We spent last Saturday out downtown and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful. It was unseasonably warm, but breezy, and it made for the perfect opportunity to eat outside at one of our favorite local restaurants.
Wayfarer Deli is an adorable, quaint bistro owned by a talented couple, Carey and Ron. Their menu is made from all fresh ingredients and the combinations are always playful and on point. We began with drinks- I had a delicious red sangria.. I cannot say enough.. and Matt got a cinnamon hard cider. As for food, [because that’s what we’re really here to talk about] I normally get the Zapp’s chips with my sandwich [waddup, Allison?!], but this time I forced myself to get the s’mac and cheese so I wouldn’t mooch off Matt’s plate. It didn’t disappoint. Matt got their famous bison burger, this time made to taste like Thanksgiving dinner on a bun. AMAZING. I’m not kidding, I took one bite and had to slow down and remember to breathe. I don’t know how that boy finished that burger. We walked around, enjoyed some Kilwin’s ice cream and caught some football [thank you, Auburn] before heading to dinner.
I was so excited about trying this new restaurant- Matt surprised me with this place last week and I’d since heard wonderful things! We got all fancied up and went to Rx Restaurant & Bar. I totally nerded out about the name, menu, decor, location, et cetera. Being a pharmacist, I love when places play on the different themes of my profession; but not only that, the food was all local and had a southern twist. Thank the Lord for the South, right? We started with some drinks off the ‘elixir menu’ [love it]. I had the ‘sauced apple’- I was nervous it would be too sweet, but the combination of the bourbon and muddled apples made for a perfectly light taste to compliment my meal.
We then enjoyed the oyster appetizer coming from our local Topsail beach. The raw oysters were deliciously briny, and the chef topped them with a jalapeno- apple mignonette and muscadine sorbet. Hello, heaven. It didn’t take long before everything on the plate had vanished and we were ready to tackle our entrees.
Matt chose the NY strip with turnips, radish, shiitake mushrooms and kale. That strip was oh so tender and perfectly medium-rare. What a beautiful pink color! I stepped out of my comfort zone and picked the duck paired with hoppin’ john, charred green onion and sour apple mostarda. I had to stop myself from licking the plate. Everything was so delightful and came with generous portion sizes.
We were able to split a dessert and went for the ‘sinful’ chocolate brownie covered in hot fudge and their homemade ice cream. I even had a cup of coffee to add a nice exclamation point to the whole experience.
It was enough the food was decadent, but our waitress was so nice and equally knowledgable about the menu, how each item was cooked, and from which vendor they came. Needless to say, we are thrilled to find another local place to frequent and props to my sweet husband for knowing me so well!