Wikipedia defines strip mall as “an open area shopping center where the stores are arranged in a row, with a sidewalk in front.” With that in mind, please note that no negative connotation is intended here. I have simply listed some of the most popular restaurants whose locations fit within those parameters. These restaurants represent the best-of-the-best beyond the confines of downtown, Glenwood South, and Five Points. Most, but not all of these restaurants are located outside-the-beltline, and I have chosen Strickland Road as a cut-off point going North so that all these places are easily accessible from anywhere in Raleigh.
Some restaurants whose locations seemingly fit the “strip mall” definition have been excluded because they occupy a highly-visible location or corner parcel, and therefore are not in keeping with the spirit of the term. But please comment and voice your opinion. Is there an amazing strip mall restaurant that I overlooked? There are lots of great restaurants in Raleigh and this list is by no means exhaustive. The whole point of this is to make New Raleigh readers more aware of great local restaurants. So, if you already have a favorite from this list, then please cast your vote now and share your thoughts with the rest of us. And if you haven’t tried any of these places, or if you have only tried one or two of them, then by all means go somewhere new the next time you go out to eat. In all likelihood you won’t be disappointed!