This week in the Triangle, it's all about specials, as multiple venues offer deals and features that stretch for days.
Vegetarians can take refuge at Capital Club 16 (16 W. Martin St., Raleigh, www.capitalclub16.com, 747-9345) for Veggie Week, which kicked off yesterday and continues through Jan. 24. Don't be deceived by the title; the restaurant isn't giving meat the boot. Rather, it will stay true to its carnivorous chow, offering standards like the Gentleman's Steak Dinner (sirloin with cabernet mushroom sauce, rosemary potatoes and a vegetable side; $17) and The Butcher's Plate (grilled sausages, smoked pork chop and griddled belly served with mustards, sauerkraut, potatoes and apples; $15 or $12 per person for a family platter) alongside a slew of featured vegetable entrées.
Vegetable-inspired dishes will be announced each day according to what's available, says Chef Jake Wolf, who encourages individuals to call ahead with any questions about the menu. One dish Wolf promises he'll offer is a winter vegetable pot pie with roasted butternut and acorn squashes, which found favor at Capital Club 16 on New Year's Eve. And as for the rest of the food, Wolf has a certain standard in mind: Everything must meet the approval of his wife, co-owner and resident vegetarian Shannon Wolf.
Just as Veggie Week draws to a close on Jan. 24, a seven-day stint in food begins with the fourth annual Triangle Restaurant Week (www.trirestaurantweek.com), which will run through Jan. 30. So far, nearly 70 restaurants have agreed to participate, says co-organizer John Mason.
Mason scheduled this year's event to coincide with national Restaurant Week, which takes place each year after the holidays, when most restaurants traditionally see a downturn in business. The timing, Mason says, encourages people "to get out and save a little money" while stimulating the local economy. New for this year, a second Triangle Restaurant Week is set to take place for similar reasons during a slow point in the summer. Mark your calendars now for June 6–12.
For the January event, three-course meals will be offered at three price-fixed rates: $15 for lunch (note: not every participant offers lunch) and $20 or $30 for dinner, depending on the venue. Prices do not include the cost of tax, gratuity or beverages. Visit Triangle Restaurant Week's website to view participating restaurants, which range in style from Italian fare at Daniel's Restaurant in Fuquay-Varina to Lebanese dishes at Sitti in Raleigh. No advance ticket purchases are required, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Links to Open Table—an online reservation service—are provided on Triangle Restaurant Week's website, as are the phone numbers, websites and addresses for each participating venue.
Amid all of the weeklong specials, you'll find plenty of one-night-only events in the Triangle, too. At 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, the Busy Bee (225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, www.busybeeraleigh.com, 424-7817) presents an Allagash Beer Dinner. Taste three beers from the New England Brewery, hear from an Allagash representative and enjoy five courses prepared by Busy Bee's resident chef, Jeremy Clayman. To purchase tickets for $50, e-mail email@example.com.
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