My intern Katie and I went to Heist Brewery last week for a farewell lunch as she prepares to return to Elon for her final year of school. She had never been to Heist before but I have been several times since they opened a couple years ago. Heist Brewery is a brewery/restaurant that serves a full menu for lunch, dinner and brunch as well as offers their own in-house brewed beer and a creative cocktail menu. Heist is known for serving crazy menu items such as food served in globes, cotton candy shrimp and chicken & waffle sushi. The menu is definitely adventurous and the restaurant has a really cool , hip vibe to it. It is in NoDa, afterall.
The first thing I always notice when I go to Heist Brewery is the smell. The restaurant is in a building that used to house an old mill so I always attribute the odd smell to the building’s past. I can’t even put my finger on what the smell reminds me of but it’s weird. Perhaps this doesn’t bother others as much as it does me. I have no idea. Anyway, on to the food…
I ordered the 1717 Hot Wings and they were decent. These were true wings with the wing tips still attached. They were dry-rubbed and very peppery, almost too seasoned. I’m pretty picky about my wings and prefer grilled or smoked wings so these wouldn’t be my favorite in Charlotte, although they’re still tasty.
Katie ordered the Pimento Cheese Flatbread and said that she loved it! I also tasted the flatbread and really liked the pimento cheese/flatbread combo.
The service was on point during our visit at Heist. Our server was very attentive and friendly and kept all drinks filled and even made us laugh.
Unfortunately, we didn’t try any of the new beers at Heist during our lunch visit. I have had Heist’s locally-brewed beers in the past and was never impressed as they all seemed to be lacking in flavor. The brewery has hired a new brewing team so I’m assuming their new beer menu is must better than it has been, which just means that I’ll have to return to sample beers!
Sidenote: I have been to Heist for Brunch a couple times and really enjoyed it. They do a great job of putting out a large spread with a variety of awesome and unique Brunch items including a waffle station. If you’re a Brunch person you’ll definitely want to visit Heist Brewery on a Sunday but get there early to avoid long buffet lines.
What’s your take on Heist? Let us know in the comments section!