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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Reviews

Re: “Gro takes Greek back to its tasty, healthy roots

I must say any food lover would be happy to eat at gro. Fresh ingredients, pleasant people, and unique. The menu isnt complicated and employees welcome to suggest. Comapred to many gyro joints, their food at first bite made me go OPA!

Posted by Leon Moretti on 11/03/2014 at 6:21 PM

Re: “New heights in dining: The Summit Room

My wife and I ate at The Summit this weekend. Our experience in no way parallels the account in this review.

First, we were told it would be a 45-minute wait, and that was reasonable, since the restaurant had been reviewed in the biggest daily paper the same day. But after an hour and ten minute wait having drinks and an appetizer on the porch, I asked for our check, since I saw 2 two-person tables set but empty inside and we were still waiting. Lo and behold, we were seated immediately. My partner ordered the farro risotto, which at $18 was the least expensive entree item on the menu, while I got the cod. In direct contrast to that portion of the review that reads, "The main courses are uniformly generous and sharable, especially if you begin by sharing a spate of starters. The cod entrée has a pea and scallop stuffing wrapped by the filet with a hit of golden raisin agrodolce," the cod consisted of two 1 inch medallions that were wrapped with something and served on a plate that made them look even smaller than they were. We just got back from Portugal last month, and none of the restaurants we ate in, from simple cafes to a single star Michelin, would have embarrassed themselves by serving such a small portion of cod as an entree. Maybe an appetizer, but not for a main course for $24, or the equivalent of 18 euro.

We'll not be back to climb the Summit anytime soon. It was far too noisy, and precious, to compare to the better values one can find further up East Boulevard.

Posted by John F. Rudisill on 10/06/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “New heights in dining: The Summit Room

Pastry Chef Brigitte Oger**

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Posted by Andres Salazar on 10/03/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “New heights in dining: The Summit Room

Pastry chef is named Brigitte Oger. Research, people!

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Posted by Braxattax on 10/02/2014 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Tiptoe through the tacos at Fonda la Taquiza

Guess Tricia Childress didn't visit the restroom at Eastside Taquiza. Wish I had done so before I ordered lunch instead of after. Dingy, dark, dirty, no paper dispenser in one stall; the other one on the floor in the second stall; nasty sink. If the restrooms look like that, what is the kitchen like? Short on charm too?

The menu was extraordinary by Charlotte standards, the food less than mediocre by any standards. The crushed cockroach outside the front door should have been a warning.

The review was classic Charlotte Creative Loafing. Upbeat, hopeful, and very, very misleading.
Your credibility dropped lower than usual with this glowing review. Judith Felson

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Posted by Judith on 08/16/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Gro takes Greek back to its tasty, healthy roots

We went once and found the ordering process far too involved and bulky for a fast food place, no real direction. You walk in and no register counter etc, the lack of which takes extra time as people are trying to figure out where to go. For a simplistic menu the lack of knowledge of the person with the tablet was troublesome and we found we wished we had gone else where. Yes the food was good but similar food is available across the street as Jerusalem Café, it is better and far easier to navigate

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Posted by mrsbu on 08/03/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Friendly, savory Che Gaucho Argentine & Urguay Grill

Worse service ever. World Cup finals. Called in the am to watch game at the restaurant. I was told it was sold out but could come after the game was over because they were open until 8pm. Show up to the restaurant at 6, they tell us to have a seat. 10 minutes later the waitress comes by and tells us the kitchen is closed. Parents were in town from Argentina. Total disappointment!!! My family won't be back

Posted by Maria Bates on 07/13/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Ain't that Peculiar

I saw. I ate. I drank. It was really good. I left. The End.

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Posted by The Judge on 05/15/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Heirloom offers a taste of place

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. I shared two appetizers, a strawberry salad and a foraged pasta with ramps, fiddle head ferns and radishes. Both were tasty, well presented and with fresh ingredients! My main course was a fillet served on a purple sweet potato puree with radishes. It was absolutely fabulous and cooked to perfection. The dessert, which was a chocolate trio, was over the top, and forced me back to the gym.

I notice in your review, that you mentioned that the food came from both Carolinas. I can see you didn’t do your homework as the food and beverages are exclusively from North Carolina. Not both Carolinas. The chef came out and had a long conversation with me about the ingredients and the farms which they came from. They all come from North Carolina. That is why their slogan is “Locally Sourced, globally inspired”.

As to décor, my purpose in a fine dining restaurant is the food. I drive to taste the food, not to look at the ceiling. I have been to many restaurants, including last night, where the ceiling was not attractive. If that is the worst thing you have to say about a restaurant, then that is a restaurant I would choose to eat in.

As to price, I also ate at both Asbury (also a new Farm to table restaurant) and Vivace. I think you will find that the prices at Heirloom are no more or no less than the prices at these two other fine Charlotte restaurants which I dined in during my short stay in Charlotte.

Every person has their opinions about restaurants, food, décor, location, etc. I will definitely be stopping at Heirloom again and will be recommending it to my friends.

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Posted by nkfink on 05/02/2014 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Sweet dreams at Baku

Baku is much more. And the prices are not shy. As one dining companion quipped as he checked out the prices on the menu, "I guess the recession really is over."http://www.salomonshoeses.com

Posted by lodigo123 on 03/28/2014 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Plainly speaking: Nan and Byron's

Name of restaurant and Website link to Nan and Byrons is a typo. It's nanandbyrons.com , not nanandbryons.com

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Posted by d21 on 02/01/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Not afraid of flavor at Spice South Indian Cuisine

Spice Cafe in University was absolutely horrible. The food was not good. In the place of basmati rice was plain, steamed rice. The vegetarian options were slim pickings. Poor excuse for a salad bar there as well. Tried to order from the menu since I could find nothing to eat on the bar and was told I couldn't. Manager was rude and loud. I love Indian food and was terribly let down at this establishment.

Posted by Julie on 01/06/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Sweet dreams at Baku

If bluefin tuna was truly endangered, would it be on the Baku menu? I'm confused.

Posted by Jeremy Robbins on 11/26/2013 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Hot pockets: Morazan Restaurant

Hi Tricia, thanks for the good read.

Honduras has a lot of great food, but I can always find time to complain about a couple of things: the tacos are definitely an acquired taste…I’ve lived in Honduras for 4 years and still don’t like them. And the chismol is like pico de gallo, but without the jalapenos.

Otherwise, they make a lot of corn tortillas by hand. Those are always good. And Hondurans have their way with flavoring and marinating any chicken, meat, or pork dish that makes you believe you’re having Sunday dinner with su abuela!

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Posted by spasticnapjerk on 10/10/2013 at 11:27 AM

Re: “The fortunate one: Ming Fu Chinese and Sushi Restaurant

Hello,

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Posted by Julia Wong on 09/01/2013 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Nom Nom brings Asian fusion to burgers

I dig this place!

Posted by GodFatherOfLunch on 07/09/2013 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Bask in the glow of this Harvest Moon Grille

Blaaaa is for blaaaannnndddd! Yuck!

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Posted by Veggie Queen on 04/28/2013 at 3:02 PM

Re: “On the Vine in Ballantyne

Loved this restaurant! A new scene for Clt. My steak was too salty.

Posted by Retta Poynter on 03/23/2013 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Ain't that Peculiar

People need to get over this blind allegiance to their neighborhood. God forbid there be something a little bit different offered! The fact of the matter is, people don't like this restaurant because it is nothing like anything else in the area really. Besides The Liberty in Southend, real gastropubs don't really exist in Charlotte, and even that place while astoundingly delicious, has caught flack as well. Southerners like their southern food, 5 page menus with photos, and a bill no higher than 25 dollars.

This really is a restaurant styled like the pubs up north (NYC, Philly, Boston) plopped in the middle of a southern city who doesn't really like much of anything tinkered with. Short, concise menus and fresh ingredients and this place is a total hit. Nevermind what the actual building looks like, it can fit a lot of people and the rooftop is simply awesome. Beer list is large, but the actual offerings leave a bit to be desired. The food is spectacular. I highly recommend stopping by for brunch on the roof once the weather is nicer. Spend a little more money and try something different and you might be surprised.

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Posted by Alex on 03/19/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Ain't that Peculiar

I disagree with CLT too. You can park other places that are a really short walk away, and the food is worth it. I've had the cheese fries with oxtail gravy and the pork belly entree. The fries were really good and obviously fairly unhealthy, in a good way. The pork belly was completely perfect, and I wish I could eat it every day. Prices aren't bad, either. $40 for 2 people with an appetizer is right for this kind of food.

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Posted by Josh on 02/28/2013 at 5:24 PM

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