My husband and I love to dine at Simpson's on Creedmoor Road. It's our favorite place in Raleigh. I love the Thousand Island dressing they use. I assume it's homemade, and I always forget to ask Melvin Simpson for the recipe. Could you please get it for me? I would appreciate it very much. -- D.G., Raleigh
Many a wedding proposal and anniversary dinner have taken place over a char-grilled filet mignon and lobster dinner at Simpson's (5625 Creedmoor Road; 783-8818;
www.simpsonsrestaurant.com ), long known as one of the area's most romantic dining destinations. This year, the restaurant will celebrate an anniversary of its own: In May, Simpson's turns 20.
Melvin Simpson, the restaurant's genial owner, shares the recipe for a dressing that's easy to make and a perennial favorite.
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