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David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar in Raleigh, now open!

RonboNC Aug 5, 2010 06:48 PM

Stopped in tonight on it's opening day and was really impressed! I thought the Duck & Dumpling was ok but this new spot may be better. Lower prices, same great food and conveniently located on Hillsborough between downtown Raleigh and S. Glenwood.

Had a great roti with curry sauce, dumplings, rice stick noodles with shrimp and two good desserts. Everything was VERY reasonably priced and portion sizes were fine. Service is not quite there yet but I don't expect much for the opening week. Definitely check it out if you like modern Asian/Chinese food, I think this place is going to do well in this difficult location!

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The Duck & Dumpling
222 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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    TerryG Aug 9, 2010 12:09 PM

    What are the hours? This is a pet peeve of mine. No hours indicated on the website that I could find. This is especially important if you're touting a late night menu.

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      RonboNC Aug 9, 2010 12:24 PM

      I've got pictures on a competing website so I'm not going to put any links here but I've got pics and hours info there (please see my profile for deets). I'm cutting and pasting them below.

      As for the menu, maybe a bit Americanized but I think the menu is a bit fusion-ish and that he's naming dishes to make them more accessible.

      Hours:
      Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
      Mon-Thu 5 pm - 12 am
      Fri-Sat 5 pm - 1 am
      Sun 12 pm - 10 pm

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        dinersaurus Aug 9, 2010 02:21 PM

        TerryG - I agree. It drives me crazy that restaurants always make it so hard to find their hours on their websites. If you are a restaurateur and you don't put your hours either right on the front page or have a clearly marked link to hours on your front page, then you're an idiot. Don't hide it under "contact us" or "directions" or some other nonsensical place. Aaaaarrggh!

        I feel better now.

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          TerryG Aug 9, 2010 02:31 PM

          Thanks, dinersaurus. But I'd be happier if it was there at all. Am I missing something, but I can't find hours listed ANYWHERE on the website.

          I still don't feel better.

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            dinersaurus Aug 9, 2010 02:44 PM

            Nope. The hours are nowhere to be found. I plan to stop in this week and I'll mention it to them...without the crazed ranting.

            Btw, there's a brief culinary bio on the front page. It says that his first restaraunt was a Chinese place in Vietnam called...the Eskimo. That is awesome.

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        burgeoningfoodie Aug 9, 2010 09:15 AM

        Is it me or does there seem like there are more americanized chinese options than I was expecting?

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          rockycat Aug 8, 2010 05:41 PM

          I haven't been able to find a website or menu. Does anyone have a link?

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            tiohn Aug 8, 2010 06:03 PM

            The website is www.ddandnb.com.

            I've already eaten there twice since the place opened this past Thursday. A lot of David's classics are back, along with a lot of new options. I highly recommend the Malaysian curry noodle soup and really look forward to hot bowls of late night noodles in a couple of weeks when they kick that off.

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              RonboNC Aug 9, 2010 05:49 AM

              Thanks for the website, tiohn! Need to get back for a second visit, I'm still shocked at the prices. The roti with curry chicken is an amazing deal. They do a similar dish at Merlion for twice the price. I personally like this one a bit better, more of a classic Chinese-American dish crossed with roti.

              And yes, very cool that it'll be open late. Must enjoy it before all the students get back in town. I'm guessing it may be popular with them..

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              Merlion
              410 Market St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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                Tom from Raleigh Aug 9, 2010 07:15 AM

                From what I read on NewRaleigh.com back in May, I thought this place was going to offer ramen and other Japanese noodle shop specialties. The prices do look good.

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            dinersaurus Aug 8, 2010 01:07 PM

            Thanks for the update. I've been stalking the place for a while, and I'm looking forward to trying it.

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              RonboNC Aug 9, 2010 01:11 PM

              On a totally side note, Mami Nora's (Peruvian chicken) just opened up today on Wake Forest Road...

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                dinersaurus Aug 9, 2010 02:22 PM

                Yet another one I've been curious about, so thanks again.

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