Poll: Community Restaurant Preferences

Most everyone I talk to is ultra excited about Buddha Bar. I am looking forward to its arrival  from the perspective that it will put a landmark in our neighborhood and hopefully stimulates more investment. On the flip side, I tend to believe I’m not going to be dining there often. Thirty dollar entrees that escalate into $80 meals are something I rarely induldge in. Hopefully the patio vibe is such that you can order a couple drinks and one appetizer and linger.

Personally I’m more interested in continue influx of high caliber fast casual concepts along the lines of Taylor Gourmet, Nandos, Vapiano, BGR, Matchbox, etc where I can dine for $15-25  if I keep my drink tab in check. To me those are the greatest asset to have within easy walking distance because they are easy on the budget and casual enough to be an option any day of the week. I probably go to Taylor five times a month… A place like Indebleu I only go to during the occasional Restaurant Week.

I’m sure residents of our neighborhood have a wide range of preferences on this subject. I thought I’d put it to a poll to get a sense of the distribution.

Of the following, which would you value most in the neighborhood?

  • Casual with good food (Taylor Deli, Nandos, Vapiano) (64%, 96 Votes)
  • Destination Dining (Buddha Bar, Capital Grille, Oyamel) (21%, 32 Votes)
  • Bar with OK Food (Any Irish Place) (11%, 16 Votes)
  • Fast Food (Chipotle, Chopt, Five Guys) (4%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 150

Loading ... Loading ...

The poll is not asking which type of Restaurant you like the best. The focus is which is the most valuable to your lifestyle to have close by in the community.

3 people like this post.

Related Posts

SociBook del.icio.us Digg Facebook Google Yahoo Buzz StumbleUpon


  1. 1

    Yellowtavern1 says

    I like what already seems to be happening. Most of the destination dining in the theatre district, the fast food and some of the quality casual in Chinatown, and some the quality casual along with some of the more interesting and fun places like Buddha Bar in the Triangle. If we stretch and claim The Passenger and PS7 as part of the Triangle, or maybe North Chinatown, then we already have a great collection of what we might call “local destination” places soon to be anchored by international destination Buddha Bar. As someone who bought a little over a year ago in the Triangle because I thought it was going to be a great place to live and easy to get my friends to come to my neighborhood, I am really happy.

  2. 2

    Gus says

    Let us not forget Kushi! I’m about 50 times as excited about Kushi as I am about Buddha, and I’m rather excited about Buddha!

  3. 3

    FourthandEye says

    @Yellowtavern1 – We are going to get a mix for sure. I’m not advocating that we should only want quality casual. But I do value personally value additions like Taylor above Buddha when setting aside the real estate investment aspect and focusing purely on day-to-day quality of life. Today I had discussion with a Washingtonpost reporter on living in the Triangle and he used the phrase “typical resident” often in his questions. This got me wondering if I was representative of the typical resident on this issue or in the minority and thus triggered the poll.

    @Gus – I certainly could not forget about Kushi. But do we have any sense of its price points yet?

  4. 4


    anything that generates robust foot traffic…I am totally in favor of all options (except really crappy fast food…chopt i looove,the others are dandy) We already live in a place with wonderful options for multiple budgets in easy walking distance that visitors also enjoy – and its only getting better.