It’s no secret that one of my favorite things about Charlotte is the food. Come to think of it, my favorite thing about exploring any new city is the food! Even though I’ve lived in Charlotte for over a year now, there are still tons of awesome bakeries, restaurants, bars, and even food trucks that I’ve yet to try. I keep a running list on my phone of all the places I’d like to visit, and it came in handy recently!
A few weeks ago I was instructed to pick any restaurant I wanted for a little dinner date, so after consulting my handy phone list and checking reviews on Yelp, I eagerly decided on Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza Midwood. The evening began with a couple of Soul’s handcrafted cocktails while waiting for a table.
Once we were seated we mapped out our plan of attack. Soul is a tappas-style restaurant, meaning that they serve a variety of small plates and appetizers. Our server recommended splitting 5 or 6 plates, so that’s what we did! First up was the white bean and goat cheese dip with toasted pita chips. I know goat cheese is a love it or hate it thing, but we were both lovers, so this dip got two thumbs up.
All of the food comes out to your table whenever it’s ready, so we had a steady stream showing up the entire time. Right as we were finishing up the goat cheese and white bean dip, the spanakopita arrived. It was my first time trying the spinach and feta phyllo pies, but those are 3 of my favorite foods, so it was right up my alley. Super flavorful!
You’re probably looking at this picture thinking, “What the heck is that?!” When I was reading Yelp reviews, everyone raved about Soul’s pork belly tacos. Our server told us that they were his favorite thing on the menu, so ordering these tacos was a no brainer. A small flour tortilla held asian glazed pork belly and watermelon “salsa.” Yes, basically 6 big cubes in one tortilla, kind of strange, but let me tell you… this was incredible. It was so flavorful and unique and we were both sad when they were gone!
Next up: sushi! The picture is terrible, but this was probably my favorite course of the whole meal. We shared with Sushi Fondu roll which had spicy tuna, avocado, mani stick & capelin roe, creamy aioli sauce, & crispy tempura flakes. O.M.G. I have been dreaming about this roll ever since.
By this point in the post I can almost guarantee you my mother is thinking, “How are you possibly my child?” I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t touch any of these foods with a 9-foot pole, but she’ll let us know for sure in the comments. :) The last savory dish of the evening was the ramen noodle bowl with veal and goat cheese fried mushrooms. I thought it was good, but lacking a little bit of flavor.
We rounded out the meal with the cupcake of the day – a banana, caramel, and chocolate chip brioche bread pudding with a chocolate milk whipped cream. The whipped cream wasn’t anything to get excited over, but the brioche bread pudding was very good! By now you’re probably thinking two things. 1. “That is a ton of food,” and 2. “So much for Whole30.” To that I would say, “you’re right, I was stuffed,” and “all things in moderation.”