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NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

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NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Hi -- my 13 and 17 year olds and I are visiting NC State for a college trek from NJ the 1st week in April on Spring break.

Where would you recommend we eat, what activities would you recommend we do to get the full college flavor in the NC State area?

Thanks.

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1. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

What is your budget and what type food do you prefer? There are a few good restaurants close to campus including Frazier's, Porter's

As for popular college eateries, you should probably try Char-Grill, Amedeo's, Cloo's Coney Island, Two Guys,

N.C. State doesn't have much of a "college flavor" as Raleigh is the capitol city moreso than a college town. Nightlife used to be based around Hillsborough St bars and restaurants but it seems many of the college kids hang out at Glenwood South closer to downtown.

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2. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Try....

forums.scout.com/mb.aspx…

ncstate.rivals.com/forum.asp?sid=899&fid=43

You'll get some good replies and info. at these.

I'd answer further if I knew more about what you're looking for.

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3. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Basically just explore Hillsborough Street, Western Blvd, Mission Valley and Glenwood South...maybe Cameron Village too.

Hillsborough Street, though, is historically the main drag for stuff along NCSU's campus, with plenty of places to eat, some better than others. I say good places to get the local feel would be Porter's and Frazier's restaurants (same owners, located next to each other), Mitch's Tavern, Global Village Coffee Shop, Raleigh Joe's BBQ, Planet Smoothie, Waba Korean, Two Guys Italian, Melvin's Hamburgers and Western Lanes bowling alley.

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4. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Okay local folks, help me out here:

I need a local joint, kinda upscale, for DD's birthday dinner AND celebrating DS graduation. Price is no object.

Where do we go?

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5. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Bogart's (http://www.bogartsamericangrill.com/) on Glenwood Ave.

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6. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Second Empire on Hillsborough Street

http://www.second-empire.com/

42nd Street Oyster Bar behind Glenwood Ave

http://www.42ndstoysterbar.com

Sullivan's Steakhouse on Glenwood Ave

http://www.sullivansteakhouse.com/raleigh/

Angus Barn on Creedmore Rd towards airport

http://www.angusbarn.com/

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Cary

http://www.ruthschris-cary.com/

518 West Italian Cafe

http://518west.com/

Check out www.triangle.citysearch.com for even more options

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7. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Re: birthday dinner, i would second all the above except Bogarts and 42nd St. I have had bbad, to the point of inedible, meals at both. The other listed are great. If you are looking for upscale near NCSU (is that why you are posting on this post?) Fraziers is one of the best places in town and across the street from NCSU.

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8. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Upscale with price as no object?

Mo's Diner

Frazier's

Porter's

Second Empire

Sullivan's (though, it's a chain)

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9. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

Second Empire is probably the most exclusive/expenise in the area, on Hillsborough St in a renovated old home, but Angus Barn is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in America. It is by far the best in customer service, even featured on 20/20 (for what that is worth). It isn't on Creedmoor Rd though; it is on US 70, aka Glenwood Avenue just southeast of I-540/Westgate Rd. Most everyone knows that Ruth's Chris is great, but why go to a national chain when you can have an exceptional local experience? Second Empire is nice, but quiet and stuffy. Angus Barn is significantly louder, but always in demand with limousines lined outside and and exceptional bar upstairs, the Turkey lounge, while you wait. make reservations at both though.

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10. Re: NCState visit -- what to do, where to eat?

THANK YOU to all who responded. I agree - I can take them to Ruth's Chris or Mortons anytime. Angus Barn sounds like exactly what we are looking for.

To answer the poster - no, it is not NCSU. DS is being awarded his Green Beret in Fayetteville, and we are weekending in Raleigh afterwards to facilitate the comings and goings of family and friends. Happens to coincide with DD's 23rd birthday, so we are looking for a nice but fun place to celebrate. Thanx again!!!