Sunday, August 3, 2008
Monty's Grill is Great!
One of Charlotte's best-kept secrets is surely Monty's Seafood Grill in the Ballantyne community of Charlotte. Last evening we had the spicy mussels in this picture, and of course the best part of this tapa (small serving) is sopping up the delicious wine-chorizo sauce with the hot and crusty bread from the breadbasket that is always kept full. We also had our favorite steak lettuce wraps, lamb lollipops, fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, and spinach gnocchi. Yes, the selections on the menu are international yet each dish compliments the other.
Bob and I love to order a half dozen or so tapas to share, but we've had their regular entrees there and they are fantastic, too. Everything is cooked to perfection and full of bold flavors.
We find that a tapas dinner is fun and exciting as we "discover" new and varied flavors with each dish, and for us that is often much more fun than having a large serving of just one entree. Order a bottle of the Spanish Albariño, ask your server to stretch out your meal, and she'll bring you your tapas a few at a time and you're in for a wonderfully relaxing evening!
"Upscale" at Monty's means the superb quality of the food, the exquisitely tasteful yet casual ambiance, the attentive service, the balanced wine list, and the friendly proprietress (Robyn), who will always visit your table with a smile and a welcome. It does NOT mean overpriced, and that is quite refreshing! On Wednesday evenings, they also offer 1/2 price bottles of select wine, and live music later in the evenings, and they have an excellent Sunday brunch, too.
Give this privately-owned restaurant a try and I know you'll love going there as much as we do!