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Triangle Seafood (Crab Legs)-Where?

My girlfriend donated her kidney a week ago and is just now back to being able to eat whatever she wants, and she is dying to have some crab legs. She kept seeing the commercial for Kemp's Seafood and wants to go there, but after reading lots of 1-star reviews on them from Citysearch users, I'm a little hesitant.

So I ask you fellow Chowhounders, where can she get some quality crab legs in the Triangle? We live in Durham just off of 40, and are willing to drive a decent distance since we're easily accessible to all the major highways, freeways, etc.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Raleigh: Date Spot for Next Week

Forgot about Rim Wang. They do get a slight edge over Indochine in my book. Been underwhelmed by Viet Bistro on all 3 occasions thus far.

Raleigh: Date Spot for Next Week

Just wanted to say thanks for everbody's suggestions and commentary. Much appreciated. Got plenty to work with, and if all goes well with her, I've got a good lineup for follow-up dates!


Raleigh: Date Spot for Next Week

Hey Will. Thanks for your recs in Raleigh.

As for Wilmington/Wrightsville, your options today are a whole lot better than they would've been a mere 3 years ago...For simplicity purposes, your two main areas are Downtown and the Wrightsville area, the latter encompassing both the beach (which shockingly doesn't have much) and the surrounding two or three mile area.

My favorite restaurant in the Wrightsville area is Boca Bay, which is on Eastwood Rd. (main road that leads right into Wrightsville Beach), about half a mile before the bridge. It has a good selection of seafood (mostly prepared in contemporary flavorful tyles), a couple beef options, pasta, and a solid sushi menu. Should be noted that sushi is not their specialty, but by all accounts they do well with it. The Pecan Fried Flounder served on a bed of butternut squash is can't-miss. All desserts are $9, which I think is too pricey even though they are amazing. But if you're getting one, they're huge and all great (obviously price hasn't stopped me from trying them all).

My second favorite restaurant in Wilmington is called Circa 1922, and it's downtown. Not surprisingly, it's owned by the people who do Boca Bay, and they are for the most part similar in menu (Circa's is a little more expanded). Boca has a nice patio section for outdoor seating, while Circa is a bigger, more open overall space.

For just pure bonafide seafood goodness, I have to recommend King Neptune at Wrightsville Beach, which is on Lumina Ave., the main road that runs parallel to the beach. Decor/atmosphere is typical beach vibe (casually nice, but not tacky). Endless array of seafood from across the board, cooked fresh and right. Can get it broiled healthy or fried; both good. Not as expensive as I think it could be, given the quality of the food, if not the atmosphere.

A mile from Wrightsville is the new "place to be" area called Mayfaire Town Center, which is an open air shops and restaurants place. Unfortunately on the food front it's mostly chains such as Macaroni Grill, Longhorn, Red Robin, etc. Of note though, which would be great for lunch outside if it's not scorching, is Artisan Market & Cafe.

It seems that Friday night is the unofficial "Let's go out downtown" night, and Saturday the "Let's go out to the beach area" night. Doesn't mean either is dead on the other nights, but that's just the trend.

Others of note:

If y'all are gonna make a night of it, say doing a Friday downtown thing, would be great to do a late dinner here, then go upstairs to their sofa bar (get up there by 10 and you're sure to grab a couch or 2-top before the crowd arrives) which is great to kick the night off (superb extensive beer and wine list). Then you could either stay there for the night, or venture out within the 3-block surrounding area where most of downtown's nightlife is. Or you could do dinner at Circa and then come to Caprice for after-dinner drinks.

Indochine (on Market St., about midway between Beach and Downtown);
Hands-down the best Thai & Vietnamese food you'll be able to get anywhere in Wilmington. Atmosphere is of the tacky Asian variety, but the food more than makes up for it. Large portions for not-crazy prices. If not painfully humid and hot, get an outdoor table, as they do have a very nice, lush garden that makes for good scenery in the back, making you oblivious to the fact that you're off of God-awful Market St.

Wrightsville Area:
Port Land Grille (1/4 mile before bridge on Eastwood, in shopping center called Lumina Station)
Arguably the best restaurant in Wilmington when price is no concern. Head Chef recently selected as 1 of 19 to compete in National Seafood Cook-off in Louisiana to be televised on Food Network.

Brasserie (Also in Lumina Station);

Bluewater; One of the few actual on-the-water options available. Seated on the Intracoastal Waterway, an outdoor table is a must. Food is good, seafood slightly better; prices reflect the one-the-water situation more than they do outstanding food or service.

Here is a rundown for you to take a look at and see if anything appeals to you and I can let you know my thoughts on them:

Raleigh: Date Spot for Next Week

Liking the sound of that, particularly with the beer selection. Thanks.

Raleigh: Date Spot for Next Week

Yeah I've heard Monday can be a bit of a hurdle. But that tapas special sounds good, and the ruck you mentioned sounds amazing! Thanks.

Raleigh: Date Spot for Next Week

Was hoping y'all might be able to offer some assistance in helping me put together a good date night Monday. I live in NYC and Wilmington, and she lives in Raleigh (on Wade around the corner from Glenwood). So I have zero idea whatsover where I should take her. Put me in NYC, DC, or Wilmington, and I'm the king of great dates (how's that for modesty?). But this Raleigh thing is a whole new ballgame...

Based on my reading around online as well as a friend's recs, I've come up with these as potentials: Rockford, Duck & Dumpling, Bahama Breeze, ShabuShabu.

Any commentary on those, or new suggestions? Preferably something lowkey, nothing over-the-top where it looks like I'm trying too hard or anything like that. Not worried about spending some money, but again, wanna keep it simple for round 1. Girls have to earn the top-dollar dinners over time. : )

Any help would be greatly appreciated.