Good evening ladies and gentlemen!!
I actually went to Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill last night for dinner with the beau. I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of Top of the Hill (or TopO as most of us Tar Heels call it). However, to be totally honest, most of my nights there look something like this:
You know… the usual.
The drinks are a little more expensive than your average UNC/Franklin Street bar but, honestly, you get what you pay for: the food’s good, the beers are handcrafted, and the view… well you can’t beat it.
However, last night, thanks to a LivingSocial deal from a while back, we had a date night to TopO followed by a viewing of Harry Potter 7:2 (it was amazing… but that’s a post for another day.) I decided I wasn’t in a beer mood, and went with a diet coke to drink. I stepped out of my box in other way, too, and ordered this:
On the menu tonight: The Edamame Burger, a house-made soy bean vegetarian patty with lettuce, tomato, red onions, tzatziki sauce & sweet potato fries. And for my stepping outside of the box… I was rewarded! The burger was delicious!! It certainly didn’t taste anything like a burger, but it was light, it was flavorful, and the tzatziki sauce paired nicely with it (though the sauce was a little thin for my liking.) The rest of the toppings (onions, tomato, lettuce) were crisp and fresh, good quality. On the side, the sweeet potato fries, which I love in a romantic sense. Normally, I’ll get the sweet potato fries appetizer, which includes the fries covered in cheese (cheddar and gorgonzola!!!!!!! AHHHHH!!!) but I knew that the fries stood strong on their own, so I enjoyed every last bite. I’d recommend this to anyone, vegetarian, meatatarian, pizzatarian…. it’s just a superior dish, and a steal for less than $10 (but only by 1 penny.)
Since I didn’t have a beer last night at TopO, Ryan and I decided to pair dinner tonight with a new beer we’ve never tried!!
The Cottonwood Endo IPA from Carolina Beer Company (the website is very weird/confusing, but there’s the link if you’d like) poured a lovely gold color, lots of carbonation, and honestly, I was just excited because it was from Mooresville, NC (not even 3 hours from where I live, and the hometown of a friend of mine!!) The smell was hoppy, and I was pumped to take a sip. It was the sip, though, that burst my bubble. It’s not that this is a bad beer, don’t get me wrong. Even at first taste, I thought I tasted maybe some sort of citrus flavor somewhere. But after letting it sit on my tongue for a bit, the taste went away and was replaced with a bare bones beer flavor (or lack of flavor). Basically, what I’m saying is that the flavor was short lived, and there was little to no mouthfeel of any sort. Like a pale ale that just kind of gave up… It’s a shame, because I wanted to love this beer. Alas, there’s plenty of love lost.
The only redeeming quality of this beer: drinkability. I am already on my second one and think, if I wanted, I could have another. I don’t want to…. but if I did, I’d be set. I still have hopes for Carolina Beer Company… but not high ones.