Glasshalfull, located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, NC; is a casual, upscale restaurant presenting high quality, imaginative, modern American cuisine. Glasshalfull is special in that it offers a rare extensive Gluten-free selection on their menu. Their friendly and welcoming staff are well versed in the descriptions and details to their menu. With it’s sleek decor, beautiful bar, and intimate atmosphere; it is the perfect place for signature drinks, selective wine, fabulous food, and great conversation.
As you walk from the parking lot to the walk path into Glasshalfull, you can’t help but to stop and admire the beautiful foliage, flowers, and landscaping that adorns their sidewalk.
You enter into a very open, brick walled room with the wine wall to your right and a large bar to your left.
A half-wall wine display divides the room to allow for a bit of intimacy. On a Friday night, you know this is a happening place because the restaurant is packed and room is filled with sounds of conversation.
They have a nice covered area outside for patio dining also.
My husband and I had been to Glasshalfull on one occasion before and fell in love with the place. Our food and service were top notch.
That evening I had ordered the Wild King Alaskan Salmon. It was pan seared to perfection accompanying a mixed medley of sautéed okra, butter beans, tomato, sea beans, and corn, in a yellow tomato sauce; and garnished with fresh pea shoots.
Our friend, Kim Olivera had a birthday and we wanted to take her somewhere special for the occasion. We knew Glasshalfull was the perfect location for a mutual foodie, so Kim, her husband Lou, my husband, and I hopped in the car for the hour drive to Carrboro, NC. Carrboro is a very endearing town near Chapel Hill. With it’s charming boutiques, numerous dining choices, fun food trucks on the weekends, and bars for night life; it is definitely worth visiting and spending a weekend for a fun get-away.
We started our evening at Glasshalfull with their pretty in-house signature cocktails. They were light, refreshing, and well balanced in taste and alcohol. Everyone was pleased with their choices.
For starters we had the Blue Corn Fried Okra with a spicy tomato aioli. While it was cooked perfectly, it wasn’t my favorite dish of the evening. In the future, I would order the cheese plate. It was presented beautifully on my neighbors table…. Our waitress also served warm bread and olive oil.
My husband ordered the Watermelon and Feta Salad which consists of mixed greens tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber, sprouted almonds, watermelon, and feta cheese. The sprouted almonds had a very nice smoked taste that accented the salad pleasingly.
For dinner, Lou and my husband ordered the Mini Lobster Rolls. They are Maine lobster salad on three warm, herb buttered house-made rolls. The homemade rolls were warm, soft and buttery and were filled with an abundant amount of fresh lobster salad. They are definitely a must try when visiting Glasshalfull.
For Kim’s birthday dinner, she ordered the Scallops. The Scallops are pan seared and served with fresh corn polenta, pickled okra and peppers, locally grown shoots, and cherry tomatoes. They were cooked to perfection, sweet, and as tasty as they are presented. This is another dish one could only be pleased when ordering.
For my entree, I ordered the Broken Arrow Ranch Wild Boar Chop. It is grilled and topped with caramelized onion, tomato, and jalapeño gastrique. Then accompanied with a prosciutto, pine nut, and parmesan stuffed summer squash, and a side of Swiss chard. Should you try this dish? YES! Oh YES! It was incredible. I was a member of the clean plate club. The Chop was cooked perfectly and the sauce was absolutely incredible. The sauce had a slight tang to the flavor reminding me of the southern “Pepper Jelly,” therefore the mild, creamy summer squash was an excellent choice to pair with the boar. I was not a huge fan of the swiss chard, but that might have been a personal preference more than a fault to the chef.
For sides we ordered the Fried Brussels Sprouts and Crab Mac and Cheese. I would recommend both choices for side orders and sharing.
The crispy Brussels Sprouts are flash fried, mixed with mushrooms, dressed with a sweet lemon-honey glaze, then topped with red pepper flakes and toasted crushed peanuts. They were YUM!!!
The Crab Mac and Cheese consisted of back fin crabmeat, serpentine pasta, sweet peas, local oyster mushroom béchamel, parmesan reggiano, garnished with fingerling potato chips. If you are looking for the traditional sharp mac and cheese taste, you will be disappointed. The cheese sauce was a light, white, creamy sauce to not over power the crab meat, sweetened by the green peas and salted by the fingerling chips. It was a nice combination.
“Dessert is like a feel-good song and the best ones make you dance.” -Chef Edward Lee.
Dessert. Ahhh, yes! This is the area where I believe Glasshalfull has made straight up masterpieces. I have ate at some pretty spectacular places including 5 star dining and I have to say, their desserts are high up on the list as some of my favorites. There are truly desserts that make you dance and Glasshalfull serves them. We ordered the Chocolate Layer Cake, the Caramel Chocolate Pot de Creme (I love to say this with an accent.) and the seasonal special Pumpkin Flan.
Kim chose the Chocolate Layer Cake for her birthday treat. The layered cake had a coconut chocolate buttercream, raspberry compote, and a tart raspberry coulis. Kim loved it. It was a light cake, not overly sweet.
Lou ordered the Pumpkin Flan with a clear caramel sauce and Biscotto. OH MY HEAVEN. Even if you are not a pumpkin person or a flan person, I don’t think there is anyone that this dessert won’t rock their world. This flawlessly cooked custard has a nice hint of pumpkin and is sweetened with the caramel sauce. The Biscotto offered a nice crunch to tie it all in together. My husband does not favor pumpkin and he raved about it as much as I did. It is SOOO FREAKIN GOOD!!! It is a dessert that makes you dance. This is a seasonal special, so hurry and try it before it is gone!
And last, but not least is the grand finale! This is the reason you should get in your car right now and head to Glasshalfull. Dance, dance, dance… That is what you will be doing over this dessert. YUM! AMAZING! MORE PLEASE! FORGET THE CALORIES! You would be making a HUGE MISTAKE if you do not save room for dessert. In fact, life is short, order dessert first, just in case! This creamy, soft, sweet Caramel Chocolate Pot de Creme (say it with the accent) is topped with vanilla whipped cream, drizzled with salted caramel, and garnished with a chocolate chunk cookie. I will be so disappointed if you don’t order this. Because when I fall in love with a special dish, I have to share. I have fallen in LOVE with Caramel Chocolate Pot de Creme!
So go visit Glasshalfull at 106 South Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC. Tell them I sent you. You will love it. And when you do, I told you so!!!