Thursday, November 5, 2009

News, notes

  • Pewter Rose has new winter menus for lunch, brunch and dinner, emphasizing local foodstuffs and N.C. coastal catches, with nothing over $13 on the lunch lineup and an under-$10 bar menu. Among the new: Grateful Growers cider-braised pork shank and grilled tofu steak for dinner; two-bean chili for lunch; smoked salmon hash, Italian omelet and Oscar Benedict (crabcakes) for brunch, and lamb lollipops on the bar menu. 1820 South Blvd.; 704-332-8149.
  • Longitude 81 offers oysters roasted or on the half shell for a quarter apiece through November; chef Gregory Sheppard says he's getting in some beautiful Apalachicolas, along with fresh stone crab claws. 971 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, S.C.; 803-802-9981.
  • Del Frisco's has a new menu. Among the debuts: sliced sesame tuna; Prime beef carpaccio with Creole mustard; blue cheese wedge salad; 12-ounce cuts of Prime ribeye and strip steaks (smaller options than the usual); veal porterhouse; halibut with white bean ragout; crab cakes with jicama slaw and more. 4725 Piedmont Row near SouthPark; 704-552-5502.
  • The second Charlotte-area Zoes Kitchen (yes, like that, with no apostrophe) is open in Midtown's Metropolitan complex, featuring its menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. (The first is at Blakeney.) The expansion is one of about 200 planned in the Southeast for the currently-30-store chain out of Birmingham. 1055 Metropolitan Ave.; 704-347-5858; you can get an idea of the menu here.