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Dinner & a Movie Raleigh/Durham

I'm looking to take a group of 6 -7 12-year-old girls for dinner and a movie in either Raleigh or Durham. I'm obviously not looking for anything too fancy but I'm not looking for McDonald's, either. Right now I'm wondering about CPK or Zinburger at Southpoint. I've never been to Zinburger and the reviews seem very mixed.

Has anyone done something like this before and have an experience to share? Or maybe a restaurant near a movie theater that I haven't thought of? I'm very open to suggestions but need some ideas within the next day or so. Many thanks.

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  1. My 17-year old daughter likes Zinburger, which is pretty good considering she's a vegetarian. She's eaten there when going to movies with her BFFs. I haven't eaten there myself. There's also a Tex-Mex restaurant in the plaza across from SP that is pretty good.

    1. I'm not a huge fan of Tonali (but then again I haven't been in years), but lots of people here like it, and it is very near the Carmike Cinemas on MLK in Durham. As an aside, this theater has my favorite popcorn in the area.

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      1. re: LulusMom

        Better not do it then. M is getting braces the day before and that means no more popcorn. Yes, she's ticked off about that. :-)

        1. re: rockycat

          Kinda sad timing. But smart thinking because it is HARD to resist.

        2. re: LulusMom

          Also near the Carmike Cinemas is G2B which may suit those in your crowd. I'm trying to determine if something near the Carolina Theater movies would work. Also near Tonali is Only Burger and Pop's Backdoor if you want something similar.

        3. I know you're not crazy about the place but I think you indicated M liked it - Cowfish. Close to the movies and the price seems in the right range. Less of a drive too!

          ;-)

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          1. re: meatn3

            She went for lunch there today...sans moi. I think we have another story for the next time we see you.

          2. North Hills in Raleigh might work for you. Some people like Coquette there, though I wasn't thrilled with it. That said, I'm not sure what else is good right there, but there are plenty of options in easy walking distance to the theater.

            1. We popped into Zinburger a while back. I remember there was a great deal for one of the weekdays for lunch (don't remember which day). Liked the burger a lot and the hand cut truffle fries were terrific. I know those upscale burger joints are a dime a dozen these days, but this is one I would check out again. But I may have had rosy glasses since it happened to be such a deal that day.

              This may be too healthy and casual for the girls, but Saladelia is also near the Carmike Cinemas on MLK.

              1. Bocci on Fayetteville Road (http://www.bocciitalian.com/).

                They make good *pizza* (the rest of their menu is less impressive to me). I can't imagine a group of 12-year old women who don't like pizza - and they have a great variety list of topping. If the weather is good, you can sit outside as well. Have dessert at Nantucket across the common, one piece of cake will serve 2-3 people (yes, it's that large), and the cake there is specialty made and worth it. And you are close to Southpoint.

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                1. re: fussycouple

                  I think their cakes are awful but their bread pudding is great. You'd be better served getting something a Dulce cafe if they are open.