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Good Eats near RDU - evening

Old May 24, 19, 10:06 pm
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Good Eats near RDU - evening

Will be returning a car to Budget in RDU around 8PM to 9PM. Coming in from the direction of Asheville, NC.
I have 3 questions:
1. Any good BBQ places (or other type of restaurants) you would recommend, near the airport?
2. Is the Budget Return area easy to find?
3. Nearest airport gas station?

TIA

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Old May 25, 19, 7:34 am
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There is a Sheetz gas station on Aviation Pkwy that is within 2 miles of the car rental complex. There is reasonable signage to the car rental complex including the Budget lot and it is not to hard follow.

For good eats nearby, I don't know. So far I have only made two trips to the area but I expect to be going there semi-regularly in the future. Maybe other folks will have some good suggestions on places to eat for us.

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Old May 25, 19, 2:31 pm
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We drive in on 70 (north of airport, where I assume you'll be coming in on I-40, so south of airport) so when we want food before heading home (we're ~50 miles from the airport) we usually eat at the Thai place in Brier Creek shopping center. https://www.shopbriercreekcommons.com/ [now I see it's called Champa Thai ;-)] Sorry I can't help with bbq - as we don't live near there, I don't know any good spots.
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Old May 25, 19, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Jon Maiman View Post
There is a Sheetz gas station on Aviation Pkwy that is within 2 miles of the car rental complex. There is reasonable signage to the car rental complex including the Budget lot and it is not to hard follow.

For good eats nearby, I don't know. So far I have only made two trips to the area but I expect to be going there semi-regularly in the future. Maybe other folks will have some good suggestions on places to eat for us.

--Jon
Jon,
Gas station noted. Thank you very much.
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Old May 25, 19, 8:18 pm
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Hoyaheel,

Appreciate your chiming in. I will following the link and see if there is something interests us.
Thanks
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Old May 26, 19, 2:04 pm
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Not BBQ but the Angus Barn is a local institution.
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Old May 26, 19, 3:00 pm
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Google maps shows a couple of BBQ places off 40 with good reviews - I'd try that over Angus Barn (I've never been a fan ;-) Actually, one of the BBQ places is off 55 and my mechanic is over there, so I want to try it next time I bring my car in ;-)

(Backyard BBQ pit and Smokey's BBQ shack)
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Old May 26, 19, 8:05 pm
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I think you might be getting in a little late for a lot of the barbeque places around RDU. City Barbeque Durham (208 West NC 54 Durham) isn't bad for a chain. It's a couple of exits west of RDU on I-40. and it is usually open until ten; Not spectacular, but dependable and clean. I've gone there a number of times after flying in to RDU late. Backyard Barbeque Pit has less in the way of mainstream ambience (like, the chairs at a given table won't necessarily match and diners seem to be permitted to write on the walls). The food's good, though -- especially the brisket. Unfortunately, I don't think it''s open past seven or eight.
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Old May 27, 19, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by jrsinpdx View Post
Not BBQ but the Angus Barn is a local institution.
Worth checking it out. Thanks.
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Old May 27, 19, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by wm47 View Post
I think you might be getting in a little late for a lot of the barbeque places around RDU. City Barbeque Durham (208 West NC 54 Durham) isn't bad for a chain. It's a couple of exits west of RDU on I-40. and it is usually open until ten; Not spectacular, but dependable and clean. I've gone there a number of times after flying in to RDU late. Backyard Barbeque Pit has less in the way of mainstream ambience (like, the chairs at a given table won't necessarily match and diners seem to be permitted to write on the walls). The food's good, though -- especially the brisket. Unfortunately, I don't think it''s open past seven or eight.
Thank you for the tips.
I had spotted on gl map Backyard BBQ Pit. Close enough to the airport and just off the highway.
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Smokey's is near RDU (just down the street from the Sheetz station mentioned above) and very good. Definitely not posh but that just adds to the experience.
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Old Jun 4, 19, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by fliesdelta View Post
Definitely not posh but that just adds to the experience.
I might not be a southerner by birth (though I've lived here longer than I've lived anywhere else). I don't think I'd ever trust a "posh" bbq joint -would you?? ;-)
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Old Jun 4, 19, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Hoyaheel View Post
I might not be a southerner by birth (though I've lived here longer than I've lived anywhere else). I don't think I'd ever trust a "posh" bbq joint -would you?? ;-)
Zero trust on a posh bbq joint. ZERO.
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