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Restaurant Eden in Durham, NC

Restaurant Eden in Durham, NC has opened up. Would love to hear feedback. Took a look at their website. I noticed that they already claim themselves as a dining destination and being hailed by the critics. This for some reason sat a little wrong with me and seemed a bit pretentious. Also and this is just coming from someone that works in IT.. the lunch menu lists salads twice.

I glanced quickly over the menu and it does look good on the website. However, outside of the Beef offerings for dinner what makes the dinner menu stand out from the lunch menu?

Despite what sounds like a negative post. I do wish the restaurant well and look forward to hearing about experiences and thoughts on having this restaurant in that particular location. I never got around to going to Starlu and so I can't make heads or tails of the use of space.

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  1. I don't get how a place that just opened (or at least recently opened) can be "hailed by the critics" (how many darned critics are there in the Triangle, anyway?) and "a dining destination." I'm willing to give the place a shot, but that kind of thing rubs me the wrong way too.

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Apparently they are also a "Durham landmark." Their website provokes a heart-felt cry of "Get over yourself." I'll wait to hear some diner feedback before I darken their door.

      1. re: LulusMom

        They're pretty poorly placed with the search engines. Halfway down the second page on Google and I had to play around at least 3 times with the search terms before I could find them. I can honestly say, though, that I can't stand non-music websites who put random music on all their pages. No one else at work wants to hear music from my computer and neither do I.
        The afrorementioned "critics" and "accolades" consist of a single self-generated press release. Not quite the critical review the page claims to be. The menu doesn't look half bad but some of the pricing confuses me. Most of the prices seem fairly reasonable, but I don't understand why some meatless salads should cost more than some of the chicken entrees and the same as one of the fish entrees.
        I agree with LulusMom and Remsleep. There may be something worth enjoying here but I'd prefer to wait on some genuine reviews.

        1. re: LulusMom

          "located in downtown Durham"??
          No, I don't think so. The restaurant and the food may be fine but the website is clearly not quite ready to open for business

        2. I'm glad I wasn't the only one to be slightly irked by the self proclamations. I understand wanting to garner attention, but there are right ways and wrong ways of doing it.

          As far as the music, I don't have my headphones here, but I understand how in most restaurant website circumstances.. less is definitely more. How about some more photos of the space or dishes? How about a chef's bio? Things that would improve upon the possibility of having people go to an area of town they may not usually go unless going to the movies, Target, or one of the other strip mall eateries.

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          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            It is very, very silly to have a link to critical reviews and then find that the only thing there is their press release. The menu looks nice, and I'll happily give them a try though.

          2. Looks like I'll be the first to actually have eaten at Eden....had lunch there today. Ordered the seared tuna salad --- it was pretty good, not the best I've had....In hindsight, seemed pricey ($12) for a handful of mixed greens, two cherry tomatoes cut in half, maybe eight thin moons of cucumber and about 3 oz of tuna....the soy vinaigrette was heavy on the soy (a real ZING) and dressing seemed to be at bottom of the plate rather than tossed with the greens....I must admit it WASN'T overdressed, which so many salads are these days....

            My friend had the salmon burrito with potato salad side (NOTE: no bread or anything with the salad above) -- she enjoyed it, esp. the potato salad.

            I don't think I'll order the tuna salad again -- it wasn't bad, but now, been there/done that. Will give it another shot. There was a good crowd for lunch on Thursday. I'll be interested to read what others have/say about the restaurant.

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