Dandelion Market: Charlotte, NC
Have you every gone to a restaurant and all you wanted to do was eat vegetables? I know I have never said, “Hmmmmm, let me order some more vegetables.” Well, I never said it until I had the pleasure of dining at Dandelion Market located at 118 West 5th Street in Charlotte, North Carolina.
After my flight had landed in Charlotte, I search on the Internet to find the best places to eat in Charlotte. Dandelion Market was listed as one of the best restaurants in Charlotte. I looked at the dinner menu online and saw that they had their fare share of veggies, as well as seafood and meat dishes. After I had dropped my bags in my room, I headed over to Dandelion Market.
When you enter into the restaurant, just know that you read the signs outside correctly. You are at Dandelion Market. I liked the rustic European country feel. The decor added a warm and cozy feeling to the restaurant. They serve tapas (small plates). Most tapas restaurants I have been to have modern and trendy decor. Dandelion Market contradicts the typical tapas restaurants I have experienced.
The first dish on the menu that caught my eye was the Fried Beet Falafel. Yep, Dandelion Market had beets and falafel. The falafels had the earthy taste if beets; but the beets had the texture of the falafel. The Fried Beet Falafel was a seemless taste of yummy. The beets were truly fully incorporated into the falafel. They are served with a house made harissa yogurt sauce. The Fried Beet Falafel is able to shine alone without any sauce.
The next dish that my excellent server, Ms. Jasmine, had brought out for me was the Sweet & Spicy Green Beans. They are served in a small cast iron skillet with tongs. I appreciated that the green beans were not overcooked. The Szechuan sauce and crushed macadamia nut topping were the perfect compliment to the fire grilled green beans.
For my protein, I decided to order the Buttered Sautéed Sea Scallops. They were paired with arugula greens drizzled with pomegranate drizzle. The sweetness of the drizzle balanced salt of the sea scallop.
Looking at the menu, I couldn’t tell if they served dessert or not. I asked my server about dessert and she rattled off three items. Ms. Jasmine recommended the Ice Cream Sandwiches. It isn’t your typical sandwich cookie. The ice cream sandwich is comprised of rich and creamy mascarpone cheese ice cream sandwiched between two gooey buttery brown sugar cookies. They are served with rather sweet & tart raspberry sauce.
For drinkers do not worry, they have a full bar. You can order craft beers, wines, and cocktails.
If you are in Charlotte, North Carolina, stop by Dandelion Market. I believe you will be well satisfied.