The Best Date Night Restaurants in the Triangle

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Looking for a new restaurant to take your sweetheart to on that special date night?  Here are our favorite restaurants in Durham and the Triangle with delicious food and that killer atmosphere that you and your date will love!  Don’t forget to get reservations if you plan on visiting on a holiday or a busy night of the week.

Durham

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JuJu 737 Ninth St. #210
$$ – Contemporary Asian tapas
Order several small plates to share with your date!  The Braised Beef Short Tip Won Tons are to die for, and try sitting on the patio if the weather allows.

Mothers & Sons Trattoria 107 W. Chapel Hill St.
$$ – Seasonal Italian cuisine specializing in homemade pasta
Come prepared to try the Primi and Secondi courses.  The Bombolotti cacio e pepe is simple pasta at its finest, and the swordfish will make your night!

Nana’s 2514 University Dr.
$$$ – Southern Regional Cuisine with European influences
You won’t go wrong if you order the risotto with three types of mushrooms and truffle butter.  Nana’s Truffled Chicken Liver pate is another staple in this classic Durham restaurant.

Sushi Love 2812 Erwin Rd. #204
$$ – Sushi rolls and Japanese steak and seafood
You can buy one get one free sushi rolls every day at Sushi Love!  The Durham Cares roll and the Sunrise Lava Roll are delicious, and order their Asian Pear martini to go with your meal.

Vin Rouge 2010 Hillsborough Rd.
$$$ – Authentic French cuisine
There’s no place better in the Triangle to eat raw oysters or the hangar steak with blue cheese.  The bacon and gruyere macaroni and cheese is impeccable as well!

The Little Dipper 905 West Main St. #21A
$$$ – Local Full-Service Fondue
Try the Surf ‘n’ Turf entrée for two, which includes steak, lobster and ravioli.  Finish your night with the Mocha Amaretto fondue with marshmallows, strawberries and more!

Dos Perros 200 North Magnum St.
$$ – Upscale Mexican serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine
Start with the Plantain Fritters, and for dinner go with the Carnitas or Carne Asada!  Try the classic Top Shelf Margarita or mix things up with the spicy Hot Guava Margarita.

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18 Seaboard 18 Seaboard
$$$ – Contemporary Southern, Locally-Sourced Grill
The menu changes often, but try the Big Rock Yellowfish Tuna or the Black Angus filet mignon if they’re on the menu!  You can’t go wrong with the Crème Brûlée of the Day for dessert.

 

Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse 8551 Brier Creek Pkwy
$$ – Authentic Brazilian Steakhouse and Salad Bar
At this all-you-can-eat steakhouse, put your rock on green if you want more meat, and put it on red if you want to take a break.  Try the pork, lamb or steak, and the coconut flan for dessert!

The Pit 328 W. Davie St.
$ NC Whole-Hog, Pit-Cooked Barbeque
Order the pulled pork or ribs, if you know what’s good for you, and enjoy the complimentary hush puppies!  Try a local beer on tap to go with your meal.

Chapel Hill

Mint 504 W. Franklin St.
$$ – Contemporary Indian Cuisine
The portions at this restaurant are sizeable, and the garlic naan, tikki masala, or the chicken pasanda are to die for.  For dessert, try the delicious gulab jamun!

Lantern 423 W. Franklin St.
$$$ – Award-winning Locally-sourced Asian cuisine
While the menu changes frequently, the Poulet Rouge chicken and crispy whole black bass are worth ordering for dinner.  Try the warm chocolate cake for dessert or any of their amazing cocktails!

Carrboro & Pittsboro
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Glass Half Full 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro
$$ – Contemporary American Kitchen & Wine bar
Start your meal with the charcuterie plate, and then order the duck confit or the crab mac and cheese.  Ask your server for recommendations for wine, or bring a bottle home with you from their shop!

Oakleaf 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro
$$$ – Sophisticated Farm to Table American Dining
The menu changes constantly, but order the steak or gnocchi if you can!  Ask the bartender for drink suggestions to go with your meal or try whichever crème brûlée is on the menu for dessert.

Cary & Apex

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen 7307 Tryon Rd., Cary
$$ – Local Southern and American Cuisine
Start with the Voodoo Pig Bread, and order the catfish for dinner.  Make sure that you order a drink from their extensive wine and local beer list!

Little Hen 5160 Sunset Lake Rd., Apex
$$ – Modern Farm to table American dining
While the menu changes seasonally, the local cheese and meat plate appetizer is always a hit!  Try the locally-sourced pork for the main course and add one of their unique cocktails to your meal.

Sushi IWA 2026 Creekside Crossings Dr., Apex
$$ – Sushi Bar and Asian Restaurant
You can buy one get and one free sushi roll every day here, so check out the My Girl roll or any of the salmon rolls.  If you’re not interested in sushi, try the bacon fried rice or the Imperial Chicken dish!

So, which one of these fabulous local restaurants will you go to next?

Inclement Weather Policy

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So far our winter has been pretty mild, but in North Carolina, the storm this past weekend shows that can change at any moment! Whatever comes for the rest of the season, it’s good to be prepared.

Safety is our number one priority!  Please be familiar with our policy during inclement weather.  We will work hard to accommodate each of our clients’ needs while also making sure our crews are not out in dangerous conditions.

During a normal workweek, Carpe Diem Cleaning follows the local public school systems to determine our hours of operations in the event of dangerous inclement weather conditions.  School system closures are determined by the safety of bus routes.  This provides a good indicator for both the safety of our crews coming to work from their own homes, as well as the safety of the routes to our clients’ homes.

Since our office and operations are based out of Durham, we follow the Durham County schools for closings or delays.  However, our route schedules into specific cities will follow the local schools for their respective counties (Wake and Orange).  For example, if Durham schools are open, but Orange County schools are closed, the Carpe Diem office will be open however we will not service homes in Orange County that day.  (As an alternative example, if Orange County schools are open, but Durham schools are closed, our office will be closed with the Durham schools and will not be in operation in any county that day).

If Carpe Diem is delayed for the day, your cleaning team will likely arrive in a different time window than normal or could possibly be switched to another day.  If your cleaning is switched to another day, we will contact you as soon as possible; otherwise expect the crew on a delayed schedule that same day. Please contact us that morning if this is a problem or if you have an urgent scheduling need.

InclementRoadIn the event of a closing or delay, our office will quickly respond to all email and phone communication as soon as we are able. If you have any questions regarding how we handle scheduling during inclement weather, please feel free to contact us at any time. While safety concerns can necessitate schedule changes in dangerous weather conditions, we will work very hard to accommodate each client’s scheduling priorities once we are back in operation!

You can also “Like” our Facebook page where we’ll be posting information about delays and closings. 

Carpe Diem is Coming to Cary!

Celebrate - CaryApexIt is our utmost pleasure to announce that Carpe Diem will be opening a new office in Cary, and will be providing service in Cary and Apex starting December 1st!

In honor of our expansion we’ll be running the following Special Deals through February 1, 2015!

For Current Triangle Clients…

If you are a current client and have friends in Cary or Apex – be sure to recommend us! If your friend starts regular service with us, we’ll give you your next regular cleaning for FREE!

For New Cary-Apex Clients…

For those of you who live in Cary or Apex and will be starting service with us in that area for the first time, we’ll give you your fourth cleaning for FREE! To start service, contact us to set up a complementary in-home consultation.

For Former Cary-Apex Clients…

If you live in Cary or Apex and were a client of ours when we formerly cleaned in Cary-Apex, your first cleaning back with us will be FREE! To restart service, contact us to set up a complementary in-home consultation.

Email our new office, caryapex@carpediemcleaning.com, or give us a ring at 919-682-5326 ext. 2014!