We neglected to make reservations for Queen’s Feast far enough in advance and most of the places we wanted to try were booked. And honestly, I wasn’t in the mood to go very far from home. That’s when I noticed a restaurant in Pineville on the list of Queen’s Feast Restaurants called Maestro’s. How had I never heard of it before?
Owned by Chef Kyle Burke, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and his wife, Pam Menzel, Maestro’s is a family owned and run business located in a 110 year old historical house just a block off Main St. Unfortunately, the building is lacking the charm and grandeur that you expect to find in a home this age. Instead it just feels like your grandmother’s old house. And I detected a faint musty smell. Getting rid of the carpet would go a long ways to livening up the place. But it does at least create a cozy feeling and I’m sure it helps deaden the noise. We did have a nice, quiet meal.
The menu at Maestro’s is upscale and features sophisticated, timeless entrees such as Beef Wellington, Rosemary Encrusted Rack of Lamb, and Black and Blue Filet Mignon plus some seafood and pasta selections. For a restaurant that serves upscale food, it has quite a few offerings on the menu. The entrees are on the pricey side with very few things under $24.
We started out with the Fried Oysters with Tabasco Aioli Sauce and the Mushroom Soup. A few of the oysters were cold on the inside, but I’m an oyster lover, and I’ll happily eat them any ole way they come. The Mushroom Soup, which is apparently one of the foods they are known for, was very good with a deep earthy, mushroom flavor and a not too thick or too thin consistency.
I loved the presentation of the entrees with homemade waffle fries holding the asparagus spears in an upright position. Ted had the Strip Steak and I had the salmon in an apple glaze. The portions were a nice side and overall the food was pretty good, but nothing to knock your socks off.
The real treat was the dessert, which I neglected to take a picture of. Probably because I was on my third glass of wine by that point. Chef Burke is known for his desserts and the one we had was phenomenal, although I can’t remember exactly what it was (Note to self: start taking notes.) It was some kind of Chocolate Nut Tart with fresh whipped cream and it was fabulous. The Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake sounded tempting as well.
Overall, we had an enjoyable meal and once the weather warms up we will be returning for lunch and drinks on the patio.
If you’re still looking for a place to have Valentine’s Dinner with your sweetheart, Maestro’s will be serving 4 courses for $125 per couple (excluding tax and gratuity) Thursday February 14 – Saturday February 16. See menu here.
207 Johnston St
Pineville, NC 28134
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