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Vin Rouge is a classic bistro that transports its guests to the south of France. The restaurant is critically acclaimed among the press and has often walked away with top culinary honors. The accolades can be credited to chef Matt Kelly, who blends traditional flavors with a dash of contemporary style by way of an authentic French menu. Start off with a charcuterie and cheese platter to complement wine, craft beer or your choice of cocktail. Trout Amandine, sautéed salmon, gratin de macaroni, New York strip, steak tartare and ribeye represent the main courses. Frames dotting rouge walls, antique furniture and a dining room setup convey a warm and intimate atmosphere. A seat at the patio gives way to street views.
For a taste of quintessential Parisian dining, step into Coquette Brasserie. Chef Beth LittleJohn fixes you with scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, delicious small plates and classical mains. Start off with a charcuterie and cheese platter paired beautifully with the French wine and spirit list on offer, and head on to savor Pan Seared Salmon and Steak Frites, or Chicken Confit Crepe. Patent leather booths punctuate monochromatic interiors to create an appealing and old-world ambiance. Don't miss their traditional homemade bread.
Hidden in a small strip near the Sutton Square Shopping Mall, this gem of a French restaurant brings a taste of Provence to North Raleigh. The menu focuses on locally-sourced meats, with classic dishes such as foie gras, escargots, and filet mignon. Vegetarian options lean towards pasta dishes, while the dessert and wine list is typically, and extravagantly French. Enjoy horseradish-braised beef short ribs with a French Merlot, or seafood étouffée with dessert cheeses. The management at Saint Jacques also organizes wine dinners, cooking classes, and annual sojourns to Provence and Burgundy.