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Vegetarian food in Raleigh N.C.

The triangle is a large place. (At least it is after you have been here a while and decide that driving more than 15-20 min is just too far. :-) ) What is the area of town you are looking for?

Sep 10, 2012
alan412 in Southeast

Any recent Second Empire reports (Raleigh)

I had an anniversary dinner there last night. I had a filet mignon special that was incredible. I could have cut the filet with a butter knife and the flavor of the dry aging was incredible. The sides they paired it with were very good as well. The only complaint about this dish at all was the price. ($44)

My wife had a duck dish that was very good. (although we both agreed mine was better.)

The service was impeccable, and there was a great atmosphere for an anniversary dinner. I had mentioned when I made our reservation it was for an anniversary dinner and every person wished us a Happy Anniversary and they gave my wife a dated menu that was signed by the chef. (nice touch.)

It was expensive. Our tab for 2 entrees, 2 desserts (My wife had a chocolate souffle and I had their key lime pie), a glass of petite syrah, and my wife's iced tea was $130 after tax and tip.

Jul 12, 2012
alan412 in Southeast

Has anyone tried these food trucks in NC RTP area?

Chirba Chirba - I liked their dumplings as well and thought it was quite good.
Only burger - I know they have many fans, but I have tried it twice now and I think it is just ok.
Chick-n-que - they come to my work occasionally. It is good, but not great.

Jul 09, 2012
alan412 in Southeast

One week near RDU - where to eat?

I like TASU ( ) in Brier Creek. I strongly recommend the Green Curry. A lot of people seem to like the sushi there, but since I am not a sushi fan I can't comment.
Some of the americanized chinese dishes are meh, the Tiger Cry steak is excellent. The Beef Pho is also really good. But I keep coming back for the Green Curry.

Apr 13, 2012
alan412 in Southeast

New soul food place in Cary?

Another strangeness. On Thursdays they close at 6pm. We tried going about 6:30pm....

Apr 13, 2012
alan412 in Southeast

Dinner Recs Needed in RTP (2011)

I would recommend Tasu (Brier Creek). Their green curry is wonderful. They have a huge menu, so even your picky coworkers should find something.

Nov 10, 2011
alan412 in Southeast

Best CSA in the RTP area?

We did producebox last year. It is a litle more expensive, but it gets delivered to your house and each week you get a choice of 3 different boxes (or you can skip a week). You can also change between the small or large (really a double) box each week. You pay per week.


Feb 24, 2011
alan412 in Southeast

Triangle Tops?

What do you mean by casual? I can't believe someone put Heron's as casual. They clearly are in a different bracket of society than I run in. :-)

Here are some I like although I don't know that any of them are "award" winners.
Casual Breakfast:
I like Brigs - several locations but I have only been to the one in Cary.
Lunch/ Dinner:
Mawa - african (Morrisville)
Super Wok - Chinese (Cary - very good, ask for the chinese menu, don't let the name scare you.)
Burgers at Abbey Road (in Cary)
Saffron - Indian (Morrisville)

Super Wok
1401-L SE Maynard Road, NC 27511

Feb 03, 2011
alan412 in Southeast

RDU quiet special restaurant

ok, I am curious. What happens if you ask for some salt?

Jan 25, 2011
alan412 in Southeast

Raleigh area - Date night Restaurant Recommendations?

Thank you everyone for the many suggestions!

Jan 21, 2011
alan412 in Southeast

Raleigh area - Date night Restaurant Recommendations?

My wife and I are planning a regular date night throughout 2011. I would like to hear some restaurant recommendations.

- TVs are not everywhere in the restaurant. (We have precious little time together just the two of us, and don’t want to be distracted.)
- Noise level such that we can actually talk and hear each other
- Comfortable place to linger and talk. (We expect to spend about an hour and a half.)
- Raleigh and Westward. (we live where Cary/apex come together.)
- Does not have to be fancy. One of our date night places has been Lucky 32.

Thanks in advance,


Lucky 32
7307 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518

Jan 17, 2011
alan412 in Southeast

Help me find weird food [Raleigh, NC]

I'll second the goat choices at Mawa's. My wife and kids (9, 6, 4) met me for lunch there to celebrate the end of their Africa school unit. The kids thought that the goat dish we got was the best thing we ordered.

Nov 11, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Looking for feedback (i.e. personal experiences) Raleigh Restaurants

My wife and I like to go to Lucky32 for date nights after they send us the quarterly $10 off gift certificate.

Last time we went the fried okra with voodoo glaze was wonderful. My wife often gets the shrimp and grits. Last time I went my main dish wasn't as good as my sides. (but I still finished it.)

Enjoyable place for our date night when someone is watching the kids. (I don't think it would be a problem bringing kids here but it would be more expensive then just for the two of us.)

Nov 01, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

New Ethiopian place open in Morrisville

I met my wife and kids there (9, 6, and almost 4) for lunch as we were celebrating the end of their geography study on Africa. (we homeschool our kids.) (To be fair, our kids are pretty adventurous eaters.)

We ordered 3 entrees for the 5 of us. (Chicken tibbs: ethopia, Maffa Guerteh (goat from Mali), Daheen (Gambia)).

Everything was WONDERFUL!! The server noticed we had young kids and offered to have the dishes prepared milder than usual. Our favorite was the Maffa Guerteh, followed by the Daheen.

then they brought me some hot sauce that is possibly the hottest thing I have had that was not a chemical hot sauce. My daughter asked what was in the hot sauce, and I told her "the sun."

Here is a link to the lunch menu:

Be aware that this is not a quick lunch, it is lunch for a day where you enjoy your food and enjoy your lunch companions.

Mawa Taste of Africa
152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560

Oct 06, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Lunch places in RTP area

Smokey's is definitely not too far (had lunch there today.) I can take a long lunch on special occasion.

Thanks for all of the suggestions so far!!

Aug 13, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Lunch places in RTP area

Smokey's is not too far for lunch for me. (Of course, I am a bbq fan so that helps...)

Aug 13, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Lunch places in RTP area

I have been to Pho 9n9, it is one of the places I like to go on rainy cold days. I forgot to mention it.

Aug 13, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Lunch places in RTP area

I have been to mawa. I went to go back and they were moving. I don't know if they have updated their most recent.

Other places I hadn't heard about, thanks for the list!!

Aug 13, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Lunch places in RTP area

I work over by Brier Creek and would like some suggestions of more places to try in the RTP area for lunch.

Here are some I have enjoyed:

-Neomonde - tasty, would recommend
-Carmen's Cuban - what I had was really good, what my lunch companion had was not very good
-William's Gourmet Kitchen - good sandwiches
-Morrisville Deli - great sandwich
-Saffron - Indian (have only been for dinner but what I had was really good)
-Sarah's Empanadas (yummy, I have had some coworkers with bad exeperiences, but mine were good.)
-Pizza Italia - very good meatball sub
-Zakya - Indian buffet that I like
-Tasu - hit and miss, but their green curry is wonderful
-Smokey's Shack - I enjoy their BBQ
-Randy's Pizza

I also like Greek Fiesta for a quick lunch.

Ok, so where else should I try?

Thanks in advance,


Aug 12, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Recommendation for Anniversary Dinner? (Raleigh area)

I am willing to go to all of the Triangle.

* Bonne Soiree is not open on sunday
* Fearrington House is not open on Sunday
* Four Square is not open on sunday


Four Square Restaurant
2701 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707

Bonne Soiree Restaurant
431 W Franklin St Ste 10, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Fearrington House Restaurant
2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Jul 08, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Recommendation for Anniversary Dinner? (Raleigh area)

* Mo's Diner is not open on Sunday.
* Bloomsbury Bistro is not open on Sunday
* The Mint is not open on Sunday


Mo's Diner
306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Bloomsbury Bistro
509 W Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

Jul 08, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Recommendation for Anniversary Dinner? (Raleigh area)

My wife and my anniversary is Sunday (7/11). I am looking for any recommendations for an anniversary dinner.
(I considered Herons, but it is closed during July and August for a kitchen remodel.)

I would like somewhere that we can have a leisurely enjoyable dinner. My wife is pregnant, so a great wine list is not a requirement.

We are pretty adventurous eaters, but neither one of us is a fan of sushi.

We live in Cary, but can drive a bit for a good place.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.


Jul 08, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Triangle Restaurant Week

disappointed.... We moved here from Dallas where restaurant week was a BIG DEAL and the nicest restaurants typically sold out within hours of opening. Really want this to be a big deal, but am cautious.

May 11, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Downtown and on ocean restaurant recommendations?

My wife and I will be in San Diego next Sat/Sun (May 8-9). I am looking for some restaurant recommendations.

We both really like Mexican food. We also both are bigger fans of the food's taste than the atmosphere. The nicest outfit I will have with me will be khakis and a long sleeve button up shirt (so no jacket required places.)

we are staying in the Britt Scripps Inn on Fri and Sat night, and close to the airport on Sun night. however, we will have a car so distance is not a huge concern.

My other concern is places to eat on Mother's day that would not be where most people would take their mother. (ie, I am not interested in a Mother's Day brunch craziness.)

Thanks in advance,


May 03, 2010
alan412 in San Diego

Tribeca Tavern - Cary - anyone?

Has anyone been there (corner of High House and Davis)?

Close to my house and wondering if it is any good. (Will have to try out on a Monday for $3 Drafts...)


Mar 11, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Tasu -Brier Creekin Raleigh

We go there for lunch fairly frequently. I have found dishes to be hit and miss. (I have not eaten the sushi there as I am not a huge sushi fan.)

The green curry is EXCELLENT and is what I get just about everytime.

I am not sure I would drive all of the way from Fuquay. coming from Fuquay I would suggest Tom Yum Thai in Cary or SuperWok first.

Feb 25, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Zayka Indian restaurant in Brierdale shopping center near Brier Creek, Raleigh

I have been there twice for lunch, and the buffet has been wonderful. Make sure you ask for the Garlic Naan. They will make it fresh for you an it is so, so good.

i took my whole family there the first time, and they didn't charge for 6 and under, and when I asked they charged 1/2 price for my 9 year old.

Only downside is I tend to eat too much at a buffet.

Jan 26, 2010
alan412 in Southeast

Georgio's in Cary, NC??

I have noticed a new place has opened up in Cary at High House and Cary Parkway. (over by La Farm.)

Sign says: Georgio, googling it pulled up this website:

Anybody know anything?

thanks in advance,


Dec 21, 2009
alan412 in Southeast

Breakfast in Raleigh?

Depending on where you are considering, I recommend Brig's

Oct 21, 2009
alan412 in Southeast

Visiting w adventurous young kids - Looking for places in Downtown and near Bethesda

Went to Ollie's Trolley today, and it was good and fit the bill. Good burgers, not terribly expensive. (I really liked the fries.)



Tomorrow we have a Capital tour at 11am, so afterwards I will probably hit American Indian Museum.