We’ll be in the Triangle area for a couple of days later this month (midweek) and would like help finalizing our restaurant list.
As background, our motto is ‘Sleep Cheap, Dine Fine’ and afterwards we’ll be heading up to Town House in Chilhowie. So we’d like some excellent ‘lead-in’ places, with a strong desire to try stuff that we’re less likely to find elsewhere in USA.
I’ve searched this board, and have narrowed down to several places – would appreciate help in finalizing my choices (and a heads-up on anything I’ve missed).
ON PAPER I’m most interested in Fearrington House – but I’ve had mixed results at other Relais & Chateaux places – sometimes excellent, but sometimes pretentious with the menu exceeding the reach of some chefs. No recent reports on this Board – how is it?
STRONG second choices are Elaines and Magnolia Grill (although both seem up-and-down). Which of these (and why?) should I choose – or are both worthwhile and drop Fearrington (although maybe too similar to do both)?
Considered but currently only backups:
Lantern (dropped as Toronto – my base – is awash with Asian based restaurants, both authentic and fusion) – but give me a reason to reconsider!
Cypress On The Hill – seemed less ‘southern’ than Elaines and Magnolia Grill (I NOW KNOW THIS HAS CLOSED)
Nana’s - again, less ‘southern’ – but use of the word Kobe on their menu REALLY bugged me – if they don’t describe the beef accurately, can I rely on anything else they say?
The above is obviously for evening – lunch will be BBQ!
Currently favoring Allen & Son – but also considering stopping at Hursey (in Graham) on way out as I had a great breakfast there a few years back.
Anything I’ve missed (or should consider)?
Thanks in advance.
Fearrington House Restaurant
2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312