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Fantastic Beer, Misleading Food: Heist Brewery

28 Mar

In the middle of Black Friday, at a random time between meals (3 pm in the afternoon), my husband and I wandered into Heist Brewery for some drinks and to grab a snack. The place was fairly quiet and empty, and we sat in the main space.

He ordered the pint on the right – Wheat Me Baby, an easy drinking wheat beer.DSC01343

For Black Friday, Heist offered a flight of small batch beers with a coffee theme, like Nova’s Bakery Chocolate Caramel Truffle, a Russian Imperial stout (9.1% ABV) and the Central Coffee Ethiopian Guji, an American IPA (6.4% ABV).  Yum. Heist has some pretty fantastic and beers.

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Now here’s the misleading food: Rosemary Parmesan tater tots

DSC01346As a side dish for $4, I expected enough tater tots to share. But there were only four to an order. Though they are delicate and flavourful, with made-from scratch shredded potatoes, they still felt like a rip off. A heist indeed.

We came back to Heist Brewery on a Saturday night. It was busy and incredibly loud due to a football game on the screens. The noise was on the verge of being annoying due to the repeated chanting and screaming of the fans. If you’re not a football fan, don’t go to Heist on game day.

Fantastic beer: I ordered another beer flight and discovered one of my favorite Heist beers: Cross-Pollen Nation, an American stout brewed with Belgian yeast. It’s smooth, with hints of chocolate and in my opinion, coffee, even though the flavours are supposed to be fig and plum.

DSC01364“Burger Burger Burger”

Misleading food: For our entrees (or so we thought), we each ordered “the Burger.” (priced like an entree). The server did not indicate that we would not be getting regular-sized burgers, but three sliders. I’m not sure if I was supposed to understand that from the name of the entree (“Burger Burger Burger”), but the description made no indication of mini burgers!

Still, these sliders were delish. I ordered the “burger” medium-well and my husband ordered his medium. Both our plates came out perfectly. The jalapeno jelly, creamy goat cheese, spinach, and little brioche buns made for some pretty gourmet sliders. Too bad they didn’t come with fries.

 DSC01357Salmon tacos on “sticky bun” shells beat my expectations:  Excellent marinated sashimi tuna on crispy Asian-style buns

The Final Word: Definitely come for the beer. The food is good but a bit pricey for the portion size.

Info: Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson Street #200, Charlotte, NC 28205 USA

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Knockout Fish Tacos: Cabo Fish Taco, Charlotte

28 Dec

In Charlotte, North Carolina, far from America’s southern border and any large body of water, I did not expect to find amazing tacos and especially not fish tacos. But then my husband and I came across Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood, and I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is cozy, divided into two rooms. We arrived for an early dinner so we were seated immediately. Complimentary chips and corn salsa arrived soon after.Cabo Fish Taco

Service is ridiculously fast. We had barely ordered when our two plates of tacos appeared!

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Taco shells are poofy and airy, but crispy on the outside. I’ve never had such interesting tortillas. I love that you can mix and match Cabo’s signature tacos. I ordered one beer-battered whitefish taco and one blackened mahi-mahi taco, with a side of avocado pasta salad. Portions of fish are generous – be careful or chunks of fish will tumble out of your taco!

My husband ordered a pair of tavarua tuna tacos from the specialty taco menu. These seared tuna tacos rubbed in a yummy kiwi-pineapple sauce are to die for! I could eat these all day long. The side of jalapeno mashed potatoes were a creative twist on a potato classic.  DSC01353

If you haven’t yet tried Cabo Fish Taco, you’re missing out! Be sure to order the tavarua tuna tacos!

Food: 5/5 | Atmosphere: 4/5 | Value: 5/5

Info: Cabo Fish Taco, 3201 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205 USA

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