This was our first trip to the Brine and Bottle, and we will definitely return. The restaurant specializes in creative daily fare, including numerous small plates that are perfect for sharing. We started with the fried pickles: thinly sliced, breaded, and deep fried pickles that were delicious--a perfect balance of flavors, with homemade buttermilk dressing chock full of fresh chives. The house pulled mozzarella was served as medallions nestled on a bed of tomato and pesto sauces with a balsamic reduction, a lovely combination of flavors. Pan-seared scallops were perfectly cooked and served with two melon relishes. We greatly enjoyed the shrimp and grits -- creamy grits miraculously formed into triangles and deep fried to a rich brown while maintaining a perfect texture and temperature of the grits. The shrimp were plump and served with cava cream, a buttery, oniony sauce. A peach and blueberry cobbler was the only imperfect item we tasted. It took an extra 30 minutes to cook and never seemed to cool down. The sauce was very runny; a thicker sauce would improve the dish immensely. It did have a lovely, vanilla-y cobbler topping. Nice wine list, attentive service. Small dining room; get a reservation or arrive early and enjoy!
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