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Open by 5:00 on Saturday, somewhat fancy in Durha/CH?

LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 02:28 AM

Hi All, LulusDad and I are taking her to see Mary Poppins at DPAC on Saturday. Since this is a somewhat special thing to do, we'd like to take her somewhere a little fancy after the show for dinner. Looks like the show will end at 4:35. Is there any place in Durham or CH that would open at 5:00 (or already be open) where the food is decent and we'd feel ok in our dress up clothes that you can think of? Most of the places I can think of are either not really dressy seeming places or don't open until 5:30. I'd really appreciate any help - I seem to be blanking on this one. Thanks!

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    cervisiam RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 06:24 AM

    six plates? g2b? nanas?

    1. LulusMom RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 06:34 AM

      Nanas! I thought they didn't open until 5:30. That is perfect. Will see if I can get a reservation there. Thanks!

      1. ToothTooth RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 06:35 AM

        Revolution. Mateo.

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          LulusMom RE: ToothTooth Feb 14, 2013 07:02 AM

          Nanas is fully booked. Mateo is saying fully booked on Open Table (I know, my bad for leaving it until now). I may call and see if there is really a table available, but my guess is that there isn't after Greg Cox's review. My one trip to Revolution was just ok, but I've been hearing good things so maybe that is worth a shot. Just checked - no tables until 6:00. I have a reservation at G2B right now, but can cancel if Mateos ends up having space (but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed). Wish Vin Rouge was open slightly earlier.

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            D R C RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 09:43 AM

            Normally you can eat at in the bar at Nana's - they have several tables there that are first-come, not an issue if you get there a few minutes early, but I don't have experience with an event weekend crowd. Edit: when I do the bar like this, I always have a backup plan!

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              LulusMom RE: D R C Feb 14, 2013 11:14 AM

              I love eating at the bar. Not sure how they'd feel about a 6 year old being there though - some places are fine with it, others not so much. But I will keep it in mind for next time without her along.

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                D R C RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 02:06 PM

                I've eaten in the bar there with my kids the last few years, they are 7 and 9 now. The staff looks after them very well. The tables and chairs are a little higher so not good for little ones.

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                  rockycat RE: D R C Feb 14, 2013 02:27 PM

                  I haven't been there, but I've done girls' night out with my daughter at other bars and it's never been a problem.

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                    LulusMom RE: rockycat Feb 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                    Maybe it is because of places we've traveled, but there have been a lot of places that will let her in. but won't let her sit at the bar. We've sat at bars at a few places around here (City Kitchen, Bin 54, Panzanella all come to mind) but there are places that just won't allow it. BTW, rockycat jr. is now a hero(ine) of Lulu's. I think the tipping point was the longed for halloween costume.

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                    LulusMom RE: D R C Feb 14, 2013 04:35 PM

                    This is great to know. Lulu and I get a lot of "ladies nights" because of her dad's work schedule and I think she'd have fun sitting at the bar there. Thanks for the info.

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                burgeoningfoodie RE: LulusMom Feb 19, 2013 09:09 AM

                Its been my experience that Open Table reserves a certain quantity for their booking system. Give the restaurant a call.

            2. LulusMom RE: LulusMom Feb 14, 2013 07:10 AM

              After a somewhat frantic few minutes, I suddenly thought of Blu. Haven't been there for a few years, but decided on it (with the help of her dad) and canceled G2B. I like G2B a lot, but Lulu has been there. This will be a new, and hopefully fun, experience for her. Thanks cervisiam and ToothTooth for your help.

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                Tom from Raleigh RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2013 06:33 AM

                When we go to an afternoon show at Dpac, we go to Tyler's for a drink and a video game or two and then on to dinner. Opens up the options considerably.

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                  LulusMom RE: Tom from Raleigh Feb 16, 2013 07:26 AM

                  I'm guessing your bedtime is a bit later than Lulus ; )

                2. LulusMom RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2013 04:50 PM

                  Just wanted to say that we're just back from Blu, and that it was really good. This place doesn't get much mention on this board but we definitely enjoyed our meal. PEI oysters; salmon tartar with seaweed salad and avocado; calamari with a smoky aioli, ceasar salad; mahi mahi wrapped in proscuitto; shrimp and scallops with sticky rice and a miso and sweet soy sauce. And Lulu got a lemon pound cake with strawberry compost (her word for it) that she loved. Really all very good. Wine by the glass selection could be broader and less sweet, but otherwise no complaints. Service was great.

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                    Jeanne RE: LulusMom Feb 17, 2013 01:42 PM

                    I love Blu Seafood. I've been looking at their menu since it was mentioned here the other day.

                    Haven't been in a while - time for a trip back!

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                      burgeoningfoodie RE: LulusMom Feb 19, 2013 09:12 AM

                      Good to hear about Blu. We keep meaning to go and just don't. Even when someone gave us a coupon. He's been there for a long while so he must be doing something right besides being one of the few seafood dedicated spots in the Triangle area. Btw did Oakleaf with in-laws and they really enjoyed it.

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                        LulusMom RE: burgeoningfoodie Feb 19, 2013 10:31 AM

                        Happy to hear that Oakleaf was a hit (at least with the in-laws). We liked it the time we went. LulusDad seems to be digging his heels in about heading back for some reason. Maybe the drive.

                        Blu was really good the other night. And for those who don't like fish/seafood, there is a turf section on the menu.

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                        Tehama RE: LulusMom Mar 5, 2013 04:25 AM

                        Good morning! I'd never heard of Blu. Menu looks delish; I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

                      3. Terrie H. RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2013 04:54 PM

                        What does CH mean?

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                          meatn3 RE: Terrie H. Feb 16, 2013 05:10 PM

                          Chapel Hill!

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                            LulusMom RE: Terrie H. Feb 17, 2013 03:58 AM

                            Sorry about that - should have typed the whole thing out.

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                              Terrie H. RE: LulusMom Feb 17, 2013 05:36 AM

                              Not at all -- just couldn't figure it out, not being a local. TY!

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