Gift certificate for coach in Durham
The parents of our middle school soccer team boys have decided to get the coach a gift certificate to a local restaurant as a thank-you. One parent suggested that he might be a "steakhouse kinda guy" - okay - maybe that's stereotyping him a bit, but I'm guessing he's not necessarily into profiteroles. I'm thinking that he doesn't really want to go all-out fancy-pants, but that he would appreciate good food. If I actually liked the quality of meat served at Chamas, I would go for that. We first thought of Angus Barn, but then I thought...why not keep it in Durham. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm guessing we can round up at least $100.
I'm certainly with you in regards to Chamas. However, I've only eaten there once and have seen plenty of solid reviews from others who's opinion I value. In addition, it's a lively place that would be a fun night out. Between it and the Barn, I would vote for Chamas in a second.
Of course, you can find a steak many places that aren't steakhouses and most of what Durham is doing is down to earth enough for anyone with even a shred of refinement. I mean, Vin Rouge, Rue Cler, Piedmont, none of them really smack of "fancy pants". From what I can gather from the comments, Watts Grocery would fit that as well. Really only Nana's and 4-sq. might be too much.
With all the opportnities to hook him up with something interesting that isn't weird, I would think that going with the barn would be a bit of a cop-out. I'm guessing that you got put in charge (or took charge) of this because you're the resident foodie. Time to answer the call.