Last weekend, I went to the market … as in the Dandelion Market, the newest bar in Uptown.
Although I did go to the actual market as well… after spending 15 minutes fighting my way through the parking lot of the Metrolina Shopping Center, I got to Trader Joe's. Another 15 minutes later, as I’m standing in the check-out line, I hear: “If you left your blackberry in the apples, we have it at customer service.” I look at the bag of apples in my hand, and notice the lack of blackberry in the other. I go up to customer service to retrieve my crackberry, and they tell me they found it mixed in with the apples in the crate … oops. Luckily, they have child-proofed the store for adults.
The staff of the Dandelion Market is as cool and helpful, and like in Trader Joe’s they let you have samples ... of their 24 beers on tap including many local drafts. I tried the one with a church tap. And seeing as how it’s a small plate place, you can sample the menu without committing to a whole meal. You can also try everything at the market, which is one of everything on the menu for only 200 “buckaroos” … I'm pretty sure that means a dollar in Dandelion lingo. They also have 25 different kinds of wine and only charge 25 buckaroos a bottle.
I had the aged Cheddar and Ale Fondue... more like fun-do. Now this is the kind of place you only go to with people you trust and know they wash their hands … because small plates means shared plates, and well, I’ll be dammed if I want a guy I just met to be fingering my food – that is just moving way too fast for me.
And for dessert try the milkshake shot: Makers Mark with caramel ice cream and whip cream
Dandelion Market is a small plate palace that has the ambiance of an actual palace. It has an old castle vibe with low-lit chandeliers, giant tables you'd find at Oktoberfest, and the menu font makes you feel like you’re reading a ransom note.
Shout out to my idea stimulators ... G-man and Turbo! G-Man just got back from the World Series of Beer Pong in Vegas, which you can read about later this week on Brittney After Dark. Meanwhile Turbo — real name Mike Smith — is on the terrorist watch list at airports...because once upon a time someone named Mike Smith did something bad, and all Mike Smiths have to suffer by not being allowed to check in for flights online or at kiosks.