(The Triangle Trend) — Home to NC State University’s North Campus, downtown Hillsborough street is constantly bustling and renovating.
Consisting of a nightclub, Target, CVS, State Employees Credit Union, FedEx, cafes, fast food stops, and diners—downtown Hillsborough street is a college student heaven. Although the other amenities are nice, there’s just something so universally appealing about budget-friendly, delicious eats.
So whether you’re a 19-year-old sophomore or a 40-year-old mom of two, you’re bound to find something to satisfy your cravings for well under $10.
If you’re looking for cafe drinks…
2304 Hillsborough St, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27607
Word on the street is that Möge Tee’s tea is good, yet not too sweet. Their drinks are made with real ingredients and not from powders. A nice place with a cute and cool atmosphere.
2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
About a 1-minute walk from Möge Tee, Jubala serves great, fresh coffee with a variety of options including french-press. Great location and great vibes in the heart of the NC State campus.
2428 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Also near Jubala Coffee and Möge Tee, Global Village serves lots of options (hot and cold) for a nice strong brew. They also have an extensive tea menu and lots of friendly employees.
3100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
A little further down the street, you’ll find Cup A Joe, a hipster cafe that has been around for over twenty years now. It’s known not just for amazing coffee and snacks, but for its atmosphere. We’ve heard their drinks aren’t overly sweet and sugary but are full of bold flavor.
If you’re looking to dig into some fast food…
2901 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
We’ve heard this location praised as one of the cleanest Zaxby’s in the area. They serve great food alongside great service. If you like wings, chicken fingers, and cobb salads, then this is your spot.
2316 Hillsborough St, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27607
We hear this Chipotle never fails to satisfy. The employees are always nice, the food tastes great, and the area is clean. Their burrito bowls are hard to pass on, and they serve options for vegetarians, vegans, whole30, keto, and gluten-free. This location also serves margaritas, which is a tasty addition to any meal.
3116 Hillsborough St, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27607
This location offers delivery and take-out only. We’ve heard they almost always have quick service, and the pizza is typically amazing.
For some delish international cuisine…
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 149, Raleigh, NC 27607
Look forward to a friendly staff, wide selection of choices, healthy menu, and hygienic environment. We’ve heard their Greek salad is good and fresh, their hummus isn’t heavy, and their herb sauce is delicious. Oh, and their falafels are a must-try!
3212 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
This female-led grill has great chaat and chicken Bhuna. Look no further if you’re searching for a spot with good naan bread. All their meals are well-seasoned and reasonably priced.
2412 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
According to past diners, Kabab possibly serves the best Indian food in Raleigh—and we know that’s saying a lot! Featuring the usual menu items, they also showcase some truly excellent Hyderabadi and Nepalese dishes. The prices are quite fair when taking into account the fresh, quality ingredients used and very generous portions served.
2100 Hillsborough St, UNIT 110, Raleigh, NC 27607
Gonza’s food is impressively flavorful. Stop by to feast on the “Mexican Flag”: 3 enchiladas filled with chicken, beans, and beef, each topped with different sauces. The queso, salsa, and guacamole are fresh and tasty.
2400 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
We highly recommend coming on Tuesdays for Taco Tuesday! You can order tacos for a dollar. Plus their chips and salsa are great. You can’t beat their $4.99 daily specials.
3721 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
According to reviewers, Beansprout is one of the best takeout Chinese restaurants in the area. They give you big portions of veggies and meat and are quite loved for both their tofu and General Tso’s chicken. Give them a try—you won’t regret it.
2420 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Umami is a women-led, LGBTQ+ friendly Japanese diner serving up phenomenal chicken and steak hibachi bowls stuffed with lots of meat, flavorful veggies, rice, and noodles.
Those eateries are only a sample of all downtown Hillsborough street has to offer for the frugal consumer! We recommend parking your car somewhere, preferably on the weekend since parking is free, and walking down the street yourself to experience the lively, delicious food scene in person.