Wednesday February 10
Having slept on the couch, I woke up with this ragamuffin of allergens staring at me from across the room
Yes, that's a milk bone dog biscuit she has in her mouth, her name is Mollie. Cute little mutt.
I suggested to Julianne we go to Dilworth Coffee house
for breakfast. This is a regional chain out of Charlotte and the closest one was in Denver NC about 20 minutes away. The coffee a medium-dark roast was adequate but they had a really delicious morning glory muffin.
Afterwards, I suggested we go Charlotte and hang out in uptown for the afternoon. Julianne confessed she hardly ever goes to Charlotte but was looking forward to going. It was a sunny although extremely windy day. I was lamenting the loss of the legendary Coffee Cup. Apparently it's gone for good. However word is, on the internet that another soul food style restaurant sprouted up in its place at the coffee cup's last known location. Unfortunately I could not find a website or a phone number so we decided to take a drive and see if its still open...
The Highland Mills Cafe
is very much open (photo was taken the following day after they had closed since i forgot to take an
The place has somewhat of a polished almost classy feel for a soulfood joint
and also offers live jazz on weekend evenings. In fact as we walked in the band that was to perform that weekend was actually practicing, and that kept us entertained during the meal. The female vocalist (I don't remember her name) had an amazing voice.
Cynthia, our waitress is also Chef Robert's wife. She confessed this was her first day and she was just helping out.
She did take a photo of Julianne and myself.
The restaurant itself also offers counter service (that's chef Robert in the background)
Julianne ordered the 2 veggie plate
She chose the cabbage and yams which comes with cornbread. I had a bite of the yams and they were obviously homemade. Firm and simmering in sweet juice, it melted in my mouth on first bite. Chef Robert actually came out and showed us the Yams he uses, they were huge.
I opted for the Fried Chicken, Cabbage and Mac N Cheese which also came with cornbread. The cabbage was luscious and flavorful the Mac N Cheese, my favorite on the entire trip was cheesey and not gooey and the Fried Chicken, was beyond a doubt equal to if not better than Prices or the now defunct coffee cup. Moist with a light crunchy exterior. This was the best fried chicken I had on the entire trip.
Heres a closeup of the fried chicken
Chef Robert told us that they are known for the collards. He brought us out a bowl of collards to share.
The commanding flavor of the collards was completely intoxicating.
I wanted to finish my meal with peach cobbler, the one oops of the entire meal was that they brought out sweet potato cobbler
No biggie, it was still delish.
was definetely the first highlight of this trip.
After lunch, we walked around Uptown Charlotte and decided to go to the Museum of the New South
. The theme of the museum was Charlotte History after Reconstruction. There was a great exhibit about the Civil Rights Era. Unfortunately I did not take any photos.
We then headed back towards Lincolnton and went to this outdoor somewhat upscale mall. I don't remember the name of it.
However it had liquor store with an amazing selection of beer.
It was getting dark as we headed back to Julianne's place. Her husband was home from work. I took them out for dinner for being great hosts.
After some research on the internet (there isn't exactly a great selection of restaurants in the Lincolnton-Denver area)
we decided to go to Sports Page Food and Spirits
. It was a predictable family restaurant/bar. I had an adequate Grouper Sandwich and a Yuengling which is a craft brew out of Pottstown PA. I didn't bring my camera or take any photos
but here is there website http://sportspagefoodandspirits.com/denver.html
After dinner we headed back to Julianne's place hung out and then called it a night.
More sometime this weekend.
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