Last night we took RJ’s step-dad out to dinner to celebrate his birthday. He wanted to go to 131 Main up in Blakeney. RJ and I had talked about checking out the East. Blvd. location on several occasions but just hadn’t gone yet. I’d heard lots of positive reviews about the food – so we were excited when his step-dad suggested it. And if you didn’t hear – it was voted Best Overall Restaurant for Food and Drink by Charlotte Magazine for 2009 & 2010.
When we arrived (keep in mind this is a Tuesday evening at 730pm), the place was packed! People were sitting outside in this really cool patio where they had fire places next to the tables. The bar was busy with couples sitting in almost every seat having a drink. And the main restaurant also looked full. We went to the bar first and ordered a drink. Tuesday happens to be 1/2 price bottle of wine night, just FYI. I was driving so I just had a glass of wine. I wanted the Punto Final Malbec, Mendoza but they were out, so the bartender made a recommendation for a Charles Smith “Velvet Devil” Merlot, Columbia Valley. I do enjoy merlots – and this one was incredible. Super smooth and no bite at the end. I understand why they call it Velvet Devil because you could just drink that one all night. Their wine selection is pretty cool because they only purchases wine from family-owned wineries, and the majority of the wines come from less than400 barrels of production.