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An Actually Useful Guide to Raleigh, North Carolina

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This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

“It’s hard to live in Raleigh and not feel like you’re a part of it,” says Jordan Wells, co-manager and trainer at Jubala Coffee, the city’s premier coffee shop. Jubala earned its reputation by pulling expert shots from Counter Culture beans—and serving life-affirming breakfasts of liege waffles and sweet biscuits with pimento cheese. Living in Raleigh is a three-for-one deal: In 30 minutes, Wells can be in Chapel Hill or Durham, and all three have bumping music venues, diehard sports events, and abundant bourbon. And in Raleigh, he knows where to get it all, from old-school American chili dogs (no ketchup allowed!) to beer that tastes like candy.

Where should I stay?
The Durham Hotel has an excellent coffee program for a hotel and just opened an awesome rooftop bar. It’s centrally located and a great way to experience that city for what it is. If you want to stay in Raleigh, specifically, I’ll say the Aloft, because you can come downstairs and be at Jubala’s second location. It’s also down the street from my favorite record store, Nice Price Books and Records.

Great cup of coffee?
I love the batch-brewed iced coffee at Joule. The place also has really outstanding coffee cocktails if you’re into that uppers and downers thing. Sometimes I’m into the specialty drip coffee at Boulted Bread. Then there’s Yellow Dog, which is up and coming, it’s a bakery but it serves Lamplighter, which out of Richmond. The last one is Brew; it’s in an old train station that’s been renovated …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit