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Jan 14, 2011 05:57 AM

Downtown Raleigh Challenge (tonight!)

I am looking for three different restaurants in downtown Raleigh to go this evening and am interested in hearing recommendations for the best choice for starter, main, and dessert. Bonus points for drinks too - and a walkable itinerary. (There will be two of us, so in some cases we might be able to eat at the bar rather than waiting for a table in each location.)

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Drinks/starter at the Foundation, dinner at Mo's Diner, dessert at The Mint.

    For Glenwood South you could go to Solas for starters,Tasca Brava for dinner and Zely and Ritz for dessert. Or switch the starter and dessert locations.

    Fun idea!

    Mo's Diner
    306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    1. Do you specifically want or need to go to three different ones or do you want the best offering in each category in downtown Raleigh? If the later, I'd just park myself at Poole's for all three courses, especially with the Fins / BuKu transition, etc. (Actually, I'm not much of a dessert person so maybe I shouldn't speak to that but I'm betting that their desserts are pretty good.)

      1. I might start at Sitti for a couple of small plates in the bar and a glass of wine. From there, I would stop in at Foundation for a fun mixed drink. Then, on to Buku for more small plates and more wine or cocktails. I would finish at Poole's (after the dinner crowd dies down a bit) to close out the night with dessert and wine.

        137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601

        1. Another itinerary could focus on Glenwood South. Some combination of Tasca Brava for a starter and wine, followed by Solas or Zely & Ritz, and ending at Second Empire's Tavern could do the trick. Or, you could do Second Empire's Tavern for a main, then end up back on Glenwood South at Solas or even Helios for late night wine and/or coffee.

          Zely & Ritz
          301 Glenwood Ave Ste 100, Raleigh, NC 27603

          Tasca Brava
          607 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

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          1. Thanks everyone - for the suggestions so far. I had already thought of trying to include Poole's and Foundation. And I'd considered the Mint (I haven't been there yet). I just thought it would be a fun way to help my friend celebrate her birthday...... Keep 'em coming! Thanks again....

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            1. re: cackalackie

              I think Mo's has the best desserts downtown, Poole's included. They always have an awesome bread pudding available.