Our Five Faves

Best quick meals in Raleigh

Posted September 22, 2014


— When you need a quick bite to eat, there are plenty of options in the Triangle. These are some of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh that deliver food quickly without it feeling like "fast food."

Guasaca: Make your way to the counter to order an aprepa, which are like Venezuelen pita sandwiches, filled with beef, fish, pork and a variety of toppings. With a side order of chips and guasaca sauce, this is a speedy and filling meal. I like the avocado chicken arepa. Open for lunch and dinner.

Jasmin: This is a local chain that serves Mediterranean food like kababs, zaki, hummus and gyros. If you skip the fries, you can get a healthy meal in minutes. Try the chicken shawarma with a Greek salad on the side. Open for lunch and dinner.

Seaboard Cafe: Tucked away inside Logan's Trading Company, Seaboard Cafe frequently has a line at lunchtime for their yummy sandwiches and salads. The line moves quickly though, and you'll have your reuben or grilled tuna salad sandwich in no time. You can't go wrong with their daily specials! Open for lunch.

Noodles & Company: Pasta is great, and at Noodles & Co. it is quick, inexpensive and filling. It's a chain, but I get consistently good food at their Cameron Village location. Another plus for those watching what they eat: Their menu clearly displays calorie counts in every dish. Try the Bangkok Curry or the Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine. Open for lunch and dinner.

Snoopy's: Since 1978, Snoopy's has been serving hot dogs in Raleigh. It's simple food, served right and fast! Try the beef frank with mustard, onions and chili with some crinkle-cut fries on the side. Open for lunch and dinner. Both Hillsborough Street locations and the Wake Forest Road location are open till 3 a.m.

Where do you like to grab a quick meal in Raleigh? Tell us in the comments section to the right!


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • fictionalkathrine Sep 23, 2014

    Thai Thai in Holly Springs has the best summer rolls in the Triangle; an order of those is one of my favorite cheap, fast lunches ever.

  • Kathy McCreary Sep 23, 2014
    user avatar

    View quoted thread

    I can assure you that this is not a paid advertisement. These blogposts are our opinions only. We welcome other opinions and that's why we love to read the comments!

  • Judy Wood Sep 23, 2014
    user avatar

    Snoopy's is not open until 3am. I used to be able to leave home a little early for work and go there Sunday and Tuesday to get the hotdog deal. They would be open until midnight. Last November I wanted to stop there and they were closed. They said they were closing early for winter. I have been by during the late spring and early summer, but they were still closing at 11pm.

  • Terry Watts Sep 23, 2014
    user avatar

    View quoted thread

    Another vote for Armadillo Grill! I love their nachos!!!

    I also have to mention Boondini's at Six Forks Celebration - best sandwich shop in N Raleigh by far!

  • Plum Tuckered Sep 23, 2014

    Snoopy's is noting but a fast food joint; I don't think they belong on this list. They have chicken salad but that's as close as you'll get to healthy.

  • sheilamyers Sep 22, 2014

    If you are a Hotdog Lover - You have got to go to Jim's Ole' Time Hot Dogs in Cary. They are located at the Lowe's Hardware on Walnut Street at Crossroads. Amber has got to be one of the most genuine young ladies who gets to know her customers by name and their order by heart. The choice of either a Nathan's All Beef or a Southern Red Hot Dog(pork/beef mix) - my favorite, keeps me going back even if I not shopping at Lowes! A regular lunch spot for our family. And all of the toppings are included in their pricing. Meaning you are not going to pay additional for cole slaw, chili, sauer kraut, etc....
    Add a bag of chips and an ice cold can of your favorite soft drink and you cannot beat it!
    I would highly recommend you give them a try. You will not be disappointed in either your food price, quality or customer service.

  • tnjed Sep 22, 2014

    If you're considering eating at Snoopy's and detest the GOP then look elsewhere. The owner is a huge Obama hater and likes to put hate messages on the restaurant's message board. Apparently he went to the Truett Cathy School of Business where you're taught to offend 55% of your clientele with offensive comments. Oh, for you GOPers who are gonna respond "great! now I'll go there, thanks", knock yourselves out. The food isn't good anyway. Char-grill is 1,000x better.

  • Anita Woody Sep 22, 2014

    I'm beginning to think this is "blog" disguised as news (since it often makes its way into the TOP NEWS section somehow is nothing more than an advertisement - I can almost bet these places are paying something. There is never any methodology to the lists.

  • zarberg Sep 22, 2014

    Armadillo Grill on the corner of Glenwood and Tucker is my favorite place for a quick, good bite. It's walking distance from work for me and their soft tacos are the best - fresh pressed after you order and whatever they marinade the chicken and beef in is to die for.