18 Seaboard: Local Artistry

Where: 18 Seaboard, 18 Seaboard, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27604

GF Menu: No. The menu at 18 Seaboard changes regularly, based on what is local and seasonal. The server explained that most dishes can be modified to be Gluten-Free.

What I ate: Pan-Seared Pisgah Trout with Cumin Shrimp Hominy Chowder and Roasted Red Peppers

How to order it: Let the server know that you are dining Gluten-Free. Peruse the mouth-watering menu and ask whether the dish you are considering contains any gluten and/or whether it can be modified to be GF.

What it looks like:

This dish was a tribute to texture! Criss-crossed thin filets of local (from Pisgah, NC) trout, pan-seared (with the deliciously light, crispy skins still on) basked upon a mountain of pearly, al dente hominy, and tender pieces of shrimp in a savory broth.

The roasted red peppers, clustered on top of the fillets, were as essential to the taste as they were to the eye. Both their flavor and their color complemented the meal perfectly.

Ask the server what’s available for dessert. 18 Seaboard has its own experienced pastry chef on staff, but I have yet to find out whether he has taken on the challenge of designing a Gluten-Free dessert. I will have to visit again to do more reconnaissance! I know, I know; it’s a tough job…but somebody’s gotta do it!

Green Note: The following eco-friendly information is taken from the 18 Seaboard website’s “Our Partners” page:

Throughout the year the restaurant will source vegetables and produce from a variety of local farmers, primarily Joann and Brian Gallagher of Castlemaine Farms and Tom Kumpf of Johnston County, as well as the farm-to-table group Eastern Carolina Organics. A huge victory for the menu came in finding local, natural chicken which is both humanely raised, antibiotic free and hormone free, from the co-op of farmers Growers’ Choice of Pittsboro. Seafood selections will arrive fresh from the North Carolina coast from Steve Strouse of Wilmington, NC, a 15-year veteran purveyor of our state’s wonderful, naturally abundant seafood.

In addition to using local and seasonal ingredients in the kitchen, 18 Seaboard promotes local artists on the restaurant’s walls. The current exhibit (July 2010), Boats I Have Loved, by Robert F. Irwin, hangs throughout the bar and dining area. Artwork is for sale and available through The Mahler Fine Art, a fine art gallery located in downtown Raleigh.

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