Sunday dinner (Raleigh) w/ students
Will be taking my daughter and a friend out for dinner in Raleigh on a Sunday night. Any suggestions? They'll eat practically anything but really like Thai/sushi/Italian. Don't want to break the bank and would like a casual atmosphere. Somewhere fairly close to NC State would work best.
Although I have not been, I think the red room on glenwood has a Tapas sunday special for a set amount per person. It is part of the Bogarts, Hi 5 group. Might be worth checking in to. Humble Pie might be a choice too if they are open on Sundays, they have tapas that are good for sharing. I would veto Fraziers, I think it is too $ for what you are looking for. Most places have websites that have menus.
I second the recommendation for 518 West. It is great italian food and it covers a broad range if some like more generic Italian food. They have a great wine list and the price range fits with what you want.
Porter's Tavern is very good as well. It has a broad range of selections from the burger to one or two pasta dishes. They also serve steaks as well. Price range is good here and it is directly across from campus on Hillsborough. Both are equally good choices.
Hi Leah! Almost anytime someone asks for restaurants close to NCSU, Fraziers and Porters get recommended. And they are indeed good. But, just to make a different recommendation, I would say Vivace. It is from the same ownership as Fraziers and Porters*, and not too far away - just barely off the beltline at North Hills. Chic atmosphere and fantastic light Italian fare.
College students would equally be very happy with Bogarts (http://www.bogartsamericangrill.com/) on Glenwood South, and close-by 518 West (http://www.518west.com/) would provide a nice balance between adults and students.
*http://www.vivaceraleigh.com/ Raleigh Restaurateurs redefine Trattoria Dining in the Triangle with the opening of Vivace
The seasoned Urban Food Group restaurateurs of Frazier’s and Porter’s City Tavern joined Raleigh’s culinary renaissance with the opening on Vivace in March 2006 (The Alexan, 4209 Lassiter Mill Road, 919-787-7747). Taking its name and cue from the Italian word meaning “lively,” Vivace introduces a modern convivial Italian restaurant in a stylish setting where the overall dining experience is further enriched thanks to Chef Jeremy Sabo’s signature innovative style, employing an updatedand seasonal perspective on classic Italian dishes.