247 Craven was recommended to us by friends of friends who used to live in New Bern. We're glad we tried it and would likely pay a return visit. Overall, the food was very good and our waiter was attentive. The atmosphere, a small dining room in the heart of downtown is generally what we enjoy and 247 Craven didn't disappoint. My wife ordered their version of a pork tenderloin which was done to near perfection, accented by a truly southern delicacy, a pickled peach. (Something I read about recently while re-reading a book about rural southern life in the 1920s)
I ordered the risotto topped with scallops, shrimp and lump crab meat. The seafood items were fresh and tasty. My only criticism would be the risotto itself. I thought it was just a bit on the bland tasting side. My own versions and those of my daughter, who is an excellent home chef, have a much bolder flavor and nutty texture. (Trade secret: we base ours on Giada DiLaurentis' recipes)
We're finding that many restaurants featuring new southern style cuisine rely heavily on pickled accents and relishes and 247 Craven seems to fall into that category. Personally, I'm not a huge fan, but that's just me.
The restaurant offers patrons a nice evening out with relatively inventive meal preps. When in New Bern, give it a try.
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