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Dinner recommendations near NC Museum of Art Raleigh

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tsands Sep 30, 2011 06:33 AM

We're headed to the museum tonight and would love some rec's for dinner. We're open to all types of food, love joints and ethnic, but really just want good food. We live in Durham, so not too familiar with restaurants near the museum and don't want to go too far into Raleigh.

  1. meatn3 Sep 30, 2011 07:27 AM

    There was a recent post about lunch near the museum, Many of the suggestions are equally good for dinner:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805083

    There is not much real close by. But as a poster pointed out in the lunch thread, you are really 10 minutes away from downtown and Cary.

    Are you looking for any particular price range or speed of service (assuming you are attending a function after)?

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      tsands Sep 30, 2011 09:22 AM

      no particular price range or speed of service. Since we live in Durham, I'd rather not go downtown. Brier Creek area is ok as is a little farther down Glenwood. We're going to Museum first for Friday after dark, then head to eat around 8-8:30.
      Want something a bit nicer than neomonde or Chubby's or pizza and have heard mixed reviews of Bella Monica.

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

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        rafeco Sep 30, 2011 10:58 AM

        Bella Monica is really good. I suppose there may be some dishes that are better than others, but overall, I really enjoy it. (In fairness, we usually go for the Tuesday chicken lasagna special.)

        Sawasdee, the Thai restaurant on Glenwood, is very good and not too far out of your way.

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

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          meatn3 Sep 30, 2011 12:40 PM

          Since you are looking for something a little nicer you may want to get on to 440 and make the short drive to North Hills at the Six Forks exit. Coquette and Vivace are both good choices.

          http://vivaceraleigh.com/

          http://www.coquetteraleigh.com/

      2. brsmith2 Sep 30, 2011 08:57 AM

        I'd suggest stopping on the way to the museum at Bella Mia Pizza. It's just off of I-40 at the Harrison Ave exit.

        Neo Monde (Mediterranean) is also excellent and not far from the museum.

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          Leadmine Sep 30, 2011 12:49 PM

          You're not too far from the Hillsborough Rd exit off of 440 or just down Blue Ridge Rd. I would recommend:

          Porter's

          Frazier's

          David's Dumpling and Noodle Bar

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            tsands Oct 1, 2011 01:49 PM

            thanks for all the suggestions!
            I would highly recommend the Museum's Friday after Dark; free admission with some music and beverages and small plates for purchase. they turn a portion of their lobby into a lounge; very cool!
            Afterward, we ate at Sawasdee Thai. We got there at 9pm which I think was a mistake. The appetizers were great, but then the entrees arrived and they were luke warm and not very spicy even though we ordered them Extra Spicy. the flavor was good but less than appetizing when not hot. It seemed like they cooked them at the same time as the appetizers and then let them sit. they brought the entrees out while we were in the middle of our appetizers and still they were luke warm at best. The staff seemed ready to go home as they had the vacuum cleaner out and were sitting around just waiting for us to leave. For $130 for 4, I want to enjoy hot food and not be rushed. Since they got such great reviews and the flavor was good, I'd say go a bit early would catch them at their best.

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            Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
            3601 Capital Blvd Ste 107, Raleigh, NC 27604

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              Leadmine Oct 5, 2011 09:34 AM

              Thx for the review on Sawasdee. Did you eat at the Glenwood or Capital location? If Glenwood, here's hoping they don't make what you describe a habit as that location is unforgiving and has seen its share of turnover.

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                cackalackie Oct 11, 2011 07:44 AM

                We went to the one on Glenwood a few months ago and it was awful. The service was so slow that we ended up having to send something back because it simply took too long. (We were ready for the bill by then.) Drinks were never replenished (even beer). The woman next to us was brought a chicken dish - although she'd ordered the vegetarian. And the TVs were playing the most atrocious show. (One of those news shows that investigated real-life murder - that sort of thing.) It was one of those situations were the staff are running around like headless chickens - only nothing ever happens. When the food finally arrived, it was just OK. We vowed to only visit the Capital Blvd location from then on.

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              burgeoningfoodie Oct 5, 2011 06:42 AM

              I'd toss in Neomonde to those suggestions as well. Not upscale or anything just good middle eastern food (lebanese).

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                burgeoningfoodie Oct 11, 2011 12:03 PM

                I'd also toss in most of the places at North Hills and Waraji isn't really any further away than Sawasdee Thai on Glenwood so that is another option.

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                Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
                3601 Capital Blvd Ste 107, Raleigh, NC 27604

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                SES Dec 27, 2011 09:06 AM

                The response is too late for your trip, but if you return ..... consider Bistro 618. It is just off the 440 beltline on Lake Boone Trail. The food is great.

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