If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room
Bonterra’s executive chef Cory Sharpe has been kneading the menu to perfect consistency for more than 10 years, preparing meats using a special wood-burning oven that was designed by Aztec Indians. Diners can rev their culinary engines with an appetizer such as the barbecued-duck spring rolls ($10) or Bonterra's signature fried lobster tail ($17). Seafood savorers can mingle with an assortment of calamari, crab cakes, and spring rolls for four people ($44). Sup on an 8-ounce fire-roasted center-cut fillet ($32) served with purple peruvian mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus or a Niman Ranch pork chop with sweet-potato puree and broccolini ($27). Other maritime-friendly options include scallops ($27), pan-seared grouper ($26), and Ahi tuna ($26). A succinct lineup of salads ($7–$8) awaits for vegetarians, herbivoyeurs, and those attempting to build a three-piece suit out of lettuce.
Neatly tucked inside a 110-year-old renovated church, Bonterra surrounds diners with tall windows and lofty ceilings in a seemingly infinite space where courteous servers whisk plates to polished tables and whisk hunger away from merry men and women. Although this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, Bonterra features an extensive wine list, voted the best in Charlotte 2010 by readers of Creative Loafing, with more than 200 white and red wines, plus 300 more in the cellar. Reservations are required.
Menu items vary by season and are subject to change.
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room
Within a renovated, century-old former church, experienced chefs helm a wood-burning brick oven designed and built by Aztec Indians in the American Southwest. Atop live cedar and hickory planks, executive chef Cory Sharpe roasts a seasonal selection of fresh seafood and high-quality steaks and chops to a level of tenderness normally reserved for braised greeting cards. His elegantly prepared entrees emerge into the contemporary dining room, where tall windows and chandeliers cast light across the historic building's high ceilings and white columns. Servers can also shuttle meals to the verdant outdoor patio, which sits atop a stone walkway shaded by towering trees.
Not only has Bonterra's owner and managing partner John Duncan helped his neighborhood by revitalizing this once flourishing community center, he also strives to source ingredients from local farmers. In addition to fresh, seasonal fare, Bonterra's menu features artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and spreads designed to pair with selections from an expansive wine cellar that bursts with more than 200 vintages served by the glass or bottle.
1829 Cleveland Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203