Wake Co. schools will all be back in session come Monday. While parents may shed some tears as they watch the little ones start another school year, once the tears dry, count on at least a partial sigh of relief that their days are their own again to focus on work, run a few errands, and perhaps enjoy a meal out that doesn’t involve chicken nuggets.
We’ve only been parents for seven short weeks, but we’ve already learned that peaceful meals out together have become few and far between. Pre-baby, lunch dates were one of our favorite parts of working together in Real Estate; so for the next two weeks, we’re sharing a few of our favorite lunch spots. Drop the kids at school, hit the office for a few hours, and then meet your favorite guy or gal at one of these spots for a delicious meal. You’ll probably spend the hour talking about the kids anyhow…. but at least there are no chicken nuggets.
David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar
1900 Hillsborough St in Raleigh (Convenient to NCSU and Downtown)
Fewer lunches at David’s is one of the biggest downfalls of no longer working ITB. David’s serves delicious Asian food and I’ve never ordered anything I didn’t love. You can’t go wrong with dumplings – the Edamame & Mushroom are my favorite. I guess when it’s in the name, you’ve got to do it right. One of the best things about lunch at David’s is the price. They offer 12 different “Traditional Chinese Quick-Stir Dishes” priced at just $8.95, including Iced Tea. (Yes, that’s David himself pictured.)
Ashworth Drugs Soda Fountain
105 W. Chatham St in Cary (Downtown Cary)
A lunch-date in Cary, NC in the 1960s might have included a trip to the Soda Fountain at Ashworth Drugs on Chatham St. in downtown Cary. 58 years after opening their doors, Ashworth’s is still a great spot to share a milkshake with your sweetie on your lunch break. If homemade chicken, tuna, or egg salad isn’t your thing, try a hot dog; they boast they’re the best in town. Personally, I’m in it for the orangeade.
Milton’s Pizza & Pasta
8853 Six Forks Rd. in North Raleigh (Intersection of Six Forks & Strickland)
Okay, this one is for the hungry lunch date. If the little one’s extra-curriculars will result in a late dinner for Mom and Dad, hit Milton’s for a seriously filling lunch. Milton’s lunch buffet is a longtime North Raleigh favorite. When I was a kid and occasionally went to work with my Dad, lunch at Milton’s was always the highlight of the day, and that was 25 years ago. Beyond the variety of pizza and pasta you’d expect (again, it’s in the name), the buffet includes a fantastic salad bar, amazing wings, and about a dozen desserts that look so good it’s hard to choose. Kevin recommends the lasagna….. and he knows lasagna.