My goal since moving to Charlotte this year is trying the plethora of local restaurants in town, avoiding national franchises and experiencing what local chefs are pumping out of their Queen City kitchens. Very rarely have any of the places I have been fail to please. Krazyfish and Luna’s Living Kitchen are two places I recently visited this past week and I can’t wait to return very soon!
My friends and I ventured to Krazyfish out on Central Ave after class last Tuesday, our classes were canceled for the afternoon because of the looming snow clouds predicted to unleash their wintry mix in the late afternoon. The menu offers a fusion of Hispanic/Mexican flair with Asian and Indian flavors and hints of Southern comfort food. Talk about creativity! Their specials menu that day featured a spicy edamame appetizer, BBQ calamari, and a $1 mystery beer…hmm. It took me a while to decide between getting a Roti or tacos. The roti meal is a like aburrito, you choose a protein (bulgogi beef, cuban chicken, southern fried fish, spicy potato cake, lemongrass tofu, etc.) and sauce (Jamican curry, Indian Curry, Thai Red Curry, Habanero Apple Butter, Creole, or Lemongrass Curry)—don’t all of them sound enticing? The roti is then stuffed with rice and their “Krazy filler.” If you have a big appetite — this meal is for you! And its under 10 bucks!
From their even more extensive taco list, I decided on the Lemongrass Tofu with house slaw topped with blueberry tamarind chutney and served in fried floured tortillas. For my side, my friend highly recommended their Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Grits Souffle. I’m not a grits fan but this souffle may have converted me. I also got their house salad — mixed greens topped with pickles, pickled beets, sprouts, and black-eye peas dressed with a mixed berry dressing — it hit all the right flavor notes!
Go here to check out more of their creative offerings: http://www.krazyfish.com/
Luna’s Living Kitchen is renown for its organic, plant-based, mostly raw cuisine. They also have a line of pressed juices and smoothies. I ventured there Saturday evening for dinner. The cafe is tucked away in the Atherton Mills Shopping Center right next to the market and behind Icehouse bar. My friend and I split their delicious sunflower hummus trio — lemon-parsley, sweet curry, and roasted chipotle (my favorite!) — served with vegan cranberry walnut crostinis and sliced cucumbers and carrots.
For my entree, I settled on the Lunasagna. I never had raw food –that is nothing is cooked — in a entree meal form except for maybe salads without some sort of cooked protein. This dish consisted of thin layers of zucchini noodles filled with a sun-dried tomato sauce and covered with a cashew-butter basil sauce giving the consistency of a creamy ricotta cheese topping. The dish was accompanied with a house salad of local greens. I was quite satisfied with my meal and just wished I had some room to try their desserts. They do have some cooked entrees, so if you aren’t that adventurous yet, you can try their different vegan burgers.
Here’s the link to this nutritious and delicious place: http://www.lunaslivingkitchen.com/