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Make reservations now for 2016 Triangle Restaurant Week

Chef Jason Smith, center, owns 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18 in Raleigh and Harvest 18. His restaurants will be participating in this year’s Triangle Restaurant Week.
Chef Jason Smith, center, owns 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18 in Raleigh and Harvest 18. His restaurants will be participating in this year’s Triangle Restaurant Week. newsobserver.com

The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is Jan. 25-31, and there is still time to make lunch and dinner plans. About 90 restaurants are participating in the week-long event where they offer special $15 three-course lunches and/or $20-$30 three-course dinners. Beverages, tax and tip not included. For example, Raleigh’s Cantina 18 is offering a $30 dinner where diners choose one of these offerings for each course:First course: short rib tostada with pickled corn relish and chipotle crema or pork belly quesadilla with charred pineapple, poblano and smoked tomato crema. Second Course: mole pulled pork with pickled onions, lettuce, queso fresco on a torta roll; chicken tinga enchiladas with corn tortillas, refried beans, verde rice and garnish; two crispy shrimp tacos, spicy slaw, queso fresco, scallions and avocado puree; or black bean and avocado nachos with pickled corn, cherry tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, lettuce and sour cream. Third course: tres leches cake with cranberry compote and cinnamon whipped cream; and buttermilk panna cotta with pineapple-grapefruit compote and fresh mint. Among about 50 participating Raleigh restaurants are 18 Seaboard, Bolt, bu.ku, Cameron Bar and Grill, Cantina 18, Driftwood Southern Kitchen, Faire Steak and Seafood, Gravy, Margaux’s Restaurant, Oro, PG Werth’s, Sitti, The Big Easy and Vivace. One note of caution: I found some errors on the Triangle Restaurant Week website; one restaurant’s menu was from the last event; another restaurant had the menu listed for its sister restaurant. You might want to call the restaurant or check their website for the menu before you make a reservation. Info: trirestaurantweek.com✔Subhed herey Text Subhed herey Text

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