Smile #193 – An Extra Inch of Food

Charlotte’s portfolio of restaurant has been growing rapidly in the recent years. Just when I think I tried everything, a new place pops on my radar.

Rise Biscuit Donuts is a popular breakfast and lunch food chain in the Raleigh-Durham region.  They finally open their first location in Charlotte today!  The news of a new donut shop opening captured my attention immediately.  More donuts for meeeee, YES PLEASE!  Plus, it is located dangerously too close to home.

Since it is South Charlotte, I figured the crowd would be minimal.  Quite the contrary, the line was out the door and overflowed onto the sidewalk.  The donut shelves were almost emptied.  The staff were spinning around the kitchen in attempts to keep up with demand.

Their menu is impressive with both traditional and unique offerings.  The donut menu features an assortment of old school favors like classic glazed and chocolate icing and new school favors like cranberry orange and pineapple basil with pistachios.  The biscuit menu offers fillings country ham, bacon, sausage and fried chicken and option to add eggs, cheeses and spreads.

I had a long internal battle on what to order.  I finally decided on the Jane Dough’s Famous Potato Hash Cake.  I also ordered a Chocolate Icing donut for Bubble.  One bite and I knew I was in trouble.  The crispy shell with a savory cheesy inside, ohhh goodness!  The chocolate icing donut was decadent and rich.  I have a feeling we’ll be stopping again in very near future.


Next stop of our new food adventure is Bahushkas Pierogi.  An editor from Charlotte Agenda just did a piece on this new restaurant, calling it the real deal.  I immediately forwarded the link to Bubble and we both agreed we have to try it out.

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the restaurant was still packed with patrons.  Considering it is our first encounter with Russian food, we had to google most of the menu.  We ordered two popular Russian dishes, Siberian pelmeni and the chicken pelmeni with butter and chive sauce.  It look and tasted similar to Mom’s dumplings.  Hmmm!

We also shared a bowl of Solyanka soup.  It was loaded with variety of meats, tomatoes, olives and a slice of lemon.

This was a great introduction to Russian food.  Authentic Russian food all freshly made, nevertheless.  We will certainly be back soon to sample their chicken cutlet, cabbage rolls and honey cake.

For dinner, we paid a visit to Mellow Mushroom.  No, Mellow Mushroom is not a new restaurant.  Bubble and I have frequent this joint since our college years.  However we rarely ever order anything new from the menu.  Their Holy Shiitake Pizza is our favorite pizza of ALL time.  A blend of Shiitake mushroom on an olive oil and garlic base with mozzarella and Italian MontAmore cheese drizzled with garlic aioli and a spritz of black truffle oil.  Just the delicious aroma made us salivate.


But to continue our trends of new food, we also ordered a small Philosopher’s Pie to share.  Another olive oil and garlic base with all natural grilled steak, portobello mushroom, artichoke hearts, provolone, feta and mozzarella cheeses without olives.  It was delicious, but hard to compete against Holy Shiitake.

One day, 3 different eateries, probably an extra inch on my waist, but totally worth every calorie!  🙂


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