3116 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
My third visit was as equally pleasing as the first and second! This evening I enjoyed the chef's special of escolar encrusted with pignolias and thyme served over polenta with haricot vert in a balsamic reduction.
Everything was perfectly prepared. The fish was warm, flavorful and tender, excellently seasoned without being overpowered by herbs. The polenta was soft and creamy while not to rich and the green beans crisp and bright. I paired this dish with one of the numerous excellent beers that they had on special that night. This was the first time that I ate at the bar and the bar staff is as friendly and attentive as the waitstaff.
I have also sampled the buckwheat savory crepes. While the ingredients are excellent and savory, I think that the crepes could use less mixing a bit more time in the pan. The batter seems overworked and under cooked, but this could have just been the batch that I received. Friends on subsequent visits have had better preps for sure.
The whole roasted chicken (of which you get half) is delicious served in a mirepoix reduction with corn succotash. I would like to see this pared with other vegetables as an option. Additionally the french bread pizzas are very tasty and the portions are enormous!
The menu is not huge but it certainly is diverse and reasonably priced and there is something for everyone, from the Vegan to the Beef eating carnivore.
The only two complaints I have about this restaurant are the climate and the noise. The space is small and fun but it can get very warm. Dress casual and cool for this place if you go when it is crowded. Heat is a consistent problem here. The noise could be a problem if you are looking for a quiet intimate place for a date. This is a great local for a group of friends or a fun second/third date no doubt.
(ForkOver is a Foodie transplant from Brooklyn NY searching out and writing about what's to eat in Charlotte, NC)