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Charlotte Restaurants Review (long)

G3B | Feb 20, 2008 10:45 AM

Back only a few days and I already miss the nice mild weather of Charlotte. Although we did not eat out as much as I wanted to, due to circumstances beyond my control. I will post about the meals out that we did have.

First off I wanted to thank Southernitalian, Hazardnc, Lynnlato, Jshogh, and Pinogirl14 for all their input and advice. It was extremely helpful and I plan to keep my list for future updating when I come to visit again in a few months.

We had the first seating dinner at Table on a Tuesday night and the place was empty. I know that we were early, but the restaurant was still empty when we left around 7:30pm which surprised me. On the whole, I thought it was great value and a steal at $20 for a 3 course meal at a nice restaurant. Choices were between two salads for apps, three entrees: sirloin steak, scallops and salmon, and two desserts: chocolate truffle torte and raspberry sorbet. Between the three of us, we tried everything. My favorite way of eating; sampling as much as possible. Salads were over dressed, otherwise ingredients were tasty. Salmon was too overdone for me, but my friend likes it that way. Steak and scallops were good. Can’t remember the accompaniments, but it was fine. Dessert I would say was the weakest course. Sorbet was clearly not homemade and tasted like it came from a supermarket pint and the torte was terrible. One bite was enough for me of both. The only things I like about both desserts were the berries on the side.

Panera Bread: don’t have this chain in NY so we tried it one day when we missed lunch and it was still too early for dinner. Pick two combo of soup and sandwich was fine. Not much different than Cosi or Au Bon Pain which is what we have in NY. The bread was fresh, but not phenomenal and the combination of ingredients was fine. We had the roast beef and chicken Caesar sandwiches. Cheddar broccoli soup was OK, but the chicken noodle soup was so salty that it was inedible.

Gallery for dinner was the highlight of the trip in terms of food. Presentation was outstanding. All of the plates were unique and made for both an interesting look on each of the tables, as well as a conversation piece. Bread was a warm biscuit which was tasty and different for me anyway. We started with three apps to share: low country shrimp with grits, beet salad, and fried shrimp with fried vegetables. All of the apps were delicious and the evening started off wonderfully. Entrees were rib eye steak, Atlantic cod with fresh corn and endame with cream sauce and braised short ribs. I opted for an appetizer and had the salmon gravlax which was the worst dish of the evening. The cod was delicious and I just loved the corn and endame sauce and will be ordering that the next time I am there. The short ribs were so tender and I did not try the steak, but I heard it was fine. Dessert was a very ordinary crème brulee with four forks. Portions were large, but I guess we also ordered quite a bit of food and ended up bringing home almost the entire braised short ribs. Service was a bit too hovering for me. Professional and courteous, but just too many people asking how the meal was constantly interrupting our dinner conversation. There was a maitre’d, waiter, and server all asking and around just a little more than I would like. We had Saturday 7:30pm reservations and were surprised at how empty the restaurant was during the entire time we were there.

Jshogh, thanks for the Salara suggestion, we stopped by after our dinner at Table and took a look, but never made it back for dessert. People in there were very nice and told us a little about the chef and showed us the menu. The desserts looked pretty good and I hope to be able to try this place during my next visit.

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