Let’s peek in at the new Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and the new (but-not-brewery) Draught Charlotte.
We tried the avocado salsa (think a coarse guac) with crunchy housemade potato chips (fine) and that French dip (a winner: rich, meaty, with Gruyere and caramelized onions on a good roll). The bulgogi is a good idea but the flank steak’s cut too big to not drip and fall out of a lettuce leaf, while the house plum barbecue sauce is a sweet, spineless mess. But with warm kale salad, steak frites and pub burger, there’s plenty to try next time. Oh, yeah: The beer. The draft list sports 34, nine of them marked as local – though that extended as far afield as Raleigh’s Big Boss.
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Or you can order any two, with two sides and a brotchen (say broo-chin and you’re close enough). There’s also sandwiches of house-roasted beef with grilled onions and horseradish, Margherita pizzas and the best chicken wings I’ve had in some time. Who knew?
Several beers were offered on our visit: The famous Copper (an amber ale), Captain Jack (a pilsner), Southside Weiss (which I love, and would love even more if they spelled it Vice, which, yes, is how it’s pronounced), a Dunkel lager and more. Share and compare.