Triangle Restaurant Week!
What's weird is that Rue Cler and Pop's seem to have the same menu for the week if you look at the website. I know they have the same owner, so I wonder if they're actually serving the same thing or if not, from which of the two places is the online menu going to be served at? I like the lineup for that particular menu.
I noticed that Zely & Ritz is offering Strawberries Tort (sic). I know some of the berries I tasted this morning at the Farmers' Market were a little watery but i didn't think it was bad enough to sue over!
Seriously though, I just scanned through a few of the menus, mostly at restaurants I already frequent or a few I keep meaning to get to. For the most part the menus didn't seem all that exciting, mostly just exercises in creative writing. A lot of verbiage masking some fairly uninspired dishes. Maybe the execution is great, but roast chicken, fried fish, hot & sour soup, spinach & artichoke dip, and tiramisu aren't going to cause me to make a special trip to a restaurant.
Not to say that some of the participating restaurants don't have appealing menus, some do. But for the most part, come on guys, put your hearts into it.
I had the same reaction to the menus. Not to mention that you would be hard pressed to spend $25 a person at some places on the list (e.g., Strombolis) any other time. At the minority of participating restaurants that I want to try, the menus are pretty boring.
After living in DC a number of years I've gotten a little burned out on the restaurant week concept. The first week they did was pretty good and offered some great values. But each year it got a little worse as restaurants scaled back the meals and the experience. I went from hitting six places a week to ignoring it completely. Most places began to treat it as amatuer week.
After reviewing the list and the options for the Triangle week, I plan to sit this out. I would rather pay a bit more and get the full experience.
For dinner, I agree for the most part, but at Rue Cler or The Mint I'd end up blowing more than $25 for 3 courses. Even though the offerings aren't terribly imaginative, the quality of the food is worth the understated complexity in my opinion.
Lunch, I think is a good value at a few of the places, but again, I don't usually drop $15 for lunch at The Oxford.
Spouse and I finally went to Coquette for lunch just for the three course meal. For lunch they offer two starters, two mains and two desserts, and we had one of each.
Headed to Chapel Hill Friday for lunch at Il Paulio. Would love to try dinner at An.
Look through the menus and I'm certain you can find good food within a reasonable distance of whichever part of the triangle you call home.
A friend and I went to Parizade (being from Durham) tonight and had a great Restaurant Week meal. The menus may not seem inspiring, but good restaurants will produce good food even if the menus don't inspire.
Another group of friends is heading to The Savoy on Friday to enjoy the opportunity to try out someplace new to us without spending a small fortune.
The list of restaurants is quite Raleigh-centric.
Alas, as a working mom of two young kids, I haven't had a chance to take advantage of any of these specials. (It's just been a partucularly busy week.)
Lucky for me though - The Bloomsbury Bistro in Five Points just announced a special deal that will go through the end of June: 3 courses for $50 a couple!
Also, the Mint has been advertising similar deals recently. One offer is for a 3-course meal for $23 --- as long as you go between 5-6. It's like Happy Hour - only it's a three-course dinner!