By Hope S. Philbrick
When owners of a winery in N.C. decided to host a movie night this summer, they surveyed their regular customers to find out what sorts of movies most appealed to them. The answer: black and white classics. (The movie series was so popular in its debut year it will be expanded next summer.)
Simple can be comfortable.
While there’s an undeniable thrill in complex and spectacular, sometimes it’s just too much.
After all, Dorothy wants to return to black-and-white Kansas after a few hours in full-color Oz. There’s no place like home.
The colorful Inc. Street Food and its vibrant international menu have been transformed into Opulent, a black and white space where traditional American fare is on the menu.
The food at Opulent is straightforward, competent and comforting in its simplicity.
And yet it still manages to impress.
In this case, “simple” does not mean “I could just as easily make this at home.” No. Preparations are more upscale than what you’d likely encounter at even the swankiest dinner party. While the approachable menu serves up familiar options like roast chicken, grilled steak and pan-seared fish, the chefs’ skill and ingredient quality shines through. Dishes are streamlined, unencumbered yet flavorful. Flavors are as advertised: A lemon sauce tastes like lemon, not lemon layered with dozens of other flavors and nuances.
Which is lovely. Because sometimes it gets exhausting for even the most adventuresome palate to analyze and deconstruct each bite.
Come here when you want delicious without a side of showmanship.
948 Canton St.
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