Triangle Restaurant Week is in full swing and more than a dozen Durham restaurants (plus many others in Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, and Raleigh) are offering special deals on three-course menus for both lunch and dinner.
In Brightleaf Square, you can enjoy a $15 lunch or $30 dinner at Chamas Churrascaria, considered one of the best steakhouses in the region. This all-you-eat deal includes the full Brazilian Rodizio experience, with a huge salad bar, buffet of hot dishes, and as many types of meat as you like, all sliced to order at your table. The lunch deal is available through Friday; dinner is served nightly through Sunday. Bring your biggest appetite.
Also in Brightleaf Mount Fuji Asian Bistro lets you choose any appetizer, any entree or sushi platter, except the sushi boat and sushi/sashimi combo, and any dessert for the special $30 dinner price.
Piazza Italia, another spot in Brightleaf, offers three-course $15 lunch and $30 dinner menus, featuring fresh pasta made in house.
Dos Perros offers three-course vegetarian meals of creative Southwestern and Mexican cuisine, priced at $15 for lunch, just $20 for dinner. Don't miss the mole.
Area locavores should make tracks to Watts Grocery to sample the seasonal cooking of renowned local chef Amy Tornquist.
Another great choice for locavores: Four Square, located in the historic 1908 Bartlett-Mangum mansion.
Steak-lovers have several options. You can try one of the famous filet mignons at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in the Renaissance Center at Southpoint, or dive into a 16 oz. skirt steak at Metro8 Steakhouse on 9th St.
If it's seafood you're after, Blu offers several selections including NC trout, organic salmon, and shrimp and grits on its $30 menu.
Fans of French cuisine are in luck. Rue Cler discounts its regular $30 prix fixe menu to just $25 for Restaurant Week. Vin Rouge is also participating, offering a $30 menu that includes three courses of its authentic French dishes, including Salmon crusted with dijon mustard and a huge Salad Nicoise.
Triangle Restaurant Week continues through Jan. 30. Find a full listing of participating establishments, menus and more at the Restaurant Week website. Reservations are highly recommended.