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Restaurant news: Sign up for a bargain lunch

aweigl@newsobserver.comJanuary 17, 2013 

Culinary school restaurants now serving

One of the Triangle’s best dining bargains is eating at one of the local culinary schools’ restaurants, which will start serving lunch again next week.

Wake Technical Community College’s Flavors Restaurant is so popular that it awards reservations via lottery. You have to register online, request a reservation and then you are notified via email if you are lucky enough to get one. But at $8 for lunch, it’s worth the effort.

Flavors will be offering an Indian buffet Tuesday and Thursday and an Italian buffet on Jan. 29 and 31. The restaurant is located at the college’s main campus at 9101 Fayetteville Rd. To register and request a table, go to

The Art Institute of Durham and Raleigh also has a student-run restaurant serving lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday and Friday. Its restaurant, The District at 410, opens next week. It is located at Durham’s American Tobacco campus. For reservations call 919-317-3200 or e-mail For more information, go to

Top This Cafe now open in Raleigh

A breakfast and lunch restaurant called Top This Cafe has opened at Raleigh’s Atrium building off Blue Ridge Road near Rex Hospital.

Owners Tom Scheidler and Mike Itayem have partnered to open this cafe plus a second location called Top This opening soon on Chapel Hill’s East Franklin Street.

The Raleigh location serves breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu offers made-to-order egg sandwiches and omelets, plus coffee and espresso drinks. The lunch menu offers specialty sandwiches and build-your-own options from housemade roasted turkey and roast beef that can be paired with the customer’s choice of bread, cheese, toppings and sauces. The Raleigh location at 2501 Blue Ridge Rd. is open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

The Chapel Hill will be at 161 E. Franklin St. For information or to see menus:

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