Locally sourced cheese is always preferable to moon cheese, which was found to have dangerously high levels of Buzz Aldrin's brain waves. Enjoy a fresh, earthbound meal with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale eats at Six Plates Wine Bar in Durham.
Six Plates' experienced chefs furbish their menu with a rotating sextet of petite dishes, crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients procured from local farms. The eatery's sumptuous courses change as often as a pop star's hair color, with current fare including flatbread jeweled with swiss chard, roma tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, and basil ($8.95), and a sautéed crawfish lounging atop a red-pepper-polenta raft in a piquant tomato pond ($7.95). Quiet grumbling tummies with a petite portion of grilled sirloin, cradled in a nest of soba noodles and feathered with bok choy and oyster mushrooms ($10.95)
After placing dinner orders at the bar, patrons can repose on plush leather sofas and Victorian armchairs, or claim a private table for exchanging tips on growing flowers with flashlights. Each Friday night the sounds of live musical entertainment filter amid the restaurant's chandeliers. Although alcohol is not covered by today’s Groupon, Six Plates won the 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; its sommeliers expertly pair each petite dish with a glass of wine, and matchmakers preferring to create their own coupling can select from more than 220 wines by the bottle.
Six Plates Wine Bar
Six Plates Wine Bar minimizes customers’ food indecision with a concise menu that pairs six upscale small plates with six wines by the glass. Despite the menu's diminutive size, there's no lack of variety—the foodies in the kitchen constantly swap out dishes to make use of as many local ingredients as possible, while a clipboard bears a list of more than 150 wines, and 30 beers, sold by the bottle. Mentioned in the New York Times for its use of local food, Six Plates Wine Bar puts an upscale take on comfort foods with its plates, which are about half the size of a traditional entree.
Six Plates Wine Bar's resident wine lover, Matthew Beason, curates a wine list that hails from around the globe—from behind the bar, he'll recount the tale of his first wine love, a 1995 JL Chave Hermitage Blanc that broke his heart when it eloped with a bottle of Boone’s Farm. Each glass romances tongues beneath crystal-drenched chandeliers in the warmly lit dining room, where eclectically framed vintage photos and mirrors share space on exposed brick and deep-amber walls. Diners can recline on red-upholstered armchairs, at the bar, or at intimate, candlelit tables flanked by backed barstools. Though located on the university end of town, they like to stay busy in the summer months, both with new customers and their loyal regulars.
2812 Erwin Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27705Get Directions