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.