Durham: suggestions for parent's weekend?
Will be @ Duke for parent's weekend and want to know where to take my freshman for a couple of dinners... She has sophisticated taste, loves food. Any suggestions? Also, if anyone has experienced the crowds of parents/family weekend, would it be better to eat someplace other than Durham, or are most restaurants able to handle the increased demand?
Depends on what kind of food you like. The usual suspects in the upmarket dining category in Durham: Magnolia Grill, Nana's, Revolution, Four Square. I don't think you'd be disappointed with any of these. There are plenty of other good places around and lots of threads on this board, which can give you more info about these places, along with others in the area. These are all excellent restaurants that are used to dealing with graduation weekends, parents weekends, etc.
To add to that.. just be sure to make reservations far enough out as I'm sure plenty of other parents are thinking the same thing. If Duke and UNC are not on the same schedule as far as parent's weekend and you think the Durham area will be overbooked, make reservations at Bonn Soiree in Chapel Hill. If you like Indian, Mint in Chapel Hill is also good and can get crowded. Otherwise, the suggestions for Durham are good. Two (or three) other options I'll throw out there are Dos Perros (upscale mexican) and Tonali's (also latino) in Durham and Jujube in Chapel Hill.