Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, or, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale pub fare at The Liberty in the South End. Today's deal is not valid for alcoholic beverages.
The Liberty pampers pub-faring patrons with a creative and wide-ranging menu of distinctive American dishes and varied beer selection. Warm your taste buds around a roaring plate of crispy calamari fries with curry slaw and spicy hot garlic sauce ($9), or partake of a pint of shrimp ($10), imbued with a crustaceanary power too massive for the metric system.
The amply appetited can move on to main dishes such as steak and potatoes—Angus hanger steak served with blue cheese fondue, hand-cut fries, and peppercorn sauce ($19)—as well as pan-seared organic salmon with creamy white grits, fennel, arugula, and apple-cider syrup ($18). A lunch menu staves off midday hankerings with an assortment of sandwiches, entree-sized salads, and other daytime delicacies, and a well-edited selection of sweets ($5 each) sends palates home with a renewed sense of optimism, thanks to treats such as sticky toffee pudding ($5).
The Liberty employs pillars of stacked brewery kegs and awnings made from cedar pallets to create the décor of an industrial shipping warehouse laden with international treasures and exotic customs paperwork. A light rail line stops directly in the restaurant's parking lot, allowing diners to come and go without worrying about speeding tickets, traffic jams, or angry spats with their car stereos.
- Calamari fries arrived as thick slabs, cooked to tender perfection, with a sweet-hot chile sauce, slivered scallions and a bit of aioli over curry slaw. – Helen Schwab, Charlotte Observer
- a gargantuan pork chop is grilled to a perfect medium rare, again showing off the kitchen's high standards. – Jon Luther, Charlotte magazine