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Chapel Hill area: dinner reccomendations for weary traveler

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rosemerin Apr 27, 2009 12:20 PM

New to town-- any dinner recommendations for the weary traveler, heading in the Chapel Hill direction from RDU on a Sunday evening?

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    wintersummer May 1, 2009 05:59 PM

    Crooks Corner, Chapel Hill, open on Sundays.

    1. Lewes17266 May 1, 2009 10:22 AM

      If you have a craving for fresh seafood you might want to consider Kemp's. They are located very close to the airport. We loved Kemp's when we lived in that area.

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        carrieunc Apr 28, 2009 07:24 AM

        If you get into Raleigh try the Raleigh Times downtown. Its a great pub with good food and service.

        1. romansperson Apr 28, 2009 07:10 AM

          I'm going to suggest you stop in Durham, since you'll be going through there before you get to Chapel Hill (I'm assuming here you will be flying in to Raleigh-Durham).

          Unfortunately a lot of the good places will either not be open on Sunday or will close too early, but here's a few you could try:

          Carmen's Cuban Cafe - in Morrisville by the outlet mall, not far at all from the airport. I believe they are open until 10 pm on Sunday, would be worth it to call and check, I couldn't find their hours on their website!:

          http://www.carmenscubancafe.com/

          There's Saffron, an Indian place on Davis Drive, also open until 10 on Sundays, but that may be a little fancier than you want:

          http://www.saffronnc.com/home.html

          Ted's Montana Grill. Yes, it's a chain, but I've always liked what I've had there, it's right off the I-40, so easy for you to get to and it's open until 10pm. http://www.tedsmontanagrill.com/NCDur...

          Ted's is also in an area where there are other restaurants, though nothing to write home about (mostly other chain places).

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          1. re: romansperson
            Lewes17266 May 1, 2009 10:09 AM

            The onion rings at Ted's Montana Grill are the best you will ever eat in your life.

          2. LulusMom Apr 27, 2009 02:29 PM

            You might want to try Merlion (Malaysian food) or Panzanella (Italian). Neither is upscale, although the atmosphere is better at Panzanella. Both are very reasonably price and open on Sunday nights.
            Looks like it might be close on the timing, but here is their website: http://www.merlionfood.com/
            and Panzanella's:
            http://www.panzanella.com/

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              mikeh Apr 27, 2009 12:23 PM

              considering the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill metro. area is one of the best foodie regions in the U.S. nowadays, the answer is probably "yes" (*with the caveat that some things are closed on Sunday). What type of cuisine are you looking for?

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                rosemerin Apr 27, 2009 01:58 PM

                cuisine does not matter, the key factors are open somewhat late (9pm-ish) on a Sunday, and not too upscale, given that we'll be coming straight from the airport. thanks!

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                  veganhater May 1, 2009 07:59 AM

                  Sunday night is terrible in that many good restaurants are closed. I recently learned this the hard way on an anniversary. A couple options to consider: Sushi at Karuma (I may have misspelled this). Looks like a non-descript Japanese steakhouse, and partly is, but it is the best sushi experience in the triangle. Sit at the bar and explain that you would like traditional Japanese and let them do an omakase. Another good option is Il Palio in the Siena hotel. They've done a good job of updating the room and menu, both feeling more comfortable and less dated. Don't worry about how you're dressed. I ate there recently in shorts, sandals and a baseball cap. The food is excellent. Highlights included oysters, pizzas, every homemade pasta we tried, Cane Creek Pork Chop, and Seafood Cacciuco (Sp.).

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