My wife and I just celebrated a wedding anniversary and we wanted to try 3 courses at 3 different restaurants. As has been discussed elsewhere ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615132 ) most places in Durham and CH are closed Sunday. Happily, we found 3 that worked great. We started at Vin Rouge. We were seated in the outdoor courtyard on a beautiful late summer evening. It felt like being in France. We had champagne (hey, it's an anniversary), classic moules et frites, and oysters gratinee. Very substantial and delicious. Next, we went to Metro 8 Steakhouse, a short stroll away. I had long heard good things about Metro 8 and was not disappointed. The chef/owners are Argentinean and the menu reflects that. We each had a glass of Malbec and shared empanadas and a house salad with steak added. The empanadas had a savory beef filling and the salad was fresh and delicious with their house sesame vinaigrette The steak for the salad was a nice portion of their churrasco steak: flank steak marinated and grilled medium rare. The interior is traditional and elegant without being stuffy. We will definitely go back for a full dinner some time. We finished with dessert at Watts Grocery. We love Watts Grocery and it was bustling on a Sunday night. We sat at their stylish bar and shared New Orleans Bread Pudding with glasses of tawny port. A great evening. We intend to try a similar crawl on another evening when more places are open.
Vin Rouge http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/vin...
Metro 8 Steakhouse http://www.metro8steakhouse.com/
Watts Grocery http://www.wattsgrocery.com/
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705
737 9th St, Durham, NC 27705
746 9th St, Durham, NC 27705