School is in session! Last week, in anticipation of Monday’s commencement of the new school year, we came to you with a few of our favorite lunch spots for a grown-up lunch date, sans chicken nuggets: David’s Dumplings, Ashworth Drugs, and Milton’s Pizza.
You’ve packed the PBJs and distributed the milk money, so shoot your love a text and tell him/her to meet you at one of these spots for lunch today!
18 Seaboard Ave – Suite 100, Raleigh (Seaboard Station, ITB)
At 18 Seaboard you can expect date-night ambiance while the sun is still up. I’ve enjoyed many business lunches at 18 Seaboard, so I wouldn’t call it overly romantic, but none the less it’s a fabulous atmosphere for an anniversary or birthday lunch. The standard menu includes a variety of casual dining favorites with a slightly upscale feel. The seasonal specials aren’t to be missed, and even in the heat of summer I recommend the She-Crab soup.
1305 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary
Come hungry! Don’t let it’s Cary address fool you — these folks know their way around BBQ. Like any good Fuquay girl, I’m partial to Eastern NC style BBQ, and their’s doesn’t disappoint. If vinegar isn’t your thing, they have 3 or 4 thicker sauces that are pretty decent. It gets packed at lunch time, so plan to wait in line for a bit, but it’s worth it. It’s hard to choose between all the choices of sides, but the corn pudding comes highly recommended.
Boondini’s Sandwich Superstore
8853 Six Forks Rd. in North Raleigh (Intersection of Six Forks & Strickland)
I’d been hearing about this place for years, but I’d never been, or even seen the place… almost like it was mythical. As luck would have it, one day while I was pregnant, Kevin and I were working in North Raleigh and he suggested Boondini’s — finally! After a couple trips, and a couple large orangeades, the possibility of lunch at Boondini’s has become a reason to take business in North Raleigh. Tell your sweetie to buy you a cookie before you head out — it’s a date, after all.