I debated on the 5th star, but you know what? The Manager asked me if there I was anything he should change and I told him "Please don't change a thing, you can only mess it up". Concerning the commentary about how it looks from the outside: Don't judge a book by it's cover. Yeah, it has some "Mafia hideout place to bring your mistress maybe it's really a strip club" look to it - but if you haven't figured it out by now, that IS part of the charm and the appeal. One reviewer here thinks none of the clientele are locals. Perhaps he is clairvoyant, but I don't think it is possible to make such a claim. Pricey? Not really. Making comparisons to Outback? You should probably stick with Outback. To start - our waitress (also the bartender) Hillary made me one of the better Old Fashioneds with Dark Rum I've had. She left out the orange but it was still pretty great. Now she knows she has Myers on hand, too. We had "the cheese" but with Panini bread instead of crackers. Sounds silly, I know. I thought the cheese was to die for, and the danger here is eating too much of it. Next time I will eat the cheese with a spoon when no one is looking. The bread is crazy good, too. There is a reason they bring this out to your table when you are seated - it's tastes really good. We also had Salad with Blue Cheese, Shrimp Scampi (prepared perfectly), Trout (perfect), Ribeye (it was hard to resist licking my plate in public when it was gone), Creamed Spinach (awesome) and Mushrooms. (I love mushrooms, but these are prepared in a wine sauce, wheras I am more of a garlic butter fan). We had a hard time choosing a bottle of wine, but we described what we were looking for and another waiter made a recommendation - it was spot on. I think it may be crowded on Mon and Thurs for half-priced wine nights, so remember you probably need a reservation any night of the week. When we were leaving a van full of seniors showed up with no reservations. The Manager was trying to accommodate, and I hope they were able to work it out but...trust me, make a reservation. We had to skip the dessert this time, but it was tempting. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and sincerely hope it doesn't change a bit. We are new fans and cannot wait to go back. To anyone who didn't like it, you should probably stick with chain restaurants.
After having Bask on my “Restaurants To Try” List for almost a year, I was so very excited to dine there before a Friday Live! concert in the Fountain Plaza area of NC Music Factory. We parked for free in the large lot behind Mattie’s Diner and took a quick walk over to Bask for our 6:00 reservation. Surprisingly, it wasn’t crowded at all and we were seated immediately. The server was patient and helpful with our collective drink order indecision. Since I was so excited about eating at Bask, I knew exactly what I was going to order from much time spent on their website (The menu loads sideways, by the way. Annoying.): Butternut Squash Fritters were going to be the main part of my meal. Alas, they did not have them. I was told they wouldn’t be ready for another hour. Blink. Blink. Seriously? Devastated, I ordered the Butternut Squash Soup (creamy and flavorful), and the Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Fondue (Also yum.). The Pork Belly Wontons sounded better than they were – there was something about the wonton that made them taste cheap. The Mac and Cheese was outstanding, and my dinner companions raved about their choices (Sweet Burger and Cordon Blue Sandwich). Skip the side of veggies. They are nothing special. Overall, it was good, but I’m still bummed about those Butternut Squash Fritters. Tip: If you are heading to a Friday Live! show after supper, make sure to ask for complimentary a Booze Bracelet from the restaurant. Otherwise you will have to pay for them outside in order to buy beer from the outside bars.
300 East is a Dilworth mainstay for good reason. The food is excellent and affordable, and the service is top-notch. Whether it is date night, lunch with the ladies, or a baby shower (It was all adults … it really isn’t a great place for kids.) like the one that was given for me there a few years ago, 300 East is a favorite of mine. Get anything on the menu; it is all good. My favorites include the Sweet Potato Ravioli, Fall Salad, Black Bean and Green Chile Chicken Tortilla, and whatever the special is that day. Get the Housemade Pimento Cheese as an app while you are at it. This piece of advice comes from a girl who doesn’t even like Pimento Cheese, so you know it is good stuff. When you head to the restrooms, look carefully and you’ll notice the cheeky sense of humor that defines the coziness of the place on the bathroom doors. Look extra carefully if you have imbibed their signature Wong cocktail. It goes down (too) easily, and they are so strong that patrons are limited to two per sitting. They are extra accommodating at 300 East of those who are eating gluten-free, and the patio out front is a garden oasis on busy East Boulevard. Because the food, service and atmosphere are so delicious, be sure to make a reservation or be prepared to wait a bit during busy times. It’s worth it.