Roses are red, violets are blue,…but they don’t get around like the dandelions do! With summer coming to a quick end, I find myself sitting here reminiscing of the last three months of jovial bliss…many days spent lounging in the sun on a blanket at various outdoor concerts…smell of fresh cut lawn and visions of puffy white dandelions blowing in the breeze. All good things must come to an end, I suppose, and the end of my self-proclaimed summer concert series ended with a trip to Amos’ Southend to see L.A. Guns for my BFF Carole’s birthday.
To kick-off the evening’s festivities, we made a Girl’s Night Out visit to The Dandelion Market for dinner and drinks. All eight ladies in our group were Dandelion Market ‘virgins’…so expectations were wide open about menu and atmosphere. Located downtown at 118 West Fifth Street, “The Dando”, as it is so lovingly referred to, immediately became one of my new all time FAVES! The food, service, and atmosphere all combined together to create the perfect trifecta of enjoyment! According to their website at http://dandelionmarketcharlotte.com, The Dandelion Market takes its’ name from a famous outdoor market that thrived in Dublin City Center back in the early 70’s. It was THE place to be back then, and in my opinion, even NOW.
An assault on the senses, in the BEST possible way, The Dandelion Market’s menu has so many offerings that it’s hard to choose! Our large group basically decided to order one of everything (see the attached picture)…and delighted in each small plate delicacy that was placed before us. From the Deconstructed Caprese salad, to the Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna, to the Grilled Lamb Lollipops (yes, I said lollipops)…each one more delicious than the first! Even MORE impressive than the food was the specialty drink menu. I ordered a Caramel Apple Martini, while my friends opted for Harvest Pumpkin martinis and Mint Chocolate martinis. As we passed glasses and sipped, all I kept thinking was: “Lisa, you could DRINK your dinner here!” Hmmm….maybe next time I WILL!
Not to be ignored, the service here was fantastic! Our waitress was very knowledgeable on the menu, gave us vegetarian suggestions, and even offered to take our group’s picture. The atmosphere was cozy and quaint…with an ‘old-school’ tavern kind of feel, in a totally contemporary way. Besides our GNO group, the bar and dining tables were filled with couples on dates, business people having a drink after work, and people that looked to be ‘regulars’. An eclectic crowd for sure, which added to the uniqueness of this place. I would be remiss if I didn’t share a funny story that happened to us while there: a girl from the bar approached our table and said “I’m sorry to interrupt, but my date and I just have a bet going…do any of you know who the band ‘The Grateful Dead’ is?” As we all looked at her in dazed confusion, we realized SHE had NEVER heard of them! As we all affirmed, in unison, that we had, indeed, heard of the band…her date sat behind her, cheshire smile on his face and fist in the air giving the silent ‘YES!’ cry of victory. He had won the bet. Was there ever any doubt? Or am I just getting so old that there are actually people out there that don’t know the names of such iconic rock legends? Sheesh. But I digress. This humorous event just added to the remembrance of the night. Rock on, Dandelion Market!
So, check out their site. I am looking forward to going back soon for brunch! They also have a live music calendar and extensive craft beer menu…add them on Facebook too…right after you add me (Girlsnightout Charlotte: shameless plug).