Hi All --
I am on my way to Raleigh in a couple of weeks for a family get-together where there are lots of things to celebrate and we'd like to go out for a wonderful dinner. I'd like to see what restaurants people recommend. Looking for something delicious, distinctive, though it doesn't necessarily have to be fancy if it's great. We're fairly adventurous, though strangely my dad doesn't like Thai (weirdo). Price isn't really the biggest consideration.
I'm coming from NYC, so if you know New York at all, here are the places I would consider if we were having it here -- it's a real range:
Babbo or Lupa
Pio Pio in Queens
Le Bernardin or wd-50 if I was feeling crazy
Local seafood would be great. People seem to be mentioning Kemp's -- good? Possibly really great eastern style vinegary barbecue for more downhome food...? My parents live in a really rural area and don't have a fine dining experience that often either, so we're also open to that... anything!
Thanks for any and all recs!