The Hungry Wanderers

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Dilworth’s 131 Main

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on January 18, 2010

A couple friends invited me out at the last minute on Friday night.  We deliberated for quite awhile on where we would go, but as always, I was looking to go somewhere I hadn’t been before.  I suggested 131 Main, in Dilworth.  We had heard great things about 131 Main, but just hadn’t managed to get there.

So, we agreed to meet at 7 at 131 Main.  I had never been there before, but thought it was a pretty casual restaurant.  I just wasn’t thinking when I left the house in a pair of cargo shorts (it had reached a balmy 55 degrees), and my Clinton Portis (Redskins) jersey.  I was about 3 minutes from the restaurant when I realized my probable error.  As I slid in three minutes after 7, and I walked in the door, I concluded I definitely didn’t fit in.

I was thankful that my friends weren’t waiting for a table out front, so I bolted past the pleasant hostess and headed for the bar.  They weren’t there.  So I looped around the restaurant to find the table they were at.  I had the additional advantage of dim lighting; I suspect the maitre’d had been instructed to conserve electricity.  Under the cover of darkness, I made my way to the table.

My shame averted, or at least obfuscated, I waited for our server.  It took awhile for the waiter to come find us, but to be fair, he had already served my friends their respective drinks.  He presented the bad news that evidently the kegs hadn’t been hooked up correctly (or at all), and so there was no beer available on tap.  Bottles only tonight.  I took a look at the menu.  I decided on an Anchor Steam, one of my most favorite beers, while I checked out the food selection.

IMG_0141I was a little surprised that the menu was so predominantly seafood.  I figured that would probably be something I’d know, were I more familiar with the restaurant.  I reflected on my decision to wear shorts as a testament to my unfamiliarity with 131 Main.  We started with an order of cornbread.  The cornbread was fine.  It had peppers in it, which has never really been my thing.  It was appropriately soft and tasty, and the honey was an excellent addition.

IMG_0142I wasn’t really in a fish mood, and I’m not a ribs guy, so my options were pretty well narrowed down.  I DO love shrimp and grits, so it wasn’t all tragedy.

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The shrimp and grits were delicious.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve had better shrimp and grits in Charlotte.  I was a little surprised at the prices, when I was looking at the menu, but I was completely won over when I sampled the fare.

The Wife was completely bummed that she didn’t get a chance to join us, so I am sure we’ll be headed back at some point.  Next time I’ll be sure to dress appropriately.

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2 Responses to “Dilworth’s 131 Main”

  1. Casey and I went there and both got the Farmer’s Market plate – some of the best vegetarian food I’ve had in Charlotte! But also the ONLY vegetarian option on the menu, so good thing it was good! If you guys go back, we’ll join you! 🙂

  2. tiny twig said

    we’re local and right by 131 main…we LOVE it. 🙂 glad you got to check it out!

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