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Raleigh - downtown with Parents and college student

Dinner ideas for a Saturday night. Will be picking up daughter at NC State and taking her out to dinner. She likes Thai, Italian and Sushi - and we like it if it isn't a chain and if it isn't ridiculously expensive.

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  1. Did you do this already, or is this for 1/27?

    1. I'd recommend Vin or Frazier's --- unless you find them too expensive, in which case Porter's might be nice. (None are necessarily the suggested cuisine, mind you.)

      There is that Sushi Blues place at Glenwood South, but I've not been there. 518 West is nice enough, for pasta.

      (This is my first post since the change - and I'm finding it a bit off-putting.)

      1. For sushi, go to Waraji. It's a straight shot down Glenwood.

        1. Actually, if your daughter likes asian cuisine or italian then I absolutely have to recommend The Duck and the Dumpling (asian fare) or Caffe Luna (italian) both on Hargett near Moore Square. Caffe Luna is the best italian downtown and one of the places the whose who of Raleigh regular. And, the Duck and the Dumpling has a great atmosphere and is operated by reknowned chef Ashley Christensen, who also runs the Vin, among others. Let us know what you decide. I would recommend reservations for any of your choices on a Saturday night.

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          1. re: kitty39393

            Actually, Ashley has nothing to do with Duck and Dumpling other than being a friend of the chef. D&D is one of Greg Hatem's restaurants, and Ashley broke all ties with Hatem a couple of months ago.

            Nevertheless, D&D is quite good, and Caffe Luna is pretty decent, too. Neither are "knock your socks off" sort of places, but both are enjoyable.

          2. I guess I misunderstood about D&D. I still think they are still both very good. No question though, I would hit Caffe Luna before 518.