Raleigh, N.C., American Restaurants

Burgers, hot dogs and mac and cheese? Ask any Raleigh area native where to get one of these delicious and classic American dishes, and they’ll likely mention one of the locally-loved spots below, along with other favorites like Snoopy’s, Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs, Raleigh Times Bar, Mecca Restaurant and Ashworth Drugs in Cary. Many Raleigh restaurants are also elevating the American food scene, including 18 Seaboard, Poole’s Diner and Parkside. A few stand-outs include:

The Roast Grill
Don’t even think about asking for ketchup! Offering counter service and hot dogs served with only chili, onions, slaw and mustard, The Roast Grill has been open since 1940. Order a hot dog along with a glass bottle of Coke!

Char-Grill
Since 1959, Char-Grill has been serving Raleigh delicious hamburgers cooked over charcoal flames. Pair one of these classic burgers with a chocolate milkshake for the perfect American lunch.

Chuck’s
An Ashley Christensen restaurant, Chuck’s takes burgers to the next level--gourmet burgers topped with fixings like pimento cheese, chili and jalapeños, along with hand-cut fries and decadent milkshakes (which can be spiked!) in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

Mandolin
Southern at its roots, Mandolin offers fresh and local food crafted with ingredients from chef Sean Fowler’s farm. The braised pork cheeks as well as the grilled hanger steak and eggs are comforting, delicious options.

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