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Jun 21, 2010 01:24 PM

Morrisville area (including Cary/Durham) dinner rec for family

Hello everyone -

Traveling to the Triangle soon and staying at the Fairfield Inn in Morrisville. Need a dinner rec for a friday night for a group of six adults and one kid (who is very very adverturous in eating and well behaved in food situations). Looking for a place that can fit a group (happy to make a reservation if needed) but also has really yummy food. Not too high end or fancy.

We like everything but no chains and prob not asian (as we do tons of that in seattle) or bbq (some of the folks are from austin and bbqed out). Some of the places that were reccomended here and on yelp:

Saffron Indian
Tower Indian
The Federal (can you bring kids?)
Baba Ghannouj Bistro
Shree Udupi

Any comments or other suggestions? I am also posting about recs in general on another post as we have a couple days in the Triangle before heading to the beach.


Tower Indian Restaurant
144 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560

Baba Ghannouj Bistro
2468 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27518

Saffron Indian Restaurant
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

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  1. The Federal gets packed and most of the booths are 4 tops. Rather limited seating for a party of 7. Atmosphere is that of a neighborhood bar in many ways - I have never noticed kids, but think they are allowed. I love the food here, but service - especially dealing with the sign-in sheet - can be very lax. If there is a wait there is not a comfortable area to do so. These may or may not be issues for your group, but I feel they need to be addressed.

    Bosphorus is small, but they often have parties of 6 or more. Not much of an area to wait in, but you won't feel crammed like at Federal. Food is very good, especially Sunday for the homemade doner meat.

    The food at both places will make you happy.

    Neomondes is casual - order at the counter and they deliver to your table. Nice array of salads, pastries and shawarma. Price is right, no problem with your size group. Think middle Eastern deli with tables. I like the Raleigh location best. It isn't too far from Cary.

    Enjoy your visit!

    1. Nikos Taverna has very good and reasonably priced Greek food. Don't miss the saganaki.

      Nikos Taverna
      905 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

      1. Saffron (in Morrisville, near the airport) is generally regarded around here as the best Indian restaurant in the Triangle. My daughter's in-laws, both born in India, praised it highly when they ate there several years ago. It has an elegant dining room with a relaxed atmosphere, should easily accommodate a large party and I would think it would be very child-friendly.

        Udupi (in Cary, near Chatham Square, with a large number of Indian/Asian restaurants and shops) is south Indian, vegetarian, serves fabulous breads. It is also very highly regarded in the Triangle's Indian community. The last time we were there, the place was packed and my wife and I were the only westerners in the room. Ditto on being family- and child-friendly.

        While we are talking about Indian food, Azitra, in northwest Raleigh, in Brier Creek Shopping Center, again near the airport but east of it rather than south of it like Saffron, is also very highly regarded.

        Azitra Restaurant
        8411 Brier Creek Pkwy Ste 101, Raleigh, NC 27617

        1. Born,
          Just saw your post, and wanted to invite you to Giorgio Restaurant Bar and Lounge on the corner of NW Cary Parkway and High House Road in Cary. We specialize in "New Mediterranean" cooking; we source our products from local farmers and purveyors, and prepare dishes inspired by the cuisines of France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco and North Africa.

          Give us a try, I think you'll be pleased with what we're doing.


          4300 Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513

          1. I'd go into Durham where there are many great places:

            The Federal is bar-like but the food is good
            Watts Grocery or Piedmont are great choices, but will run you closer to $20/entree
            Toast is an excellent paninoteca (and cheap) but it's a small space
            You could try Foster's Market for a more casual place
            If you're ok with really casual try Taqueria La Vaquita - there's no indoor seating, just a few picnic tables, but the food is awesome
            Tonali is great for upscale Mexican, but pricier, and they don't have a website

            I'd probably avoid Baba Ghannouj
            Neo Monde is an excellent choice

            Taqueria La Vaquita
            2700 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

            Watts Grocery
            1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

            Foster's Market
            2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

            Tonali Restaurant
            3642 Shannon Rd Ste 1, Durham, NC 27707