Crepe Cellar’s burrata is what your hopes and dreams are made of.
Picture this. Your knife slices through the soft mozzarella shell to unlock a soft, creamy goodness. You spread the silky, smooth cheese on a grilled toast point. Your first bites are full of the crunch of toast juxtaposed with creamy, rich cheese that practically melts in your mouth. Like I said, it’s what your hopes and dreams are made of. Are you hungry yet? (if you’re me, you just started drooling on your keyboard).
The burrata is a must order at NoDa’s Crepe Cellar, a European inspired gastro pub in Charlotte’s bustling arts district. When you step inside, you leave the hip, trendy streets of one of Charlotte’s favorite neighborhoods and are instantly transported to a quaint, romantic, European bistro. It’s the perfect place to cozy up in the corner on a date night, catch up over cocktails with a group of friends, or to take your mom for a low key, delicious dinner (seriously, my mom and I went on a date there the last time she visited and she loved it).
Split the burrata to start, and don’t forget a squeeze of bruleed lemon to compliment your cheese and toast. If you’re not in a burrata mood (which I honestly believe there is no such thing) the pesto brie fries are a crowd favorite, after all, they’ve won a Charlotte Magazine BOB award. You can’t go wrong with a signature or special crepe as your main course (they are the restaurant’s namesake, after all). I can never resist the Crepe Cellar burger; it’s super juicy and comes with all of my favorite things on top: onion straws, gruyere cheese and garlic aioli. I also suggest you check out the daily specials board to see how they’re making the mussels of the day; the daily rotating flavor combinations may pique your fancy.
One of my favorite things about Crepe Cellar (besides the burrata, of course…does it appear that I’m obsessed with it because I am) is their stellar cocktail program. What started with one specialty drink featured on a chalkboard next to the bar has evolved over the past two years into Crepe Cellar’s complex, creative cocktail list that changes monthly. Lead bartender Colleen Hughes develops Crepe Cellar’s cocktail offerings, taking into account flavor profiles, ingredients, and what guests will look forward to. The drinks are seasonally inspired and created with local liquors and herbs, small-batch bitters, and homemade syrups. What makes Crepe Cellar’s bar program even better (as if local, creative, craft cocktails weren’t enough) is that it’s a chick operation and run entirely by ladies; so yay for girl power!