Going out to eat allows you to enjoy fine dining without having to procure exotic ingredients or build a sommelier out of an old computer. Lap up luxury with this Groupon.
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- $32 for $50 toward a farm-to-fork tasting dinner for a party of two or more, redeemable Tuesday–Friday
- $37 for $50 toward a farm-to-fork tasting dinner for a party of two or more, redeemable Tuesday–Saturday
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- Tasting menus start at $35 per person for three courses.
The wait staff at Heirloom Restaurant can tell you exactly where every last egg, cut of steak, and sprig of herb on your plate has been—and not just the easy answer that they come from North Carolina. That's a given. Chef and owner Clark Barlowe is a lifelong forager, both in his literal penchant for venturing into the woods to track down ingredients that never make it to the supermarket and in his broader attention to finding the best fishermen, farms, and livestock coddlers in the area.
Barlowe's menu is far from parochial, however. Before opening Heirloom in 2014 and promptly winning Creative Loafing's titles for the city's Best New Restaurant, Best Farm to Table Restaurant, and Best Chef, he honed his skills at El Bulli and The French Laundry. In composing his small courses, which can be ordered a la carte or in sequences of 3–12, he combines global influences with Southern traditions. The resulting dishes tend to be comforting at their core—buttermilk-brined quail, kale-and-bacon salad—and wildly creative at their edges, garnished with colorful, rare heirloom vegetables. A new menu is issued daily, complete with wine pairings for each course. Naturally, that wine is all made within the state, and the beer all comes from Charlotte.
The whole fine-dining experience takes place in an exceedingly laid-back environment. Antique crockery hangs on the walls, and if those walls look like they were pulled from an old barn, they were—specifically, an old dairy barn in Caldwell county.