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birthday dinner in the triangle

So my girlfriend just gave me my birthday present, which was a nice new saute pan and a nice dinner at the restaurant of my choosing. She has put on a price limit of less than $150 total. Ah, the choices.

We have been to Magnolia Grill and loved it. Been to Angus Barn, liked it too, but not wanting to go back just yet. We like many different styles of food. I am looking for a place where a suit jacket might not be out of line, but a tie would be too much. She lives in Raleigh, I in Carrboro.

Sound off, Fellow Foodies, and thanks for the help.

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  1. Go to Nana's Restaurant in Durham.

    1. Consider Frazier's, on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The food is meticulous and delicious, the atmosphere is sleek but not stiff. Check out the menu and see if you like it.

      The Lantern in Chapel Hill is my go-to for special occasions, but that may be old news to you if you live in Carrboro.

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      Lantern
      423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

      Frazier's
      2418 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607

      1. My husband and I love these restaurants for special occasions (all delicious and not too fancy):
        Lantern (in Chapel Hill)
        Acme (in Carrboro)
        Piedmont (in Durham) - we just went for our 3-year anniversary and we were blown away. Amazing. They make their own charcuterie, which you don't see too much around here.
        We have been to Nana's and loved it too - I think it's more pricey.
        Write back and tell where you end up going!

        1. I'll second Latern and Acme as good ones in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. And add Saint Jacques in Raleigh (Falls of Neuse at Spring Forest) - It's the go to special occasion place for my parents.

          1. Bonne Soiree, hands down.