2012 Best Family Places to Dine

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When it comes to family-friendly places to eat, shop and visit in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and other Triangle towns, parents know best. We asked you about your favorite places and sorted through all of the responses. In some cases, the top vote-getters were extremely close, so we awarded two. Businesses or places that also had an overwhelming number of votes are recognized as Honorable Mentions.

Without further delay, here are your top recommendations for families in the Triangle:


Kid’s Menu
Red Robin offers a variety of kids’ meals ranging from macaroni and cheese to grilled chicken on a stick. Locations in Apex, Cary, Durham and Wake Forest; redrobin.com.

Non-Chain Restaurant
Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom offers a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Menu includessandwiches, burgers and specialty entrees. Locations in Apex, Carrboro, Durham and Raleigh; tylerstaproom.com.
Joyce and Family Restaurant, better known as Joyce’s, serves home-style cooking on an all-you-can-eat buffet for $7.99. 129 N. Main St. Fuquay-Varina; joyceandfamilyrestaurant.com.
Market Restaurant updates its menu seasonally so diners know they’re always getting the freshest local ingredients. 938 N. Blount St.,┬áRaleigh; eatatmarket.com.

Ethnic Eatery
Moe’s Southwest Grill meals can be customized and include a side of chips and salsa. Locations in Cary, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale and Raleigh; moes.com.
Honorable mentions:
Pei Wei offers Asian entrees with a choice of protein and gluten-free entrees. Locations in Cary and Raleigh; peiwei.com.
Neomande serves traditional deli favorites and authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Locations in Morrisville and Raleigh; neomonde.com.

Pizza Place
Mellow Mushroom offers build-your-own and specialty pizzas, calzones, hoagies and salads.
Locations in Cary, Durham, Raleigh and Wake Forest;

Frozen Treat
Goodberry’s offers fresh frozen custard with no artificial flavors or chemicals. Create your own flavor
of Carolina Concrete by mixing in toppings. Locations in Cary, Durham, Garner, Raleigh and Wake Forest; goodberrys.com.

Place for a Picnic
Sarah P. Duke Gardens covers 55 acres of land with plenty of perfect picnic spots. 420 Anderson St.
Durham; hr.duke.edu/dukegardens.
Honorable mention:
Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh; raleighnc.gov/arts/content/
PRecRecreation/Articles/PullenPark.html. See Park/Playground for information.

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