Friday, June 19, 2015

Restaurant Review....Carolina 1663

Last week was Restaurant Week.  An opportunity to try different restaurants and foods at an affordable price.  I couldn't wait to check out the restaurants that were participating this year.  Cindy and I decided to try 
Carolina 1663 in Chapel Hill NC.
Here is a quote from their website...
"Carolina 1663, a top-rated restaurant near Franklin St. Chapel Hill, offers sophisticated Southern food made exclusively with local produce, fresh seafood and locally raised meat and poultry. In order to provide our diners with the freshest ingredients available, our menu changes seasonally.This means will your meal taste great and that you're likely to find great new treats whenever you dine with us. From our Creole-influenced shrimp and grits with kielbasa and bacon to our house-made sweet potato cheesecake, Carolina 1663 specializes in serving an authentic and healthy Southern culinary experience with a contemporary flair that makes dining in Chapel Hill an experience you won't want to miss. Located within the Sheraton Chapel Hill, Carolina 1663 is a Southern delight and a leading Chapel Hill restaurant."
We arrived early and went to the bar for a glass of wine. Lively setting.  Lots of people.  It felt like a place where regulars gathered for an afterwork drink.  
After enjoying our drink we went to our table and studied the menu...
....and of course ordered another glass of wine:-)
The Starters
Cindy ordered the Fried Pickles
she said "fried pickles were tasty with just the right spices"
I have to agree with her assessment.  And I will add tangy:-)

I had the Strawberry and Arugula Salad.
"The bacon pecan brittle was delicious"

If you look around the dinning room you will see signs. These signs display dates and events that occurred on those dates....
I had the Shrimp and Grits.
"Shrimp were tender, grits smooth and the sauce yummy with just a hint of heat."
Cindy decided to try the 6oz Filet
"Steak was very tender"

Cindy had the Sweet Tea Pie
She said  "I didn't really taste like tea, but very good.  More like sugar custard pie"
When I tasted it I too struggled to find the sweet tea flavor.  Whatever it is called it was very good.  You know me and custard, I love it:-)
I decided to try the Sweet Potato Cheesecake.
It was not served the traditional way.  It worked though.  The ice cream was a nice touch.

We did notice this nice outdoor area.  This would be a lovely place to enjoy a nice meal on a cool summer evening.  (It will not be this week thought.  It has been 100 degrees here in NC, oppressive heat)
Another nice restaurant experience.  If you find yourself in Chapel Hill I suggest you give them a try.
Get out and try a new restaurant.
Happy eating!

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