JRPfeff For barbecue, Allen & Sons in Chapel Hill and Stephenson's in Willow Springs are the best in the area. The Pit lives down to its name. Dame's Chicken & Waffles in Durham is good stuff. Be sure to make a reservation during peak times. For dining on a finer scale, I take my wife to the Little Hen in Holly Springs every time she visits Raleigh. The menu is always changing.