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Anniversary Dinner in Raleigh

Raised on Q Jun 30, 2008 08:35 PM

Going to be there for a few nights during our Anniversary before an appointment, trying to keep the wife happy. We used to live there 4+ years ago and enjoyed Margaux's on occasion but know a lot has changed since then. We live on the coast now so no seafood recs please.

Thanks -

  1. romansperson Jul 1, 2008 05:13 AM

    We enjoyed J. Betski's very much on my husband's birthday a couple months ago:


    Be sure to make reservations if you go - it's a small place.

    1. Suzy Q Jul 1, 2008 06:13 AM

      I've not been personally, but have heard great things about The Mint downtown. There have been a couple of recent threads here that you may want to check.

      Mura at North Hills is also fantastic for sushi/Kobe/Japanese with a great atmosphere.

      Happy Anniversary!

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        mpjmph Jul 2, 2008 12:57 PM

        Vivace at North Hills is nice/new, great food but a little trendy for my taste. I did have the best cocktail EVER there - orangecello, lime, soda and pomegranate.

        St. Jacques on Falls of the Neuse at the Spring Forest intersection (in the strip mall with Hardees) is a family favorite for special occasions. Good, classic French food and a doting staff. I highly recommend the "Chocolate Ball of Dream" dessert.

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        1. re: mpjmph
          Raised on Q Jul 3, 2008 01:00 PM


          I have wanted to try J. Betski's out since they opened. Also going to check out the menus of some of these others.

          1. re: Raised on Q
            jean9 Jul 3, 2008 01:55 PM

            Frasiers on Hillsborough Street is pretty nice for a special occasion, though honestly I almost always head to the Magnolia Grill in Durham if I really want to celebrate, but that is a personal preference.

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          goodeatsinadive Jul 3, 2008 02:31 PM

          Margaux's is still very good and they're celebrating their 16th anniversary right now!
          For my money, I'd go back there. It's still as good as it ever was. Happy Anniversary, also.

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            mattb3 Jul 4, 2008 11:20 AM

            Second's on Vivace they do a great job.
            I'm surprised no one has mentioned Bloomsbury Bistro yet. It's always first class there,
            I've not heard great things about the Mint, and don't plan to go until I do.
            I've heard mixed reviews of Fins in the new downtown location, but the positives have outweighed the negatives.

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            1. re: mattb3
              meatn3 Jul 6, 2008 11:40 AM

              The Mint has received some great reviews on several knowledgeable blogs, regional and national in scope. The in-depth reviews and interviews with the chefs have made The Mint rise to a high rank on my "hope to try"list!

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