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T1 Tapas: Huntersville, NC

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So thanks for the heads up over on the Concord thread. My husband and I tried T1 Tapas in Birkdale Village on Friday night. First, let me dispel a couple of assumptions. They only have a few of the fancy booths with the speakers and the touch screen menus and and the ipod hookups and they were all reserved when we got there, so if you want one, call ahead. Also, I heard our server tell another table that it does not remove the need for a wait person. Someone still has to come to the table and get the order and take it to the kitchen.

We got there pretty early, around 6 and the main dining room was pretty much empty so we were sat right down with no reservation. It's small and hip/sleek and a little cold (atmoshphere wise). They do have screens all over the room that play a slideshow of images. It makes me feel a little like I'm eating in front of my computer's screensaver, but it's an interesting idea. I can't remember what kind of music was playing.

They have a really great selection of microbrews on tap, a lot of them from North Carolina and my husband took advantage of their $3 draft special. There's a long list of martinis and a wine list of decent length. Unfortunately I didn't take too close a look at it; I'm expecting so am on a strict San Pellegrino regimen on nights out for a while.

The food is starters, salads, soups, and tapas. We stuck mostly to tapas Friday and we were impressed. The things we tried:
-Flatbread with two toppings - good starter
-Patatas Bravas - very tasty
-Seared scallops with beurre blance and couscous - Very delicious - my favorite of the night
-Salmon tacos, to construct at the table - very good
-Roasted pork empanadas - also very good - my husband's vote for best dish.

Overall we're very excited at this addition to Birkdale Village because we were pretty much tired of or disappointed by everything else there. It's just one visit and they're still new, but I really hope the level of the food is maintained (or raised!) and we'll probably be there often.

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T1 Tapas
8625-C Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078

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