Thursday, September 16, 2010

Moe's Southwest Grill

You don't have to ask twice to get me to eat at Moe's.  I had to go to Asheville a couple times a month and the one there was a regular stop for me.  Their quesadillas are significant to say the least.  There is one made with sauteed veggies called something like Instant Friend.  They use some crazy names, but it works.  For $4, you get that, chips and salsa.  Of course that lets you go back to the salsa bar to have some fun. 

I have had a little fun ordering some different items and the only one that is not very fun it the taco.  The shell just does not hold up to multiple fillings.  Again, priced well, so it's just $2-3 depending on your preferences, and that comes with the chips and salsa too.  That's a crazy good deal.  You can absolutely feed a family here and still have some money left in your wallet.

A few people in front of us got burritos, and they were almost the size of a football.  I kid you not, they don't mess around with the portions - they are just large.

This location is a trick to get into.  If you are on 73/Sam Furr passing 21 and Target, the next light is a left into the first entrance for this plaza.  There is Petco on the sign.  If you wait for the second entrance, by the Starbucks, good ol' Huntersville has put up the yellow traffic sticks in the middle of the road to block it.  It is really annoying, especially if your stomach is growling like mine was. 

Come hungry, turn early and eat plenty.  Follow those simple rules and you will leave happy.

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The Corkscrew in Birkdale - a weekend gem

Date nights don't come too often, so a chance to relax in Birkdale was a great little getaway.  The weather was awesome to stroll around.  We landed at Corkscrew after eating at Moe's (see other review).  They had a live blues trio inside, who were just killing it.  They had everyone cheering and enjoying a little Memphis flare at Lake Norman.  There are bands every weekend, so check their website and look for something that interests you.

Inside is quaint and a little on the small side.  There are couches and such to give it a homey feel.  Since smoking is reserved for outside seating, inside is less packed than years past.  We sat close to the band to watch the show. 

The wine list is pretty large if you are drinking by the glass.  They have several beers as well if you prefer.  The even have a nice little snack menu featuring cheeses and such that pair well with the wines.  There is a white wine cheese platter, a red wine cheese platter, various dipping items, etc.  No price seemed out of line at all.  Interestingly enough, there were wines on their price list that we had at the Wine Loft before it closed.  Birkdale and it's high rent means higher prices - right?  Not so.  The Pinot Noir that I enjoyed was $2 per glass less than the former Wine Loft.  How cool is that?

Service was better than average.  A busy night is not the time to really judge service.  Things do happen.  We were not abandoned, but one round was a little late.  The server more than made up for it and that's what matters.  You have to recognize a flaw and address it.  He did and we left pleased.  We will certainly be back for more - hopefully outside on a cool fall night.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Waldhorn Restaurant in Pineville

Want to take a trip to Germany without leaving the Charlotte area?  Take a short ride to the Waldhorn.  We have enjoyed their Sunday brunch, their mammoth beers, and fun atmosphere.  This is a family run business modelled after her family's restaurant in Germany.  The menu hits the common German fare with a little American on there for everyone not willing to try schnitzels and kraut.  By the way, the purple sauerkraut is magnificent.  If you go for brunch buffet, you shouldn't eat for days before or after.  You can not humanly try everything there and live to tell about it.  The dessert bar alone could take you out, let alone the carving station, variety of hot and cold entrees, salads and tasty tidbits. 

It is just a few blocks from the Pineville mall, so finding it is a snap.  Don't miss a great chance to add some culture to your dining.

There was an article from the local new posted this morning, so I have attached for your reading:

Local German restaurant voted among best in America
By Meghan Danahey
NewsChannel 36
Posted: Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010

You don't have to cross the Atlantic to have some of the best food Germany has to offer.
Voters at have picked Waldhorn Restaurant in Pineville among the top 10 best German food restaurants in the country, for the second year in a row. Nearby Olde German Schnitzel Haus in Hickory tops the 2010 list.
Thomas and Gitta Maier opened their doors in Pineville in 1999. Both come from a long line of culinary talents. Gitta's parents have a restaurant near Stuttgart. It shares the same name.
Waldhorn Restaurant kicks off Oktoberfest celebrations on Friday. For the next four weekends, you will find live music and dancing, in addition to award-winning traditional German dishes. All of it washed down with a variety of German brews.
The original Oktoberfest was held in Munich on October 18, 1810, to celebrate the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The world famous 16-day festival begins in Munich on Saturday.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

More of Malto Mario - "Scorpacciata"

Scorpacciata is a term that means consuming large amounts of a particular local ingredient while it's in season. It's a good way to eat, and it's a word we love to use 'round these parts.
We asked Chef Mario Batali - an active practitioner of this philosophy - to explain why eating locally is in such great taste.
And seriously, we could just sit there and listen to him pronounce "scorpacciata" all darned day long.
Download a copy of Mario's free cookbook The Celebrity Pasta Lovers' Cookbook at and Barilla will donate $1 (up to $150,000) to the Meals on Wheels Association of America.
(Article courtesy of Eatocracy)