Holiday shopping? Here are some of our favorite places to eat at area shopping centers.

The Cubano sandwich (smoked pork, house-made pickles, Swiss cheese, ham, roasted red peppers and Dijon) from American Meltdown, which occupies a spot in the food court at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint mall. JULI LEONARD

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, a special holiday shopper’s edition offers alternatives to the usual mega-chains at area malls and major shopping centers.

Crabtree Valley Mall

Kabobi

4325 Glenwood Ave. (in the food court), Raleigh

919-783-0506 or kabobiraleigh.com

Persian kebabs and pita wraps

Torii Noodle Bar

4325 Glenwood Ave. (mall upper level), , Raleigh

919-782-9708 or facebook.com/toriinoodlebar

Ramen noodles

North Hills

Happy + Hale

200 Park at North Hills St., Suite 101, Raleigh

984-200-3802 or happyandhale.com

Bowls, salads, cold-pressed juices, all day breakfast

Viva Chicken

4361 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Suite 110, Raleigh

984-222-7104 or vivachicken.com

Peruvian rotisserie chicken

The Streets at Southpoint

American Meltdown

6910 Fayetteville Road (in the mall food court), Durham

919-473-6358 or americanmeltdown.org

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Brightleaf Square

Parker and Otis

112 S. Duke St., Durham

919-683-3200 or parkerandotis.com

Sandwiches, salads, breakfast

Pine Cone

905 W. Main St., Suite 20-H, Durham

919-317-2307 or pineconenc.com

Local ice cream, coffee

See the full list here

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