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Southern Food in Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh, N.C., is the perfect place to enjoy a classic Southern meal with friends and family—we're talking grits, biscuits, fried chicken and as much sweet tea as you can handle! Many area restaurants stick to the staples, while others put creative twists on Southern classics. Check out these restaurants for the perfect Southern food experience in Raleigh, plus see a full list below!

Beasley's Chicken + Honey
One of James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen's restaurants, Beasley's Chicken + Honey knows their fried chicken. Fried chicken and waffles are a must, and don’t forget the green bean casserole and pimento macaroni and cheese!

Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
Antiques and farm equipment hang from the ceiling at Big Ed’s, adding to the unique Southern charm of this Raleigh institution. Southern classics are found on Big Ed's menu like country ham biscuits and biscuits with sausage gravy, as well as hotcakes that are bigger than your hands!

State Farmer’s Market Restaurant
Located at the N.C. State Farmers Market, the restaurant offers country cookin' at its finest. Breakfast is served all day, consisting of classics like homemade biscuits and gravy, two eggs any style, N.C. country ham and hotcakes.

The Pit and Clyde Cooper’s BBQ
N.C. is synonymous with pork barbecue. Visit two downtown Raleigh favorites, The Pit and Clyde Cooper’s, for delicious barbecue sandwiches and Southern sides.

Angie’s Restaurant
Located in Garner, Angie's Restaurant is a popular spot with locals. Breakfast is served all day, and you can expect to find traditional egg platters served with hash browns or grits, choice of meat and biscuits or toast.

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