Triangle Restaurant Week is back. Here’s which restaurants are participating
The Triangle restaurant scene has been staging a post-pandemic comeback, making Triangle Restaurant Week the perfect time to revisit old favorites — or to discover new ones.
The oldest organized restaurant week in the area is Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 and offers diners a unique opportunity to support local restaurants.
This year, 50 participating restaurants across the Triangle are offering special multi-course menus with fixed pricing as part of an effort to support locally owned eateries during slow months of the year.
The event began 16 years ago and offers residents a chance to try a vast array of cuisines at special pricing two weeks out of the year. A second restaurant week is held in June.
No reservations, tickets or passes are required to try a restaurant, though some encourage reservations on busy nights.
Who is participating in Triangle Restaurant Week?
Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and Knightdale are hosting participating restaurants, ranging from steakhouses to bars serving Southern staples.
The types of cuisines run the gamut: Asian fusion, Italian, Mexican, Southern, Mediterranean, and more.
The list includes reliable spots, like the three Firebirds Wood Fired Grill locations, and downtown Raleigh staples like Sitti, Oro, Taverna Agora and Gravy.
The Pit is handling matters for barbecue lovers, and Coquette Brasserie in North Hills is in charge for the week’s French specials.
Restaurants that have opened in the past few years also join the list: Krill in Durham, Glasshouse Kitchen in Research Triangle Park; Young Hearts Distilling & Kitchen in Raleigh; Peck & Plume in Cary and Piero’s Pasta & Wine in Chapel Hill.
The full list of Triangle Restaurant Week participants along with hours and menus is available at trirestaurantweek.com/restaurants.
The restaurants will offer a special 2- or 3-course menu with specials that range from $20 to $30, or $40 to $50 each day they are open.
“We are still recovering from a post-pandemic world and have seen a significant drop in restaurant participation due to supply chain shortages and an increase in food prices,” said Damon Butler, Triangle Restaurant Week founder, in a statement.
“These continued obstacles the eateries are facing has also led to some restaurants picking a higher price point for their menu and only offering two courses instead of three,” Butler said. “We are very excited to still be able to offer this event since many people look forward to it year after year.”
Triangle Restaurant Week used to include over 100 restaurants before the pandemic, according to Kelly Stewart, the program manager for Triangle Restaurant Week.
But this year’s event has the most restaurants since January 2020, Stewart said in a news release.
“Restaurant week is still an event that many folks look forward to participating in and though we are not at 100+ restaurants like we were pre-pandemic, this winter’s event marks the highest participation we have seen since January 2020, and that is great news,” Stewart said.
Since the inaugural event, Triangle Restaurant Week’s organizers say that it has reached 1.2 million residents and featured more than 125 of the region’s eateries.
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