Another work day, another lunch meeting! This time I met with the always awesome Jessica Moore of the Make A Wish Central & Western North Carolina. Her husband (and awesome graphics designer and branding guy) had so kindly nominated me to be an honoree of the 2014 W.I.S.H. Society – Women Inspiring Strength and Hope.
As Jessica filled me in on the contrbutions of Make A Wish and the children that benefit from the foundation, we grubbed on lunch fair from 300 East. I must say that 300 East is one of my favorite local restaurants in Charlotte. The restaurant is in a former house on East Boulevard and has such a quaint and comfortable atmosphere. The booths are older and wooden and tables are lined with tablecloths and candles. 300 East has always been one of my go-to suggestions to folks searching for an affordable date night restaurant. The staff is always informative and timely. Their menu seems to change every now and then, which is refreshing. For many folks, 300 East is known for their Brunch and there’s a legitimate reason why… It’s insanely delicious. Their Brunch menu boasts of mouth-watering dishes like Cajun Shrimp & Grits, Crabcake Benedict, and Brioche French Toast. When you go, don’t forget to ask your server about the specials. They’re worth hearing.
For our lunch meeting, Jessica ordered the Joyce Farms Chicken Salad Platter and I ordered the Fall Salad. The chicken salad platter was accompanied by crudites and honey-mint fruit salad. Athough I didn’t actually taste the chicken salad (because that would be awkward), it looked really delicious.
The Fall Salad consisted of grilled chicken, port-soaked cherries, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts over organic mesclun greens with pancetta dressing. This is my type of salad. Whenever I order a salad while out, I always go with the salad with fruit, cheese and some kind of nut.
I did enjoy the Fall salad but was disappointed by the amount of toppings that were tossed within the salad. I felt like the salad was almost all lettuce (hard to tell from this photo, I know). I also tasted the pancetta dressing and just wasn’t a huge fan. There were actual pancetta pieces at the bottom of the dressing ramekin and when trying to eat healthier, bacon fat dressing isn’t really an option. Don’t get me wrong, I love bacon! But because I wasn’t feeling it at the moment, I opted for the balsamic viniagrette instead and loved it.
I feel like this probably isn’t the most helpful review of 300 East because it was just a simple lunch with salads but hopefuly it will inspire you to visit soon! I highly recommend going to 300 East for Brunch on a Sunday or for a dinner date. The food is fresh and delicious, the atmosphere cute and comfortable, pricing affordable and service refreshing.