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eat2winraleigh Jan 20, 2011 10:03 AM

Where is everyone going ?

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    burgeoningfoodie RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 20, 2011 11:28 AM

    Depends on who is actually offering a deal (I don't mean participating.. I mean literally that what you get would cost less than picking the same number items off the reg. menu) and where I've wanted to try.

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      bbqme RE: burgeoningfoodie Jan 24, 2011 01:13 PM

      Looking over the offerings of participating restaurants in Chapel Hill and Durham I am underwhelmed.

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        LulusMom RE: bbqme Jan 24, 2011 03:28 PM

        We went in DC when they first started doing them, and I felt exactly the same way. There seemed to be a "cram 'em in and get 'em out" feel about the whole undertaking, and often the food wasn't the same was what is regularly offered. I tend to avoid Restaurant weeks like the plague.

        I have to say though, the thoughts below about Coquette's previous offerings gives me hope that not everyone who participates is taking the approach that they're in it for the money.

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      dinersaurus RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 20, 2011 12:05 PM

      This might help:

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        lovetoeat23 RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 20, 2011 01:36 PM

        Or this link was posted on Greg Cox's Mouthful Blog. Easy to find menus without the music.


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          RonboNC RE: lovetoeat23 Jan 22, 2011 10:20 AM

          Thanks for the simplified list, lovetoeat23! The official TRW website is way too complicated for browsing...

          Based on a quick screen, I'd be interested in checking out Bella Monica, Gravy (good deal for dins, $20), Globe and Sono. Blu Seafood did a great job last year but would like to get to some new spots. Definitely hitting up Frazier's for a group event and I expect they'll be pretty solid!

          Bella Monica Restaurant
          3121 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

          319 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

          Blu Seafood and Bar
          2002 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

        2. eat2winraleigh RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 22, 2011 07:55 AM

          Sola's menu for $25 seems like a decent deal to me, if the food is good. I've never been.
          I love Cafe Luna and their menu for $20 looks delicious.
          I've been wanting to try Vivace and Coquette Brasserie. Vivace's menu doesn't look like anything special for $30, but Coquette's looks OK. Opinions ?

          Coquette Brasserie
          4351 The Circle At North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

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            AreBe RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 24, 2011 08:06 AM

            I first went to Coquette during TRW and I go back for lunch often. Coquette and UFG 'get' restaurant week and offer food that shows their expertise and range at a bit of a discounted price. This year's menus look good, even that pork sandwich option for lunch sounds delicious.

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              RonboNC RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 24, 2011 09:29 AM

              Oh and thanks for the TRW webpage eat2win! Didn't realize it was your website, very nice...

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                eat2winraleigh RE: RonboNC Jan 24, 2011 03:40 PM

                Glad you like Ronbo!

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              d.v RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 24, 2011 11:33 AM

              I'm going to "The Artisan" this week with a group of 8. I've never been there. Do the "get" restaurant week, as an earlier post put it? Also, your thoughts on "The Artisan"

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                cackalackie RE: d.v Jan 24, 2011 03:29 PM

                The Artisan is brand new. It took over the space that was Sauced Pizza and before that, Enoteca Vin (r.i.p.). I had the assumption that it would be more of a bar than a restaurant - but I could be mistaken. I will be interested in hearing your review!

              2. RonboNC RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 25, 2011 05:19 AM

                Just hit up Fraziers last night on Hillsborough and it was pretty darn good! Cauliflower bisque with toasted capers, salmon over gnocchi with pomegrante seeds and a chocolate cake with cherries, yum... Also threw in some fried chicken (brined with sweet tea and panko crumbs) along with their fingerling potatoes.

                Have been here three times and it's always been on point....

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                  eat2winraleigh RE: RonboNC Jan 25, 2011 03:03 PM

                  Sounds delicious! Where there a lot of people there ? Just curious about the crowds for restaurant week during the week.

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                    RonboNC RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 26, 2011 05:27 AM

                    Pretty empty at Frazier's eat2win. When we got in at 7:30pm on Monday, only about 8 of us there and when we left, half full. But Mondays are always light! My experience in Raleigh is that you only get crowds Thursday - Saturday during prime-time hours (6:30 to 8:30pm).

                    Hitting up Croquette for lunch today, more reports to follow!

                2. RonboNC RE: eat2winraleigh Jan 28, 2011 05:18 AM

                  Ended up at Coquette and Gravy over the last two days. The TRW menu at Coquette looked good but I went off-menu. Overall thought is Coquette looks better than what it delivers but not bad.

                  Gravy had a great menu for I think, $20. Fried risotto balls, choice of four entrees including a hanger steak and two desserts (they do a great tiramisu). I ended up going off-menu again because I really wanted some basic pasta. But their TRW menu is definitely worth the effort, a great deal!

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                    meatn3 RE: RonboNC Jan 28, 2011 08:30 AM

                    Good assessment on Coquette. For the last year or so they have been just off the mark. I've tried them for brunch, lunch and dinner several times in the last 15 months and something has slipped. Prior to that they delivered perfection at every visit...

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