I may be literally the last blogger to go to Mayberry. I have been hit or miss with the place so far as timing for a couple months now. I work in the evening so usually I can't just get up early. Lately time and a half has been making me get up early.
I finally had such a crap day at work that I left for a long Friday dinner and made my way to Mayberry. I found convenient enough parking on Court St. I walked in and was surprised at how small it was, but then also to how many people it held. There must have been 6 or 7 tables and a really cool long bar table good for singles or small parties. I chose the long bar since I was by myself.
I opted for the cheese plate and the scallops. Specifically:
Sea Scallops with Corn Grits, Pepper Bacon and Brown Butter
I received the cheese plate and it had a strawberry compote (so good), goat cheese, a gorgonzola, a white Irish cheddar and another cheese I can't recall the name of.
The strawberry compote was delicious. How can you take a strawberry and make it go with cheese? It's possible! You get a few round toasts to go with it.
If I might make a humble suggestion: perhaps a homemade cracker or other toast-like option could be provided. It could do wonders for textural variety.
I received the Scallops a while later and they were so delicate you almost thought they would fall apart on your fork. The grits were amazing. Possibly the best grits I've had since Pigall's. I love some little chunks of hominy in my grits!! These were obviously fresh made. If you know anything about grits, they were also clearly made with a lot of time.
The bacon with the scallops was so great. It really added a salty edge to the delicate and light scallop and the savory grits.
I also tried the tater tot casserole. This was really good, but I can't identify which part of it I think is the best. The cheese, the crunchy cheese bits from the pan, the slight spiciness of it or the potatoes that still had a tiny bit of bite in them. No frozen tots here.
After my scallops I had their strawberry poke cake. This was a large slice of a delicious light cake with a cool strawberry sauce on top. I ate the whole thing in a couple minutes flat.
Mayberry was a definite pick-me-up from this horrid week I've had. Believe all the tasty hype you've heard.