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Simple and tasty for a very large group in Raleigh

Hi, friends. I'm in charge of dining for my grandmother's 80th birthday celebration coming up in December. Any recommendations for amazing food and a setting that could accommodate 60-70 people for a midweek lunch? This group won't do well with anything ethnic or too far out of the box, but I would love to find a place that does familiar dishes with a lot of skill and fresh ingredients. So far, based on the recs on this board, I have Capital Club 16 and 18 Seaboard on my list. Thanks in advance for your help!

18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard, Raleigh, NC 27604

Oct 11, 2011
southerngurl in Southeast

Why does the NFL hate my birthday?

Friends, I'll be 30 in 12 days, and I would like to celebrate with glorious food, wine and cocktails in a lovely atmosphere. I also realized today that the Falcons' first playoff game is that evening at 8, so I'm going to have to share the spotlight. Any suggestions for a fabulous restaurant that has TVs? My group is full of adventurous eaters so no suggestion is too "out there". I plan to dress up, but the boys won't want to be too fancy. I was thinking anywhere within Atlanta proper (Midtown/Downtown/Buckhead/EAV etc.), but have good spot with good Falcons coverage will travel. TIA!

Jan 03, 2011
southerngurl in Atlanta

inexpensive, good, and unique to Atlanta places?

I wouldn't call downtown Atlanta a food wasteland, but Atlanta dining is definitely easier to navigate with a car. Many of my favorites are probably further than you'd like to travel, but here are a few I can think of in your general area.
Lunacy Black Market Cafe is great for interesting, tasty and super reasonably priced tapas and wine. Dantanna's is basically an upscale sports bar/steakhouse, but food is good and it's a great place to catch a game if you're into sports. (I do prefer the Buckhead location to the CNN Center, but the closer CNN location will be fine) Social Restaurant and Wine Bar is good for international cuisine and cocktails; also nice, laid back vibe late night if you want that. Seafood is good and the vibe is relaxed and fun at Six Feet Under. It should still be warm enough to enjoy the rooftop.

Six Feet Under
437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Oct 12, 2010
southerngurl in Atlanta

My dear Raleigh friends, please save me from Golden Corral!

Looks like we're gonna do The Pit. Thanks for all the suggestions!

My dear Raleigh friends, please save me from Golden Corral!

So, I'm on the planning committee for my family reunion. This means I have a chance to keep us from eating at Golden Corral (or somewhere similar) after church on Sunday. I'm looking for cheap(ish), simple (ethnic won't work for this crowd) and able to accommodate a very large group. Unfortunately, I'm not real familiar with the layout of the city, and I'm not sure where we'll be attending church. Suggestions anywhere in the area would be great. If it makes a difference, this will be in late September. Many thanks!

Duplicating Absolut New Orleans

You know, I've gotten addicted to the new Absolut Mango and forgotten I wanted to do this. Now that I remember, I'll start trying again and report back.

May 21, 2009
southerngurl in Spirits

Great Wall of China, Charlotte NC

I haven't been to Great Wall in a few years, but my family used to go at least twice a week when I was growing up. It was (and I hope it still is) a family owned business, and the owners were almost always there to greet us warmly and ask about our lives if we hadn't been in for a while. I have very fond memories of a host/bartender who would bring me Shirley Temples and give me a couple of dollars to hit up the Baskin-Robbins a few doors down for dessert. The food is fine- nothing spectacular, but tasty and consistent. Now I think I've got to go back next time I'm in Charlotte just for the memories!

Visiting Charlotte a few nights

I have to say, my first visit to Salara was unimpressive. So-so desserts and bad wine pairing recommendations. But, subsequent visits have been much more pleasant. They have GREAT homemade sorbet and frozen yogurt, and they reduced their wine prices to retail. I wouldn't go out of my way to stop by, but if you happen to be in the area it's nice for an after-dinner hangout.

Charlotte Resto Wk - did u partake?

Could that mean he competed on the original Iron Chef? I have to admit, that makes me like the place even more. As much as I love Alton Brown, I miss the original version with the horrible English overdubs and wonderfully complicated Japanese dishes.

Charlotte Resto Wk - did u partake?

My mom and I took the opportunity to try Restaurant i since I had seen so many great reviews on these boards. It was even better than promised. Mom had fire shrimp tempura app, tuna steak entree and tempura bananas for dessert; I did tuna carpaccio app, sushi platter and peach dessert. Everything was incredibly fresh, perfectly cooked and has me craving another visit very soon. And looking at the regular menu, the value (menu also included wine, beer or sake) was amazing. My only complaint was that the chef seems over-enamored of jellies. The ponzu jelly was nice on the tuna, but I could have done without the peach jelly in the dessert. Mom's bananas were much better with a rich, deep caramel sauce and mango sorbet. Fortunately, she was willing to share :)

Also, I'm almost happy to hear that Ratcliffe was booked all week- I was kicking myself for not going.

Steppin' Up Your Cheese Game

I am now officially addicted to these crackers (with and without cheese) and IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!!! I wonder, if I sue, could the court arrange a settlement that involves Fine Cheese Company coupons....

Jul 26, 2008
southerngurl in Features

Charlotte really great rotisserie chicken Pio Pio

Drive around to the back parking lot- makes the whole TJ experience much more pleasant :)

Duplicating Absolut New Orleans

So, my future SIL and I bought the last 3 bottles of Absolut New Orleans from the last liquor store that has it (that we know of) in ATL. I've committed to trying to duplicate ANO via infusion. The flavors are mango with a hint of black pepper. Any suggestions? My biggest concern is whether I should grind the pepper or go with whole peppercorns. And if I do grind it, will I be able to strain it out? Thoughts on the ratio would be great too. Thanks!

Apr 30, 2008
southerngurl in Spirits

Atlanta birthday dinner

Helping my friend plan her husband's b-day dinner. About 30 people with some non-adventurous eaters so ethnic cuisine probably won't work. Looking for a place with a young, trendy crowd and good food for those of us (me :) who care about that more than the setting. Also, if you've had good experiences with the waitstaff dealing with large crowds/splitting checks etc that would be good to know. Thanks for your help!

Charlotte Thanksgiving takeout?

Mmmmm, Bojangles... Thanks, everyone!

Charlotte Thanksgiving takeout?

As much as I love to cook, it's just not happening for my family on Thursday. Any recommendations for good takeout open on Thanksgiving? The closer to Ballantyne the better. Thanks in advance!

Why don't servers bring me a glass for my bottled beer?

This board caught my attention because my drinking buddy (also a gurl, but not as Southern) always orders bottled beer and I generally order tap. When the server brings the drinks, 9 times out of 10 he or she pours my buddy's beer into a glass. This drives her crazy- she orders bottled beer because she prefers drinking from a bottle. Looks like the solution to both RGC's problem and ours has already been suggested. Either preference is easy enough to accomodate if the server would just ask.

Oct 12, 2007
southerngurl in Not About Food