Triangle Restaurant Week
Did anyone bother going anywhere? Are there any places that make it worthwhile?
I'm ambivalent about the week as it always seems to be a watered down experience, and I would rather save my money for a regular night out. But, I'm curious to know if there any places that are worth the trip now that we're in the last few days of it.
As another belated follow-up, I went a bit crazy and hit the below restaurants during TRW
The Mint- Ok but food not impressive
Gravy- Ended up off-menu but very good
Blu Seafood- Excellent experience food/service
Mo's Diner- Very good, great space
Sono- Good but needed to request TRW menu
Irregardless- Very ok, disappointing
Blu Seafood, Sono and Mo's were definitely worth the effort for TRW. Here's to more and better in 2011!
319 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Blu Seafood and Bar
2002 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705
I will be skipping this week as well, but not because it is watered down but because the group putting it on, Triangle Blvd TV, only invited certain restaurants to participate, the ones that paid for it. I think a restaurant week is a great idea but it should be open to every restaurant in the area that wants to participate and promoted by the local news media and the restaurants themselves, it is supposed to be a benefit to the dining public by offering a discount and an opportunity to try a new place. Once again someone in raleigh has taken a great idea from a real city, monetized it and screwed it up. Maybe downtown raleigh will do one again open to all restaurants in downtown, but I would like to see it spread out to at least durham and chapel hill and all points in between. Maybe one day all of the great locally owned restaurants will just get together and put it on and leave everyone else out of it, and get back to the original idea giving something back to the public that supports the restaurants in the triangle all year long.
Did not mean to imply there were not good opportunities out there because some very good restaurants are participating Il Palio, Posta Tuscan, Savoy and Zely & Ritz to add to the two above. Just that it would be a lot better if it was organized in a way to be more inclusive and with the goal of giving the diners a week of appreciation. When the list includes national chains based at Crabtree Valley Mall and North Hills there is something wrong the concept.
Zely & Ritz
301 Glenwood Ave Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27603