Fairview Dining Room
Washington Duke Inn
3001 Cameron Blvd.
Duke Campus, Durham
The Fairview Restaurant is tucked deep within the bowels of the Washington Duke Inn—seriously, you need to ask directions to find it in the maze of the fancy Duke hotel and golf course. Once there, though, I had to admire the decor.
I personally believe that at least half of all universities have blue and gold for their colors (note: Oops! Turns out Duke only has one color: blue. White could be considered their second color, not gold, but blue is the only official color). Turns out it looks pretty nice in chair and china design.
As you may or may not know, the Fairview is definitely on the list of the highest-rated, white-tablecloth restaurants in the area. After this meal, I think it quite deserves that ranking. The room is a bit stuffier than I like, with wait staff a little too close on hand most of the time, but of course, very polite and competent. That’s just my personal preference, however.
As is often the case at fine-dining restaurants, we were offered an amuse bouche to whet our appetites.
It was a stuffed mushroom with balsamic vinegar. As most of you know, at least from my rating system, I do not enjoy mushrooms, and yes, I’ve tried them many times in different ways. Sometimes they are passable for me, but it’s rare. This time, I’d have to say it was delicious, but I couldn’t imagine eating more than that one small cap. Regardless, any time I enjoy a mushroom is a good sign for the meal to come!
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