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Charlotte Report: Mimosa Grill and La Vecchia's Seafood Grill

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Charlotte Report: Mimosa Grill and La Vecchia's Seafood Grill

janet of reno | Jan 30, 2006 01:50 AM

Just back and thought I would do a quick report. I actually ate two nights in a row at Mimosa Grill...a friend called me as I was checking into the hotel and suggested we have dinner there since it was very close....only to find out later that it was planned as a group dinner out for the next evening. Oh well, I like the place. A few comments: they just unveiled a new menu (I guess they change them seasonally). The risotto with duck and portabello mushrooms on the appetizer list is to die for, creamy and delicious. I found it filling enough to be a main dish, as was the shrimp and grits appetizer the night before. That chef does good things with grits. Several at our group dinner ordered the pheasant special and were very, very pleased. The only misses were the greens side dish (tasty, but the greens were very tough) and the "taste of tangerine" dessert: the puff pastry was too tough to cut, the filling had very little tangerine taste, and the accompanying tangerine gratinee was frozen rock-hard. The pecan pie, otoh, is worth every calorie. Our second group dinner was at La Vecchia's Seafood Grill...which is not really italian despite the name. Just seafood. In short: the food is all absolutely wonderful but the ambiance and service leave something to be desired, IMO. The fish decorations are cute, but it is noisy and there is too much cigarette smoke coming from the bar. Our server kept trying to upsell us on wine, which I didn't really appreciate. Also, he took appetizer orders, said "I'll be right back" and didn't return until he had said appetizers in hand ten minutes later. I appreciate his effort to get them out.....but I would have appreciated the apps more if we'd actually been offered a drink or some of that wine in the meantime. We ended up getting our cocktails ten minutes AFTER the apps. BTW, the blue point oysters were huge and delicious, and the calamari some of the best ever...for a main I had the blackened seafood trip (shrimp, scallops, and tilapia) over grits......oh yeah. Everyone agreed that the food here was wonderful....no misses the entire evening. Dinner for eight, including a round of cocktails, two bottles of wine, apps, and several deserts was around 650.....Oh, and that included the 18% gratuity automatically added for the large group. I do appreciate that Chad made sure we knew the tip had been added.....but not sure I appreciated his smarmy "Of course, any additional tip is greatly appreciated" If he had managed to get us drinks with our apps I might have considered it :-)

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