Herons, Cary

To celebrate our anniversary G and I decided to finally check out The Umstead Hotel in Cary.  We made an entire afternoon of it with massages and an afternoon at the spa and then dinner at the nationally recognized Herons.  The entire hotel has a modern, elegant style with muted neutral tones and warm lighting.  This elegance is carried on into the restaurant, Herons.  The walls are covered in a warm wood paneling.  The space is divided into smaller rooms with alcoves holding beautiful large artful pieces which set off the well-designed space.  The large table are well spaced to allow guests to have intimate conversations.  The kitchen is viewable from the dining area for those who would like to see the action.

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Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Cary

I am back, in case you missed me!  No real excuse other than enjoying the summer and not wanting to be at a computer when I didn’t need to be!
Our NRT outing for July was at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary.  The interior is pleasant and nicely decorated but in the manner of a nicer chain (think Magianno’s without the Italian-American influences).  The room itself is quite large and divided into a few different seating areas.  The menu is extensive with a variety of southern classics and southern influenced options.  The menu tries to focus on local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients however, only the center section of the menu changes seasonally so it is not clear which ingredients are sourced locally.