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Top Choice Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

The light-filled glass-and-anodized-steel West Building won praise from architecture critics nationwide when it opened in 2010. The fine and wide-ranging collection, with everything from ancient Greek sculptures to …
Top Choice Zoo in Durham & Chapel Hill

Duke Lemur Center

The secret is out: the Lemur Center is the coolest attraction in Durham. Located about two miles from the main campus, this research and conservation center is home to the largest collection of endangered prosimian…
Top Choice House in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The country's largest privately-owned home, and Asheville's number-one tourist attraction, the Biltmore was built in 1895 for shipping and railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt II. He modeled it after the grand…
Top Choice Asian in Durham & Chapel Hill


If you only have time for one dinner in the Triangle, dine here. This modern Asian spot, sourced with North Carolina ingredients, has earned a slew of accolades and chef Andrea Reusing is a James Beard Award winner.…
Top Choice Modern American in Asheville


Walking by, you might guess this little concrete bunker was a dive bar. That's what they want you to think. This purposefully inconspicuous West Asheville spot is one of the state's – perhaps the country's – finest …
Top Choice Bar in Asheville

Southern Bar

Fantastic new spot with upscale Southern pub grub (truffled deviled eggs, chicken 'n' waffles), a breezy patio and a long bar slinging fancy retro cocktails and local brews.
Top Choice Coffee in Durham & Chapel Hill

Cocoa Cinnamon

If someone tells you that you must order a hot chocolate at Cocoa Cinnamon, ask them to be more specific. This talk-of-the town coffee shop offers several cocoas, and newbies may be paralyzed by the plethora of choc…
Top Choice Sushi in Charlotte

Soul Gastrolounge Tapas

In Plaza Midtown, this sultry but welcoming speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. Choices are wide-ranging, from skewers to sushi rolls to Cuban and Vietnamese sandwiches, but the kitchen t…
Top Choice Seafood in Outer Banks

Blue Moon Beach Grill

Would it be wrong to write an ode to a side of french fries? Because Lord almighty, the lightly spiced fries at this casual hot spot are the stuff of sonnets and monologues. And we haven't even mentioned the BLT wit…
Top Choice Mexican in Asheville

White Duck Taco Shop

The chalkboard menu at this downtown taco shop will give you fits - every taco sounds like a must-have flavor bomb: spicy buffalo chicken with blue cheese sauce, crispy pork belly, mole-roasted duck. Even better? Th…