Tried this place for the first time last night, wow. Something about the reviews have kept me away, specifically the way they often mention the weird location (in a bank building) and how the location is often the kiss of death. I kept avoiding it because I feared the awkward "you're the only person in the restaurant" scenario, which I hate. Finally gave it a shot on a whim, really glad I did. The place was easy to find, the atmosphere was amazing, the place was pleasantly full, but--and this is important--NOT noisy. Unlike many restaurants in this area, they actually took the time to finish the ceiling and make some attempt at noise cancellation. You can actually hear your dining companions talk. (There is a separate dining room with live entertainment--I was sorry to realize this too late as we were leaving, as the jazz band sounded pretty good.)
Our starters (fried oysters and goat cheese croquettes) were amazing, as were my G2B burger and my companion's lamb burger. (Honestly, this was the best burger I'd eaten since I moved to NC, especially since I like my burgers medium-rare.) Fries were not quite up to Vin Rouge standard, but that didn't slow me down too much. The bacon fried mac and cheese was also good.
The waiter was perfect--just attentive enough, and steered me to a great beer after I explained I was a beer newb. Only off note was that he failed to mention a small plate special (a duck confit) until after our starters had already arrived.
The only truly underwhelming dish was the cinnamon apple crisp desert--not sweet enough, and put you in mind of eating unsweetened applesauce. (I say this as a person who doesn't eat a lot of sugar and likes more subtle desserts.) This was solved by my companion giving me several spoonfuls of the caramel that came with his sticky toffee pudding. I would have been disappointed otherwise.
Anyway, I don't see this place mentioned often, so wanted to put in a good word. It's also nice for Southpoint residents as it doesn't involve the drive all the way downtown.
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