Dive into the flavor ocean with LaVecchia's extensive menu. Surf-and-turf appetizer options include the tips and grits (grilled tenderloin with gorgonzola, caramelized onion, and red-wine shallot gravy, $8) with a half-dozen fresh blue point oysters ($12). Then set your sails for the house specialties, such as a Carolina Crabcake dinner (two cakes with seasonal vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes, $26), the stuffed jumbo shrimp, loaded with lump crab and boursin cheese, along with vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes, bacon, tomato, basil, and lobster beurre blanc ($24), or the USDA-prime 20-ounce bone-in ribeye, seared to marbley perfection and served on a bed of pure joy ($37).
Though Zink American Kitchen's updated location hasn't been reviewed much, Yelpers liked the former location, awarding it an average of 3.5 stars. TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes, and OpenTable reviewers give it a near-perfect four-star average:
The Deck's casual coastal menu offers fresh seafood fare and handcrafted cocktails in a relaxed, beachlike environment. Settle into starters such as the she crab soup, a classic Carolinian concoction of blue-crab meat, crab roe, and dry sherry ($3.99/$6.99), or a dozen oysters on the half shell fashionably festooned with atomic cocktail sauce or classic mignonette ($12.99). Fish tacos are made to order with beer-battered cod ($7.99), achiote-seared rare tuna ($9.50), or blackened mahi mahi ($8.99), while the lobster roll swaddles Maine lobster in a buttery, split-top roll coverlet ($15.99). For patrons parched for liquid nourishment, The Deck offers handcrafted exotic cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices. Fresh-pressed sugar cane boosts a traditional mojito's flavor powers ($8.50), and the margarita combines house-infused, candied orange Cazadores Reposado tequila with fresh lime juice and a syrupy kiss of agave nectar ($9). With its rooftop-deck seating and serene marine color scheme, The Deck offers seaside-style relaxification without the need for beach towels, sunscreen, or sandworm repellent.
Start your cruise through Vinnie's menus with the pelagic flavors of one-dozen oysters, blackened and served hot and spicy ($10.99). For diners that are extra-hungry and in need of an odd hat, there's the big combo basket of all of Vinnie's fried delights: crispy oysters, butterfly shrimp, calabash shrimp, and fish fillets ($16.99). Vinnie's original fish sandwich with fries ($9.99) offers a handheld seafood option, not to be confused with the derivative fish sandwich—the chicken club ($8.99). Vinnie's seasoned chefs also put together wraps and entrees such as the shrimp and grits, which fuses ground-corn flavors with ocean-fresh shrimp ($10.99).
Owner Garmon Moore and the team of chefs at Hole in the Wall Crab Shack pile plates high with in-the-shell blue crab legs and crab cakes made with lump meat, brought in from the Carolina coast weekly. House-made lemonade washes down tender helpings of made-to-order fare, including garlic crabs, tilapia sandwiches, and sides of hushpuppies.
When you first walk into Krazy Fish, it’s apparent that the restaurant’s staff has had some fun with its moniker. Murals of giant sea creatures colorize the walls, and mannequins swim in green-tinsel seaweed and reefs of faux-pearl necklaces. But, like Charlotte magazine says, “as soon as you’re sipping the restaurant’s icy hibiscus, ginger, and honey agua fresca or digging into the tender, citrus-flavored ceviche appetizer, you’ll barely noticed [sic] the odd plastic fish hanging above your table.”
Krazy Fish’s eclectic menu teems with fresh seafood, southern-inspired comfort fare, and bowls of Asian noodles. The kitchen staff infuses pan-seared swai with spicy wasabi and sprinkles with cilantro grown in the backyard garden. Seven types of salsas enliven the tacos, including the tropical pineapple salsa. Krazy Fish also offers three TVs for game watching, a wide selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and is available for private events.