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Chapel Hill Birthday

I am heading to NC to celebrate my 20 year olds birthday - we are both foodies - and plan to treat her & a couple of her friends for dinner
. Where to go? Elaine's? Lantern? Le Riz? Fearrington? Would love some guidance..............

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  1. I'm going to guess that the one you've heard the most about (because it gets the most national press) is the Lantern. If so, that might make it the most fun for everyone.

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    1. re: LulusMom

      True - but we wondered if it was worth the buzz

      1. re: mary gerstle

        It is a very good restaurant. I've never been to Le Res, didn't care for Fearrington (although many on this board love it), and love Elaine's and very much like the Lantern. I think if you like Asian food with a sort of upscale twist you'll be happy with the Lantern.

    2. Drop La Res from the list. Either Elaine's or Lantern would be perfect.

      1. I'll point in a separate direction. Since she is 20 she is likely more into adventurous eating than fine dining. Therefore, I think you guys should hit up China Gourmet and Cholanad.

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        1. re: bbqme

          +1 for Cholanad. Hands down my favorite Indian in the area.

            1. re: LulusMom

              +3 the best -and it's full of 20 somethings too.

              1. re: Rory

                okay after this thread I went to Cholanad for my birthday; it was last Thurs, totally rainy and cold & the place was packed. They deserve their success the food was amazing.

                1. re: Rory

                  Confused.. You went to cholonad based on this thread? But you had been at least once before.. so why this thread?

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    sorry to be obscure, I went for my birthday, even though I have been there many times. It was delicious.

                    1. re: Rory

                      Belated happy birthday Rory!

                      1. re: bbqme

                        bbqme thank you:) the week after it was my dad's; we went to Vimala's - totally delicious, she had a green chili pork special & butter chicken specials...oh so amazingly good!

        2. I've been happy with One in Meadowmont. Creative and not stuffy. That's where we take our daughter, who's just a little bit older than yours. Lantern wasn't my favorite, but I understand its appeal.

          1. Jujube is a good little restaurant down in Glen Lennox. They source some stuff locally and use better than average quality food ingredients in general.