On the recommendation of a friend, my wife and I went to eat lunch at Patrick's. Patrick's is located in the building off Roxboro Rd. where NC barbeque and then Ten Ten chinese restaurant used to be. They have done a nice job of revamping hte interior-- kind of reminds you of one of those old restaurants in New Orleans or Charleston.
I ordered one of the lunch specials: grilled chicken breat with roasted herbed potatoes with a wine sauce. It was okay. My wife got the shrimp with cheese ravioli with a cream sauce. It was very good. We shared a pumpkin panna cotta that was superb, although I thought the raspberries and raspberry couli was out of place. There were several items on the menu that sounded intriguing: duck confit dumplings, shrimp hushpuppies, braised rabbit. They emphasized that they had a seasonal menu using whatever fresh local ingredients are available.
The waitress tried a little too hard to make it seem likeit was a really high class dining experience. But she was quite young so for her, it probably is. SHe empahsized that the chef was the formet head chef at Michael Jordan's 23 restaurant in Chapel Hill. Considering that place went under is that really a big selling point? It was just lunch but I can see that the chef isn't afraid to experiment. I think he deserves to be considered. It was quite crowded when we went so apparently the word is laready out about this place. N. Durham needed a good restaurant.
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