Wow. I am so sorry I live 8 hours from this restaurant because it was that cool and that good! My aunt and uncle are deep into food and wine and have been regulars at The Dogwood since the restaurant opened. The menu did not disappoint!
(The photos do not do the dishes justice! It’s always hard to get good photos in dim lighting.)
The atmosphere was very cool – modern and funky. I loved the lights!
And the bread!!! Oh my gosh the bread! It was a homemade soda bread with a fruited butter (apricot?). SO good. I had two of these:
We had a bottle of red for the table. I had about 1.5 glasses – perfect wine occasion.
I ordered the Baby Spinach and Organic Grapefruit Salad, which came with a mango-grapefruit dressing, chevre crostini, spiced walnuts, and avocado. The dressing was fabulous – it reminded me of a green Thai curry. And the goat cheese was amazingly fresh! I shared my piece with my mom, who also loves goat cheese. Cool plates too!
My mom got a Ratatouille Tart and shared some bites -
For my entree, I ordered the Pan-Seared Local Asparagus Risotto Cake with orange-scented quinoa, market vegetables (baby squash, carrots and asparagus), and a curry-carrot-ginger sauce. The risotto cake was perfectly crusted and the portions were…well perfect! I didn’t want to make a fuss with my camera, or I would’ve gone for more creative photos!
Here’s a photo of my mom’s Crispy Eggplant Strata, with roast garlic colcannon, fresh basil, tomato coulis and kalamata olives. I had a bite of this as well. We both share a love for eggplant, goat cheese, capers and olives.
Whether it was one bite or an array of tastes, I think this was my 5th or 6th consecutive meal with desset. I’m a little desserted out, but I sure did enjoy my choice tonight! I chose something lighter, although I still ended up eating bites of my mom’s Rhubarb Pie, the strawberries from my grandfather’s birthday Fallen Chocolate Souffle and a bit of a fabulously rich Chocolate Pot de Creme.
So what did I have? A Strawberry-Orange Champagne Float, local fresh squeezed orange sorbet with strawberries floating in proseco. Mmmm!
It’s time to cut back!
I hope I can dine at the Dogwood again – there were so many other dishes I wanted to try.
The weather should be clear tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to a nice run in the morning before breakfast and the flight back to North Carolina. I’m planning to have lunch in Hillsborough with my parents before I drive back to Charlotte to the husband, who I miss so much!!