Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to Leroy Fox in the Cotswold neighborhood of Charlotte. Cotswold is named after Cotswold Village Shops, a large shopping center at the intersection of Randolph and Sharon Amity Roads. This southern style neighborhood restaurant specializes in golden fried chicken but serves a full line of southern favorites.

Leroy Fox Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Wait until you see what’s on the other side of that wall

Dora here. What an inconspicuous exterior. Wait until you see what’s on the other side of that wall. 

Leroy Fox Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Stunning outdoor patio

Dora here. I confess when hubby preferred to sit inside, I copped a wee attitude. How could we pass up this gorgeous patio? But, then, it was 95 degrees outside, so maybe he had a point…just don’t tell him, okay? lol. Instead, we ate inside where it was cool, jammed and loud.

Leroy Fox Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Jammed and loud for a Sunday lunch

For our appetizer, we chose the Hot Pretzels, bite size nuggets served with Leroy’s honey mustard and ranch dipping sauces. The pretzels were great, especially when dipped in the honey mustard sauce. We ate every last one.

Pretzel Bites Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Go for the honey mustard dip!

Dora here. Well, I did, anyway. Ernie exercised a bit more restraint. lol. Yum, the honey mustard was the big seller, with just a hint of sweet trailing as the pretzel disappeared down the hatch. 

For my meal, I chose the ¼ North (breast/wing) Leroy’s World Famous Foxing Fried Chicken with a side of mac n’ cheese. This fried chicken was great, juicy and tender on the inside and crispy skin on the outside. The mac n’ cheese was good but not to the level of their chicken.

Dora here. Y’all know that a salad with fruit has my name on it, right? The Berry Almond Chicken Salad won my vote over a couple other entrees by a notch. The chicken was grilled with a nice char, the almonds added texture, and the strawberries popped with color, red and fresh. I would’ve preferred the poppy seed dressing on the side, but forgot to ask for it that way. The mozzarella clumped with the warm chicken, and while all the elements tasted good individually, I wasn’t impressed with the combination.

Berry Almond Chicken Salad Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Berry Almond Chicken Salad

Do you prefer to sit inside or out?

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 (Ernie 4, Dora 3.5), for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to Matthews, NC, and to Taste of Europe, a small casual restaurant specializing in Polish cuisine.

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Dora here. Squeezed in a strip mall, Taste of Europe is small, but not crowded. Intimate, but not like everybody is in your space. The two room restaurant was clean, bright and welcoming, and service was quick and friendly.

I’d already picked out an appetizer, the much-anticipated Potato Pancakes, but unfortunately, the tater pancakes were not available until after 3pm. So we opted for the Bread with Pate and Cucumbers in Brine. The bread was freshly sliced; the pate had a strong flavor and reminded me of potted meat, and the cucumbers were mild with the perfect crunch.

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Bread with Pate and Cucumbers in Brine

Dora here. Hmmm…not a fan. Should’ve opted for dessert instead. Why did we pass up crepes for pate?

For my lunch, I ordered the Polish Sampler Platter, which included stuffed cabbage, grilled polish sausage, and meat pierogis. The meat filling for the stuffed cabbage was firm and packed with flavor and doused with a tomato-based sauce. The sausage had some nice grill marks and just the right amount of char. I ordered the pierogi fried, and they were cooked perfectly. I enjoyed everything on my plate.

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Polish Sampler Platter: stuffed cabbage, grilled polish sausage, and meat pierogis

Dora here. I came for the pierogies, which are dumplings filled with either a sweet or savory component. Since I couldn’t make up my mind, I opted for the Pierogi Mix, a combo of three different kinds: Potato & Cheddar, Russian and Meat. I asked for mine broiled. 

Pierogi Mix

Wow! Like plump ravioli, but every bite a surprise, a different flavor, smooth and creamy. My favorite was the Russian, a little pillow of Farmer’s Cheese, which to me, tasted like Cream Cheese. YUM!

Have you tried Polish food? What’s your favorite?

Which of these dishes would you try?

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.
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