The Hungry Wanderers

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Crave? Not so much…

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on July 4, 2009

And we’re back! (At least for today…)

A few weekends ago, we had friends in town for a regional Gaelic football competition that one of the friends was playing in.  (For those of you who don’t know what Gaelic football is, it’s similar to Australian football – kinda a mix between soccer and rugby?)  On Saturday after the games, the teams all headed to uptown to a local pub called Connelly’s.  There was a fundraiser going on with bbq and free beer (for the price of a ticket) so we spent a few hours enjoying good food and good times with friends.

As the crowd died down around 10 or 11, we decided to head out but we weren’t ready to head home.  Where to go and what to do?  It had been a few hours since we had last eaten and with a bit of alcohol in our systems, we decided we wanted to eat again 🙂 But what to eat?  There was pizza? Pitas?  Dessert?  Dessert won!

A few months ago, the Husband and our Charlotte friends hit up a new dessert and drinks bar in the city called Crave.  They had an overall awful time, but attributed it to possibly being due to their recent opening.  We decided to give it a second chance.

When we arrived we were told it was an hour or hour and a half wait.  We debated whether we wanted to stay and decided to give it 20 minutes or so to see if anyone left faster than that.  We lucked out! Within 10 minutes, two large parties left and we were able to get a table for four.

Crave is a pretty trendy place.  Couches and oversized chairs circle around a shorter round table – somewhat a more trendy version of those Starbucks locations with couches and chairs.  While comfy, it made it a bit difficult to socialize with our friends who felt far away over on their couch.  Lots of poor posture in order to get in closer to hear each other!

Right off the bat, we noticed that there were some changes since the last time.  They’ve added hookahs as an option and there are appetizers available (the apps may have been there before, but the Husband couldn’t recall).


We decided to start with drinks and appetizers.  I had planned on splitting a glass of Pinot Noir with the Husband, because it was expensive ($12) and it was late so I didn’t want a whole glass.  We were disappointed with the size.  It may have been the type of glass (a stemless wine glass), but it seemed like a smaller pour than most restaurant wine.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture because the lighting was poor.

For our apps, the Husband and I got a cheese plate while our friends got the sliders and a spinach-artichoke dip.  The cheese plate was tasty while the sliders were fancy.  The artichoke dip was large enough for the whole table to share but tasted like it had been frozen and just reheated for us (quite watery!).

Next we moved on to ordering dessert.  Like last time, however, we learned that they were out of a lot of desserts.  Thankfully, our waitress was quite knowledgeable (compared to last time) and we knew at the table what was out when we tried to order them (instead of her disappearing for 20 minutes at a time like the Husband’s last experience).  Most of the chocolate dishes and cakes were out.  We learned that none of the desserts are made on site and are ordered from a local bakery each day.  They really need to do a better job of ordering enough desserts!

The Husband and I ended up ordering the cupcakes (2 for $8 and you can mix and match the types) while our friends ordered a cheesecake and a slice of cake.


The cupcakes we chose were a chocolate with chocolate with chocolate icing and a vanilla with vanilla icing (if you couldn’t tell!).  I felt that the chocolate one was dry but the Husband loved it.  It was a good size dessert and I believe none of the cupcakes were out of stock.  If you decide to check our Crave, this may be your best bet.  The cheesecake was more of an ice cream scoop and the cake was difficult to eat without tipping it over and ruining the form (they placed it with the pointed part facing up).

Overall, we were disappointed with Crave.  When it was all said and done, it was a very expensive outting with mediocre food and drinks.  At least the service was friendly and knowledgeable this time!  However, we don’t plan on going back.  :-/

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3 Responses to “Crave? Not so much…”

  1. Kath said

    Booo Crave!

  2. Donna said

    I went recently and loved it. I used this as a guide before I went and was expecting the worst but I found out they fired the whole previous staff and Chef and it was awesome!!! I had the sliders and the pineapple upside down cake and it was great and made in house. I also tried the cobblers which were baked in house and came out in a cute little cast iron pan. I guess them taking there food in house made a difference. I give it thumbs up! Good beer selection too.

    • Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers said

      So glad to hear that food and service is better at Crave! If we get a chance, we’ll see if we can make it there before we move to experience the change. We’ll at least recommend it to our friends to give it another shot!

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