Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Piedmont in Durham Sunday night.
401 Foster (or Morgan?) street, it is near the intersection of the two.
We have been before, but this meal was exceptional. There were 4 of us so we were able to try many things.
rosemarie cocktail - rosemary syrup, grapefruit juice, gin was refreshing and loved the dried cherries ? on the bottom, a play on olives.
I think all house specialty cocktails were $7.
Housemade Pate - made from pork shoulder in house. very good
Garlic Sausage with lentils -very nice flavor, assume sausage was housemade. very good
Salad with herbs and rsted shallot vinaigrette- loved it, greens were very tender, herbs added a wonderful brightness, vin. was very good as well. (I think the emphasis is local, fresh ingredients, organic if possible. Am not sure if this was the case with this dish, but I think it was from the quality and freshness)
Gnocchi with wild mushroom ragu - lots lobster mushrooms, not sure what others were. This was the least favorite, although it was still good. The gnocchi were a bit heavy.
Duck Confit with white beans, collards, - duck was perfectly crispy, beans cooked til just done - collards tender. Husband wouldn't share much. Beyond excellent
Local Shrimp Risotto - housemade crispy pancetta made this dish for me with a nice peppery broth. I don't think it was arborio rice, more like a carolina rice. Not starchy that you would expect when you see 'risotto'. Nice cherry tomatoes too. Excellent
Eggplant Parm with Polenta - WOW, and the woman that ordered this is very picky, only eats half, etc and she polished off the whole thing. Eggplant had a very pleasant thick crust, polenta was really more like a whole grain grits, fresh tom. sauce, very very good
Lasagna with bechamel -served piping hot in gratin dish. I would say the pasta was made in house. Very satisfying - only had 1 bite though.
Because everyone ate ALL their food, there was no room for dessert. The prices were about $5 for each dessert though. I would have gotten the rosemary panna cotta and the other choice would have been the chocolate pecan tart.
Prices were (from what I remember) $7 for pate, $6 for salad, $8 for lentil/sausage dish, $8 gnocchi
Most entrees were in mid teens that we ordered. Wine selection was limited, but well chosen. We enjoyed two bottles of a Satenay for $50 ea. I noticed they also took the time to chill the red wine a bit, which was appreciated
Service was slow to start, mostly getting the cocktails - same thing happened last time we were there - maybe the bar is just slow.
Warehouse type feeling inside restaurant with an open balcony type upstairs for additional seating. I imagine it would be loud if it was full. Very pleasant, comfortable in jeans or dressed up.