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- By Carolina Brust, Staff Writer -

With NC State, Meredith, and William Peace scattered around, Raleigh is chock full of cheap restaurants to satisfy the cash-strapped college student. It is forever growing with new places opening up regularly to cater to any tastes. One restaurant in particular stands out among the rest: Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken. Formerly known as “Mama Nori’s,” Alpaca’s is a Peruvian restaurant with rotisserie chicken as far as the eye can see. The home page boasts, “Our all natural chickens are hormone free, local and free of all major FDA allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy and gluten).” Mama Nori’s used to be a household name in North Durham, run under Mama Nori herself, who is a lovely woman in person and happy to talk about her home country. She recently left the restaurant to her children, who rebranded and expanded the business to three new locations in Durham, Cary, and Raleigh. One can order a simple plate of meat, veggies, rice, and fries (pollo saltado) for under $10. Or one can share an entire chicken with your suitemates with two large sides for a little over $16. If you’re in the mood for dessert, enjoy some flan (caramel jello) for $1.95.  The food is flavorful and authentic without breaking the bank. The staff is also friendly and quick to give you your food straight out of the oven. The atmosphere is vibrant and colorful, always playing Spanish music and the latest fútbol (soccer) game on their flat screen TVs. Peruvian food is scarce in North Carolina, so finding a decent restaurant in Raleigh is a treat for any born Peruvians and the occasional adventurous eater. With the Raleigh location less than 20 minutes away, it’s perfect for a late night study session, tailgating, or a Friendsgiving dinner. Check out their menu at: and visit them at 4614 Capital Boulevard.


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