The Mint: Flavor You Can Bank On (Now CLOSED)

Update: The Mint has closed, as of April 2012.

Where: The Mint, 219 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Shrimp and Grits + Braised Lamb Shank

How to order it: Ask your patient server the following:

  1. Are the grits prepared in a broth which contains gluten?
  2. Are the shrimp sauteed in a sauce that may contain gluten?
  3. Is the lamb braised with, or marinated in, a sauce that contains gluten?

After checking with the kitchen, our server assured me that these items were safe.

Note of caution regarding grits: GF diners with extra sensitivity to cross-contamination may wish to ask the server whether the grits are certified Gluten-Free. While grits are made from corn, some brands are not guaranteed GF because they may be processed in a facility that also processes gluten ingredients (wheat, barley, rye).

What it looks like:

This was comfort food at its very best. A warm serving of stone ground grits bowled me over with its flavor! These shrimp were sweet and delicate. They cavorted well with the smoky andouille, green bell pepper, and tomatoes.

The lamb shank, braised with kaffir lime, was hearty and robust. Set atop a layer of chopped collard greens and a fluffy bed of whipped sweet potatoes, it was a tender tribute to North Carolina’s locally-produced bounty.

Green Note: Not only does The Mint operate in a former bank building (incorporating many of the original architectural elements in the new design), the restaurant makes a point of highlighting seasonal ingredients that have been produced by local farmers. The following is taken from their website:

The Mint Restaurant, located on Fayetteville St., offers downtown Raleigh contemporary fine southern dining with global influence. The ambience is a Metropolitan feel, but with a connection to the past-as the restaurant features many preserved glass etchings and original vault hardware from the building’s bygone bank days. The Mint offers the freshest ingredients sourced locally from farms around the area that are refreshingly familiar, all paired with one of Raleigh’s best wine lists.

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Published in: on September 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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