The Triangle, named for the three cities clustered in the center of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh—is full of great, cheap eats. Check out some of our favorites spots for a great meal that'll set you back a mere $6 or less.
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Fall is in the air in Chapel Hill. This means that everywhere, locals are readying themselves for Festifall, college football, and, of course, the annual return of 30,000 hungry UNC students. Here's a rundown of the best places to eat on Franklin Street and beyond.
Food trucks have been sprouting up so quickly around Raleigh and Durham that it's getting hard to keep track of them all. But don't worry, we're here to help. Our list of our 8 favorite trucks is a great place to start your own food truck journey.
Meat may be the undeniable core of American barbecue, but as long as American barbecue is part of the pantheon of southern cooking, it will not stand alone. From the saltine crackers and pickles of Lockhart, to the lard-fried potatoes (you heard me) of Kansas City, to the barbecue slaw of Lexington, the side dishes served with barbecue are often as exciting as the main course. I indulged in this fact on my recent trip through the Carolinas, looking forward to the $2 servings of local flavor that flanked each serving of smoked pork.
In the good state of North Carolina, barbecue means chopped pork. No fatty ribs or spice-rubbed brisket—just the whole hog or shoulder (depending on the region) slowly smoked overnight. For your viewing pleasure, here's a look at some classic barbecue joints in the state, including Wilber's, Lexington, and Allen and Son.