The monopoly tycoons of the nineteenth century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Experience some epicurean delights with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of elegant, southern-style fine dining at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant in Chapel Hill.
A winner of Forbes' prestigious four-star dining award and AAA's Four Diamond Award, Carolina Crossroads Restaurant conjures up a inventive and elegant dining experience. Executive chef Jimmy Reale infuses locally sourced ingredients with traditional recipes from the South to create distinctively robust, progressive American menus. Sate hunger noises with scintillating starters, such as the white bean and chorizo soup ($8)––served with Locatelli cheese, marinated artichoke, and toasted pistachio salad––or watch shrimp unsuccessfully swim through a sea of grits with pan-seared prawns, country ham, crispy collards, and roasted-pepper velouté ($14). Foragers in search of rich flavors can indulge in the pan-roasted, maple-leaf duck breast ($28), with duck confit and wild mushroom risotto, or the slow-braised North Carolina bison short rib ($32), with creamy mascarpone polenta, broccoli rabe, and butternut squash, hunted down by hand from the rolling Durham plains.
Nestled inside the stately environs of the historic Carolina Inn, Carolina Crossroads weaves a traditional, elegant dining atmosphere for families and couples that is impenetrable to chatty poltergeists. Enjoy your meal from the comfy confines of the covered outdoor terrace, which is open year-round, or melt into one of their bar's rich leather chairs and discuss the finer points of jump-shot mechanics.
With a Southern-tinged contemporary menu that's garnered ample praise—including 13 consecutive years as a Forbes Four-Star, and also a AAA Four Diamond rating from 2001 to 2014—Carolina Crossroads Restaurant contributes gourmet aromas to the historic Carolina Inn. Executive chef James Clark uses locally sourced ingredients to create innovative southern dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Beneath grand curtains and shimmering chandeliers, the restaurant's bold blue floral-patterned chairs and banquettes flank white-linen-topped tables, which support succulent seafood, juicy cuts of steak, and the occasional miscreant elbow.
Plush leather chairs and HD flat-screen TVs set the mood in the Carolina Crossroads Bar, where bartenders serve craft beer and mix signature cocktails. A stripped-down lounge menu sticks to simple Southern pleasures and classic bar bites, executed with elegance: think house-made barbecue pork rinds, burgers made from house-ground chuck on brioche buns, and fried green tomatoes with blue cheese. The front porch beckons on warm evenings, and a covered terrace stays open year round, making an ideal place to sip selections from the bar's international wine list.
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