Marriott downtown 3 $$$
Randy's Pizza Durham Woodcroft Pizza NY style ?? 3 $
Saffron Morrisville ? Indian good reviews 3  
Saint Jacques Raleigh North Raleigh French fancy, good reviews 3  
Saladelia Durham 15-501 American Sandwiches with a Mediterranean flair 3 $
Sandwhich Chapel Hill Franklin St American good sandwiches supposedly 3 $$
Six Plates Durham Erwin Square Modern Wine bar with small plates, good reviews 3 $$$
Sosta Café Raleigh Downtown Sandwiches lunch only I believe 3 $
Sutton's Chapel Hill Franklin St Sandwiches Supposedly amazing BLT, burger 3  
Thai Villa Cary South Hills Thai local favorite 3 $$$
Udupi Cary ? Indian everybody says it's great, all vegetarian 3  
Vivace Raleigh North Hills Italian looks a little sleek 3 $$
Wimpy's Durham ? American Burgers are supposed to be great 3 $
Acme Chapel Hill Carrboro American local food, been around forever 4 $$$
Azure Grille Chapel Hill Meadowmont Mediterranean   4  
Blue Note Grill Durham 15-501 American fresh ground burgers 4 $
Bocci Cary Lochmere Italian some good reviews, try the pizza ? 4  
C & T Wok Morrisville ? Asian Chinese (szechaun), thai, 3.5 from G. Cox 4  
Café Capistrano Raleigh North Raleigh Mexican Mexicali, menu is uninspiring 4 $$$
Café Parizade Durham Erwin Square Italian same owner as George's Garage, etc. 4 $$$
Cilantro Meditteranean Grill Durham RTP Mediterranean mostly scratch made, fresh, looks good 4  
Corner Tavern & Grill Cary Highouse American rumored to have decent burgers 4 $$
Cypress on the Hill Chapel Hill Franklin St Modern former Mag. Grill chef, seafood-heavy 4 $$$$
Dain's Place Durham Ninth Street American noted for their burgers 4 $
Eden Durham ? American local quasi-fancy, old Starlu location 4 $$
Festejos Clayton Downtown Mexican Good review in N&O 4 $$
Fish Shack, The Durham Rockwood Seafood New from Q Shack owner - fried fish 4 $
Food Factory Cary Chatham St American Deli, supposedly good sandwiches 4 $
Giorgio Cary Highouse Mediterranean New from George Bastikias 4  
Globe Raleigh Glenwood South varied Menu looks ok, website does not 4 $$$
Havana Grill Cary Downtown Cuban cafeteria style 4  
Hog Heaven Durham ? Barbecue decent reviews, good fried chicken 4 $
Il Forno Holly Springs ? Italian average review from Greg Cox 4 $$
Il Palio Chapel Hill Franklin St Italian Super Expensive, amazing brunch 4 $$$$
IP3 Chapel Hill Franklin St Italian pizzas 4 $$
J&S Pizza Holly Springs ? Pizza some good reviews 4  
King's Sandwich Shop Durham ? American fresh ground burgers, basic diner fare 4 $
Korean Grill Buffet Raleigh Captial Blvd Asian cooked right in front of you, all you can eat 4 $$
Mamma Mia's Apex ? Italian possibly decent pizza? 4  
Mediterranean Deli Chapel Hill Franklin St Mediterranean good reviews, cheap? 4  
Merlion Chapel Hill ? Asian Singaporean food, good reviews 4  
Mez Durham ? Mexican "New" Mexican, mixed reviews, taco hour 4  
Mura Raleigh North Hills Japanese sushi 4  
Nana's Durham Rockwood American supposed to be one of the best in area 4 $$$
One Chapel Hill Meadowmont Modern new from Four Square's Shane Ingram 4 $$$
Over the Falls Deli Wake Forest Downtown American sandwiches, pizzas, wings, nice menu 4 $-$$
Palace International Durham Broad St African   4  
Parker & Otis Durham Brightleaf Square American Café / gourmet groceries and candies 4 $$
Piola Raleigh North Hills Pizza Italian chain with a few US locations 4  
Porter's Raleigh Hillsborough St American supposedly good burgers 4 $$
Provence Carrboro Weaver St French Charming looking, expensive 4 $$$$
Red Lotus Chapel Hill ? Chinese chowhound favorite 4  
Sauced Raleigh Glenwood South Pizza by the slice, old Vin location 4 $
Screaming Coyote Café Durham RTP Mexican California Mexican, casual Café Capistrano 4  
Sono Raleigh Downtown Sushi Fayetteville St. 4 $$
Tasca Brava Raleigh Glenwood South Tapas new location 4  
The Diner on Glenwood Raleigh Glenwood South American Classic diner fare in old Hard Times spot 4 $
Vita Durham Erwin Square Mediterranean ? 4  
Zest Raleigh Six Forks   also a boutique gift shop 4  
42nd St. Oyster Bar Raleigh Glenwood South Seafood been there forever, but totally off my radar 5  
Bavarian Brathaus Cary Cary Pkwy German pricey, Germans said it was just ok 5  
BB&Y Café Raleigh Glenwood American Sandwiches, burgers, lunch only ? 5 $
Bella Napoli Cary Downtown Italian Looks very boring and probably overpriced 5  
Beyu Caffe Durham Downtown American Coffeehouse/bistro, boring menu 5 $$
Big Easy Raleigh Downtown Cajun nice location, haven't heard anything good 5 $$
Bloomsbury Bistro Raleigh Five Points French Expensive 5 $$$$
Blue Raleigh Downtown Italian New in depot, from Caffe Luna people 5 $$
Blue Corn Café Durham Ninth Street Latin American mediocre review on Carpe Durham 5 $$
Bosphorus Cary ? Mediterranean   5  
Boylan Bridge Brewpub Raleigh Downtown American heard the food is bad 5  
Chef's Palette Cary Lochmere Modern Overly fussy concoctions, serves brunch 5  
Cuban Revolution Durham American Tobacco Cuban political ambience, heard it's bland 5 $$
Daniel's Apex US 64 & Hwy 55 Italian people say it's good 5 $$
EVOS Chapel Hill Franklin St American Organic, Eco fast food 5 $
Giasole Trattoria Wake Forest ? Italian   5 $$
GlassHalfull Carrboro Weaver St Modern Wine bar with small plates, mixed reviews 5 $$$
JK's Raleigh North Hills American Expensive steakhouse 5 $$$$
Kashin Cary Crossroads Japanese supposedly good ramen 5 $$
La Volta Raleigh Downtown Italian in Progress Energy building, boring menu 5 $$
Lime & Basil Chapel Hill Franklin St Vietnamese   5  
Martin St. Pizza Raleigh Downtown Pizza reportedly gone way downhill 5  
Mecca Raleigh Downtown American another Raleigh institution 5 $
Midtown Raleigh North Hills American fancy, expensive 5  
Mint, The Raleigh Downtown Modern Expensive 5 $$$
Natty Greene's Raleigh Glenwood South American Brewpub 5  
Pazzo! Chapel Hill 15-501 Italian Menu looks good, entrees $13-25 5 $$$
Pharaoh's Raleigh Downtown American burgers, very low priority to try 5 $
Remedy Diner Raleigh Downtown American Not too exciting, mixed reviews 5 $
Rosati's Pizza Morrisville ? Pizza Chicago style (chain?) 5  
Savoy Raleigh North Raleigh French Expensive (?) 5  
Solas Raleigh Glenwood South Modern Cool space, looks way too slick 5 $$$
Spartacus Durham 15-501 Mediterranean ? 5 $$
Tallula's Chapel Hill Franklin St Mediterranean Turkish food, decent reviews 5 $$$
Thaiphoon Raleigh Glenwood South Thai in old Cody's chinese location 5  
Tosca Durham Downtown Italian don't know anything about this place 5  
Vic's Raleigh City Market Italian   5 $$
Worth It Café Durham RTP American sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, local 5  
Bistro 607 Raleigh Glenwood South French      
Fins Raleigh Downtown Oriental/seafood in Progress Energy building   $$$$
George's Garage Durham Ninth Street        
Mema's Biscuits Raleigh Downtown Breakfast formerly Biscuit Station - an institution    
Mythos Cary Cary Pkwy Mediterranean Greek food - good review from N&O    
Red Palace Raleigh New Bern Ave. Chinese chowhound favorite   $
Riviera Raleigh Downtown Mediterranean Tapas    
South Raleigh North Hills American Upscale southern food    
Vespa Cary Downtown Italian