The restaurant frames itself as a "casual fine dining experience and wine bar." It features woodfired brick oven pizzas, fine wines and a classy atmosphere.
The building is large, dark and has this sort-of burgundy lace-like theme. I had to double-check that I was in the right place. Plenty of parking, though, which is always nice.
Inside, it's a lovely layout. A nice lounge area features leather couches and chairs, large booths are private, and the lighting fixtures extend down to each table so you don't get a glaring fluorescent light over the whole restaurant. There are some nice, upscale touches, and it does have this sort of taste of elegance.
When I first walked in, there was no one around. No host, no greeter. I walked down the stairs. Still no one. I heard some servers off to the corner wrapping silverware, so I cleared my throat hoping they'd notice. After five minutes of fidgeting awkwardly, I walked around the corner and asked to be seated. That was awkward.
|Look how crazy this sink in the bathroom was!|
But, I can't resist shrimp and grits - sautéed shrimp, spicy ham gravy, tomatoes, South Carolina grits served with a biscuit. The portion came out as a fairly small serving. It had four regular-sized shrimp, with a few halves of cherry tomatoes. I liked the gravy - it had just a slight kick. Some chewier pieces of ham would have been welcome. The grits weren't much to write home about. But, the flavor of that gravy was pretty solid - creamy, rich. The biscuit was a little dry, a little tough. Overall, a decent dish. Not the best rendition of shrimp & grits I've had, but a worthy contender.