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LulusMom Mar 20, 2013 08:44 AM

My mind is drawing a blank on this one. Lulu has a school assembly each month, and usually afterwards we'd head for an early dinner to the 501 Diner. But, much to our dismay, they have closed. We're not fans of Elmos. I'm trying to think of someplace to take her this Friday after assembly - we're talking about 3:30 in the afternoon and I can't think of many places that will be open. I am guessing that NanaTacos is one option. We did Pizza Toro and that was a big hit but I'd really rather be closer to home (Chapel Hill) if possible. Not really in love with Carolina Brewery. Price isn't an issue, quality of food and being open at around that time are. Anyone having any brilliant ideas? They'd be much appreciated.

  1. LulusMom Mar 22, 2013 02:14 PM

    OK, so, I want to put this online to clear up some information. We decided to try Luche Tigre. We got there at 3:20. Locked up tight as a drum. No one to be seen. Tried the side door. Still nothing, although music was playing onto the patio. Irritated, I gave Lulu the choice of Sandwhich, Kipos or Venable. She chose Kipos and so off we went. I filled up the meter on Franklin St. and we walked into Kipos, although a sign on the door said something like "Lunch 11:30-2:30; Dinner 5:00-whatever time". We walked in and I asked the host if we could get food. He said "only at the bakery. Lunch is only served until 2:30. Dinner starts in over an hour." I was a little fed up at this point and mentioned that the website only says that they are open all day, and doesn't give meal hours. He apologized nicely. OK - note to both restaurants: 1) TL, have a website. Make sure that website has the hours listed in a place where it is easy to find them; 2) Kipos, if you can manage to put the times on the door, they can make it onto your website. End of rant. It turns out that Tallulah's is open on Fridays (not the rest of the weekdays) at this time, thank goodness. That is where we ended up, what with the meter already stuffed with coins. We had a nice meal there, but I am disappointed that I didn't get to try one of the other places.

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      LulusMom Mar 22, 2013 02:46 PM

      This is just to say (no, I didn't eat the plums) that I've looked at Kipos website again, and when you go to the "about" page it does list the times for lunch and dinner. Would have been helpful to have them on the front page, but my fault for not checking more thoroughly.

      As for Luche Tigre, please - get a website.

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      yahooer Mar 21, 2013 09:29 PM

      L'uva Enoteca is one of our favorite places. I believe they're open all day until they close in the evening. If you're there when they offer dinner menu, and I don't know when that starts, they have half orders of pasta that might be just the right size for Lulu. I am also a pushover for any of the fish dishes there.

      1. meatn3 Mar 21, 2013 04:49 PM

        For Durham Guglhupf serves lunch until 4:30. They do have table service and a bar!

        http://guglhupf.com/cafe/reservations/

        I've only had coffee and pastries but the food looked quite good.

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          bbqme Mar 21, 2013 07:21 PM

          Good rec, the food is equally good.

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            ksbee Mar 22, 2013 11:52 AM

            +2 for Guglhupf - the food is very good and the wine and beer list very interesting.

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            bbqme Mar 21, 2013 07:37 AM

            I know The Pig is open then. In Durham, Parker & Otis is open and they have an interesting candy section, including a lot of nostalgia candy, so you can let her pick a treat for being a good girl.

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              LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 07:40 AM

              She got 2 books yesterday for being a good girl. She was so excited that it wasn't just one.

              I've always wanted to go to Parker and Otis. Going to check the menu. Since I'm not a pork eater, the Pig isn't really top of my list. We tried it once and I think that was probably enough.

              And thanks everyone! I really appreciate the suggestions.

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              brokegradstudent Mar 20, 2013 11:45 AM

              I have a bad habit of skipping lunch, so this window (2:30-5:30) is a pretty frequent concern.

              NanaTaco was my first thought before I noticed the geography (we seem to only eat there at 3pm). Others in order of occurrence: Sandwhich, Neal's Deli, Carrburritos, IP3...

              So mostly sandwiches, apparently.

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                Rory Mar 20, 2013 01:45 PM

                Cholanad is open and they serve their dinner menu for lunch. You can get wine;-)

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                  LulusMom Mar 20, 2013 01:50 PM

                  Another great idea, although we are headed there next week so might be over-saturating Lulu's Indian market.

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                    Rory Mar 20, 2013 06:38 PM

                    Gourmet Kingdom, Korchipi Korean pizza, Kipos (?)

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                      LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 03:42 AM

                      GK is a great idea, but we were just there on Tuesday. Trying to save my first time at Kipos for the husband although ... she loves Greek food too. Hmmm. To save or not to save, that is the question.

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                        brokegradstudent Mar 21, 2013 01:34 PM

                        I *think* GK closes between lunch and dinner. Could be wrong.

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                          LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 01:37 PM

                          The one thing I know is that they are closed for lunch on Tuesdays.

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                  LulusMom Mar 20, 2013 01:48 PM

                  I usually skip lunch too, but more because if I have it I tend to fall asleep, and we eat dinner pretty early given Lulu's bedtime. I hadn't thought of Carrburirtos at all, and had no idea that Sandwhich was open all afternoon. Those are good ideas and much appreciated. Occurred to me that possibly Venable is open all afternoon - going to check on that too, but otherwise will go with one of your ideas. Table service is a big plus, which I guess puts Carrburritos at the bottom of the list. Thank you so much.

                3. LulusMom Mar 20, 2013 08:51 AM

                  I should mention that her school is in Durham, so if you have an absolutely brilliant idea in Durham, please go ahead and throw it at me just in case. And again, thanks so much.

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                    Tom from Raleigh Mar 21, 2013 06:41 AM

                    What about Dane's Chicken & Waffles?

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                      LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 07:38 AM

                      Thanks for the idea. Their website isn't showing (at least in any obvious place - one of my pet peeves) their hours so I'm guessing you know that they're open mid-afternoon? I've never had chicken and waffles and am a little nervous about it - not a waffle fan - but think I should definitely try it sometime.

                      Got myself excited about the Kipos idea and then looked at the menu. I'm guessing that they only have the lunch menu at 3:30 and I'd rather my first time there be when I have more choice (which the dinner menu has).

                      Right now it is down to Sandwhich or Venable. Both seem like they would be comfortable and good.

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                        burgeoningfoodie Mar 21, 2013 07:43 AM

                        Sandwich can be slow and loud but not bad on food.. the worst part about SandwHich is the lack of parking. What are Sage's hours? Lucha Tigre?

                        How about Sake Bomb in Durham? G2B may still be open during that time (not sure). You are not required to get a waffle if you just want the chicken. How about a bocadillo at Mateo's? I don't know places that do extended lunch hours. How about some poutine at Milltown? Ummm what about the fish shack that the guy who use to run GlassHalfFull now runs in Durham? Drawing a blank on name... Does Watts do lunch past that time? Problem is that lunches usually end at 2 so that crew can get ready for 5/5:30 shift. Parker and Otis?

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                          LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 07:56 AM

                          Not worried about parking mid-afternoon in CH; plenty of pay spots if needed. It does look as if Lucha Tigre is open. Haven't tried it yet and this may be a good opportunity.

                          Lulu is *very* particular about her sushi. No rolls, etc. etc. I looked at Kurama but they don't seem to be open at that time. G2B closed between lunch and dinner as is Mateos (which was my first choice). Not a fan of Watts. Am definitely excited by P&O's menu. Problem with fish shack type place is that I really want waiter service, and is there indoor seating? Speaking of which, is there waiter service and P&O? Oh gosh no on the poutine! Even though she's half Canadian, poutine is bad enough without making it with Milltown's fries. (sorry, but ...)

                          I really do wish Mateos was open ... The main problem with this is the timing.

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                            LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 07:59 AM

                            Aargh. Lucha Tigre doesn't seem to have a website, only a facebook page. So I can't look at the menu and decide. I will have to be pulled kicking and screaming in to the 21st century.

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                              burgeoningfoodie Mar 21, 2013 08:00 AM

                              I'll get that for you.. On Parker and Otis. You order at the register and they bring it to you.. if I remember correctly.

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                                LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 08:02 AM

                                Thank you! And hmmm on the P&O system. I do love Toast and they do it that way. But it is just more fun to have wait staff (I'm a former waitress) for me.

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                                  burgeoningfoodie Mar 21, 2013 08:15 AM

                                  Yeah but P&O has knick Knacks and wine to peruse and more space to sit. What you don't do this time.. you do the next right?

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                                    LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 08:23 AM

                                    Excellent point! There should be at least 2 more assemblies, let alone play dates with her Durham friends. Maybe I could take one of her friends to P&O for those "being good" treats that bbqme suggested.

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                                burgeoningfoodie Mar 21, 2013 08:05 AM

                                Lucha tigre lunch

                                 
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                                  LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 08:10 AM

                                  Thank you so much. That could definitely work.

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                                    LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 04:37 PM

                                    Ate at Kitchen tonight and stopped to look in the window of Lucha Tigre and asked the bartender at K about it. He said it seemed like a good choice for a kid mid-afternoon. Leaning toward that now, although slightly nervous since reviews have been mixed. What the heck if it is horrible we can always go someplace fancy for dessert, right?

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                                burgeoningfoodie Mar 21, 2013 12:05 PM

                                Did Kipos for lunch. Had the Octopus Salad and Pastitsio. Both were really good and the atmosphere is pleasant and Giorgio was serving some things. He would get a kick out of Lulu if you decide to do a lunch there tomorrow. Today was their first full lunch run. Pastitsio is huge *but that is normally the case*

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                                  LulusMom Mar 21, 2013 12:36 PM

                                  I love octopus salad, and Lulu loves olives and feta. But I really do want my first shot at it to be at dinner. Hmmm. So much to think about - probably won't sleep well mulling over the choices. But that is actually a good thing and I really do appreciate everyone's help. We're lucky to have such a friendly bunch on the SE board.

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                                    burgeoningfoodie Mar 21, 2013 01:52 PM

                                    Well my friend I agreed the space was lovely. I had never been in that building and he hadn't been since it was Pyewacket and couldn't recall what it was like back then. They also have a bakery and small bar. The octopus salad is a charred leg on top of mixed greens and capers and potatoes (I think they were) with a quartered hard cooked (someone taught me it is never hard boiled) egg.

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                                  Tom from Raleigh Mar 22, 2013 07:30 AM

                                  I was quite pleasantly surprised by Venable. I wasn't expecting much and loved the place! Sandwhich is a solid choice as well.
                                  The new Carrboro pizza place next to Elmo's is good. Finally, there's always The Pig. They had a Vietnamese pork cheek sandwich that was wonderful on the Specials board recently.

                                  Sorry, I don't know if Dane's is open early afternoon...

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                                    bbqme Mar 22, 2013 10:26 AM

                                    It's Dame's, short for Damien, the owner.

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                                      Tom from Raleigh Mar 22, 2013 11:32 AM

                                      Of course it is. Thanks for the correction.

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                                ohmyyum Mar 21, 2013 02:50 PM

                                Have you been to Mad Hatters in Durham? I used to love the place when I was at Duke. Their lunch/dinner menu is served from 11am-9pm.

                                madhatterbakeshop.com/menu/dinner/

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