For the reasons stated above...and the description on the signage during construction..."Midwestern comfort food with a culinary twist," I was pretty stoked to try this place when it opened. The concept sounds delicious, right? I have to admit, I had some ideas in my head based on a restaurant I love in Asheville, NC, Tupelo Honey Cafe. Seriously, this place is wicked good, southern food with a culinary twist if you will.
My expectations: hearty deliciousness with a homestyle feel, but for foodies. And by that, I mean, putting a different spin on some of your old favorites....creative presentations, locally sourced foods, etc.It's always a risky little game to have expectations...because even if it's good, it often is difficult to match up to what you've created in your mind. Brains are awesome at making something "the best thing ever...." that you remember anyway.
The Place & Food
I called to see if they took reservations because you know how crazy the new places can get. They don't, but they suggested they have plenty of seating and we were welcome to enjoy their bar downstairs for appetizers and drinks while we waited for our table. Okay...I like it. The bar downstairs was actually really cool. Temperature-wise as well, which might tempt some of you that are melting out there this week!! It's a basement, but they've done a good job of making it feel like happening bar. Of course, all the people in the joint certainly help with that too. It was pretty busy down there. The waitstaff was busy, but on point for being a new place. It wasn't his first dog and pony show. We ordered some corn and clam fritters to share between 3 of us. Luckily, they were big and conveniently, there were 3 of them :).
|It was dark...sorry about the grainy pic of the fritters!|
10-01 food & drink is an interesting concept, and I don't think there's anything like it in BR. We enjoyed our meals and our super good service. I think we will likely return and try some other things on the menu. My only complaint is that it felt a little more chainy than I was expecting and maybe a more intimate feeling would help us get to that "culinary twist" idea more freely and to really wow us. But, I understand the need for space to accommodate all of us foodies! We did really enjoy the bar area, which did have more of an intimate feel and was pretty bustling. I think we'll certainly be back for drinks down there and some more of those appetizers!! Happy Friday and have fun eating this weekend...although ice cream may be all you want with the heat :)