Tag Archives: Raleigh Restaurants

Super Bowl at Michael Deans

Michael Dean’s is holding its 1st Annual Super Bowl Party at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. Buy One get one free Raw Bar items, $6 Super Bowl menu.

Helping Haiti

Southern Season in Chapel Hill is joining many others in our community in seeking to assist the people of Haiti. They will mark Haitian Releif Day on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with 5 percent of sales going ot th American Red Cross to help Haiti.

There’s a new blog that’s been created by local restaurants. Its called Dine Out for Haiti.

If you want to get a picture of what’s happening in Haiti, I would suggest traveling with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now. Her stories of visiting the devastated countryside are heart rending.

Top Restaurants in Raleigh

Where’s the best place to eat in the Triangle? News and Observer restaurant reviewer Greg Cox has come up with his top 25 for 2010.

Urban Spoon touts restaurants

The restaurant review website Urban Spoon is out with a monthly round up noting the Triangle restaurants that get the most thumbs up votes from visitors.

Tops on their list for the past month are:

  • Dos Taquitos on Creedmore in North Raleigh
  • Lilly’s Pizza at Five Points in Raleigh
  • Hibachi Grill on Capitol in North Raleigh
  • Sushi Thai in Cary
  • Skipper’s Fish Fry and Market in Apex

The Urban Spoon website also list a top 100 restaurants in the Triangle. The top 10 include

You can find the entire 100 restaurant list here.

Raleigh Restaurants Support Families

On Thursday, Dec. 17th at the Umstead Hotel, Triangle Family Services will be auctioning gingerbread houses donated by area restaurants. Irregardless’ pastry chef Rondi Goodman created a magical garden house good enough to eat.

Tijuana Flats taco special

The new Tijuana Flats in the shopping center at Millbrook and Falls of the Neuse is running a two tacos, chips and drink special for $4.99. It continues until Nov. 22.

Zely and Ritz special dinners

Zely and Ritz Restaurant plans a series of special dinners:

Thursday, Oct 15th – 7pm Querciabella Wine Dinner
Wednesday, Oct 21st – 7pm Big Boss Beer Dinner
Tuesday, Nov 10th – Wine Dinner – wine make to-be-announced
Wednesday, Nov 18th - 7pm Peak Beer Dinner
Tuesday, Dec 1st – Liquor Dinner #1
Wednesday, Dec 16th – Liquor Dinner #2
Thursday, Dec 31st – New Years Eve dinner & party

Call the restaurant at 919-828-0018 to reserve a spot at any of the events.

Tijuana Flats Offers TexMex Choices

Drew and I checked out the new Tijuana Flats in the shopping center at Falls of the Neuse and Millbrooks Road on Oct. 1, shortly after it opened.

We arrived around 11:50 and encountered a line. The line moved a little slow. One reason may be the complexity of the menu. While we were in line, a server took our drink orders and brought it to us. They offer flake ice, rather than cubed. To me, that’s a plus.

The menu confronts you with a four point plan for creating your meal. First you choose your entree. I ordered a combo with a chicken burrito and taco.

Second, you choose to make it yours by deciding on the type of tortilla, power lite with low fat cheese or fat free sour cream, make it wet by choosing a type of salsa, make it green by adding a salad or making it a meal by adding rice and beans. I choose whole wheat tortillas and low fat cheese. The combo already comes with rice and beans.

Third, you get a head start by choosing an appetizer. There are no free chips and salsa here. I ordered chips with Salsa for a couple of dollars.

Fourth, you choose a happy ending, or dessert. I passed on dessert. The total for the combo with chips salsa and a drink was $14, which seems more expensive than other burrito bars.

The restaurant offered seating inside and out. We sat inside and noted the music, wall murals and the sauce bar. There’s a warning sign over the sauce bar and note above it that parents should accompany children. There’s a wide range of sauces that are grouped into four categories that range from sissy to death wish. Drew who has a greater interest in spicy hot food, sampled the sauces and reported that there were a range of flavors and those advertised as hot were indeed very hot.

We sampled the sauces with the chips, a huge order enough for a family. It came with a large bowl of salsa. The salsa was very good.

After the wait to order, we received our food relatively fast. The burrito and taco were OK. The rice and beans were delicious.

Service was very attentive. We noted that you didn’t have access to refill your own drinks like many of the nearby burrito bars, but servers were good about keeping drinks filled.

Tijuana Flats is a good addition to the shopping center and the franchise owenrs indicate they plan to open more stores in the Triangle.

Sunday Brunch at the Savoy

I saw that the Savoy offers a Sunday brunch and was interested in trying it. My wife and I went by after church recently, arriving shortly after noon.

The restaurant is in the shopping center at Lead Mine and Sawmill roads in North Raleigh. I was impressed by the look of the dining room as we walked in and surprised to see so few people. The dining room is very attractive with some booths, a number of tables and then there’s outdoor seating, also.

We were quickly seated and served. We noticed Frank Sinatra music was playing. Our server John quickly brought my wife coffee and provided us with apple muffins and biscuits. The muffins were good.

I ordered a ham and cheese omlet with grits and fruit. It was $11. My wife had French toast with bacon and home fries. It was $9. We agreed the food was OK, but didn’t match the quality and elegance of the dining room.

I was pleased with the service and would consider trying dinner there some time in the future.

Captain Stanley’s Seafood Staying Busy

I was headed home last night around 6 and saw the crowded parking lot at Captain Stanley’s Seafood, newly opened on Falls of the Neuse, near Spring Forest Road. My wife and I were planning to try it. We waited to visit til 7:10.

The parking lot was full and a number of people were waiting in the entry, but we were told the wait would be 20 minutes. We spent the time walking around the nearby Fresh Market and returned on schedule to be promptly seated. There were still people arriving at 7:30 with a number waiting and as we walked to our table we found the restaurant was filled. It is divided into a number of rooms with booth seating and some tables.

A waiter arrived at our table promptly with hush puppies and menus. They offer broiled and Calabash-style fried seafood. There are a number of ways to tailor what you want. You can pick different combinations and then choose a small or large plate.

I ordered a large three item combination with shrimp, oysters and scallops. You have a choice of two sides. I picked a baked potato and cole slaw. It was $15. My wife had a small plate of flounder with baked potato. It was $9.

The large plate I ordered was too much food. There were lots of oysters and scallops and they were good. The potato and cole slaw were both good. I saved the shrimp for later. My wife was pleased with the flounder, lots of filets well prepared. She ate about one third and we had plenty to take home.

We enjoyed the hush puppies; they were on the heavy side.

Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed, and explained that they were busy and had problems with their computer system. The food was served quickly and was well prepared. Other staff helped get us drinks and provided refills.

The food and service were good. What I really liked was the ability to tailor my order and the variety of fried seafood I was able to choose from.

The restaurant has had a parking lot filled with cars for lunch and dinner. They’re a welcome addition to the Falls of the Neuse strip of restaurants.