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May 7, 2010 08:03 AM

Triangle Restaurant Week

Anyone have any thoughts about the best places to go on the list of restaurants on Triangle Restaurant Week? We've been to a few (Flemings, Watts Grocery, Mo's, Piedmont, Rue Cler, Coquette)... but wondering about the rest of them. Any favorites in the list?

Rue Cler Restaurant
401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

Watts Grocery
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

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  1. I am always a bit cautious about Restaurant Week. You want to check out the menus very carefully once they are posted. With one restaurant last year, had you ordered the exact same featured dishes off the regular menu, it would have cost less than the "special" price. (This restaurant is participating again this year.)

    Sometimes the menus are rather dull and you can get a more interesting meal for a similar dollar amount if you order off the regular menu. Also, as far as lunch goes, many of the listed restaurants don't cost all that much more than $15 for lunch normally.

    The selection of restaurants looks to me to be a little more mid-range than in past years so I'd really look carefully at whether or not you're getting a fair value for your $15 or $25. There are exceptions, of course. Many of them have been discussed at one time or another on this board. In the past I have felt that this is an excellent promotional idea that has been poorly executed. YMMV.

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    1. re: rockycat

      It's been my experience too that the prices on the special menus are often more than the same items together a la cart. However, if the establishment offers an item that doesn't show up on the normal menu (or any other places normal menu), it may be worth a trip.

      1. re: rockycat

        disappointed.... We moved here from Dallas where restaurant week was a BIG DEAL and the nicest restaurants typically sold out within hours of opening. Really want this to be a big deal, but am cautious.

      2. I am withholding judgment until they post the menus offered. Right now all the links are broken, which I find disappointing given that the "event" is starting in eight days.

        1. I have really enjoyed Jujube in the past. I don't know what they will be offering for Restaurant Week, but the food I had was thoughtful and well (though not perfectly) prepared.

          1201 Raleigh Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

          1. I've been to over 20 of these restaurants - now I know I eat out a lot =P. At many of these places we spend less than $25/person with appetizers and a split dessert. I guess it's for charity and all that.

            Some of the more special places I like on the list are Metro 8, Blu, Weathervane, Pizza Italia, Jujube, and Dos Perros.

            Pizza Italia
            6405 Westgate Rd, Raleigh, NC 27617

            Metro 8
            746 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

            Dos Perros
            200 N Mangum St. Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701

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            1. re: Tartan

              I don' ink it is for charity, or only the charity of the restaurant