Tupelo Honey, known for their Southern comfort breakfast and brunch foods, is mixing things up by adding shareable small plates and customizable entrees to their Charlotte menu. The original Tupelo Honey in downtown Asheville opened in 2000 and is a wildly popular dining destination for tourists. The last time I was visiting in Asheville, I overheard someone walking by Tupelo say “That’s the restaurant that always has a huge line to get in!”. Yup, that’s the one.
Tupelo Honey opened their Charlotte location a little over a year ago and they seem to have been killing it ever since. With the addition of the new menu items, Tupelo hopes to attract diners looking for more than just the traditional Southern fare. They’ve added 16 new Southern Small Plates to the menu including Country Ham and Cream Cheese Wontons, Fresh Herbed Lamb Meatballs with House-Made Tomato Curry Sauce and Feta, and Baked Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Cajun Blackened Shrimp.
New entrees added to the menu include Roasted Duck Breast with Cherry Port Wine Sauce, Grilled Frenched Lamb Chops with Black-Eyed Pea and French Green Bean Salad, and Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Spring Pea Risotto.
“Southern tastes are changing as a new generation of diners is influencing the way in which we eat,” said Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus. “They want to share their food as a table, they want bold global flavors, and they want to be able to customize their meal. One of our biggest sellers is our Southern Supper Plate, I think because you can choose your protein prepared to your taste. We will have chicken, for example, offered as Southern Buttermilk Fried, Cajun Blackened or a Curried Fried Chicken Thigh with Fresh Apple Salsa and a Tupelo Honey Drizzle.”
Other changes in the restaurant include replacing the Southern-inspired yellow plates (see photo above) with off-white plates to better highlight the food and ingredients. I would also imagine that these plates make for better canvases when taking Instagram photos of your food. That’s a really big thing now, ya know.
I had the pleasure of tasting some of the new menu items at a private chef’s tasting a few weeks ago and would vote for my favorites to be the Herbed-Lamb Meatballs, Baked Maccaroni and Cheese with Cajun Blackened Shrimp, and NC Country Ham Wontons. Chef Brian has also tweaked the famous Tupelo biscuit recipe and if they werent ahhh-mazing before, they’re even more delicious now. But you’ll have to try them for yourself to know for sure. If you haven’t been to Tupelo Honey recently, the new menu is definitely worth planning a trip in the near future.
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