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Rue Cler - Durham

I was very impressed with this restaurant after a delicious lunch. It's been on my radar for some time and will stay there until I visit them for dinner. Everything I put in my mouth was tasty and the service was great. Highlights included house bread, onion soup, duck confit crepe, fries, scallops and to die for beignets. They also get kudos for a well chosen wine list.

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  1. not sure if you can change the title, but the correct spelling is Rue Cler. and yes, their beignets are great.

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    1. re: cervisiam

      Thanks for the heads up. I couldn't remember how they spelled Cler. Something I neglected to mention is how reasonably priced their lunch menu is.

      1. re: veganhater

        Love their onion/cheese "grilled cheese" - at least I hope it's still on the menu. Fabulous!

        ETA - Still there. Cheddar and carmelized onion sandwich. Not to be missed!

    2. I really love the food at this restaurant, and get very frustrated by the service/management. They're constantly running out of things (and often subbing other things without warning you as you order). Still and all, I'm always happy to go there for dinner or brunch. Just wish they'd a) plan better when buying food for the coming days, and b) teach their servers.

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      1. re: LulusMom

        I totally agree! I went there for brunch last spring and had such bad service, it really colored my whole experience. I haven't been back since. A little customer service goes a long way when you're hongry! I remember being at a restaurant once where, even though we had reservations, we were told we would have at least a 30 minute wait. The hostess (or restaurant) treated us to a small glass of house wine while we waited. Terrific! If you can't swing that, offer people a cup of coffee or water at the very least. I need to get over it though and head back to RC...

        1. re: Victus Populi

          It is hard to get over really bad service. With RC I often think it isn't so much bad service as careless service. Still, frustrating. Love the food though.

          1. re: LulusMom

            I haven't been back since our evening of horrible service there. I miss the restaurant, but I just can't stomach paying over $50 a person for dinner and having abysmal service.

        2. re: LulusMom

          My experience was the opposite the service was fine but the food was just mediocre and a bit over salted... That and it was a bit frigid. This was for a dinner mind you.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Really surprised since I've always had really good food there. But hey, every place has it's off nights. Amazed at the good service you got. You had no idea how lucky you were!

            1. re: LulusMom

              Our service has also been mixed but the food has always been very good. In the 4 or 5 times we've been, we've ordered off of the 3 course prix fixe . Once I did get a creme brulee that was a bit too brulee but otherwise no complaints.

              I do agree that it is cold in there in the winter, particularly at the tables by the window.

              1. re: brokegradstudent

                I was a little surprised to see all the bad service experiences considering how good our server was. His name is Gabe and he certainly is worth requesting on your next visit.

        3. I like their version of beignets but they are quite different from the ones I've had in NOLA. I think RC makes their with the same dough they use to make their bread, so it has a more chewy texture whereas true beignets are airy, and RC rolls theirs in granulated sugar rather than dusing them wih powdered sugar.

          But I agree, I like RC's food. The also sell pizza by the slice for $2.75 and have a panini of the day ($5) in the coffee bar area that are real bargains. Also, the muffins, chock full of berries ($2), are humongous and tasty.