moving from California
I'm possibly moving from SF Bay Area and currently work in a Michelin star rated restaurant. I will likely be moving to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area and was wondering what the best restaurants are in the area. I'm not necessarily lookin for something to match a Michelin star rated restaurant. Thanks.
Off the top of my head, and just to get the thread started...
(okay, I'm kidding)
-- Bonne Soiree in Chapel Hill is arguably a "Michelin-ish" restaurant and the best lil' restaurant in the Triangle
-- Fearrington House south of Chapel Hill gets lots of stars and love, but is a little old-timey for many
-- Magnolia Grill in Durham is a James Beard favorite (and yours truly worked as a waiter there for three years)
-- Nana's in Durham is a successful spin-off of Magnolia
-- Four Square in Durham is nice and fancy
-- Enoteca Vin in Raleigh (Vin to many) is trendy and hot, you know what I mean
-- An's in Cary is new and upscale (think Americano at the Hotel Vitale)
-- J. Betski's in Raleigh is a big surprise -- word of mouth is strong for this German/Polish restaurant
Chowhounds, what am I missing?
cya, cali loving. Did you live in Cary, or North Raleigh?
I think the food scene here is just great, especially in Durham and Chapel Hill.
Even better, the locals tend to support good restaurants for many years. I worked and traveled in CA from 2000 to 2007. The disturbing trend I see is that too many good restaurants get labeled as passé or "discovered", then they quickly go out of business.
It's a generalization, of course. But I really do believe that many Californians are always in the hunt for the next great place, rather than enjoying the bowl of soup in front of them.
I posted a few other restaurants last night that I forgot about. For some reason, it's gone. Too lazy to list all of them, but I know Piedmont, Rue Cler, and Lantern were in the mix.
The PF Changs et al was a joke -- I'm very surprised that Chowhounders here would even think that was a serious jab at the area.
I remember when Fearrington House was the hot new place -- went there for dates back in day. I'm not in the Triangle anymore, but here's an ominous foreshadowing for you: my next door neighbor just moved from SF two months ago and declares the food in Nashville -- even the good places -- to be completely subpar and bordering on unacceptable. Good luck kitchen guy!
I think the food here is fantastic. The fish over at Acme the other night was new york class for sure. Pasta & bread at Panzanella first class. Those gnocchi are soft little pillows of deliciousness. Wild blueberry cobbler, bliss, Acme. Some firsts at Tallulah are splendid. The Indian food at Udipi Cafe was 1st class, everything made there: the chutnies, pickles...so fresh.