I’m really excited to interview Steve Mangano of CurEat about Raleigh, North Carolina. Steve’s tips for the best things to do in Raleigh are awesome because they are so diverse and come from someone who really knows and understands both the local music scene and all of the best foodie options.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Raleigh, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Raleigh
The local airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which is about a twenty-minute drive to downtown.
Steve says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.
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Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Steve Mangano about Raleigh, North Carolina. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Green dots = best things to do in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Raleigh, North Carolina
Who is Steve Mangano?
Steve Mangano is the founder of the CurEat app, a positive, national restaurant-finding app that is a g digital community of curious eaters sharing stories, restaurant recommendations, and culinary hootenannies. Users often referred to it as the Spotify of restaurants because of the personalized dining recommendations that they receive.
He received a degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, before working for Hilton Hotels in Miami and the New York area, and consulting with Fortune 500 companies and international clients. With the creation of CurEat, Steve is able to marry his love of travel, deep appreciation for the culinary community, technology experience, and entrepreneurial spirit to create a positive restaurant-finding experience.
Here are a few articles that he’s written:
- At the Table with Joseph Stinchcomb, Beverage Director at Saint Leo in Oxford, MS
- The Richmond dining community responds to the pandemic with creativity and conviction
- Justin Burke on how to be a restaurant lifer without restaurants
You can connect with Steve on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
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