thank you thank you all. Magnolia grill looks great if my parents turn out to want something more conventional and I'm really excited about Watts which looks nice and laid back. just wonderful!
thanks so much! these places sound really great. jujube sounds really amazing -- i may call this week about the special dinner and surprise the family.
You will love any of the Momofuku's. If you can get into Ko, do it, do it, do it. You won't be disappointed. If not, Ssam is just as good in a different way. I've almost always gotten in on a whim with no reservations, even on the weekend, and you have a great opportunity to try lots of wonderful little dishes. the apple and kimchi bacon salad is great if they have it. and the raw fluke in buttermilk. and the oysters. yummmmm... I'm a seafood person and haven't tried the head, but you've inspired me for next time.
particularly thanks for the 2 bbq recommendations. i'm always doing this in NYC -- weighing authenticity or slight delicious edge against the having of booze... we'll see what the parents say, but since it's their vacation i think i can guess the answer!
after i askled about kemp's i did more digging, and yeah, no!
LocoPops sounds like a great destination for a long bike ride.
thank you, thank you!!!
hmmmm... looking at this bon appetit article...
Crook's Corner sounds nice:
Hi All --
I am on my way to Raleigh in a couple of weeks for a family get-together where there are lots of things to celebrate and we'd like to go out for a wonderful dinner. I'd like to see what restaurants people recommend. Looking for something delicious, distinctive, though it doesn't necessarily have to be fancy if it's great. We're fairly adventurous, though strangely my dad doesn't like Thai (weirdo). Price isn't really the biggest consideration.
I'm coming from NYC, so if you know New York at all, here are the places I would consider if we were having it here -- it's a real range:
Local seafood would be great. People seem to be mentioning Kemp's -- good? Possibly really great eastern style vinegary barbecue for more downhome food...? My parents live in a really rural area and don't have a fine dining experience that often either, so we're also open to that... anything!
Thanks for any and all recs!