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Jan 2, 2009 09:12 AM

Charlotte Restaurant Week

Such a big hit, and to drum up business, Winter version of Restaurant Week Jan. 24-30.

Just saw this in Charlotte for the event goes on line today.

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  1. Looks like more restaurants this time too. I look foward to trying something new.

    1. We are in for GW Finns, Ruth Chris', Blue, and Oceanaire. Can't wait.

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      1. re: artlee

        It will be interesting how many of these restaurants are actually still open by the end of january. Morton's South Park closing is just the beginning. . .

        Sorry to be the nay-sayer but if you have gift certificate at a restaurant in Charlotte - use it. A few of the restaurants you mentioned are probably on the list. . .

        1. re: BDM1

          You may be right...especially if they aren't supported. This wil be a good time for them to get a little cash flow in a normally slow time anyway on top of whats going on.

      2. Where is everyone going/has gone for Restaurant Week so far? Customshop seems to have the best deal with the extra wine & side, but want to try a different place too.

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        1. re: SkinnyChef

          I did Carpe Diem last night and it was excellent. Here's the menu:

          I had the grilled grape salad, the fried chicken breast and the creme brulee. Everything was excellent and the portions were generous given the price.

          I had early reservations (6pm) and the place was full with more waiting to be seated as we left. Even with the daunting construction project on Elizabeth, this promotion seems to be doing well.

          There is parking adjacent and across the street from Carpe Diem. Don't let the construction stop you from going there or to Customshop.

          1. re: SkinnyChef

            I'll be going to Cunstomshop. While I was not been blown away by the place the two previous times I went, the menu looked good, and it seemed to provide the best deal as SkinnyCef pointed out.

            1. re: SkinnyChef

              Mrs G. and I went to Copper Modern Indian Cuisine. It was a very positive experience overall. Here is the menu:
              I started with the Peppercorn-Curryleaf Chicken -- Pernod Macerated Mangoes, Masala Papdi. It was deliciously spiced and my favorite item for the evening. Mrs G. started with the Cauliflower Bisque -- Asparagus Pakoras, Reshampatti-Javitri Oil. This also was a hit providing a comfort food beginning to the meal. For the main course I had the Masala Oil Poached Cod -- Lychee-Ginger-Cherry Vinaigrette, Kadhi-Chevre Fingerlings. The cod was moist and flakey, subtle in flavor and very simple. Mrs. G. had the Achaari Lamb Kofta -- Khumbh-Methi Malai, Khoya-Craisin Pulao. Ground spiced lamb cook in a kabob style, although good this dish was unremarkable and just like any other kofta kabob available in any mid eastern or kabob place.
              For desert I opted for the Trail Mix Halwa -- Rasmalai Sauce, Marinated Pear Sticks. It was a slightly sticky melange of nuts and fruits molded into a sweet rectangle of sugary goodness. Mrs. G. finished with Mocha Kulfi -- Chai Syrup, Toasted Cumin Sugar. Essentially this was espresso ice cream. It had great flavor but was frozen too hard to fully enjoy. This is not a place for big portions, rather very modern and artistic presentations. Even with this being the case I did not leave hungry as the 3 courses combined was plenty. The only area that fell short is the waiters ability to explain the dishes was almost non existent. The small amount of explanations he offered were usually not accurate. As many of these dishes and ingredients are new to many, I know I was not familiar with many ingredients and components, a better guide to the food is needed.

              1. re: SkinnyChef

                Went to Tria Terra tonight. I made a reservation last Thursday (the 22nd) for 8pm tonight, but they seem to have lost it. However, after arriving at 7:50, they got us seated by 8:15. Then we waited nearly 15 minutes before even getting our order taken, but we had the fabulous pesto sauce and breadsticks to munch on. Then our salads came out and I was surprised at how big of a portion it was. Mine had a generous number of blobs of tangy goat cheese and lots of pine nuts. I usually don't like balsamic dressing but this wasn't bitter at all.

                Both my dinner companion and I had the rack of lamb. One of my pieces was exactly right but another seemed a bit tough. (ordered it cooked medium). The sides (potato au gratin and baked apples) were fantastic. We were so full, so we took dessert to go, but the table next to us really enjoyed their cheesecake, chocolate souffle and a fruit-filled pastry so I'm sure we will as well.

                The waitress didn't charge us for our beverages (a soda and a glass of sangria) because of the wait - which was much appreciated.

                Definitely worth it. This was my 3rd restaurant week dinner (went to Frankie's and Upstream last July) and I have yet to be disappointed.

                We went to Fiamma a couple weeks ago - so we didn't want to go again for restaurant week - but I'll definitely recommend that, especially since I see in another comment on this thread that they're extending the queen feast menu for another week. I had sweet potato ravioli there, in a pistachio cream sauce, and it was to die for. The risotto was superb as well.

                1. re: nurit

                  I like Tria Terra - but haven't been in several months. Everything is reasonably priced and the food is typically pretty solid. Nice atmosphere too.

              2. My SO and I went to Oceanaire Saturday with friends. I had clam chowder, which was very good, and three of us had lobster thermidor since I don't recall having had it before. I was a bit underwhelmed as there was only two or three bites and not a lot of that was lobster. With apps,entres, and small appetites we were all sated, but Ratcliffe last year was more memorable. The bread at Oceanaire is excellent and the service and attention was very good. I think the next time I will go for a regular entre as they all looked very good.

                1. We went to Sonoma on Saturday and it was wonderful. They had more choices on their menu than most of the other places. I had never been there before and was a little surprised at how bright it is inside, but the decor was lovely, modern and comfortable.
                  I started with the lobster bisque, which was very good, and my husband had the kobe sliders, also very good. My entree was flounder, and it was delicious. Everything on the plate complimented each other so well. My husband had the scallops, and though they were good, he agreed that my dish was much better. The scallops were popular though because they ran out while we were there (8:30). For dessert we chose the chocolate hazelnut cake and a quince semolina cake. Both were good but the chocolate was out of the this world. I'd love to go back just to have more of that cake!
                  Our server was wonderful and she suggested a great wine that we both loved. They were offering select wines for 20% off for a bottle.