I didn’t get this bartender’s name, but she posed with her restaurant’s bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for me:
On Thursday my family and I dined at Circa 81 in Morehead City.
The restaurant does tapas plates and calls itself a “Cocktaileria” — which is the first time I’d ever heard of such a thing.
The food was good. I had the chorizo black bean soup, a beet salad with chicken and also a shaved prime rib dish served on crostini with a lite horseradish flavor.
That quick recap doesn’t do the food any real justice, so I’ll post photos and copy from the menu below:
Chorizo black bean soup
And I also had this salad, which had a lot of interesting flavors going on:
Bibb lettuce with beets, chevre, sunflower kernels, radish, pear and a cinnamon pear balsamic vinaigrette.
Circa 81’s “Bibb Salad.”
Overall, I really enjoyed my evening here. Since my family and I were on vacation, we’d sort of been snacking all day — and as a result, we weren’t really looking for full, heavy entrees. The tapas-style focus of this restaurant was sort of perfect for us in that regard. We shared a number of different small plates and several of us got cups of soup and then there was also two different styles of homemade cheesecake which we had for dessert.
Oh, and I had a Basil Hayden neat, a Scrimshaw Pilsner and a B&B for dessert.
If I’m ever hear again on vacation (which I intend to be next summer, this place will be the third in my Top 3 to return to — the others being Arendell Room and Amos Mosquito’s).
Last but not least, the Pappy Van Winkle 23 year was $70 for a 2 oz pour.