Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mozelle's

It's recently come to my attention that I hadn't done an official review of one of my favorite restaurants in Winston-Salem. Mozelle's is one of the best places to get lunch with your gals, brunch with your folks, and dinner with a sweetheart before a show downtown. I've never had a bad meal here. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and the seasonally-inspired menu is on point. Owner Jennifer Smith couldn't be a more charming Southern belle, and she has an extraordinary thing going.

Tomato Pie. My happy place.
Mozelle's is known for their Tomato Pie. You're making a huge mistake if you don't order this your first time dining there. However, you'll probably never get anything else, so it's best if you go with someone so you can at least sample something else from their awesome menu. The Tomato Pie reminds you of an over-the-top pizza. The buttery crust is filled with a Pimento Cheese-type sharp Cheddar and it pops with tomatoes. The creamed succotash that comes alongside it in the summer is sinful (opt for the Brussels and Fennel if you're feeling health-conscious.)
Isn't this Meatloaf just mouth-watering?!

I tend to alternate between the Tomato Pie and my other favorite: the Gourmet Meatloaf. It will absolutely knock you backwards. The meatloaf is a highly explosive flavor bomb, loaded with a combination of the big 3: Pork, Veal and Beef. The dish is enough for two people, but you won't want to share. Two 3-ounce (approximately) meatloaf slices are wrapped with Bacon and topped with a tangy Tomato Marmalade (you don't need ketchup here, folks!) and melted Havarti Cheese rests on top, to add to the decadence. Spicy Collards are a nice tangy bite to cut the richness, while Cheese Grits are another note of glorious richness.

Freekah is a grain not unlike Barley or Quinoa, and when paired with Marcona Almonds, Mixed Greens, Haricot Verts, Broccoli, Feta and a Red Wine Vinaigrette, it's quite satisfying. I love clean food like this, and Mozelle's rotates their fresh salad options. Meat isn't necessary but if you ask me, grilled shrimp makes anything better.

I freek for the Freekah.
Brunch offers unique twists on classic dishes. They do a fantastic Quiche. Take the same buttery crust from the Tomato Pie and fill it with Ham, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere Cheese (the best cheese on the planet). You can't go wrong. Mozelle's also has the best sauteed Kale in town. It's vinegary, it's garlicky - it's heaven. Add a little Sherry and you get a slightly sweet base for Poached Eggs and Butternut Squash. Not your average brunch.

If you fill out a postcard up on paying, you'll get a free dessert coupon in the mail for your birthday and anniversary (put a friend's anniversary if you're single like me.) The Coconut Cream Pie is a solid choice - and it's huge. It's packed with creamy coconut flavor and a shortbread pie crust. You also must try the Bourbon Pecan Bread Pudding with a lip-smackingly good Caramel sauce. I was very close to licking the plate to get every last drop. It's in a cute cupcake shape and it's studded with Pecans and Golden Raisins. This comes very close to my favorite Bread Pudding in the world (Restaurant R'evolution in New Orleans). I can't say it enough: Mozelle's is a favorite. It's safe to say I'm dangerously obsessed.
Bourbon Pecan Bread Pudding!

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