Every place I've been to on (or right next to) Hillsborough street, East to West
Taverna Agora: Bougie as fuck Greek place. Went on a second date there and infamously was unable to pay for both of us and apologized, last time I saw her. Food was really good.
Flying Saucer: Known for their beer selection, has a good range of food items. Also across the street from my favorite dive bar, The Ugly Monkey
Char Grill and Snoopy's: Both pretty similar grub. Not a big fan of either but Char Grill has some damn good milkshakes.
Raleigh French Bakery: I've been twice and got food poisoning both times. Never again
David's Dumpling and Noodle Bar: This place has some really good noodles. In the triangle, my third favorite after Tonbo Ramen and Dashi. May be out of student budget
Player's Retreat: Typical bar grub. Good burgers and not very expensive.
Gonza Tacos y Tequila: I am not a big fan of the tacos here. They weren't awful but they're too much for what they are. Great tequila selection tho.
Coco Bongo: Shitty texmex place. The only day I would ever consider this place is Tuesday, when they have dollar soft tacos and tecates on sale. Then I'll eat half a dozen of them.
Mitch's Tavern: The classic hangout spot. Definitely my favorite place on Hillsborough street to be. Best Cuban in town, good drink specials.
Jasmin: Pretty good Mediterranean fare. I usually get the Chicken Zaki. There are actually two locations of Hillsborough: right next to Mitch's and across from Meredith.
Brickhouse: Sports bar with some decent burgers, getting a bit out there and might not be worth the trouble if you don't have a car.
Neomonde: More Mediterranean food, this one also counter service. I've only been once and it was a long time ago, but I remember being fond of the food.
So my top 3 would be: Mitch's, Jasmin, Flying Saucer
The only places I would anti-recommend are Raleigh French Bakery, Gonza, and Coco Bongo (non-Tuesday).