Umstead (Cary) bar and food
This is obviously the place for wealthy local singles, both young and old(er) as well as guests of this 4 -star hotel. We saw a very famous sports figure there. Elegant and yet comfortable surroundings that look out upon their patio and lake. An extensive menu for a "bar" as they offered starters, soups, salads and entrees. This Saturday night they had a piano player singing unobtrusively in the corner. We tried the tasso ham doughnuts - be sure and eat the ham with the doughnuts and dip in the cilantro cream or else it will seem rather bland. Salmon tartare was ok but could have used a bit more zip or acid. I liked the complimentary starter of nuts and olives.
Is this Heron's? I had one dinner there, a drug-company-meal, which usually means less than stellar, compared to the "regular" experience at the restaurant. As usual, things were hectic, there weren't enough seats for the participants, entrees were okay, but not great. The atmosphere is quite serene and beautiful, though. I would love to spend a night in the hotel, and experience the whole "Spa" atmosphere.