I arrived at her house at 6:00, where I said hello to Nala, and had one bourbon and diet before we headed out for our 6:30 reservation.
Triangle Restaurant Week is described as follows:
Triangle Restaurant Week (TRW) is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the entire premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants.
During TRW, participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options and fixed pricing, a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to indulge in the area’s finest cuisine! No reservations, tickets or passes required.
Pricing for the event is $15 for a 3-course lunch, and $20 or $30 for a 3-course dinner. Price is for each person and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity.
I chose the yellow highlighted selections, and Jen chose the pink highlighted selections, all for $30.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity:
Grilled Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
New Orleans Turtle Soup
Field Greens Salad
6 oz Filet mignon
Herb Crusted Salmon
Bourbon Street Pork Chops
French Quarter Chicken
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans with Almonds
New Orleans Bread Pudding
NY Style Cheesecake
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake
Bananas Foster (minimum of two)
Everything was delicious, and I ended up taking home one of my two pork chops, as they were pretty big, and there was plenty of food. We had one drop of mashed potatoes left, and one stuffed mushroom, which we had thrown in the to-go box, too. Why not?
I look forward to doing this again, as it was a great way to try a new place. We looked at the menu on the way out, and I would probably never eat there at their regular prices. The filet that Jen had, alone, on their regular menu is $29.99, which is pretty much what we paid for our entire meal tonight.
After dinner, we went to the 8:40 showing of Iron Man 3 at Regal Crossroads 20.
Synopsis: In Marvel's Iron Man 3, brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.
I hadn't seen Iron Man 1 or Iron Man 2, but Jen assured me it wouldn't matter, and it didn't. Theose kind of movies are not my "cup of tea," but I didn't hate it, and I was in it for the social aspect anyway.
I will give it an A+ in special effects, and with this announcement on May 17, 2013, it is the cup of tea of a lot of people:
The first of the summer superhero films to hit the multiplex, "Iron Man 3" on Thursday crossed the $1 billion milestone after 23 days at the global box office, according to distributor Walt Disney Studios. The film starring Robert Downey Jr. becomes the 16th movie ever to join the elite $1 billion club -- six of which were released by Disney.
My favorite scene was the Robert Downey Jr. character was shirtless, arms out in a "T," getting some minor surgery done.
Oh yeah. I was in it for the social aspect, and for the on-film testosterone. Oink. Oink.