Wow me for lunch on Monday in Raleigh-Durham!
- nsxtasy Oct 9, 2013 11:30 AM
This coming Monday I'm departing RDU on a 2:50 pm flight, but I have the entire day free up until then. I've found a lot of Chowhound topics about breakfast in the area, but the topics on lunch tend to be for specific locations, whereas I have the time to drive pretty much anywhere in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, etc.
I love great food and I'm open to suggestions. Recommendations for Barbecue or Southern cuisine would be fine (and presumably are local specialties), but are not a must if there's some other kind of place - contemporary American, Italian, Thai, whatever - where the food is absolutely wonderful. Where do you go where you know you'll be LOVING every bite?
Money is no object, although I'm already doing two fine-dining dinners during my stay (at Fearrington House and Herons) so I'm not necessarily looking for something high-end.
Again, the only real requirement is that they are open for lunch on Mondays.
Thanks in advance!
While I wouldn't call it a wow thing, but I always try to suggest lunch at La Farm for people who are departing and for them to take a white chocolate baguette or two with them on the flight. I am not familiar with lunch at Lantern so I can't suggest it though I'm sure others could. I guess I don't see our area as a big to-do for lunches. Maybe Chicken and Waffles at Dames. Maybe lunch at Poole's in Raleigh?
Every "wow me" place I've thought of is closed Mondays...this will be tricky.
I'll keep thinking! Your Chicago posts were so helpful when I last visited...I'd love to be able to return the favor.
For me, Allen & Son's is THE place for great bbq. It's between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. I don't know if they're open on Mondays though.
Oakleaf in Pittsboro is a good recommendation. The space is beautiful.
Rue Cler in Durham is also a favorite of mine.
Here's another suggestion - driving out to the general store in Saxapahaw. It's a charming town, and, though the food is served in a gas station, it can be very good.
In Durham, I really like Taqueria La Vaquita for the enchiladas. And hot chocolate if they have it.
Finally, L'Uva in Durham does nice Italian food, and is located in the lovely American tobacco campus.
re: Erika RollerGirl
We ended up going to The Pit, and we LOVED it! We tried so many things and loved them all - the baby back ribs, the chopped barbecue, the brisket, the onion rings (they look like donuts!), the pumpkin cornbread, the hush puppies, etc.
Thanks, everyone, for all the recommendations!