204 North is one of the newest additions to the uptown area and is nestled quietly between Ri-Ra and Prohibition at 204 North Tryon St. Just looking at the place from the outside, it looks like a grab place for dinner and drinks. Its loaded with hardwood floors and rustic iron works. They boast their farm to table culture is very present in their menu with several items from local farms and most of the meats are grass-fed.
I actually was feeling a little under the weather that night so I skipped on drinks, but the rest of the table indulged. The guys got draft beers from some of the local breweries around town like Triple C and Bird Song.
Our server for the night was attentive, but not very knowledgable about the everything on the menu yet. I’ll give her a pass since this place is new and maybe she hasn’t been with them long.
Like most restaurants, they start you out with a bread basket and butter. The bread was homemade and quite tasty, but did have a bit too much flour on the outside crust. The butter looked like it had crushed cranberries in it so I was expecting a different type of flavor, but really it just tasted like butter.
For appetizers, we ordered the Fried Green Tomato ($9) which is on a bed of house relish, cabbage chow chow, pimento cheese and country ham and the Smoked Pork Belly ($10) which was cut to look like thick slices of bacon and also comes over the cabbage chow chow. I thought both were tasty but neither caused my heart to flutter.
For entrees, our server recommended the Salmon ($22) because it comes with some delicious beets and one of their newest items to their menu, the Lobster Mac-n-cheese ($16). The menu says it comes with knuckle and tail meat, 3 cheese sauce, and seasonal vegetables. You will come to find out that I do love Mac-n-cheese and I like mine to be creamy. This dish was the opposite of that. The sauce is pretty runny and almost doesn’t stick to the noodles enough to make them flavorful. The one positive that it did have was that it was loaded with lobster meat. I don’t recall one bite without lobster in it so that gets high marks for that. Most dishes with some type of meat in them often leave you wanting more meat… not the case here.
My fiancé was in the mood for a burger so he ordered the 204 Cheeseburger ($14) which comes with parmesan fries. Its actually 2 grass fed burger patties stacked with american cheese, caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, and quick pickles. I thought the burger was very good and juicy. I thought the portion size was pretty much perfect… not too big and not too small. The fries were very well cooked and not overpowered by the parmesan. They were so good, that I actually ordered a side of it for myself ($5).
For dessert, we ordered the Shoofly Pie Ice Cream Sandwich ($9). It looked like a homemade ice cream sandwich like you would get from the grocery store except the ice cream was molasses flavored. I’m not a big fan of molasses so I think that is why I was turned off by the dish, but it was very well made and if you enjoy molasses, this one is for you!
Overall, I thought 204 North was good and I would rank it 3 out of 5 stars. I think the vibe and the style they have going on, but I will want to try some other things on the menu before I would give them a higher ranking. The prices are very reasonable and we got out of there with only spending $77 including tip. I recommend you give them a try and comment below what you thought about it!