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The following is a guest post by Michael...


Since moving to Charlotte, I have been pleasantly surprised at how interesting the city really is.  I've never lived somewhere that has a functioning public transit system, sidewalks, and everything else you'd expect from a big city.  One of the perks of living here is all the great restaurants on every corner.  Amy and I have visited a few of them since we've lived here, most of which she has talked about on this site.  However, I had the opportunity to visit a restaurant called Dish today that I simply loved.  

Dish is a little hole in the wall joint literally two doors down from the Penguin restaurant.  The Penguin is much more famous than Dish (I had heard of it before we ever moved to Charlotte), but, after having been to both, I'd put Dish's food a notch above the Penguin.  Dish serves all the classics you grew up with: chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, fried green tomatoes, country fried steak, pimento cheese, etc.  If you've lived in the South at some point in your life, chances are you'll be able to find something that really satisfies your taste buds.  

The building that Dish sits in is really unremarkable.  According to their website, it used to be a combination of a Chinese restaurant and laundry.  You can easily tell which was which when you go into the building.  The staff there are all very eclectic.  All of them had funky hairdos and tattoos.  One girl even had stockings on that reminded me of the Wicked Witch of the East.  Even though we had a group of six, it didn't take long to get our food and seating was nearly instant.

So, with all that said, what good is going to a restaurant if you don't eat any food?  I got the chicken and dumplings with squash casserole.  Every entree also comes with a deviled egg and biscuit, which I found to be pretty unique.  Other people at the table ordered a range of items from the country fried steak to the crab cakes.  All I can say is that mine was fantastic.  The chicken and dumplings was a little slice of southern heaven as was the squash casserole.  It was slightly chilly when we walked in, and it was so nice to have a piping hot bowl of c & d to warm me up.  Other people around the table agreed that their food was great also.  I'm not really a big fan of deviled eggs, but I thought the one I tried there was on par with other deviled eggs I've eaten in my life.  The biscuit was just slightly dry, but still tasty.  I was jealous of my table mate that got the country fried steak.  I love white pepper gravy, and her steak was slathered in it.  I had to get a picture of it to share.  It is making my taste buds water, even though I'm still stuffed from lunch.

I should mention that the prices were reasonable.  My total meal was just a hair over $10.  I got a Sierra Mist (note, they carry Pepsi products instead of Coke), which added a couple of bucks to my total.  Normally, I drink water, but I was feeling the need for something carbonated today.  

To wrap up, I would like to say that I was really surprised with this restaurant.  Sometimes people will tell me that restaurants are great, and when I end up going I walk out more than slightly disappointed (I'm looking at you, King's Kitchen).  I can happily say that this is not the case with Dish.  I would go back there in a heartbeat, and I will be soon so that I can try the country fried steak.  I hope you enjoy Dish as much as I did.  

p.s. they had some tremendous looking pies at the counter when you walked out, but I was way too full to even begin to contemplate trying a slice of one.  

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