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vein1 Feb 13, 2011 04:09 PM

Would like the Hounds help with brunch the weekend of the 20th. Would like to really surprise my
wonderful wife. As she has been so supportive. Any and all suggestions much appreciated.
Price and menu are all open THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!

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  1. LulusMom RE: vein1 Feb 13, 2011 07:08 PM

    It really does depend on what you consider the ideal brunch, but my immediate thought was Rue Cler in Durham. Wonderful beignets, and usually very good food - always with the caveat that the service can be rough.

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    Rue Cler Restaurant
    401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

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      vein1 RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2011 11:55 AM

      Their menu looks interesting Thanks

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        jonfrank604 RE: vein1 Feb 14, 2011 03:42 PM

        2nd for Rue Cler...There is a newer place called Dames chicken and waffles downtown durham on main st also which is novel and good...Watts grocery also has a great brunch..But, if it were me...Rue Cler, and definitely get the beignets!

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        dinersaurus RE: LulusMom Feb 15, 2011 06:58 AM

        I've had bad luck at Rue Cler for brunch. After a couple of trips, I've gone away disappointed each time. I would go to Vin Rouge or Watts instead.

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        Rue Cler Restaurant
        401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

        Vin Rouge
        2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

      3. brsmith2 RE: vein1 Feb 15, 2011 08:06 AM

        Rue Cler and Vin Rouge are tied in my mind - both excellent. Vin Rouge has the advantage of a lovely patio, if the weather is nice. Watts Grocery is very good too. Poole's Diner in Raleigh is also top-notch, and people say the brunch at Il Palio (jn Chapel Hill) is good, but I've never been.

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        Rue Cler Restaurant
        401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

        Watts Grocery
        1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

        Vin Rouge
        2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

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          LulusMom RE: brsmith2 Feb 15, 2011 11:07 AM

          I'm also a fan of Vin Rouge. And the service is *much* better than at Rue Cler.

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          Rue Cler Restaurant
          401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

          Vin Rouge
          2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

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          walras RE: vein1 Feb 15, 2011 02:27 PM

          Tonali is our go to place for brunch on Saturdays. Andreas has a wonderful menu of things not available elsewhere for brunch. And very elegant presentations, too. (Not open on Sunday, though.)

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

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            vein1 RE: walras Feb 15, 2011 04:41 PM

            walras is there menu available online?

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              walras RE: vein1 Feb 16, 2011 05:15 AM

              No -- I've had all their egg dishes: huevos mexicanos, huevos divorciados, and huevos rancheros. It's the sauces that are stunning. Beyond those dishes, I simply can't recall.
              It seems Andreas visits the farmer's market on Saturday early morning, and in prepping for the Saturday dinner meal, and advance prepping for some of the week's meals, his crew and he'll be there on Saturday morning anyway, so we get the benefit of eating the freshest local stuff.

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              brsmith2 RE: walras Feb 16, 2011 08:10 AM

              I'll second Tonali, even though I've never had their brunch. Dinner there is excellent.

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

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              rajeevofcarrboro RE: vein1 Feb 17, 2011 08:08 AM

              While I love a Vin Rouge dinner, I'd always take Acme brunch over a Vin Rouge brunch. I'd get the doughnuts or apple turnover to start with. Then the deluxe eggs benedict (ham and fried green tomatoes!) or the Texas border breakfast (green chile grits, poached eggs, steak, chipotle hollandaise). Great food, great staff.

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              Acme Food & Beverage Co
              110 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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