It's Mom's 60th b-day this weekend so commensurate with the occasion, we (just the 4 of us in the family) are considering splurging on the tasting menu at Herons. We have not yet been to Herons but have heard pretty good things from moderately foodie friends, but I wanted to check out the opinions of chowhounds!
Has anyone been lately for dinner? Has anyone actually had the tasting menu (5 courses, $70 per person)? Are we better off ordering a la carte? Saw the thread from Jul 09 but that was more about the prix fixe lunch there.
I can manage the cost but want it to be worthwhile -- I'd rather not spend this much only to find it "passable".
If not Herons, where? Fearrington House? We're in North Raleigh but are willing to drive (30 minutes) for good food. Mom is open to most any cuisine (Dad prefers not spicy). Mom loves a good paella (she has fond memories of Parizade's version in Durham from about 10 years ago so unless we find a suitable alternative, that may be one of the options for this weekend as well). We're a little over Second Empire and have done Magnolia Grill, Nana's, The Mint, Coquette, Savoy, 18 Seaboard... (which seem to be the most common suggestions among other threads).