Sunday, August 30, 2009

Watt's Grocery

Watts Grocery update:

Had a really solid meal here tonight. Bourbon glazed pork belly over toasted cornbread was a great starter. Others ordered a chicken liver terrine and crab cakes which were ok, not spectacular.

Grilled Trout Filet with almond brown butter over grilled summer vegetables and a bacon, potato, and corn vinaigrette was a standout. Something about summer Carolina corn pulls everything together. NY strip that I tasted was perfectly cooked and the pork tenderloin was also very nicely prepared, though not as much blackberry flavor going on as had hoped for.

They have a short and sweet specialty cocktail menu (had a sweet tea vodka drink like an Arnold Palmer - kind of pricy for what it was), good list of rotating local Carolina beers on tap, didn't peruse the wine list too heavily but looks solid.

Desserts were excellent - Lemon Coconut Chess Pie with blackberry sauce and fresh whipped cream, and Peach Upside Down Cake with rose geranium ice cream and brown sugar sauce.

They do a local North Carolina fish dish each night and have a vegetarian pasta dish and appetizer special which is nice for our non-meat eating friends. They also have a late night menu which makes the bar a cool spot to grab a drink and an app. Biggest downside was service was kind of spotty as it took a while between courses, but server recommendations were spot on and place was busy for a Tues night. Overall a good nice occasion meal or affordable weekly if you just get an entree and drink instead of full load.

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