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Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain


Housed in a lovely historic building downtown, this pharmacy has an old-fashioned lunch counter, whcih offers traditional hot Southern breakfasts and lunch fare. Menu items include a variety of sandwiches, soups, burgers and hot dogs. For dessert, try one of their delicious ice cream soda concoctions.

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9
Hillsborough Street
Char-Grill


A local standby, this joint serves up juicy burgers, fries and shakes. Hungry fans, lured by the tasty eats and nostalgic atmosphere, order at the counter and scarf down the tasty eats at picnic tables. To get the biggest bang for your buck, order the half-pound hamburger steak, fries and a drink, all for six bucks. However, if beef doesn't appeal, there's always grilled cheese, hot dog or grilled chicken. Don't plan to linger, as others will be eyeing your table.

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8
Downtown
Cafe Helios


Stylish metal café tables line the interior of this Glenwood coffee joint, and patio tables allow guests to enjoy the neighborhood's vitality. Stop by in the a.m. for a caffeine jolt, and nibble on a pastry while reading the paper or Web-surfing on your laptop. The lunch menu offers tasty sandwiches and salads, and small plates and a wine and beer list make Helios a popular evening hangout as well.

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Cafe Carolina & Bakery at the Arboretum


Accented with painted orange walls and white paneling, this inviting space is the perfect spot to start your day. Indulge in a Carolina velvet latte, flavored with chocolate and hazelnut, and a fresh muffin or pastry. Heartier eaters may opt for bacon and eggs, or a breakfast sandwich. Free WiFi makes the café a popular hangout throughout the day, and sandwiches, soups and salads satisfy the lunch crowd. Two other locations in Raleigh on Fayetteville St. and Daniels St.

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6
Glenwood Avenue
The Third Place


Works by local artists line the walls at this friendly coffeehouse, and a children's area, stocked with toys, ensures that everyone feels at home here. Throughout the day, patrons sip lattes or munch on inspiring organic fare, from the hummus plate to the tabouli salad to the baked cheese and tomato sandwich. Bagels, fruit, and bacon and eggs make for a satisfying breakfast.

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Ruth's Chris Steakhouse


The signature Ruth's Chris sizzle is in full evidence at this respected chain's Austin outpost. Notable for prime steaks, upscale decor, elegant but relaxed ambience, first-rate service, and an impressive wine list, the restaurant is ideal for business dinners and special occasions. You truly can't go wrong with anything on the menu, from shrimp cocktail and crab-stuffed mushrooms to broiled rib-eyes or chocolate sin cake. An exceptional meal from start to finish.

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Neomonde Baking Company Café & Market


In 1977, the Selah brothers, immigrants from war-torn Lebanon, opened this restaurant featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. Delicacies on the menu include stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, kibbeh, and fatayer. Traditional deli sandwiches on just about any type of homemade bread you could imagine are also available. Unless you go early, be prepared for a wait – this place is very popular. Extensive Middle Eastern and Specialty Grocery selections also available.

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East Village Bar and Grill


Situated at the corner of Dixie Trail and Hillsborough Street, this restaurant's casual and laid-back atmosphere includes a great patio, pubby interior, full bar with a slew of microbrews, and possibly the best burgers in town. The friendly staff welcomes everyone, from families with kids to college students to power lunchers. If you happen to be there on game night, East Village will no doubt have the game tuned in. A popular hangout for NCSU students, this place gets pretty packed on the weekends. No one under 21 allowed after 10pm weeknights and 9pm on weekends.

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Big Ed's City Market Restaurant


You'll encounter a line, but don't pass on the opportunity to sample the good Southern cooking dished out at this local treasure. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast amid the rustic surroundings of well worn tables and antique farm implements adorning the ceiling and walls. Feast on a meat-n-three lunch of fried pork chops, country-fried steak, country ham with red-eye gravy and sides of collards, mac-n-cheese, butter beans and blackeyed peas. Rumor has it that if you visit on Saturday morning, you'll be treated to a Dixieland band playing outside.

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State Farmers' Market Restaurant


Located on the grounds of the State Farmers Market, this diner celebrates the region's bounty and paintings on the walls depict the region's landscape. Harkening back to the agricultural tradition, the kitchen serves a full breakfast with all the fixings from sausage, bacon and country ham to fluffy biscuits, pancakes and grits. Meat and veggies highlight the lunch menu, which emphasizes seasonal produce, and tempting fruit cobbler fulfills the final course.

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