Cooking at home involves the risk of small burns, spilled liquids, and the advances of an oven in heat. Avoid stove-top suitors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of dinner fare at J. Betski's.
J. Betski's talented chefs, whose kitchen skills have earned praise from Food & Wine, transport tasters to the Old World atop a menu of authentic European fare crafted of locally grown ingredients. Preface a bounteous meal with the roasted-beet salad bearing toasted pumpkin-seed oil and horseradish quark ($5) before diving fork-first into the pan-seared smoked duck breast with orange fennel salad and potato pancakes that double as delicious earmuffs ($20.75). Sample the many meats of the charcuterie plate with pastrami, speck, duck sausage, chicken-liver mousse, and assorted pickles ($11), and indulge in a side of cheesy spaetzle ($4.75). The chocolate-hazelnut torte provides a culinary curtain call, draping palates with the sweet and salty flavors of caramel and crispy bacon ($6.75).
Diners can polish off their plates in J. Betski's luminous dining room lit by candles and warm wall sconces or sit on the outdoor patio where they can wish on shooting pierogies in the night sky.
10 W Franklin St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604