March 24, 2015

Dining in Charlotte: Fresh To Order

     Last week, my blogging friend Morgan (from How 2 Wear It) and I got to meet for a mid-week dinner date, courtesy of a fun and healthy new restaurant that has just opened its doors in Pineville! (For all of you non-Charlotteans, Pineville is a cute little suburb on the very Southern tip of Charlotte- literally on the state line of South Carolina!) Fresh To Order is a chain of restaurants in the Southeast that has just moved into the Charlotte area. They specialize in selling foods that are healthy but not at all short on flavor! The Pineville location invited me in for dinner, and of course I had to invite Morgan to come along. :-)



     Upon arriving at Fresh To Order, the delicious drink bar caught our eyes! In addition to soft drinks and water, Fresh To Order has a fantastic selection of house-made iced teas and lemonades. They have regular flavors of each, as well as unique flavors, such as Mango Orange Lemonade, Green Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea, and my personal favorite, Vanilla Mint Lemonade. Seriously, the Vanilla Mint Lemonade was perhaps the best lemonade I have ever gotten to drink in my life- and I am not just saying that!



     Once being seated, the Fresh To Order Staff brought Morgan and I some soups and appetizers to sample! We got to try small selections of the restaurant's most popular soups. Surprisingly my favorite that I tried was the corn chowder! I am normally not a fan of chowder at all, but it had a nice spicy kick to it which made it very enjoyable and I found myself craving more!



     And then came the appetizer sampler! We got to try the Ale Laced Chicken Tenders, Almond Crusted Seared Tuna, and Blackened Lime Shrimp (although I let Morgan enjoy the shrimp as I am not a shrimp girl!).



      What really surprised me is that my favorite part of the whole appetizer plate was actually the Asian style slaw that came along with the tuna! If there's one thing that you should know about me, it's the cole slaw is probably one of my least favorite side dishes. I'm not a fan of cabbage at all, and just the sauces and seasonings used in most cole slaws don't really mix well with my taste buds. But this Asian slaw was fantastic!! It was a ginger apricot slaw, and you could definitely taste both of those flavors strongly, which made it all the more delicious. I ate every last bite (as Morgan would attest to!). Such an interesting surprise how that was my favorite part of the appetizer plate! :-)

    

     Next our waitress brought out three of Fresh To Order's salads for us to try: (L to R) the Southwest salad, the Market salad, and the Club salad. Already starting to fill up on soups and appetizers though (and knowing that my main dish was on its way!), I only had a couple bites of these!



    And finally, the delicious main courses! Morgan chose the Fresh To Order Bison Burger, which came with on a pita bun, and also came with some fresh apple slices! I chose the curry salmon, and the coconut curry sauce was house-made and just delicious! My dish came with a side salad and Fresh To Order's signature wheat berry rice.

     We were both way too full to even think about dessert (although Fresh To Order does have a great dessert selection!), but I made sure to grab a refill of the Vanilla Mint Lemonade to take with me for the road! It was great to sip on that during a sorority workshop event that I headed to after dinner.


     I absolutely loved getting to dine at Fresh To Order! It is always wonderful to discover more restaurants that offer to many tasty healthy options. Thank-you so much to the Fresh To Order Pineville location for inviting Morgan and I to dine with you! I know that we will be back!


     xoxo Miss ALK

3 comments:

  1. Wow, this all looks amazing!! I wish I had a Fresh To Order near my college campus!
    xo, claudia
    www.chroniclesofclaudia.com

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  2. If there was a Fresh to Order near me, I would absolutely go. All of that food looks and sounds so delicious!

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  3. I've never heard of Fresh To Order before, but it looks so good! I wish there was one near me!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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