This past June (2009) my parents, my husband and myself decided to go out to dinner together and we selected the acclaimed Zebra Restaurant for our dining excursion. Near Homes in Charlotte NC, Zebra Restaurant came highly recommended to us by my sister, Linda Kramer of Myers Park. Zebra passed the first test quite nicely – which was to seat us quickly and in a booth or banquette to accommodate my, 92 year old, Dad’s needs. We sat down to soak up the quiet ambiance and comfort of Zebra’s interior and its animal paintings.
However, your eyes will soon drift from the prints on the wall to the print on the extensive wine list that Zebra is known for and indeed, has won awards for. Let me clarify ‘extensive’ – if you printed the Zebra wine list vertically it is about 3 feet high. So, indulge yourself for the wine list alone is a grand safari!
The Zebra menu is a French Continental blend of luscious and tempting entrees from the North Carolina Trout Francaise to the Zebra Signature Angel Hair Basket with Beef Tenderloin, Lobster and Shrimp. The presentations are works of art that taste as fantastic as they look. Then there is the delicious list of appetizers with no skimping on the Foie Gras! The salads are just as unique; from the Zebra Signature ‘Vase’ Salad with raspberries and citrus sections to the Organic Beet Salad with Sheep’s Milk Roquefort & Celeriac “Ravioli”.
Then, of course, there are the desserts – 10 fabulous selections – 10 dishes that look so beautiful you won’t want to ruin the presentation… but you will! Personally, I delighted in the Tart (Lemon Curd with Berries) and my parents and husband chose the Pear Tart with none other than Godiva Ice Cream! To sum up Zebra Restaurant… it was an excursion, an adventurous safari, of a dining experience.
What I love about Chef/Owner Jim Alexander is that he gives back to the Charlotte community. Jim Alexander has supported an impressive list of worthwhile causes and charities through Zebra Restaurant and he is the kind of restaurateur that is worth supporting!
Zebra Restaurant & Fine Dining
4521 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
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