Dish

Cuisine: Southern
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Maria says…

The bottom line: This restaurant can become your go to place!

One of my favorite things about the Plaza Midwood neighborhood here in Charlotte is that it’s home to some really awesome restaurants (Soul, Zada Jane’s, Bistro La Bon). One staple neighborhood restaurant which I also like to frequent is Dish. I had been there a couple of years ago for the first time and still remember what a great meal I had. Its decor takes you back to a family kitchen with the checkered tablecloths and as soon as you walk in you get a little peek into whats going on in the kitchen due to a window like opening where the food gets passed through.

Dish focuses on offering Southern comfort food. You will not find surprising to see typical dishes like Shrimp and Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken and Dumplings, and more. However, they also have other plates which you would think didn’t fit into the menu, but somehow they work. They have nachos, quesadillas, and burritos. Tex Mex and Southern food is an interesting menu mix for sure! Although I love me some comfort food for this visit I decided to go with something different. It was a hard choice trying to pick just one thing from the menu but for some reason I was craving steak so that narrowed down my choices.

For my visit I decided to go with their Chili Lime Flank Steak. It is flank steak on corn cakes topped with a black bean salsa. The steak was really good! I thought that since it was marinated in chili that it would be somewhat spicy but it wasn’t at all. I liked how despite the fact that I ordered my steak well done that it was still really juicy! I believe that this was also due in part to it being topped with the black bean salsa and its juices trickleling down to the steak. Regardless the steak was very tender and flavorful. The corn cakes were basically pancakes with pieces of corn mixed in. When it said corn cakes I expected something different but this is not to say that the corn pancakes do not fit well with the dish. On the contrary the pancakes provide a great contrast to the savory nature of the steak and salsa. It provides a hint of sweetness which works really well and balances the other flavors of the dish. Along with the dish you get a side item and in my case I decided to go with the mac and cheese. It was cheesy and good but I wouldn’t say that it rocked my world. What I did thoroughly enjoyed was their biscuit. It was served hot and drizzled with honey. Although I was practically extremely full by this point I was not about to just leave the buscuit untouched. I ate a good portion of it and am so glad I did. It was flaky and the honey did wonders to it! I could have eaten more than 1 had I had the room for it.

Also pictured above you will see their chicken and dumplings, blackened chicken, and blackened chicken sandwich dish, all of which were ordered by my co-workers. They all liked their food very much as well! The biscuit also being one of their favorite part too. The only comment I got was that the blackened chicken sandwich did not come with the typical lettuce, tomatoes, etc. I am not sure as to why this would have been but it could be that you have to order these as extras for the sandwich. By the way one of my co-workers ordered the mashed sweet potato and the table was immediately taken over by the heavenly sweet smell! It’s something that I will have to try next time I go there.

Dish is one of those restaurants that will win you over! It was also featured on tripple D (Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives) so that already says a lot. If  you haven’t been yet I do recommend that you at least give it a try once. Oh and by the way, on Monday’s it’s $3.50 Margarita’s…what’s there not to like about that! :)

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