Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the most underrated cities on the East Coast. As North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh is most known for being part of The Research Triangle, made up of Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham. Raleigh is also home to North Carolina State University, one of the top public research universities in the country. Something else you may also not know about Raleigh is that it is known for its amazing food and restaurant scene. Here are 5 of the most awesome places to eat in Raleigh. 

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Garland

Kicking off our list is Garland, a restaurant that cleverly combines Indian and Asian cuisine to create a unique flavor that guests love. The restaurant was founded by Cheetie Kumar, a well-known musician who is able to balance her career as a rockstar while also owning and operating Garland. The vibe in Garland can best be described as a mix of both casual and upscale dining, creating a unique experience that has kept customers coming back time and time again.

Gravy

If you’re in the mood for Italian food, look no further. Gravy is an authentic Italian-American restaurant that puts a modern twist on classic Italian recipes. From spaghetti and meatballs to decadent lasagna, the food at Gravy is so good, you may find yourself purchasing your own piece of Raleigh real estate to get closer to the action! 

Sono

One of the trendiest dishes right now is ramen, but no restaurant does it better than Sono. Sono, a Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Raleigh, specializes in traditional Japanese dishes with a vibrant flair, most notably ramen, bento boxes, and sushi. If you need even more convincing, many non-raw fish eaters have converted after experiencing the fine food at Sono, making it a must-visit when in Raleigh.

The Pit

Craving good old-fashioned comfort food? The Pit has got you covered. This restaurant serves up classic American favorites baby back ribs, fried chicken and mac and cheese, perfect for anyone looking for a true home-cooked experience. Each night, the kitchen staff at The Pit cooks up several whole hogs to be served the next day, making a delicious barbecue experience you don’t want to miss. 

Sitti

Authentic Lebanese food is hard to come by in the states, which is what makes Sitti so special. Sitti, which is Lebanese for ‘grandmother’, offers traditional Mediterranean food like chicken shawarma and falafel, as well as a wide selection of fine wines and beers. On any given night, Sitti has been known to draw big crowds all in search of some great Lebanese cooking.