Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of surrounding geography with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of international American cuisine at Pewter Rose Bistro.
Pewter Rose Bistro's head chef Brent Martin siphons flavors from both the Charlotte region and the diverse cultural heritage of ethnic America, whisking mouths to greater heights of chewing. Sate midday hunger pangs with a lunch menu populated by items such as the marinated seitan thai wrap topped with chopped peanuts and bathed in citrus sauce ($10). Dinner is a similarly delicious affair—the seafood risotto of scallops, shrimp, and mussels comprises an edible ecosystem that thrives near your deep-stomach air vents ($20), and crispy prosciutto simmers next to truffle mac 'n' cheese on the Grateful Growers pork shank ($22). Saturday brunch in this ersatz arbor is a lovely escape from the ennui of most weekends, allowing patrons to enjoy a plate of cooked crustaceans with andouille gravy and grits ($14) or a cheddar-cheese-and-bacon-stuffed mashed-potato omelet ($10).
The warm interior at Pewter Rose makes an infinitely preferable environment to getting trapped in the celluloid interior of Steel Magnolias. Warm lighting casts a dusky orange haze over the tables, hardwood floors, and wood-paneled ceiling, with subtle decorative touches such as french doors and tall potted trees lending the restaurant a garden flavor.
Pewter Rose Bistro
The textile warehouse had seen many uses since it was built in 1925, but it had been empty when Susie Peck and her friends moved in. They saw its hardwood floors, exposed brick, and massive timber ceiling beams as warm and rustic—the ideal setting for the new Pewter Rose Bistro. Named for a small, pewter tin the original Pewter Rose Bistro owner purchased on her worldly travels, the now collectively owned restaurant posits a distinctively American take on casual European fare, which the agile hands of head chef Cory Zupon bring to fruition at every service.
The kitchen blends southern-style comfort fare with Mediterranean dishes and other ethnic cuisines, with many dishes assembled from local produce and fresh seafood into risottos and finely cooked filets. Dishes pair with more than 170 wines, each handpicked to join the eatery's focused collection, which features California and European varietals. At weekend brunch, more than 25 à la carte offerings rise from foundations of egg, toast, and produce, which also evoke the eatery's signature creative touches. On some evenings, aromatic tendrils rise from tables to mingle with strains of live music from the laid-back Pewter Lounge bar area, where guests relax on padded couches or chairs to listen to acoustic strains and jazz on Wednesday and Thursday.