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Readers' Choice 2007: Wine & Dine


Best new restaurant (opened in last 12 months)

J. Betski's
10 W Franklin St Suite 120 Raleigh, 833-7999,

Finalists: Piedmont, Riviera

Best coffee shop


Finalists: Cup A Joe, Open Eye Café

Best wait staff (restaurant and/or person)

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St Durham, 416-3823
200 N Greensboro St, Carr Mill Mall Carrboro, 929-2909

Finalists: The Borough, Lantern

Best outdoor dining

Mellow Mushroom
410 Blackwell St Suite 100 Durham, 680-8500
601 W Peace St Raleigh, 832-3499

Finalists: Crook's Corner, Vivace

Best restaurant for first date

320 1/2 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, 821-9020

Finalists: Angus Barn, Lantern

Best wings


Finalists: Ba-Da Wings, Buffalo Wild Wings

Best business lunch


Porter's City Tavern
2412 Hillsborough St Raleigh, 821-2133,

Top of the Hill
100 E Franklin St 3rd Floor Chapel Hill, 929-8676,

Finalists: Caffé Luna, Capital City Chop House, Weathervane

Best super cheap meal

Cosmic Cantina
1920 1/2 Perry St Durham, 286-1875
128 E Franklin St Chapel Hill, 960-3955

Finalists: Armadillo Grill, Cook Out

Best place to people watch while drinking a beer

Top of the Hill
100 E Franklin St 3rd Floor Chapel Hill, 929-8676,

Finalists: Federal, Hibernian

Best late night meal/menu

Waffle House

Finalists: Cook Out, Cosmic Cantina

Best local chef (restaurant & chef)

Ashley Christensen, Enoteca Vin
410 Glenwood Ave Suite 350 Raleigh, 834-3070,

Finalists: Andrea Reusing, Lantern; Jim Mapel, La Residence; Ben Barker, Magnolia Grill

Best bakery

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd Suite 1 Durham, 401-2600,

Finalists: La Farm Bakery, Panera Bread

Best burrito

711 W Rosemary St Carrboro, 933-8226,

Finalists: Cosmic Cantina, Moe's Southwest Grill

Best sushi

5910 Duraleigh Road Raleigh, 783-1883,

Finalists: Akai Hana, Sushi Blues Café

Best fries

914 W Main St Durham, 680-8611,

Finalists: Char-Grill, Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

Best Ethiopian

Queen of Sheba

Finalists: Abyssinia

Best bagel


Finalists: Bagels on the Hill, Panera Bread

Best comfort food

Mama Dip's
408 W Rosemary St Chapel Hill, 942-5837,

Finalists: Elmo's Diner, K&W Cafeteria

Best pizza

Lilly's Pizza
Five Points, 1813 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, 833-0226,

Finalists: Amante Gourmet Pizza, Pepper's Pizza

Best Vietnamese

2109 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 110 Raleigh, 832-7449

Finalists: Bahn's Cuisine, Lime & Basil

Best Italian


411 West
411 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 967-2782,

518 West
518 W Jones St Raleigh, 829-2518,

Finalists: Bella Monica, Carrabba's, Maggiano's, Olive Garden

Best Japanese

Crabtree Valley Mall 4325 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, 782-9708
4500 Old Wake Forest Rd Raleigh, 876-4157
3504 Mt Moriah Rd Durham, 401-6908

Finalists: Kuki, Waraji

Best Thai

Sawasdee Thai
3601 Capital Blvd Suite 107 Raleigh, 878-0049,

Finalists: Sushi-Thai, Thai Palace

Best Indian

Royal India
3901 Capital Blvd Suite 103 Raleigh, 981-0849,

Finalists: Sitar India Palace, Taj Mahal

Best seafood

42nd Street Oyster Bar
508 W Jones St Raleigh, 831-2811,

Finalists: Kemp's Seafood House, Squid's

Best Middle Eastern

Neomonde Restaurant & Deli
3817 Beryl Rd Raleigh, 828-1628
10235 Chapel Hill Rd Morrisville, 466-8100

Finalists: Mediterranean Deli, Talullas

Best Caribbean

Bahama Breeze
3309 Wake Forest Rd Raleigh, 872-6330,

Finalists: Carmen's Cuban Café & Lounge, Jamaica Jamaica

Best Irish pub

311 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, 833-2258
1144 Kildaire Farm Rd Cary, 467-9000

Finalists: James Joyce, Tir Na Nog

Best Greek

4139 Chapel Hill Blvd Durham, 489-2848
104-A New Waverly Pl Cary, 852-5050

Finalists: Taverna Agora, Taverna Nikos

Best French

Vin Rouge
2010 Hillsborough Rd Durham, 416-0466,

Finalists: La Residence, Provence, Saint-Jacques

Best Chinese

6602-1 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, 783-8383
100 Maynard Crossing Ct Cary, 466-8888
4015 University Dr Durham, 489-2828

Finalists: Fortune Garden, P.F. Chang's

Best Mexican

El Rodeo

Finalists: Bandido's, Dos Taquitos

Best barbecue

Allen & Son
6203 Millhouse Rd Chapel Hill, 942-7576
5650 US Highway 15 501 N Pittsboro, 542-2294

Finalists: Bullock's, The Barbecue Joint, The Q Shack, Smithfield's

Best burger

Five Guys

Finalists: Char-Grill, Mo Joe's Burger Joint

Best desserts

The Cheesecake Factory
Streets at Southpoint Durham, 206-4082
Crabtree Valley Mall Raleigh, 781-0050

Finalists: Francesca's Dessert Caffe, Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery

Best salad or salad bar

Whole Foods Market

Finalists: Ruby Tuesday, Sweet Tomatoes

Best steak


Finalists: Angus Barn, Sullivan's Steakhouse

Best brunch/breakfast

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St Durham, 416-3823
200 N Greensboro St Carr Mill Mall Carrboro, 929-2909

Finalists: Breadmen's, Brigs

Best sandwich

Courtyard of Chapel Hill 431 W Franklin St Chapel Hill, 929-2114,

Finalists: Panera Bread, Rockford

Best Latin American

Blue Corn Café
716 Ninth St Durham, 286-9600,

Finalists: El Rodeo, Patio Loco

Best draft beer selection

Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
102 E Main St Carrboro, 929-6881
324 Blackwell St Suite 400 Durham, 433-0345

Finalists: Flying Saucer, Hibernian

Best martini selection

Blue Martini
116 N West St Raleigh, 899-6464,

Finalists: Bogart's American Grill, East End Martini Bar

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