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Great Veggie Plate at Watt's

It seems as though Triangle area chowhounds are always seeking good vegetarian options. While far from a vegetarian myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the veg plate at Watt's last night. Lentil cakes with a tomatilla vinaigrette, turnip greens and baby carrots. Absolutely delicious! $16 - a bit on the pricey side for some, but I am of the mind set that you get what you pay for.

Also enjoyed the fried oyster and pickled okra basket. Hummingbird cake was delicious!

Service was great as well.

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Watt's Grocery
1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

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  1. This is very good to hear. The one time I went I was pretty disappointed with the food. I eat fish, poultry and veg. but the only fish on the menu was a salmon with bacon, and the poultry didn't appeal. I ended up with a gummy pasta that I wouldnt' have served my dog. Maybe they've realized that there are some people who do care about food but don't want to eat meat. I'll give them another try, based on your post. Thanks.

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Do you eat rabbit? I had a rabbit dish there that was really good - and perfect for this weather.

      1. re: romansperson

        I do occasionally eat rabbit. I was just turned off by what I took to be an attitude that vegetarians (which I'm not) don't care about food. I mean this pasta was disgusting and gummy, with over-cooked vegetables.

        1. re: romansperson

          I love rabbit. Sometimes I am able to get them fresh at the Raleigh Farmers Market - upper building where the flavored goat cheese is sold. No rabbit on the menu at Watt's this time around though. It was hard to pass up the fried in duck fat chicken livers with fingerlings. Or the chinese bun stuffed with pork belly.

          1. re: winedine

            The fried duck fat chicken livers sound pretty heavenly!

            1. re: LulusMom

              Try them again - I've had nothing but excellent experiences there. That said, I generally see meat dishes ordered. I suspect the pasta station was quiet. Not a good excuse, but it may be the reason your dish was poorly prepared.

              As a side note, they have been terrific for a solo diner. I go to Duke several times a year for my day long "poke n prod" day for monitoring some issues. By the end I am beat, hungry and looking for a little pampering. Watts is usually where I head for it!

              IIRC Wed. they have a nice deal on wine too. :-)

              1. re: meatn3

                Two good reasons for me to try it - my husband is often out of town, and when I get a babysitter, I take myself someplace nice. So I'll put this back on my list. And of course the wine deals won't hurt ... ; )

                1. re: LulusMom

                  Thought I'd throw that in to sweeten the deal!

                  :-D

                  e-mail if you want company - I haven't been in a while! They had a goat cheese dessert I keep thinking about,,,

                  1. re: meatn3

                    Will do! But just a warning that I'll be away for Jan. and Feb. so it may be a while.

                    they make a nice goat cheese cheesecake (or made ... its been a while) at Panzanella.

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                    Panzanella
                    101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      I'll still be hungry!

                      Thanks for the tip on Panzanella. I have not yet been there, but a good friend with similar tastes raves about them. They are on my ever growing list.

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                      Panzanella
                      101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510