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photolee Apr 25, 2012 05:15 PM

Celebrating a special anniversary this weekend, and would like a recommendation. Have been told Entre Nous on Northlake at US1 is excellent, but remember hearing about a place in the area featuring locally sourced items but can't remember the name. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  1. freakerdude Apr 25, 2012 07:40 PM

    Entre Nous is good and I spent my birthday there 3 years ago http://www.entrenousbistro.com/

    Also in that same area is the Pelican Cafe in a house/patio type atmosphere that is pretty cool. http://www.thepelicancafe.com

    Pita Grille would also work http://thepitagrille.com/

    The local sourced place (farm to table concept) would probably be Coolinary Cafe in PBG on Donald Ross Rd. Take a look at their menu online and here is the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843697

    For a creative and unique menu I would go for Leftover's Cafe if seafood is your thing. The Reef Grill would be another option in that same realm and both are causal places if that is OK.

    All of these places are in the $25 to $30 entree range except for Coolinary which is $20 on average for entrees. Almost all of these places are smaller, locally owned, and not your ordinary run of the mill menus and atmosphere. Reef Grill's atmosphere is the only one that is basic.

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      photolee Apr 26, 2012 03:33 AM

      freakerdude, you're the best. Thank you! We got spoiled for choice a few months ago spending a week in Charleston, and now we can't find much here that we like that's not a major budget breaker. This is a big help.

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        freakerdude Apr 26, 2012 09:47 AM

        You're welcome. More info for you to base your decision on:

        Leftover's Cafe thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825669

        Pita Grille thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753763

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          kwfoodiewannabe Apr 27, 2012 09:26 AM

          +1 for Leftover's! Had the rutabaga crusted grouper and it ranks as one of my top ten most innovative dishes ever! DELICIOUS!

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      photolee Apr 29, 2012 05:25 AM

      Wanted to report on our experience - we decided on Coolinary, and managed to arrive before the crowd at about 5:30. We started with the squash blossoms as an appetizer, and they were magnificent, tempura fried, stuffed with a mixture of crabmeat and cream cheese. For dinner we both ended up with Grouper Cheeks with quinoa, peppers, raisins, artichoke hearts. Not something I'd ever have picked but it was so unusual and satisfying with lots of complex flavours of spicy, sweet and tender. Actually, I ordered the fried chicken because I read raves about it and must be the only person to ever send it back (not something I do) because it honestly was to me boring and ordinary, and a bit dry.

      It was such a memorable experience. Fantastic food in a lovely, modern setting, very good service. We'd gladly go again.

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