Friday, December 27, 2013

Winston's Grille-Raleigh, NC

Winston's Grill has been on my radar for quite some time.  My Christmas visit with my sister brought us together for a wonderful dinner at a very nice restaurant with a well recommended reputation.   The Christmas decorations were very festive.

Our server, Hannah, arrived promptly at the table with a smiling face and a festive Christmas spirit.   She took our drink orders and delivered home made bread to our table.  One of my favorites!!

Winston's Grille also has an open to the kitchen tasting bar.  
Looked like the perfect place to enjoy Happy Hour and enjoy 
some tasty appetizers.  

Hannah suggested the Chicken Asiago and I asked her for 
her Christmas Surprise for me.  She didn't let us down.  

The London Broil was perfectly prepared medium rare...and the 
mashed potatoes were velvet heaven.  Loved the Mixed Vegetable Medley
which obviously was prepared with fresh vegetables....not something from a purveyor.  
I was so disappointed that I lost the picture of Chicken Asiago....I had it somewhere but 
it vanished.  The plate was equally well prepared and beautiful to the eye.  

After our fabulous meal, it was time for coffee and desserts!  I requested decaf coffee and it was rich and robust. My sister chose the Peppermint Cheesecake and I chose the Bananas Foster Dessert.  The moment the Peppermint Cheesecake was set on the table, I could smell the delicious aroma.  Smooth and creamy and so very Holiday inspired.  My Bananas Foster was perfect...light flaky puff pastry and the home made ice cream was the perfect accompaniment.  

Peppermint Cheesecake

Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream

Winston's Grille is open for Lunch and Dinner
and Reservations are available via Open Table.
Full Bar and Wine Cellar should complete
your visit and leave you very satisfied!
Winston's Home Made Ice Cream is available 
for take home if you desire.   Pints and Quarts
are available in the cooler.  

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Wisteria Southern Gastropub

There is nothing better than finding a 
locally owned restaurant on Urbanspoon.  
 I had never been to Morganton and it was lunchtime.   

While on the road traveling from Knoxville, TN to Raleigh, NC, the lunch hour put me at the Morganton, NC exit.  I looked around and saw all the familiar fast food chains and know that was not going to be my choice today.  My Urbanspoon mobile app helped me find Wisteria.  

I arrived about 11:30 and they had just opened.   It was Saturday and the Brunch was being featured.  My server, Cecil, approached quickly and offered a freshly made Mimosa or Bloody Mary.  Had to pass on that since I was driving, but they sure looked good.  He presented the Menu for my approval and brought out two very nice muffins to enjoy.  

I suggested that Cecil surprise me with his 
favorite menu items.   He didn't disappoint me.  

Wisteria Breakfast
The Wisteria Breakfast featured Eggs with Cheese, Stone Ground Grits, bacon and a biscuit.  The grits were outstanding....loved them.    Cecil also surprised me with something I have never heard of....LIVERMUSH!   I have had lots of different things to eat but this one stumped me.  As we talked, I found out it is a regional delicacy.   A combination of ground liver and cornmeal, pan fried.   At first, I thought it was a slice of pumpernickel bread.  It was a very different side dish, but I found out I did like it.  Always been a braunschweiger fan and this tasted just like it.    


Nice Interior

I enjoyed by brunch and would stop back again to
enjoy more of the menu.    Thanks for serving 
me a great local meal.  

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