My wife and I stopped in for an appetizer on the evening of our tenth wedding anniversary. The plan, keep it simple. Grandma has the kids so we slide off to Raleigh to just spend a little "us" time.
My wife discovered Chuck's online, almost by accident. She was researching new places to dine and was interested in Chef Ashley Christensen, who she had seen featured on several cooking programs. Turns out that she owned three restaurants in the area. One was very elegant, one was high end comfort food, and one was Chuck's.
Short story long, we decided to start the evening at Chuck's due to my lovely bride's passion for good fried pickles, which were on the menu she found online. We called in our order so we could take it to go, however, once we entered the plan changed. What did my wife spy on the wall board that altered the plan? Why, a Cheerwine Float! What goes better with fried pickles than that?
So now we ask to be seated, and I know we aren't planning to have dinner for several hours, so I order the 1/2 pound Belgium fries with buttermilk herb sauce and a glass bottle Coke... made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. All terrific.
We finished off our pre-meal with a salty peanut butter and roasted banana milk shake that was exquisite. I found myself satiated until much later, and all the better for it.
The staff was great. The fare was unique. The atmosphere was simple but refined. This place made an old country boy like me feel like a bonefied "foodie."
We fell in love with Chuck's, and we didn't even have a burger!
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