Diners in Pinehurst

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The Big Easy borrows more than New Orleans' nickname?it's a full-fledged slice of the rollicking city, with authentic Cajun fare served amid street lamps and photos of the French Quarter. Louisiana classics include po'boys, gumbo, and jambalaya washed down by hurricane cocktails and sangria. An outdoor patio adds an alfresco option for romantic dining, with hanging ferns, candlelit tables, and cherubs posing for greeting cards. Inside, nightly events from live music to trivia games create a festive air around the restaurant's iron bar. There are also themed rooms for private events.

231 Grande Heights Dr
Cary,
NC
US

Come to Gateway Restaurant for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love. Gateway Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. The perfect place for a large party, Gateway Restaurant will comfortably host your friends and family.

If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Gateway Restaurant cater for you. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Gateway Restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.

Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.

Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Gateway Restaurant, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.

2411 Crabtree Blvd
Raleigh,
NC
US

For true American comfort food, head to Finch's Restaurant for a sandwich or side of fries. Finch's Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Finch's Restaurant. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Finch's Restaurant has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.

Take it nice and easy at Finch's Restaurant, where casual dress is the rule of the day. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Finch's Restaurant. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Finch's Restaurant as well.

Drivers can access the parking lot next door.

You can fill up on Finch's Restaurant's delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15. Finch's Restaurant is cash-only, so plan a trip to the ATM before heading over. Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.

401 W Peace St
Raleigh,
NC
US

Omega Coney Island of North Carolina transplants traditional Detroit-style hot dogs and deli fare to their southern location and serves the Americana for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chefs crack eggs and whip them into protein-rich omelets, breakfast platters, and sandwiches, decorating the yellow, yolk-laden canvas with gentle brush strokes of sausage links and arabesque bacon strips. Detroit-style Coney Island dogs arrive at tables dressed with multifarious fixings, such as chili, ground beef, onions, and mustard, and burgers made from 1/3-pound Angus-beef patties create an edible measuring device for converting dollars into British currency. Rich reubens and patty melts also vie for table space, and cake and pie change their appearance and sports team affiliations each day.

3901 Old Monroe Rd
Indian Trail,
NC
US

Though Twin City Diner opened in 1988, the turquoise booths, wood-paneled walls, and black-and-white photos displayed throughout its dining room lend the eatery a refined, contemporary-American feel. The diner?s chefs delight in updating traditional southern comfort dishes with modern touches?from BLT sandwiches layered with fried green tomatoes to burgers slathered in chili, cheese, and slaw.

Patrons can chow down within the sleek confines of the dining room, or they can mosey outside to the patio. In both areas, Twin City Diner maintains a comfortable family atmosphere.

1425 W 1st St
Winston Salem,
NC
US

Build your own burger at Penguin — this restaurant serves all-American food. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Penguin's full bar. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Penguin.

Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Penguin is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Through their catering service, Penguin can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.

Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.

You'll find your bill at Penguin to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15. You can stop by at practically any time, since Penguin serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1921 Commonwealth Ave
Charlotte,
NC
US