Recently discovered this place but unfortunately me be a little too late. Just read that they will be closing soon. Besides that, food was good and as a Rhode Island vacationer I will miss this place. Calamari was the best we've ever had and the fish and chips were pretty amazing as well. Lobster rolls were loaded with meat and delicious but the po-boy was lacking but still tasty - ended up being more coleslaw and bread than shrimp. Not a perfect restaurant but definitely worth multiple visits!
$1 oysters that are actually good. Ideal menu selection and better value since the reopening with some options now to keep the cost down a little. Great staff, and the manager came from Stagioni and has helped improve this place further. Good cocktails however could be slightly stronger ;) we really enjoy going to this spot in Plaza.
Formally the Penguin, NC Red brings an amazing assortment of Seafood and other unique entrees. We had the oysters for starters. I had the Chicken Sandwich and an Juicy Jay IPA. Heck I want it again, just thinking about it. Only complaint would be that our waiter really struggled to split the bill, which should be easy. Overall excited to go back.
Jody A. Smith
After a couple of times trying to visit NC Red, we didn't do our homework to check their hours before going, we were excited to finally get to try this place out. For those of you that don't know, NC Red resides in the historic Charlotte landmark formerly known as the Penguin. A bitter sweet story that really has nothing to do with this review or how much we loved NC Red...I'm just building some QC Street cred.... Since my family and I are still very cautious of who we are around and where we eat in the age of -Rona we were very happy to see plenty of outdoor seating available. Immediately seated we were offered drinks and menus. We ordered a couple of drinks, a red wine and glass of bourbon but nothing to really speak of, and an appetizer of raw oysters. They were $1.50 per oyster which is a home run with my family! Enough of the warm and fuzzies though, off to the main attraction - Nashville hot chicken. This is where it's at, y'all. When I heard the story of the Rhode Island chef bringing a fusion southern flare meets New England I was thinking this was a train wreck I had to witness. WOW - what a great job they did. I have had Nashville hot chicken in many places (yes, Nashville is one of the many) and this is possibly the best I've had. The chicken was perfectly fried and I loved the hot sauce they used. Full of flavor and enough heat to legitimize use of the work "hot" in the name. Our server was really over the top too. He was entertaining and engaging and I never felt rushed even though he had a ton of tables. A great meal, great experience and glad that the history of the location can live on through another chapter.
Phenomenal service. Our server was a super funny guy who was extremely helpful in ordering and had wonderful customer service and conversation. Had a beard and worked the patio (wish I remembered his name I think it was KENT) Oysters were out of control delicious both my boyfriend and I agreed they were some of the best we've ever had. Had the chicken and cinnamon bun. Chicken was crispy outside and super succulent and moist inside. We also enjoyed the deviled eggs. He ordered a beer and I ordered a Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary was light and delicious- not over bearing. We almost returned the next day to dine again it was that good. We were very comfortable with the distancing and seating during covid as well. This is a must try if you haven't!