My husband and I decided to give the Stanbury a try for a date night. He saw that it had made it into a NY Times article on Raleigh. We hadn't heard much about it prior to the article. I called to try to get a reservation but, they were booked for the weekend. We decided to drive by and see what the wait was. At 6:15ish on a Friday, we were able to get a lovely table for two on the porch in 30 minutes. Food wise, I was very happy. I thought that our entrees really lived up to the hype. We both ordered from the large plate menu. I ordered the Scallops which were served atop a succotash - a personal favorite for a side. They were fantastic. The serving size was a bit small but, I was happy. My husband liked the scallops but noted that the serving wouldn't be large enough to fill him up. Luckily, he ordered the pork chop. The flavors of the dish were as on point as they were with the scallop dish. It was just a much more filling serving - perfect for him.
I cannot stress this enough - for our palates (probably not the most sophisticated out there) the flavors of the dishes were really great. Despite getting a table pretty quickly, it did seem as though we had to wait a bit longer for the food to come out. The flavors really made it worth the wait. On my dish, the cream sauce combined perfectly with the scallop and unique succotash. There was a bacon undertone somewhere in there which wasn't over powering. There was a bit of a citrus hint too. It was fabulous. For my husband, the kale and fingerling potatoes that accompanied the large pork chop were fantastic. The kale had a lemon-buttermilk sauce and the fingerling potatoes had a smokey flavor - as if they had been perfectly roasted at a campfire - by an expert chef that is. Really great flavors. We also ordered two drinks - the Sandhills Smash (bourbon, peach, lemon and mint) and the Asti Spritz (aperol, moscato d'asti, club soda and lime). The Asti Spritz was a pretty typical aperol spritz. The Sandhills Smash surprised me. I usually stray away from bourbon but, I think I could have enjoyed an entire Smash on my own. Usually my husband has me take a sip and it's all I can do to get down bourbon and scotch drinks. This one was quite lovely. We both enjoyed it. It was also unique - something I hadn't had before - although we found it to be somewhat related to a mojito - just not as sweet - but really enjoyable.
As two educators, the restaurant was a bit pricey but, it's perfect for a special occasion and I really hope we get to return. It's also neat that a local chocolate store, Escazu, is right next door. Our venture took us to a different section of town which was also a plus (it is close to Mordecai and historic Oakwood - right behind Peace College).