Oooh I love food! I do. And most times I try to hide it especially in social settings because it’s socially unacceptable for anyone to lick their fingers after finishing a basket of wings. It’s also unacceptable to moan and groan while slurping down a sundae … so they say.
Fortunately for me, #bloggersfeast permits me to enjoy my food in a real socially unacceptable way because the purpose is for us to review local eats, meanwhile, really enjoy the food. We eat and tweet all night.
Last Friday, I joined #bloggersfeast to break bread at Tupelo Honey Cafe of South End Charlotte. The food is so darn awesome. I’ve never been to a place where everything on the menu is excellent. I swore somebody’s grandma was in the kitchen whipping up honey wings and serenading over homemade banana pudding. And the blueberry preserves are heaven. It’s spreadable heaven for Tupelo’s homemade biscuits. It’s takes me back to my childhood where I spent my summers in the South, catching bees and licking stems from honeysuckle plants.
Tupelo is southern, and it is good!
Not only was the food delicious, but we were also in good company as Tupelo’s service is top-notch. Our server–Dawn–was charming and attentive. Good service is imperative, and Tupelo ranks high in quality service. The other patrons were very patient with us as we snapped foodie pictures and feasted on Tupelo’s entrees (as if it were our last meal).
Without further delay, here’s a highlight of what I feasted upon:
Fried Green Tomatoes over Goat Cheese Grits: If anyone knows Nikki P, they know that I love fried green tomatoes and goat cheese. I never thought about putting these two items together, but when I tried Tupelo’s app, it was a party in my mouth. I’ve had fried green tomatoes at other places in Charlotte, and I now prefer Tupelo’s fried green tomatoes, mainly because it’s served with goat cheese grits.
Sparkling Blueberry Punch: This is one of Tupelo’s freshly-made beverages made with handpicked blueberries and club soda (I think). It’s more than what I expected. This is a refreshing drink that isn’t packed with sugar. If Tupelo mixed this with vodka, it could be to the South what Limoncello is to Italy. Seriously.
Tupelo Wings: These are “Amen in the Morning” good. I don’t know where I got that phrase from; however, I think you get the point. Go on and say it: “Amennnn in the morning.” Tupelo’s wings are sticky and finger-lickin good. Yes I moaned and groaned eating these bad boys. The meat is tender and cooked to perfection. The skin had the right amount of season. I strongly recommend these for lunch or happy hour.
Tupelo Biscuits & Blueberry Preserves: Sweet intermission. While our eats were a-cooking, we enjoyed biscuits made from scratch, seasoned with pepper accompanied by blueberry preserves. These were so good that I ordered a to-go box of ’em.
Tupelo’s Crab Cakes: These crab cakes are more meaty than they are breading. It’s a must for all of you Northerners out there who love Maryland crab cakes but have yet to find a substitute here in the South. Give it a try! I think you might consider this a close second to what you’ve grown accustomed to while in the North.
Tupelo’s Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf: I’m so glad @YBBGBlog ordered this, so I could have a guiltless taste! Very good. Loaded with onions and tomato-based sauce.
Cajun Skillet Catfish: Another highly-recommended dish. The catfish is fresh, and the grits are buttery and cheesy. Served with a pickled okra and salsa. Yummie.
Carolina Mountain Trout with Capers: This entree came with goat cheese grits, capers, almonds, and asparagus. I loved it so much that I saved the other half for lunch the next day. It made a good meal even after refrigerated. Can’t beat that. 2 for 1. Win!
Pecan Pie for dessert: I had Tupelo’s Brown Butter Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce! While Tupelo has other tasty desserts, this outshines all others. It reminds me of a traditional pecan pie but better. I loved it, and I highly recommend it. Took this home too!
Charlotte has a lot of new restaurants to offer, and if you are up for trying something new, I recommend that you place Tupelo Honey Cafe at the top of your list. The appetizers are meals in it of themselves. The entrees are made fresh, so if you have left-overs, I advise that you pack them to go. And the items on the menu are so unique that there isn’t any other restaurant in the city of Charlotte that comes close to its taste. When you find an entree that you like, you’ll keep coming back for it. After having such a great dining experience, I’m scheduled for brunch this weekend. I hope to see you all there. Tupelo Honey Cafe is Nikkipanache Approved!