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My birthday is early next week. I'm a foodie, but I'm in a funk. I spend all year lusting over online menus, and now I just can't decide. I usually dive at the chance to go to Lantern or Magnolia Grill. Those feel too heavy right now. Revolution? Not sure it feels special enough.

Foodie universe, please point me in the right direction...

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  1. We both went to Bonne Soiree for our birthday this fall. We had a truly fine wine that Tina Vaughn didn't have in stock, and when I told her about it (suggesting we'd share a taste) and asked if I could bring it for dinner, she most graciously allowed it.

    On top of that, the food itself was if anything better than what we'd had there before. I had local rabbit, a house special that night, and it was seriously as good as the ones I cook (which is hard to find).

    Since Bonne Soiree doesn't have an online menu, I'm quite sure you haven't been lusting over it, so it should be *fresh*. . . /grin.

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    1. re: fussycouple

      FRESH RABBIT?! I must find this place!

      What does their menu usually have? And how often do you think they have rabbit? And price range? Dress code? Reservations required?

      1. re: wallabunny

        search is your friend:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/347346

        1. re: cervisiam

          Thanks! I was on this exact thread last night and I seem to have completely missed the price range. Is there's chance I missed whether there was a dress code or reservation requirement too?

          1. re: wallabunny

            i think jacket recommended, although when i was there two years ago, there was a whole range of fashion. personally, i'd rather be overdressed than underdressed.

            reservations - it kind of has an 'old-school' feel, so i would recommend making them. for some reason, i doubt walk-ins are taken, but i could be totally wrong.

    2. I'll second Bonne Soiree but what type of venue are you looking for and how many people? If you're looking for some place with a lively atmosphere, the aforementioned suggestion won't work. I would have said maybe Vivace but if Lantern and MG are feeling heavy, pasta probably isn't the direction you want to go.

      1. If you're looking for something a little less heavy, maybe Elaines instead of Bonne Soiree? I've had many great meals there over the past 6 months, and always left feeling satisfied but not like I'd had a heavy meal.

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        1. re: LulusMom

          Bonne Soiree is an excellent choice. You might also want to think about FourSquare or Nana's which I think are sufficiently special.

          When my wife and I celebrated a big event a few years ago, we went to Jujube. We asked them to create a special menu given our tastes and they really delivered with creative and tasty dishes. It was a very memorable experience and would surely cure your funk.

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            I second Four Square..A really cool old Georgian style house turned into a comfortable, quiet atmosphere. Creative, fun, but most important really, really good. If they have a prix fixe menu....trust it!

        2. Panciuto in Hillsborough! The food is really creative nouveau Italian, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is cool and quiet. I think Panciuto is one of the most underrated places in the Triangle. It's off the radar since it sits quietly in Hillsborough, but it did manage to make the N&O top 25 restaurants in the Triangle list a few weeks ago.
          http://victuspopuli.com/

          1. St.Jaques on Falls of the Neuse in Raleigh is great and consistent. Don't let the stip-mall location fool you. Poole's Diner (downtown Raleigh) is also consistently good if you are looking for a lively atmosphere. The only downside about Pool's is the service. I was part of the first seating the other night and it was probably an hour to an hour-fifteen between ordering to the delivery of the entrees.