There are a lot of great places on the N&O's list of best Triangle restaurants, which was published yesterday:
I was particularly pleased to see Aaron Benjamin in a photo of the front of his new restaurant, Gocciolina. Aaron won best restaurant in the Triangle as a newcomer of sorts: it's not the first place he's worked, but the first restaurant he's opened. Congratulations are due, I think.
The N&O's article continues with listings of gold and silver medal winners, a list of "best in class" winners by cuisine, and a final list of best new restaurants (where Aaron also landed).
I think it's clear that the Triangle has a lot of good food to offer. I haven't even eaten at half or more of the places on this list (particularly the Raleigh restaurants). I imagine most of us have a lot of exploring to do, and then a lot of arguing over the results to enjoy. :) At least it's a pleasant, first-world-problem type of argument. So go read, go eat, and have fun. And congratulations to the scores of other restaurants listed. You have a lot of competition, and you came out ahead.