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If you’ve decided that cooking the whole Thanksgiving smorgasbord is too much work, call Charlotte’s best Cajun restaurant Bite Your Tongue. They are offering a special holiday catering menu, with pick up dates today and tomorrow.

Start your dieting now to get ready for next year’s Charlotte Restaurant Week.

The 2012 dates for Queen’s Feast are January 20-29 and July 20-29.

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To spread the holiday cheer, Starbucks is offering buy-one-get-one-free holiday drinks on Thursday, Nov. 17,  between the hours of 2pm and 5pm.

I’d recommend getting two peppermint mochas.

… And kinda underwhelming.

The lox Benedict was decent…basic smoked salmon and poached egg on an English muffin. No frills. $9.something.

Next time I’ll try the pancakes or French toast, which come in a lot of different flavor varieties.

There was a 30 min wait at noon this Sunday.( I’d recommend you spend that time shopping next door at Tuesday morning.)

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Located on central avenue, across the street from Bistro la Bon, Fern is now open and serving vegetarian fare. Brought to you by the folks of something classic, who also run Halcyon, Fern is an intimate place with a woodsy, natural feel. A mason jar chandelier is the centerpiece of the one-room dining area. Eating at the small restaurant is like eating in a forest with dim lighting, fern and spider plants lining one wall and wicker lawn chairs.

The white asparagus bruschetta is flavorful, but too pricy for what you are served. The app comes with only two pieces of bruschetta-topped toasts and costs $8.

My white bean and tofu burger ($10) was good in flavor as well, but contained an unpleasant gritty sand-like texture. Perhaps the lettuce wasn’t washed? The quinoa salad side was surprisingly tasty.

The vegan chocolate and mousse cake ($8) tasted too good to be vegan, but they said it was. Rich and almost fudgy, the cake was served with soaked cherries, and frosted with a dark, creamy chocolate frosting.

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The Capital Grille’s Summer “Plates” lunch menu has been updated to reflect fall flavors. The new Fall “Plates” menu, which debuted in September, features customizable combinations of soup or salad, a sandwich and a side for $18. The menu features three soups/salads, three sandwiches, and three sides. I stopped last week and sampled the fall fare. Here’s what’s on the menu:

The Fall “Plates” Lunch Menu

Soup or Salad:

Porcini Bisque – Tried this one. So delicious, I could drink it out of a coffee mug! Creamy, without the heaviness of usual bisques. Topped with a little chive oil, it’s great for cold weather.

Clam Chowder (didn’t try this one)

Field Greens – It looks pretty plain,  but dressed with a champagne vinaigrette, it’s fresh and delightful.

Sandwich:

Mini Tenderloin (2) Nicely cooked pieces of meat, paired with a horseradish sauce, sandwiched with mini brioche-type buns. They’re almost too cute to eat… but I ate them anyway and liked it.


Lobster Roll An oldie but goodie from the Summer “Plates” menu, chock full of lobster and lots of creamy mayo.


“Knife and Fork” BLT – This guy is a bit messy to eat, but packs it all in. Lacy cheese crisps top thick slices of bacon, tomato, and lettuce. The bread is oiled and grilled, and slathered with some sort of dressing that adds a lot of flavor.

Side:


Seasonal Vegetable – I had haricot verts with cherry tomatoes.


Truffle fries – These are to die for. GET THEM.


Roasted Butternut Squash – Topped with a cranberry chutney, they remind me of Thanksgiving.

And of course, for dessert, I always have to get the Creme Brulee Cheesecake…

The Capital Grille
201 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Reservations can be made by calling 704-348-1400
www.TheCapitalGrille.com