Some of you may be wondering: “What is a brasserie?” A brasserie is an informal French restaurant, brewery, or saloon. Charlotte even has its own: Georges Brasserie in South Park’s Piedmont Row. Georges offers nouvelle and classical French cuisine and strives to welcome customers into an inviting, radiant, and delightful setting. Clientele feel comfortable whether interested in fine dining, enjoying the raw bar serving local clams, oysters, lobster and more, or sipping a cocktail on the large, awning-covered patio.
Georges Brasserie presents a warm, romantic atmosphere using vibrant accents, elaborate wall hangings, and black and white French photos. Upon entering, you’ll encounter enormous velvet curtains, an antique French poster, and intimate lighting—you’ll feel like you just left the streets of Paris and stepped into a neighborhood French restaurant. The restaurant has a main dining room with cozy booths, a social bar, a spacious patio area, a raw bar, and a private dining room to suit all your dining needs.
The restaurant’s raw bar will certainly impress with a wide selection including NC middle neck clams, oysters, mussels, ceviche, lobster and shrimp. Patrons can choose between east and west coast oysters, only $1 every Friday from 3:00-7:00pm!
Don’t skip the tuna crudo with serrano peppers, lemon basil, Szechuan peppercorn, and wasabi mayonette for a spicy touch. If you're savoring an appetizer other than seafood, the cheese and charcuterie boards offer unique specialties including sage infused cheddar cheese, a triple cream brie cheese, and country pate. The French onion soup gratinee is the ideal comfort food and a table favorite with its gruyere crust and French bread croutons.
Chef Phillip visited our table to talk about some of his favorite dishes. The chili charred pork belly is an appetizer not to be overlooked. Chef Phillip brines the pork belly for five days, then slow cooks it for 14-16 hours at 200 degrees creating a tender consistency. The pork belly is accompanied by hot pepper jam, black garlic aioli, shaved brussels, and basil oil for a savory yet fiery finish. Chef also recommends the white marble smoked pork chop entrée. The 12 oz. pork chop is applewood smoked and finished with a bourbon cider glaze and sherry apple relish creating a sweet, citrus and salty combination.
Next time you’re looking for the perfect place for a romantic date night or an upscale birthday celebration that won’t break the bank, head to Georges Brasserie. Open seven days a week for dinner, Tuesday-Friday for lunch, and on Sunday for a fabulous brunch buffet. Check out Georges Brasserie and more in the EWP CLT Foodie Passport for amazing deals at these great locations!