It was love at first sight! I fell in love with the ambiance before I even had a bite to eat. Kelle, aka Queen City SuperMom, asked me if I wanted to get out for my birthday; she originally wanted to go somewhere else but I?m glad she changed her mind and took me to Mert's Heart & Soul. This place is going to be one of my new stumping grounds.
People where sitting outside chit chatting in the 70 degree weather ... wind blowing, passerbyers walking along the side walk. We tried to hang outside but after maybe about a good 7 minutes we decide to dine inside.
No problem, our waitress assured as she welcomed us to take a seat wherever we wanted to. We scanned the menu and Kelle said, "Girl, wait to you taste the cornbread" I love cornbread, I'm just a bread type of girl anyway, so I was looking forward to it.
It was kind of late in the evening for a full course meal so we both
decided to have a salad. Kelle called me a copy cat because I decided to
have the Buttermilk Chicken Tender salad like her. I beg to differ, I'm
truly an independent free spirit but hey, I know when to follow a good
idea and I'm so glad that I followed suite because they have a salad that screams BINGO!
The mixed greens were topped with chicken tenders that were soaked in buttermilk, herb marinade and white cheddar cheese. I added blue cheese and ranch salad dressing and it was oh so delicious. Let me add that this salad was huge, they weren’t stingie with the lettuce! We also ordered some Home Fries (wedges) and after that on top of corn bread, I was full and very satisfied! The waitresses even sang happy birthday to me! That topped the evening; I’d recommend Mert’s Heart & Soul. I know I’ll be back soon to try more dishes on the menu.
Mert's Heart and Soul is located at 214 N College Street; Charlotte, NC 28202
With a craving for a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and an irresistible taste for some Chinese rice and crab rangoons, I found myself headed to Lotus Buffet located in the University area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The wait wasn't long, I was seated just as soon as I walked in the door. The weekend price was the only shock, it went up just a couple of dollars and although the price was still reasonable, the increase was not mentioned over the phone when I called prior to coming. Le's talk about the food. I started with a salad, the plates appeared to be clean, the lettuce was nice and fresh but the selection of salad dressing was slim. I ate some Sushi and came back for a second plate that included vegetable fried rice, crab rangoons and shrimp. Now I don't know why I chose the shrimp with the shells still on. Bad selection, that's a clear indicator that the shrimp is not deveined, but I went for it anyway. I peeled and picked and chewed up some parts only for the taste and then politely spit out pieces of shell in my napkin. That spoiled the meal a bit and I later wished that I didn't waste my time picking away at the shrimp.