426 S. McDowell Street
Chuck’s is another of Ashley Christiansen’s new ventures in downtown Raleigh. And like her Beasley’s next door, it’s a concept restaurant, focusing solely on burgers topped with creative ingredients to give a unique hamburger experiences that you won’t get elsewhere. That’s why they get such fun names like the Bear in Heaven and Dirty South. You can order 5-ounce or 8-ounce burgers, and as someone who never needs a full half-pound of meat, I appreciate that.
Inside, Chuck’s is all red chairs, black tables, and white brick walls, along with a row of sculpted steer heads.
I like the sleek way it looks, especially the line of shadows on that side wall and the rows of light bulbs up above.
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Hiko’s Premium Ka No Izumi Junmai Daigingo
Koga Shiga, Japan
This is a fantastic sake. I lost my tasting notes on it right after I tried it, so this is a loose, loose remembrance of the flavors. Normally, I wouldn’t bother writing up a post when that happens, but I wanted to make sure you all know about this one.
First of all, it’s wonderfully smooth. Banana is the dominant flavor. In second is the taste of almonds, or amaretto if you prefer, that intermixes with the banana remarkably well. I’m not sure what else I tasted—maybe some vanilla?—but those two stick out in my memory and made for a delicious sipping sake. Give it a pour!
Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:
Apparently, they haven’t thought them yet. Sake reviews are always few and far between, however.
Reviewed 25 Sept 11.