Best Value

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Raleigh, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Char-Grill and Finch's Family Restaurant. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.


Brigs Great Beginnings

Brigs Great Beginnings offers some of the area's best breakfast fare. If you have a hankering for a traditional Southern-style breakfast, this is the place to go! Generous portions of bacon, eggs, grits, and pancakes smothered in maple syrup are just waiting for you to call their name. Should you miss the most important meal of the day, never fear – you can order breakfast all day. They also serve tasty sandwiches and have a great kids menu. On weekday mornings, from 7am-10am, enjoy an omelet, waffle or pancake combo plate for $6.

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Hillsborough Street

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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Glenwood Avenue
Glenwood Grill

Accommodating staff and artful, tasty dishes make Glenwood Grill a safe bet for almost any occasion. The new Southern cuisine showcases the kitchen talent with entrees such as shrimp and grits and sirloin steak with pimiento cheese complimented with appetizers of crab cakes, she crab soup, and fried green tomatoes. Several items are available in half-portions, easy on your waistline and your wallet. Bold colors accent the stylish dining room.

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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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North Raleigh
Capri Restaurant

Attentive service and reasonable prices enhance your meal at this Italian kitchen. Antipasti plates, like caprese (fresh mozzarella and tomato) and stuffed eggplant, whet your palate for heaping plates of pasta and other delightful concoctions, from veal piccata to shrimp scampi. The wine list offers a streamlined selection, and the house wine is available by the glass. Lunch features a handful of $8 specials that include a side salad.

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Glenwood Avenue

While its exterior may not catch your eye, this Thai dining room on Capital Boulevard is a worthy find. Diners nibble on steamed dumplings and fried spring rolls with chili sauce and ground peanuts while awaiting spectacular curry, stir-fry and noodle dishes. From crispy fried shrimp rolls to red curry chicken to coconut ice cream, it's quite a tasty menu to pick from.

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Hillsborough Street
Bella Monica

Delicious Neopolitan pizza is this Italian eatery's forte. Design your own with a choice of mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, or asiago and ricotta cheeses, topped with anything from pesto, garlic, spinach or roasted eggplant to anchovies, chicken, pepperoni or sausage. Specialty flatbreads come in over 15 varieties, and kitchen serves up some other classic dishes such as manicotti and lasagna. The wine list features a good selection of European labels.

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Dos Taquitos

Adorned with Latin American textiles, art and candles, this spirited dining room draws crowds with its fun atmosphere and succulent eats. Grab a table while you can, and be sure to raise a margarita with the splendid house chips and salsa. Wait staff, clothed in traditional Mexican garb, balance abundant dishes of everything from the signature taquitos to burritos to fried plantains while mariachis provide the entertainment. If the interior's too crowded for you, opt for a spot on the patio. Reservations accepted Monday-Thursday; call ahead seating available Friday-Saturday.

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