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Triangle Restaurant Week

Anyone have any thoughts about the best places to go on the list of restaurants on Triangle Restaurant Week? We've been to a few (Flemings, Watts Grocery, Mo's, Piedmont, Rue Cler, Coquette)... but wondering about the rest of them. Any favorites in the list?
http://www.trirestaurantweek.com/

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Rue Cler Restaurant
401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

Watts Grocery
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

May 07, 2010
mrry550 in Southeast

Holiday Menus In The RDU Triangle

My husband and I went to Frazier's for dinner last night- never been there before last night. We had reservations at 6:30 and being new to the area I got there slightly late- 6:40. Apparently they gave my husband a little bit of a hassle because I was late and it was going to "cause problems." Seriously, 10 minutes should NOT throw you out of schedule that much. My husband insisted they weren't that bad about it, but I'm kind of turned off that the hostess actually said something to him about it. And I did notice that there were four people across from us finishing up their wine and I believe they asked them to "wrap things up," which to me is an utter NO NO.

The mood in the restaurant was festive, the music was perfect and the service was OK, but not fantastic. I think "mixed results" would be the way to describe it. There were a lot of servers (a manager & chef even) all asking us if our meal was okay during every course, and it was somewhat distracting- especially when you are trying to have a romantic dinner. We both had to stop talking a few times, which was kind of annoying. I think the best meal I've ever had was with all that stuff happening around you without you noticing, rather than the serving staff putting on a big show to have you notice.

However, the food was comparable to a lot of the excellent food we've eaten in the past and the price was very reasonable compared to what we normally spent in Miami (about $150 total for the entire meal/cocktails & tip). While the food was fabulous, the service kind of crushed it for me, so not sure it would be on the top of my list to go back.

What we ate:

Cocktails:
Fraziertini (skyy vodka, peach schnapps, & blood orange juice) - Really a perfect cocktail. Not too sweet (schnapps tends to do that) or overly alcoholic.
Sidecar (brandy, triple sec, fresh lemon juice) - also another perfect cocktail. The bartender knew what she was doing.

They did offer a flight of wines (pairings with each course), but we avoided because we both had to drive. And we did get a glass of champagne (not sure what kind, but I thought it was awful).

First Course:
We both had the Braised Lamb Raviolini, which is exactly what it sounds like. Served in a deep bowl (soup style) with a olive-rosemary consomme & fresh mint leaves. I thought I got a little too much broth (not big on the salty meaty taste of the consomme), but my husband ate all of his, so I'm guessing it was a hit for him.

Other choices were: Mixed Greens Salad, Lobster Bisque & Frazier's Carpetbagger (oysters)

Entree:
Husband had the grilled salmon, w/ brussel sprouts & bacon, apple-celeriac slaw, and a champagne beurre blanc (french white butter sauce). I can't eat salmon, but I tasted the rest of the dish and it was AMAZING. Bacon really goes with anything.

I picked the Prime Rib of Beef (fatty cut, but it had a nice sized circle of non-fatty meat in the center), with a sweet potato gratin, wilted greens & a tiny bowl of au jus for dipping.

Other choices: Cornbread & Country ham stuffed Quail, Oven Roasted Atlantic Cod, & Local Goat Cheese Mezzaluna (which really intrigued us, but not enough to try it).

Dessert:
My husband ate the chocolate chestnut torte, with mixed nut brittle, apple caramel & roasted date cream. I had the Caramalized Banana Tart, with cinnamon pastry cream and sabayon. Both were VERY good, but I think the mixed nut brittle was the best thing I tasted all night. Perfect mixture of sweet and salt. The sabayon was also very good.

Jan 01, 2007
mrry550 in General South Archive

RTP - Greek Food

Can anyone recommend a good greek restaurant in the RTP/Durham/Raleigh, NC area?

Oct 23, 2006
mrry550 in General South Archive

Business Trip - No Clue where to go

Thanks everyone.

We had dinner at Greek Islands last night (instead of santorini). They had some of the best feta cheese I have ever tasted in my life. Greek salad was amazing... and I had the Mousaka entree (again... amazing).

We had breakfast at Lou Mitchells twice now. Awesome omelets. The zuchini one is amazing!! Coffee is perfect.

Oct 23, 2006
mrry550 in Chicago Area

Business Trip - No Clue where to go

Search for Chicago greektown? :)

Oct 20, 2006
mrry550 in Chicago Area

Business Trip - No Clue where to go

I'm going to be staying in Chicago Sunday-Tuesday morning with a few colleagues. We're from Miami and have absolutely no idea what to do for dinner on those nights.

We're going to be staying at the Chicago Metro - so it's around 733 West Madison. Can anyone recommend something that is within walking or short taxi drive distance?

Oct 20, 2006
mrry550 in Chicago Area