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Sep 22, 2011 05:41 AM

Joel Lane's Public House

Good morning! Have any of you been to Joel Lane's Public House yet? I'm going for lunch today. Must get's? Thanks guys!

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  1. Is that the new place in the old Vin/Sauced location? Please report back when you've been. I just noticed it the other day - but haven't heard a thing about it.

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    1. re: cackalackie

      Rats! My friend opted out due to some ailment, so I took me, myself, and I to Clyde Coopers for a nascent bbq hankering I had been having. Now I am really intrigued by Joel Lane's Public House --> Chowhound meet up?

      1. re: Tehama

        It would be great to have a meetup in Raleigh next!
        What intrigues you about Joel Lane's?

        Another option could be Relish. The N&O review caught my eye!

        1. re: meatn3

          I have some reservations about Relish, mostly because my father and his retiree buddies like it so much. That statement isn't based on stereotype, it's based on knowing him and his friends and the kind of places they like to go (like California Pizza Kitchen and Bahama Breeze).

          For my own part, I just find their menu uninteresting. I'm usually not too excited about going out for grilled cheese or mac and cheese and, along with burgers, that comprises most of the menu.

          I could be very wrong about Relish, but it seems to me that there are so many more interesting restaurants in Raleigh if we're looking for a place for a meetup.

          1. re: rockycat

            I haven't heard any first hand reports. I'm just glad there is something back in that space.

            Ie your Father, I have a few people who serve as a barometer for me in a similar way!

            Maybe it's the economy, but I seem to be seeing this sort of menu quite a bit with newly opened places. Seemed in line w/ the menu at J. Lane...

          2. re: meatn3

            I think I was more intrigued with the ambiance and the history than the innovativeness of the menu! ;-) However, I do think it has the possibility to be a nice rotation in my lunch-restaurant rotation.

            I am thinking maybe the Oakwood Cafe for the Raleigh meet-up. The problem is that it is so small that I might have to ask Norberto (the patriarch owner) when he could make room for us. We could go for a weekend breakfast or get there super early for dinner on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night ?

            Oakwood Cafe
            300 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

            1. re: Tehama

              Oakwood would be tricky spacewise, It would be a tough spot if the group arrives at staggered times (g2b style) or wants to linger.

              Any thoughts on Machu Picchu? Their menu is finally up and looks interesting to me.


              Either way, a Raleigh get together would be great! Time-wise the Durham/Chapel Hill options have been hard for me to do these days.

              Oakwood Cafe
              300 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

            2. re: meatn3

              Would love to have a CH gathering here in Raleigh but prefer to go somewhere with a creative (or ethnic) menu -- not traditional pub food. We've been to Relish a number of times (it's close to us and cheap) but I don't consider it a CH-type place.

              My druthers would be for places I haven't been yet like Buku or Capital Club 16 or even better -- new places like Babylon, Troy Mezze Lounge, Battistella's, or Mantra. Any of the Urban Food Group restaurants are great (had a lovely Chicken Orecchietta at Vivace last night) but would prefer to try some of those places that just opened.

              1. re: TerryG

                Cool! Aside from Buku, I haven't tried any of TerryG's suggestions. I definitely am open to any place! I know Buku has gotten very positive reviews, but unfortunately for me, I had to send my meal back when I went. I think that was a first in at least 5 (or more) years. It was that messed up. I am sure mine was an abberation though. Surely!

                1. re: TerryG

                  I think the Relish idea was dropped a while back!

                  Is anyone interested in the Peruvian place?

                  Babylon and Battistella's interest me, but the later doesn't take reservations.

                  1. re: meatn3

                    I'm definitely interested in the Peruvian place. Also seems that Babylon would be nice to dine al fresco before it gets too cold. Would be interested in either of these.

                    But because of the Jewish Holidays and out of town visitors these next 2 weekends are not good for us -- except for Sunday evenings. Babylon is closed on Sunday, but Machu Picchu is open till 8. Would an early Sunday evening gathering -- say 5:30ish work for folks? Or should we take this offline onto the discussion list ?

                    1. re: TerryG

                      Yes, probably best to move it offline for specific times/dates.

                      Hope folks reading this know they can join the group!

                      I like the idea of either and working a few weeks out gives plenty of time for logistics!

                      1. re: TerryG

                        We're interested but have pretty much the same issues as TerryG. Definitely interested in Battistella's as I was impressed with them at the Farm to Fork 2 years ago. I'm certainly open to other places, though.

            3. Hey everyone! I went to Joel Lane's Public House today for lunch and was very happy and I urge each of you to go! I'm not saying it was the most innovative cuisine, but it was fresh and very tasty.

              Observations and Thoughts:
              * Scotch Eggs were on the appetizer menu and I was in heaven!
              * They have daily drink and menu specials.
              * My friend and I shared the Club and French Dip sandwiches. Obviously a culinary genius did not have a brainstorm and create these offerings, but they were very, very nice as far as these tried and true sandwiches go. I especially loved the Club.
              * I think - whether intentional or not - the chef decided that jalapenos are prized ingredients because they are snuck in subtle and not-so-subtle ways into many of the offerings. I was pleasantly surprised to find wee bits of jalapenos in my French dip.
              * The interior is very well done; lots of rich copper and chocolate brown colors with local artwork on the walls. Nice bar as well.
              * The service was spot-on. VERY friendly and professional.
              * How nice is it that there is an actually parking lot on Glenwood South! Turn in at "The Diner" (which I have not gone to), at the end of the Creamery Building. You can also park in the lower lot on the back side of Sullivans and walk around the building.

              I think they may be having trouble getting the word out they are now open because it doesn't face Glenwood. Please go and tell your friends. I think this has the potential to be a neat spot when you just want good, basic food. Plus, I am excited about $5 martini nights (they are getting PAMA liquor in this weekend -- so excited!) and $5 Whiskey & Trivia nights.