Category Archives: Raleigh Restaurants

Angus Barn Named All-American Icon by Nation’s Restaurant News

In its Jan. 26 issue, Nation’s Restaurant News included Raleigh’s Angus Barn on its prestigious “NRN 50” list of All-American Icon restaurants.

Still going strong 50 years after its founding by Thad Eure Jr. and Charles Winston, the Angus Barn has thrived over the years by expanding its menu to include seafood and other dishes, adding a popular bar and lounge, maintaining an award-winning wine selection, offering special themed dinners, and more recently, opening a 500-seat year-round lakeside pavilion ( for special events. The Angus Barn also opened two elegant dining rooms accommodating 30-plus guests each in its renowned wine cellar, along with a special teaching kitchen.

The Angus Barn has “become synonymous with hospitality and service excellence” according to Nation’s Restaurant News. That’s one of the primary reasons why the establishment made the NRN 50. The Angus Barn is the only North Carolina restaurant on the list.

Founded in 1960, the Angus Barn is a distinguished fine-dining establishment in Raleigh, N.C., owned and managed by Van Eure. Featured in Southern Living magazine and on the CBS program “48 Hours” for its cuisine and exemplary service, the Angus Barn has won numerous awards, including the Ivy Award, DiRöNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Award, Wine Spectator Grand Award and Fine Dining Hall of Fame Award. In 2006, Angus Barn’s Executive Chef Walter Royal, a Restaurant Guild International Five Star Chef of the Year, triumphed over a celebrity Iron Chef on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” television show. For more information, visit


Margaux’s offering early bird special

In an e-mailed ad from the News and Observer, Margaux’s is advertising a fixed-price, three-course meal Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 p.m. for $19.95. They say its the same great taste, just earlier and a little lighter on your wallet. After 6:30 p.m., the same meal is offered for $27.95. Margaux’s is at 8111 Creedmore Road, Raleigh. Call them at 846-9846.

Zely and Ritz offers special dinners

Zely and Ritz has had such a great response to the Anniversary Tasting Menu for Two, that they’re continuing it for the next couple of weeks.  They’ll also offering their First Friday Special Menu through the weekend.

First Friday Special Menu

Sumac Encrusted Goat Cheese over Celery Root & Apple Slaw
Mexican Style Shrimp Ceviche

Pan Seared NC Catfish with Sweet Mashed Potatoes & Braised Cabbage
Roasted CRF Pork Loin stuffed with Apples over Polenta & Sauté Greens

Apple Torte with Sweet wiped Crème Fraiche
Caramel Bread Pudding with Coffee Ice Cream
$25 per person
(tax and gratuities not included)

5th Anniversary Dinner, Until February 13th
Hummus with Pita Bread, Pickles, Olives and Hot Sauce
Spinach and Feta Cheese Baked in a Puff Pastry
Roasted Beet Salad with Organic Mixed Greens, Feta Cheese, Pears and Walnut Vinaigrette
In the Red Sumac Coated Goat Cheese Balls with Candied Kumquat Sauce
Wine: Domaine Aubuisieres Vouvray, Cuvee de Silex, Loire Valley, FR 2007

Mexican Style Shrimp Ceviche
Crispy Pan Seared Grouper with Kataifi and Herb Sauce
Almond Crusted Scallop with Caramelized Lemon Sauce

Wine: Anselmi Capitel Croce Bianco, Veneto, IT 2005

Sautéed Greens
Creamy Polenta with Fontina Cheese
Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto Finished with Asiago Cheese

Wine: Robert Sinskey Vineyards Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, CA 2007

Coon Rock Farm Pork Loin with Dried Cherry Sauce
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Oven Dried Tomatoes and Rosemary
Braised Harris Robinette Farm Grass Fed Beef Brisket

Wine: Elyse Nero Misto, Blend of Black Grapes, Napa Valley, CA 2007

Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream
Larry’s Beans Espresso Creme Brulee
Pine Nut Tart with Honeycomb Ice Cream

Wine: Ramos Pinot 10 Year Tawny Port

$75 per couple (tax and gratuities not included)
Wine pairings – additional $30 per person

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.

Panera Bread has a new salad

Panera Bread has a new salad, that features salmon and citrus. Grilled salmon and sweet citrus are in the new Mediterranean Salmon Salad. Panera uses tender salmon grilled in sunflower oil and chilled, then add creamy feta cheese and kalamata olives. Its topped with Honey Tangerine Vinaigrette.

Cary steak house closing

Triangle Business Journal reporter Amanda Jones Hoyle in the article “LM Restaurants shuts down Bentleys at Crossroads” writes that Raleigh restaurateur Lou Moshakos is shutting down his well-known Cary steak house and seafood restaurant, Bentley’s at Crossroads, while continuing to expand his Carolina Ale House empire across the state.

Ilona: Zely and Ritz Liquor Dinner

My friend Ilona wrote about a recent visit to Zely and Ritz on South Glenwood:

Zely & Ritz has an awful lot of wine dinners, a few beer dinners and recently, to my great joy, a liquor dinner. We went with friends, were seated at a table with like-minded diners and enjoyed not only their company, but the meal, the discussion of the creation of the meal and the cocktails! The edible highlights for me were the “Goat Cheese wrapped in Coon Rock Farm Swiss Chard over an Anise infused Daikon Salad with candied Kumquat Sauce”  The flavor blending and the crunch were fabulous and I could have eaten an entire bowl for dinner and been happy. But, then I would have missed the beef Osso Buco and it’s sauce and that was pretty amazing also. The lovely thing about dining at Zely & Ritz is that the conversation and the atmosphere and the presentation of the food is to be savored as much as the flavors and they do a pretty darn good job at all of it. Jay, the bartender, outdid himself and each cocktail was better than the last culminating in an eggnog that was heavenly. It was the best I’ve ever had. Jay created this recipe and used NC’s Catdaddy Moonshine, which even if you didn’t just love that name, was delicious all by itself. I certainly hope all my Northern relatives agree since… they all got a bottle for Christmas.