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Jan 18, 2013 08:38 AM

Suggestions for Restaurant Week in the Triangle?

Still new to the area and wondering what are the better deals for RW in the Triangle. Lunch or dinner. Thanks!

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  1. As a rule, Restaurant Week isn't much of a deal of any kind. For the most part, you can order off the regular menus at the participating restaurants for the same or, in a few random instances, even less than the RW prices. Not many restaurants bother to put their best foot forward by offering anything "special" or out of the ordinary. I don't believe that many board members even take advantage of these menus.

    Welcome to the area and I hope you enjoy a lot of good eats in the near future.

    ETA: I just went over the website again, and I think I could easily recommend the Weathervane menu. Perhaps in a response to the softer economy there does appear to be better value this year than in most years. A few places are even offering a $10 lunch. I think that's a first and that's a nice, low commitment way to tray a new place. Still, Weathervane is the only restaurant that has me thinking about reseverations.

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    1. re: rockycat

      Agreed with RockyCat, the Weathervane menu is the same as what was used for the Competition Dining series last year. Interesting stuff.

      The other menu that stood out to me was G2B which offers a $20 dinner which seems pretty solid. Sono and 18 Seaboard are both consistently good so I'd recommend either of them too.

      I just wrote up a quick post on TRW, see below...

      1. re: RonboNC

        I went to G2B for restaurant week last year and was very impressed with both the quality and creativity of the food. I get the feeling that they are one of the few places that are willing to try something different for RW - some of their dishes last year later ended up on the regular menu, probably in response to positive feedback. And you can't beat the $20 price tag and the $10 additional beer pairing for the RW week menu!

        1. re: RonboNC

          Sono's and ONE's menus intrigued me the most.

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        1. I was going to take advantage of Porter's $10 lunch menu tomorrow. It turns out, however, that according to Porter's website, the lunch is $15. After we found that out, four of the seven of us who were planning on coming backed out. The other three are reconsidering, too.

          I believe the restaurant's website over the TRW site. Still, this tells me that you'd better check with the restaurant first.

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          1. re: rockycat

            I was just looking at Porters site - it now shows lunch for $10, Dinner for $30.

          2. I've been meaning to try Element in Chapel Hill, from the former owner of An. This is the perfect excuse. Going for lunch today. Will report back.

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            1. re: yahooer

              Oh good! We went fairly early on and there were some kinks to iron out. I'd love to hear that they've done so.

              1. re: LulusMom

                We were quite pleased. Room is smaller than I thought it would be, and was full. Service was attentive. Restaurant Week menu let us choose any large plate and a salad for $10 at lunch. A good deal for Restaurant Week here which doesn't seem to offer many. We chose Korean Seafood Noodle and Walnut Prawns. Salads to start were excellent with a light miso and I think raspberry vinegar dressing. Walnut Prawns were great presentation with, I think, 6 large prawns deep fried on a bed of cabbage and topped with honied walnuts. Dish was crisp and a little dry, but I think it was supposed to be that way. My opinion was Seafood Noodle dish was the star of the show. Large scallops, lots of shrimp, mushrooms, scallions, maybe carrots, too, tossed with udon noodles in a spicy Korean sauce. Reminded me of something I had at An but I don't remember what it was called. We loved everything. Desert menu looked good, but we were pretty happy by then. Enjoyed it all so much, I'm planning to go back with husband so he can give it a try.

                I'm happy I went. Will certainly go back again. Stay away from first table in the dining room on a cold day. Even though it's a long way from the door, it was very drafty every time someone came in or left.

                1. re: yahooer

                  Thanks for reporting back yahooer. I'm really happy to hear this. Funnily enough I was out to dinner with a friend last night and got talking to the bartender, and asked what his favorite restaurant (besides the one we were in) was. He said he had recently tried Elements and was very impressed with both the food and the service. I think I'll need to go back soon and give them another try.

            2. I would do Il Palio just because it is probably cheaper. Saw someone's posts from G2B and looked very impressive. I'd also try some place like Little Hen in holly springs/apex.