Several new places have opened in Raleigh recently, many of which I've not had a chance to check out as yet. If you have, perhaps you could chime in on the following. Feel free to add to the list.
Posta (Marriott downtown)
Foundation Bar (they make their own cola, tonic, and ginger ale, apparently!)
Jibarra (since it moved)
Boylan Bridge Brewpub
European Espresso & Wine Bar
Tobacco Road Sports Bar (looks like they're trying to make an effort with the food)
Flying Biscuit Cafe