Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Restaurant Review: Halcyon Flavors from the Earth

Over the holidays, I was incredibly lucky to be treated to a meal at Halcyon, a restaurant in uptown Charlotte that uses primarily local ingredients. Though a smidge on the spendy side, their menu is comprehensive, seasonal and absolutely delicious. They source about 85% of their ingredients from within 100 miles making the restaurant a truly unique dining experience.

I went to the restaurant with four people so I was able to sample several of their current dishes. We started with warm brie and crackers which were served with honey and apples. All the ingredients were local and the cheese was especially delicious. We also ordered a mixed green salad which I didn’t try but was told was exceptional.

For our entrees, I ordered their warm root vegetable salad which consisted of apples, turnips and a flash-fried oyster in a warm vinegar sauce. Other entrees ordered at the table were their Harvest Basket which consisted of a sweet potato cake with hominy, tomatoes, collards and a poached egg and the Campfire Trout which was served over a bed of a corn bread puree with cherry tomatoes and local greens.

All in all, the food was amazing and the setting is really special. The restaurant is located within the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and looks out over not only the Levine arts campus but most of the uptown skyline. I would strongly suggest this restaurant for a special occasion or just to sample the amazing produce of the Charlotte region.

Monday: 11am-3pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm
500 S. Tryon St.


  1. Have you been to Fern in Plaza Midwood? It is owned by the same people who run Halcyon, and the food is outstanding, but at a lower price point. The Indian tacos are incredibly delicious, and even though they are on the small plates menu, it is a fairly large dish, plenty for me.

  2. I have not but I've heard it's excellent. Thanks for the suggestion, it is now on my list of restaurants to visit!