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Parents coming to visit...dinner suggestions in Cary?

Hi All,

Recently moved to Cary, NC.
Parents are coming to visit and we're taking them to dinner - but where?
Need something that is not too noisy or too fancy. They wouldn't like either.



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  1. xios cafe in Apex. It's a Greek place with a nice atmosphere, good food and reasonable. xioscafe.com I think

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    1. Udupi is a superb Indian vegeterian restaurant near Chatham Square. It's a list favorite. I am also a fan of Bosphorus, an unpretentious but very good Turkish restaurant. Xios is okay, but I think both Udupi and Bosphorus are better food-wise. Beware that Xios sometimes features live belly-dancing (Friday nights I think), which is very noisy.

      1. For a meal with parents, I'd suggest Triangle Grille.


        1. Xios website shows belly dancing on 1st and 3rd Fridays, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. We took my sister and her family and shared a meat tray and many mezethes amongst the seven of us and had a great meal.

          I'm always pleased with Biaggi's. Kashin is a wonderful tiny little place for sushi. For an awesome burger and beer go to Abbey Road.

          1. Do you have any food criteria at all to help us narrow things? Are they adventurous multi-ethnically? Are they meat 'n potatoes people? Are they coming in from a big "food" city like SF, Chi-town, or NYC?

            The restaurant in Cary that has still never let me down on any meal as far as food quality is the Lotus Leaf Cafe. Not fancy, although the bad amateur jazz musicians on the courtyard patio can be too noisy sometimes. Just get a table inside to escape.

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            1. re: klmonline


              Good call on Lotus Leaf Cafe. It's one of the best restaurants in Cary, tho I've only been to a few places in the containment area. I wish Lotus Leaf Cafe were closer, I'd go there much more frequently.

            2. My parents are 'meat and potatoes' kind of people, now that you ask.

              But, I'm eager to checkout the Lotus Leaf. Thanks.

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              1. re: hcwwur

                You might want to try Rio Churrascaria on Edinburgh Drive South (near 64 and Hwy 1). It is a fixed price all you can eat place. If you're not familiar with the concept, you start with a large salad and appetizers bar (fancier than the normal salad bar). Then you move on to the meat 'n potatoes part of dinner. They put bowls of mashed potatoes, rice, and beans on the table. Waiters walk around with skewers of broiled meats (beef, chicken, sausage) and slice them off for you on demand. You just keep sampling different items as long as you are hungry. Usually a big hit with meat and potatoes people as a different experience, but still comfortable, familiar tastes. You can have a casual conversation and a fun time without feeling cramped by a stuffy upscale atmosphere, but you don't feel like you're at a Golden Corral kind of family buffet place.

                Check it out!

              2. Wow! Exactly what I was looking for...thank you, thank you, thank you!

                1. Yes, yes, YES on the Lotus Leaf! (Slightly off topic, but I can't say enough good things about that place.) I love the food and the people are wonderful. Try the shaken beef and the chicken pho.