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“A Most Enjoyable Dining Experience”
Review of King Street Cafe

King Street Cafe
Ranked #10 of 111 Restaurants in Morganton
Price range: US$10 - US$28
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: King Street Cafe' offers an elegant atmosphere set in a Victorian Home. Low lights, fresh flowers, and imaginative local art creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. An element of outdoor seating for the warmer months. King Street Cafe' is located in the heart of Morganton, a vibrant downtown filled with galleries, shops, recreational parks, a movies theater, and more. Hours of Operation: Open for Dinner Wednesday ~ Saturday 5pm - 9pm.
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I was more than a little taken back by the lack of reviews of this restaurant on Yelp (7 total reviews), and even within those reviews it was like a tale of two very different restaurants - terrible or amazing! That "other" review site had nearly 7 times more reviews, the clear majority overwhelmingly positive, just seemed odd. Give this conundrum, we were very interested in what this venerable Morganton eatery had to offer, and we headed that way!

We arrived around 6 PM and were quickly and warmly greeted, promptly seated at a well sized table for two in one of the main dining areas. The restaurant is in a vintage house, and is very attractively appointed, with fresh flowers, paintings, and beautiful light fixtures. The tables are generally well sized and are covered with linen table clothes! One downer is only beer and wine are available.

We chose classically prepared Escargots and Smoked Trout as starters, to be followed by a daily special, pan seared Grouper topped with a rich Crab based sauce, and a Flounder Filet, sautéed with Capers, and served with lemon, garlic butter, and white wine sauce, and a horseradish caper sauce - the sides were identical (Chef's Choice says the menu), Baby Bok Choy and Potato Salad. We enjoyed the complimentary rolls as we waited.

Both appetizers were excellent. The Escargots were in a great garlic butter sauce, and were perfectly cooked, very tender. The Smoked Trout was every bit the equal of the Escargots, and the Horseradish Cream Sauce with Capers was as good as any "tarter" type sauce I've tasted (the capers providing a nice sour hook), and the serving size was huge for such an appetizer.

The Entrees did nothing to diminish this dining experience. The Grouper exploded with taste and freshness, which the crab and cream sauce it was topped with only enhanced the overall dish. The Flounder was perfectly prepared, and the sauce was a great match. We finished with Creme Brule and Key Lime Pie, each an awesome version of these desserts.

The service was excellent as provided by the hostess/server, a very warm and engaging lady. She was the only person we saw on the floor, but then again, the traffic was very light, which is a bit worrisome. We were very pleased with this entire experience, and Chef Peter Chan seems a master at creating the right sauce for the dish. We'll definitely look for an opportunity to return.

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1  Thank Fred B
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Had the brie appetizer again....still spectacular
Angela was our server again. She remembered us (We live in Florida). She is still a great server
Entrees still excellent as well as the creme brulee and key lime pie

1  Thank Edward C
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Wow, can this chef blend flavors! Not only is the entree just wonderful but the sides presented accent the flavors even more. Service was attentive and any request was taken care of quickly and cheerfully. I have heard that the duck here is best. We will return soon to sample.

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1  Thank nailss
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

The cuisine at King Street is always exquisite and beautifully presented. Angela's service last night was outstanding. We love the refined atmosphere in the old house. It's one of the few places that actually uses tablecloths and has the utensils set (rather than rolled up in a napkin that they slide to you). The background music is always relaxing and low enough that you can actually have a conversation. All in all, if you haven't been to King Street yet, you are missing out.

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1  Thank Taryn H
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Have eaten here a number of times, as a couple, with a small group, and for a large party. The atmosphere is refined and calming, the food and service always top notch. IMHO, the best restaurant in Morganton, hands down!

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