Favorite Apps in the Triangle
What are your favorite appetizers in the Triangle (mostly interested in Durham and Chapel Hill, but feel free to post about Raleigh too)?
My personal favorites: the Ahi "Poke" Tuna and/or the Beer Braised Mussels at Revolution, Downtown Durham. Both go great with a Pomegranate Lychee Martini.
grits souffle at Magnolia Grill
the salsa at Fiesta Grill
whatever charcuterie is being served at Piedmont
the soups and the brussels sprout & country ham salad at Crooks Corner
oysters at Blu.
I obviously love appetizers way more than entrees.
Tempura green beans
Flash fried calamari with Asian bbq sauce
Does a first plate at a good Indian buffet count as an appetizer? Just kidding, I haven't had many appetizers (as compared to main meals and desserts), but the one that comes to mine that I had last was the haystack shrimp at Revolution. I would love to get back there to try a different seasonal menu.
Tuna Tataki at Blu
Chicken Liver Crostinis at Toast (also Goat Cheese and Honey Crostinis)
Big Bowl of Mussels at Pop's
Have to agree with the grits souffle at Magnolia Grill. Not sure it counts as an appetizer, but the duck confit salad at Vin Rouge is fantastic (as are their snails, which definitely DO count). The curried samosas at Merlion are great. The menu changes a lot at Elaine's, but I recently had a very good ceviche there. Been a while since I've been to the lantern, but they did (and probably still do) great veg. dumplings.
Honestly, I love doing a meal of appetizers - I feel like most chefs put just a bit more thought into them. I've been having some great meals lately at Glasshalful, all from the small plates side (their new brandade on toast is cheap cheap cheap and very tasty).
I don't do appetizers often so my experience is not wide, but the best ones I've had over the last couple years have been the goat cheese souffle at Bonne Soiree (really just to die for) and the cheese plate at Coquette. Yeah, I really really like cheese!