I'll admit when I first saw that there was going to be yet another sports bar opening in Glenwood South I was a bit disappointed. I felt that the construction of the new 222 Glenwood complex would open up a great opportunity to add something fun and exciting that downtown Raleigh hasn't seen before. Maybe a nice little bookstore or a really ethnic restaurant. But as disappointed as I was, reading the Tobacco Road's blog did give me some hope for the place. They appeared to have a real focus on the food they were putting out, providing excellent service, and making sure it had a local flair. Suddenly my pessimism turned into excitement.
A couple of nights ago me and Sara were hoping to pick up a pizza from Lilly's but unfortunately they never picked up their phone. So I took the welcomed opportunity to give the place a try. First thing I would like to mention is that my favorite part of the menu was that they have seasonal brews from Big Boss and Triangle Brewing on tap.
Without even realizing it, we had a completely vegetarian meal. Which is always a plus for those vegetarians that have a lack of choices around the Triangle. We started the meal with their Guacamole. I am not a huge guac eater, I really have nothing against it but I never found it necessary to be charge the extra .25 cent or so restaurants typically charge to add it to a dish. Out of the limited amount of guacamole I have had this was top quality. Freshly made with big chucks of avocados, it was quite a treat. The chips weren't anything super special but tasty nonetheless.
Now I don't get the idea about a tomato sandwich. Bread, slices of tomatoes, mayo, pepper..... don't find the appeal at all, but I imagine if I ever had a craving for one, Tobacco Road's would be the one I want. Local NC Tomatoes were a nice touch and the bread was really good. The sweet potato fries however left much more to be desired. They tasted a bit charred and they didn't have any really crispiness. Definitely a second rate fry compared to the ones I can get at NoFo.
The most impressive thing I had there was my entree. The jumbo black eyed peas cakes were a complete surprise. The green salad was tasty enough, very tart due to the citrus that they dress it with but the black eyed pea cakes were one of the best vegetarian dishes I've had in a while. They were full of flavor and actually pretty..... meaty, I guess you would say. It was a very impressive dish.
The place has tons of potential and I only hope that the Glenwood crowd embraces its new addition.
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Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
222 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603