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I have a secret to let you all in on— and one I hope doesn’t get thrown in my face at a later date.
I actually prefer the food, restaurants in Durham over those in Raleigh. I know- Benedict Arnold over here. I have only found one really & truly delicious restaurant in the City of Oaks (if you haven’t been to Mandolin you should probably work on righting that wrong) and every. single. time. I’ve had a meal in Durham, it hasn’t disappointed me. This weekend was no exception. 
We finally got around to celebrating our third anniversary and decided a meal at a new to us dig was appropriate. We picked Vin Rouge in Durham half for the location and half because I’ve heard such rave reviews about their food. I was blown away, guys. Our server had SUCH great personality and working knowledge of the menu that he elevated the entire experience exponentially (how’s that for alliteration?). Here are a few pictures from our meal. We had the bacon conifiture (a glorified bacon and caramelized onion jam) with grilled sourdough bread as an appetizer. I had the classic mussels [I could have done the back stroke in that sauce] and Blake had the ribeye au poivre. And because we couldn’t resist, we shared the gratin de macaroni. And by share I mean that both of us were so full from our dishes that we boxed the majority of it up and ate it as leftovers last night for dinner. 
Afterwards [and 2 glasses of rose in for me] we strolled around a few shops downtown and got quite a kick out of one another [Blake insisted on taking this obnoxious thing as a souvenir] until a nagging evening storm forced us home. It really was one of the finer evenings [& dining experiences] that I can remember….
for those interested, more info on Vin Rouge available here. 

I have a secret to let you all in on— and one I hope doesn’t get thrown in my face at a later date.

I actually prefer the food, restaurants in Durham over those in Raleigh. I know- Benedict Arnold over here. I have only found one really & truly delicious restaurant in the City of Oaks (if you haven’t been to Mandolin you should probably work on righting that wrong) and every. single. time. I’ve had a meal in Durham, it hasn’t disappointed me. This weekend was no exception. 

We finally got around to celebrating our third anniversary and decided a meal at a new to us dig was appropriate. We picked Vin Rouge in Durham half for the location and half because I’ve heard such rave reviews about their food. I was blown away, guys. Our server had SUCH great personality and working knowledge of the menu that he elevated the entire experience exponentially (how’s that for alliteration?). Here are a few pictures from our meal. We had the bacon conifiture (a glorified bacon and caramelized onion jam) with grilled sourdough bread as an appetizer. I had the classic mussels [I could have done the back stroke in that sauce] and Blake had the ribeye au poivre. And because we couldn’t resist, we shared the gratin de macaroni. And by share I mean that both of us were so full from our dishes that we boxed the majority of it up and ate it as leftovers last night for dinner. 

Afterwards [and 2 glasses of rose in for me] we strolled around a few shops downtown and got quite a kick out of one another [Blake insisted on taking this obnoxious thing as a souvenir] until a nagging evening storm forced us home. It really was one of the finer evenings [& dining experiences] that I can remember….

for those interested, more info on Vin Rouge available here

Notes

  1. littlelaur said: love vin rouge so much - was the very first place I ever had dinner in durham!
  2. fitmomsmiami said: Love that place!!!
  3. raleighwoodrockstar said: Durham has AMAZING restaurants…but honey you are CRAZY if you haven’t had good food in Raleigh. Second Empire? Five Star? Maximillians? Sitti? Bella Monica? Calavera? LADY, you need to try these amazing places!!!
  4. luciwithani said: but what about poole’s! best of the best.
  5. sometimesitalk said: i’d have to agree. and we work right next to Mandolin and I’ve not yet been. it’s like a sin, i know.
  6. pwpf said: *hole in the wall, HA!
  7. imeanduh said: Drooling ovvin rouge now. Thanks, e.
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