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Taste restaurant opens this week off Dixie Trail in Raleigh

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Taste, a new American-style tapas restaurant, opened Monday in the former GAKS teahouse location off Dixie Trail in Raleigh.

Co-owner Edward Haag explained the "American-style tapas" moniker as "so we can put lobster mac-n-cheese on the menu and not have people hate us for not being Spanish."

They offer more than a dozen small plates, each costing $10 or less. The menu will change six to eight times a year.

Haag, who runs the bar and the front of house, says he and chef Alex Unger met while working at the same restaurant in Syracuse. When Haag moved down here two years ago, he decided to open a restaurant and convinced Unger and his wife to help him.

The kitchen hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The bar stays open later. The restaurant is at 3048 Medlin Drive, Raleigh, across from Crowley's

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.