I debated on the 5th star, but you know what? The Manager asked me if there I was anything he should change and I told him "Please don't change a thing, you can only mess it up". Concerning the commentary about how it looks from the outside: Don't judge a book by it's cover. Yeah, it has some "Mafia hideout place to bring your mistress maybe it's really a strip club" look to it - but if you haven't figured it out by now, that IS part of the charm and the appeal. One reviewer here thinks none of the clientele are locals. Perhaps he is clairvoyant, but I don't think it is possible to make such a claim.Pricey? Not really. Making comparisons to Outback? You should probably stick with Outback.To start - our waitress (also the bartender) Hillary made me one of the better Old Fashioneds with Dark Rum I've had. She left out the orange but it was still pretty great. Now she knows she has Myers on hand, too. We had "the cheese" but with Panini bread instead of crackers. Sounds silly, I know. I thought the cheese was to die for, and the danger here is eating too much of it. Next time I will eat the cheese with a spoon when no one is looking. The bread is crazy good, too. There is a reason they bring this out to your table when you are seated - it's tastes really good.We also had Salad with Blue Cheese, Shrimp Scampi (prepared perfectly), Trout (perfect), Ribeye (it was hard to resist licking my plate in public when it was gone), Creamed Spinach (awesome) and Mushrooms. (I love mushrooms, but these are prepared in a wine sauce, wheras I am more of a garlic butter fan).We had a hard time choosing a bottle of wine, but we described what we were looking for and another waiter made a recommendation - it was spot on. I think it may be crowded on Mon and Thurs for half-priced wine nights, so remember you probably need a reservation any night of the week. When we were leaving a van full of seniors showed up with no reservations. The Manager was trying to accommodate, and I hope they were able to work it out but...trust me, make a reservation.We had to skip the dessert this time, but it was tempting.We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and sincerely hope it doesn't change a bit. We are new fans and cannot wait to go back. To anyone who didn't like it, you should probably stick with chain restaurants.
After having Bask on my “Restaurants To Try” List for almost a year, I was so very excited to dine there before a Friday Live! concert in the Fountain Plaza area of NC Music Factory. We parked for free in the large lot behind Mattie’s Diner and took a quick walk over to Bask for our 6:00 reservation. Surprisingly, it wasn’t crowded at all and we were seated immediately. The server was patient and helpful with our collective drink order indecision. Since I was so excited about eating at Bask, I knew exactly what I was going to order from much time spent on their website (The menu loads sideways, by the way. Annoying.): Butternut Squash Fritters were going to be the main part of my meal. Alas, they did not have them. I was told they wouldn’t be ready for another hour. Blink. Blink. Seriously?Devastated, I ordered the Butternut Squash Soup (creamy and flavorful), and the Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Fondue (Also yum.). The Pork Belly Wontons sounded better than they were – there was something about the wonton that made them taste cheap. The Mac and Cheese was outstanding, and my dinner companions raved about their choices (Sweet Burger and Cordon Blue Sandwich). Skip the side of veggies. They are nothing special. Overall, it was good, but I’m still bummed about those Butternut Squash Fritters. Tip: If you are heading to a Friday Live! show after supper, make sure to ask for complimentary a Booze Bracelet from the restaurant. Otherwise you will have to pay for them outside in order to buy beer from the outside bars.
300 East is a Dilworth mainstay for good reason. The food is excellent and affordable, and the service is top-notch. Whether it is date night, lunch with the ladies, or a baby shower (It was all adults … it really isn’t a great place for kids.) like the one that was given for me there a few years ago, 300 East is a favorite of mine. Get anything on the menu; it is all good. My favorites include the Sweet Potato Ravioli, Fall Salad, Black Bean and Green Chile Chicken Tortilla, and whatever the special is that day. Get the Housemade Pimento Cheese as an app while you are at it. This piece of advice comes from a girl who doesn’t even like Pimento Cheese, so you know it is good stuff.When you head to the restrooms, look carefully and you’ll notice the cheeky sense of humor that defines the coziness of the place on the bathroom doors. Look extra carefully if you have imbibed their signature Wong cocktail. It goes down (too) easily, and they are so strong that patrons are limited to two per sitting. They are extra accommodating at 300 East of those who are eating gluten-free, and the patio out front is a garden oasis on busy East Boulevard. Because the food, service and atmosphere are so delicious, be sure to make a reservation or be prepared to wait a bit during busy times. It’s worth it.
Blue, you are pretty. You are fancy. You make really good food. You are a perfect pre-show dining spot with your free valet parking. You are also pricey. Pricey, and maybe almost worth it. Almost. It seemed to me that the entrée prices were a little high by about $5-$7 each. The extensive wine list was priced about right for a fine dining establishment in uptown Charlotte. The Amaretto and Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake could have been too rich, but the Ricotta cut it perfectly. The Beef Tenderloin a la Blue included some of the best risotto I can remember having, and the service was as attentive as one would expect in an upscale restaurant. Our server was knowledgeable and quick, and was cognizant of our time constraints due to our tickets to a show at Belk Theater, which is an easy walk through the Bank of America building. This is especially helpful on rainy evenings. It was good, but I’m not itching to go back. There are many other restaurants in uptown Charlotte that are just as good and well-located that are less expensive.
I always have a great time at Mez. The service is good, the people watching is above average, and the drinks are cold. The food is good, bordering on okay. Though I think it is good and has a beautiful presentation, I never think much else of it, and have a hard time remembering what I had or making recommendations even the day after. It just isn’t that memorable. However, the vibe is one of the coolest Charlotte has to offer in that it is sleek, trendy and still somehow welcoming. The soft benches and couches in the bar area are alluring and the space easily accommodates a bunch of middle aged white women doing the “Woo Girl” dancing in a circle together thing after a few cocktails. So for the drinks, the vibe, the scene: Yes. For the food as far as a source of fuel and medium level flavor: Yes. Is it a foodie mecca: No. Enjoy it for what it is by putting on your cute dress and expecting to see some proudly muscle bound guys sporting an abundance of hair product, and get your groove on with some adult beverages in the bar.
I've been eating here for years, so some of the negative reviews really surprise. I have always found the staff at Thai Orchid to be more than gracious and attentive. They are always happy to greet you with a smile. As far as the food goes, I believe most of the dishes to be at least average or above. I definitely favor some dishes over others, but I can say that about most restaurants. I have a rotation of 4 Thai restaurants I go to depending on what I’m in the mood to eat, as some do certain dishes better than others. The dishes I order at Thai Orchid are definitely above average. I have eaten at most of the Thai restaurants in Charlotte, and I eat a lot of Thai food when I travel, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of the cuisine. I would not hesitate to recommend Thai Orchid. You can absolutely get a tasty Thai meal in a friendly neighborhood-like atmosphere.
01/21/2016VBGB Beer Hall & Garden/Restaurant
I will be honest: I did not even try the food here, as it was one in the morning when I arrived. So why five stars? Because VGBG provides what Nashville lacks--a laid-back venue where people can chill at the ice bar (get the terrible pun?), play giant Connect Four and Jenga, and enjoy drinks on a large, open, uncrowded patio. While I have seen bars that offer games and entertainment of this sort before, they are always located in some terrible, six-square-foot arena of sadness; VGBG has the amazing advantage of offering ample space both indoors and out. My only recommendation would be to add heat lamps. And offer me sacks of money when I walk through the door.