Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Best dinner ever.

Posted By: Leah
Dressler's.

I've had a lot of good dinners, but the dinner I had this past Saturday night tops them all. It was the perfect combination of amazing food, amazing ambiance and of course, the person who I was with.  While out on a date with BF I said, "I feel like I'm on a fantasy date on the Bachelorette!" and he said "good! that's what I want to hear."

And I really, truly meant it. Everything about this dinner was perfect.

So imagine the awesomeness of the view of uptown Charlotte at night, the company (bf is Finally getting better from his Surgery), the patio dining, the food... oh the food. We ate at Dressler's Midtown in Charlotte and it was absolutely, without a doubt, one of the best meals I've ever had. And I've had some good meals, hello: Paris, France, Vegas, NYC, DC...but this was extra special. Plus it was in Charlotte! No plane ticket necessary.


If you're in Charlotte (or anywhere in NC/SC, trust me it's worth the drive), Dressler's has 2 locations, we ate at the Midtown one in Metropolitan. You know where it is, right by the Trader Joe's and West Elm and all that where Midtown Square used to be. I've actually ridden bikes with BF past there and seen people eating Sunday brunch outside. It's right by the Freedom Park trail by the creek (and you ALL know where Freedom Park is, it's been on every single episode of the Bachelorette this season).


ooh... this post needs ambiance. this song reminds me of BF. It's an awesome song. Hit play and keep reading. 




But anyway... other than riding by there and not really paying attention, I had never heard of this place. BF had been telling me for months to pack something extra fancy to wear and we'd go to Dressler's when I was in Charlotte sometime. His parents had been and raved about the service and food. I absolutely didn't expect to be going over Memorial day (considering just the week before bf was in the ER doing not so well). So it was even more of a surprise that BF was up to going this weekend. I really have missed him feeling good. He is so much fun and he's been feeling bad for the past month. I'm so glad to have healthy BF back!

And back to the restaurant. Dressler's is what I'd consider 'upscale dining.' I recognized a local news anchor, and I would not have been surprised to have seen Panther's NFL or Bobcats NBA players eating at this place. I wanted sooo badly to take pics on my cell phone. However this isn't the type of place you even take out your phone to check it. I had that thing silenced and tucked safely away (in my bag, not even down in my bra, where I normally keep it lol). 


Anyway...
Because I couldn't take pics of the actual skyline during the sunset *swoon* or the amazing foods, I hoped  I could locate some pics online. From the moment we walked into this place, I could just feel it was going to be a special night. It soo sooo was. And yay! I did find some pics online (after A LOT of searching. Apparently no one takes pics at this place.)
(not my pic, but I'm trying to paint a picture in your mind and this is all I could find online) 

We had 8:30pm reservations and waited for a seat on the patio. We didn't valet my corolla. It would have been awesome, I know... all my hello kitty stickers and stuff. But we parked across the street at the Trader Joe's. While we were waiting on our table, bf leaned over and kissed my shoulder. I was in a strapless dress, and it was so super sweet. Not gross PDA, it was just sweet.

We were seated, I may have done a little table dance. Not dance ON the table, but I circled the table at least once trying to get the perfect view. I'm pretty sure BF was going to pull out my chair, but he gave up on that as I made my 2nd lap of the table.

We had researched the menu online, but I was so giddy with excitement that my mind totally went blank. We started with the Thai crispy calamari (below).

I was not a geography major, but pretty sure that wasabi and Thai peanut sauce are from different cultures. However the combination of them was sooo amazing. The only thing I can even remotely compare it to was Bang Bang shrimp from Bonefish grill. But this was better. so so much better, spicier, creamier, just amazing.

Next they brought out bread with... wait for it... sweet cream instead of butter. Fresh sweet cream served in a dish that was scooped out with an ice cream scoop. A righteous amount of the sweetest, creamiest spread.

BF let me order for us this entire meal. I ordered the wedge salad. Not bf's fav, but their fresh maytag blue cheese (that's not even blue), apple wood smoked bacon... yeah. he was loving it. As we were eating, I realized bf and I weren't talking. It was fine by me because I was enjoying my food so much. I was trying so hard to find the perfect words to describe the food. The only thing that came to mind was 'sweet baby Jesus in heaven...' 'Jesus, Joseph and Mary...' Clearly, this food was turning out to be a religious experience. Just then BF turned to me and said, "aren't you glad we aren't here with other people that we have to talk to?"

I said "YES!" I never realized it before, but good food is so so much more enjoyable when you can eat it slowly, take in every morsel and appreciate all the flavors and textures. The foods we ordered were mostly seafood, but really the commonality was the texture. Everything was very rich and creamy. That is my absolute favorite texture. Under-cooked brownies... you know what I mean. And I've heard that line a million times, where the best company is someone you don't have to talk to because there are no awkward silences. I thought I understood what that meant in the past. But this meal was the perfect example. We were both in an almost zen-like state. We spoke, but our words didn't matter. I kept saying stuff about fairytales and the Bachelorette. BF said that if we ever broke up the only way he could ever upgrade was to date the queen. And ok... I'm totally not doing our conversation justice. But it doesn't matter. What mattered was that we had an amazing meal and were both totally, truly, genuinely happy to be there with each other.

I ordered Pan seared scallops with Carolina rice grits for the entree. By then it was dark and the only light was from the tiny candle on the table. The scallops were so perfect. I was eating the delicious scallops and the next thing I knew, I bit into the creamiest most delicious thing... it was lobster! I had forgotten the scallops had a lobster sauce, and they had an entire shelled claw in with the entree. yum!

And the dessert... peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake made by Joan Dressler, mom of Jon Dressler the owner of the restaurant. I giggled when the waiter described the cheesecake... it just sounded silly to me that the mom of the owner of this crazy nice place was slaving in the kitchen making cheesecake. Couldn't they get the recipe and hire someone else? Well... when I bit into the cheesecake I understood. It was the most moist, yet dense cheesecake ever. Very light on the peanut butter, and the chocolate chips were super tiny and perfect. It was amazing.

{all photos of Dressler's via}


The total of our meal, including the $15 tip, was $22. How is this possible? That's not even the price of one entree! The food and the service were superb. So how'd we get such a deal? It's thanks to Groupon. And BF's parents who got us the Groupon for $50 worth of food. BF and I also split everything we eat when we go out. We split our appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. We always do this, even at the nicest restaurants. It's amazing how much food we get. And by doing this we truly can order anything on the menu. Thanks to BF's parents for giving us the Groupon and inspiring this amazing night!

Before we left, BF asked if I wanted to go anywhere else. We were both all dressed up and ready for something... but after this truly amazing meal, there was not anything I wanted to do except go hang out with BF. It was dark and I didn't want to sit with him on a sketchy park bench, so we took a walk around the restaurant, down by the fountains in the front, towards my car. As we left the restaurant, I smelled the sweetest smell. At first I thought it was jasmine blooming. But as we got closer, I realized it was huge gardenia bushes in full bloom. Gardenias have the most amazing smell, and have always been special to me because my Nana carried them in her wedding during the depression. She also wore a blue crushed velvet suit to get married in.

We got back to BF's and he let his dog out into the backyard. He immediately told me to come look outside. His backyard was lit up by thousands and thousands of fireflies. It was gorgeous and the most amazingly beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
{image via}

There are no actual photos of this night, which is super unfortunate, because it was so special. But, I'm sure you are so curious what I wore, right? Maybe? Fortunately I take outfit pics all the time, and have a pic of me wearing what I wore to dinner Sat. in my archives. The only difference this time was I had on a yellow skinny belt I tied in a knot, but everything else was the same (headband, dress, bracelet, etc). PS it's thrifted, dress cost $3 from Good-Will last year.

So no pics of BF either, except he did let me pick out his outfit. BF dresses well. I mean SUPER WELL. Like better than any guy I've ever known. But I think he wanted  me to pick him out something extra nice and formal for dinner. So I put him in his 'beach pants' aka  banana repub striped khakis, and a white button down. Under it I think he had on the red and white t-shirt from Barcade in Brooklyn. 

Needless to say, it was an amazing dinner. I don't feel like I did the evening justice with my description. Without more 'this food was like Jesus came down from heaven and created the lobster sauce' description, all I can say is you must eat at Dressler's to experience the food for yourself. This post was not sponsored or in any way persuaded by the restaurant or Groupon. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Linking up with Mrs. Stephanie T for
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Everyone deserves to feel swept off their feet. To experience amazing food, and to be in good company. Have you been to Dressler's? 

7 comments

  1. Nights like those are SO amazing! They just come out of nowhere and it is so great when you can realize in the moment how special they are. Big A and I don't get much time alone out and about, but when we do it is always nice. And everything sounds MOUTH WATERING! Delicious!

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  2. Glad you had such a nice time. Looks yummy. :)

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  3. What a wonderful evening! Like the dress!

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  4. Girl, I just saw your comment on Lindsey's blog... There is a HUGE group of Charlotte bloggers! Scroll back through my blog and you'll stumble upon the last big meet up we all had. Maybe we'll see you at the next one!

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  5. okay so I AM really HAPPY! I have tried to find a group of charlotte bloggers and had no idea, I thought I was alone!! I have never tried this place, I love the metropolitan area though, I always go to Trader Joes there! I found you via Lindsey as well, yay! now following :) keep in touch!
    Pam

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  6. Sounds like such a lovely evening!

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  7. Awesome Dress and l like you story, i hope you did enjoy a lot lovely evening.
    I would recommended you can wear wonderbra strapless bra

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