No Reservation dining in Durham/Chapel Hill
Having moved back to the triangle area from a stint in the Southwest, I realize how much of the manana culture has permeated into me. I sat down tonight to make some reservations for Valentine's Day (I know, please stop laughing) and discovered, of course, that everywhere I can conjure from memory is totally booked.
So, does anyone have recs on solid food options in the Chapel Hill/Durham area not requiring reservations? I've not been before, but I am considering Local 22 in Durham. Would welcome other suggestions!
Go to opentable.com, search 2/14 by city. There are a couple of places left you might enjoy at 5 and 9. If it was me, I'd be looking at my favorite Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, bbq, Mexican, etc. places.
My wife expects a Valentine's dinner; the compromise we have reached is going out a week earlier (e.g. Oakleaf in Pittsboro last night).
re: D R C
Now that is a dynamite tip. Thanks! I had only used opentable through restaurant's webportals.
And, thanks for the tip on Oakleaf. That place looks great! It hadn't been around when we lived here last. A week earlier makes a lot of sense to me. My wife and I have two young kids, so more often then not don't end up celebrating on Valentine's Day proper anyway. But, it falls on a Friday this year making it a little easier.
I find Valentine's day to be sort of like Mother's Day - people who don't usually go out to eat suddenly do so, and restaurants and servers get slammed. My guess is that you'll have a better meal if you do your celebrating on a different day (and you'll find it easier to get a sitter).