Our Five Faves

Ken Smith & Renee Chou: fave date places

Posted February 11, 2012

Ken Smith

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we decided to ask some of the folks in the newsroom their picks for romantic or date places. In this edition, WRAL reporter/anchors Ken Smith and Renee Chou give us their picks.


Ken Smith

Ken Smith

My Five Faves for a romantic evening out with the Ol’ Girl: 

518 West (Raleigh) 

The Mint (Raleigh)

18 Seaboard (Raleigh) 

Rey's (Cary)  

Second Empire(Raleigh) 

 Renee Chou

Renee Chou 

18 Seaboard (Raleigh) - uses fresh local produce from the farmers market; love the contemporary décor and ambience; trendy without being intimidating; service is impeccable.

Margaux's (Raleigh) - they change their menu all the time; impeccable service; have a great fixed-price menu on Mondays and certain hours of the week that make it affordable to dine out

Second Empire (Raleigh) - I’ve never seen more gorgeous presentations of food. Service is stellar. No wonder it’s one of the finest dining spots in Raleigh.

Mo's Diner (Raleigh) - The name is deceiving – it’s nothing like a diner. It’s an elegant, distinctive restaurant operating in the framework of a house. I love the simple yet flavorful dishes here.

An (Cary)I’m partial to Asian fusion restaurants. An does it well with amazing presentation of food and a very chic atmosphere

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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Feb 12, 2012

    Just be sure to avoid restaurants that rely too heavily on Sysco and companies of the like as that is a good indicator of a lazy restauranteur who prides profits over quality.