Piedmont

Durham Restaurants

Man, I love Saturday nights. We dined at Piedmont for restaurant week with two of our friends. The evening commenced with cocktail hour in our apartment, where we opened a bottle of wine from Matt’s parents. I’m usually not a huge pinot fan, but this wine was fantastic!

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At the restaurant, I was excited to see a bourbon drink with orange bitters – I’ve had this combination before and loved it, so I knew it’d be a winner.

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The bread with herby butter was delightful, although I will note that it wasn’t free ($2)! You’d think they could at least refill it when you buy it…

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I ordered the salad as my appetizer, but also shared Matt’s black eyed peas and shrimp, because we couldn’t decide between the two.

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I was actually unimpressed by both. The salad was pretty boring and I’m just not a huge fan of cold shrimp and peas (and there were onions). I feel like there’s always a restaurant week course that’s just not great though.

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Although small, I really enjoyed my entree – the crispy NC trout with broccoli rabe with a sweet demi glaze. The sauce was especially good, but it literally went down in 5 minutes.

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Before our dessert course, our waitress came over with bad news. They were out of everything except the panna cotta, cold chocolate pudding (who serves that in a restaurant!), and the beignets. Obviously, I went with the beignets and they were fabulous. They were pipping hot and served with vanilla sugar and coffee syrup. Still, though, I was pretty disappointed with the selection, especially when I see things like a carrot-beet cake, cream cheese frosting, and walnut-currant conserve on the regular menu!

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Overall, dinner was great, but I’d have to say that Piedmont’s food wasn’t on the level of other Durham restaurants (aka, Revolution, Nana’s, Guglhuph, Four Square). We had a blast with our friends though, and headed over to West End Wine bar for a nightcap/birthday party (Happy Birthday Katie!) after dinner.

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I had a phenomenal tawny port that really made my night. LOVE that you can order a 2oz dessert pour at the wine bar across the street. I must go more often!!

And another weekend is over! Good night.

  • Mom
    January 30, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Charging for bread makes me sad. I can see asking if you would like bread, as I know lots of bread is wasted, or bringing a small amount and then letting people request more, but CHARGING?