#TastyTuesday Spotlight on @OroRaleigh ~ Where to Eat #DowntownRaleigh #LunchDate #NC

Downtown Raleigh has an amazing culinary scene with some great options being on Martin St. One of them being the stylish ORO Restaurant and Lounge. But let me tell you its not all just style, there is substance being served on those plates!

Recently I met with fellow NC Blogger\Influencer, Jen Lawrence of JenOni.com. We made plans to enjoy lunch and feature ORO since we’ve both heard awesome things about the restaurant, menu, drinks and of course the food.

The Restaurant

As soon as you walk in, the sleek white decor will catch your eye. Opt to sit at the chef’s table for a closer look of the magic in the the kitchen, 

in the main dining area or in the mezzanine, which has a fireplace.

Although I was there for a casual business lunch, I can definitely see myself coming back for a date night or a fun girls night out. If you are looking for a casual yet chic place to dine in Downtown Raleigh, this is the place! Looking for a place to hold your Private Event and /or offers Catering? ORO provides those services as well.

The Menu

Serving fresh, local ingredients that is pleasing to all and designed to be shared among friends is the mission of ORO. Created by Hylton Hospitality, Christopher and Cara Zalcberg Hylton has done a fantastic job featuring a variety of small plates and signature dishes since Spring 2012.
Executive Chef Chris Hylton has created lunch (served 11am-2p) and dinner (served 5-10pm) menus where all items  are identified with respect for dietary  restrictions. So if you are looking for Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-Free dishes that are flavorful and delicious, reservations at ORO are a must. The restaurant also offers some off the menu items that are chef’s selections using seasonal ingredients. 


The Drinks

Looking for an after work spot to enjoy cocktails and conversation? Step up to the full bar and order any of their exclusive wines or beer on tap and check out their specialty cocktail list. I recommend the Mimosarita.

 It’s made with peach infused 1800 reposado..mango infused moscato..lemon.. orange and a large ice cube made of orange juice and sparkling water. Once the ice starts to melt, you get a nice effervesent surprise! Also on the menu is 3 types of mules. Jen tried the classic Moscow Mule made with Tito’s Vodka. Both drinks were refreshing and memorable in a good a way.

The Food

Soups,Salads and Starters...Oh My! Everything on their lunch menu sounded so good, we could not wait to try. The Truffle Mac & Cheese is a staple on the menu. Since the restaurant has been open for the past 5 years, it has been a favorite of guests. So I had to order the vegan dish to try for myself. Made with yellow and white cheddar cheese and fine herbs, the truffle mac and cheese is served as a shareable plat , but you might hesitate and keep all that yummy goodness to yourself. Jen ordered the Chef’s feature soup which was green curry and chicken. I love a good soup because when all the flavors come together, it’s like a party in a bowl. Let me tell you, I had a sample of her soup and my tastebuds were dancing at the party.

From the Sides menu, I tried the Wok Fried Brussels, which is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. The soy, ginger and chili flakes gave it a wonderful flavor. Not too salty or too spicy,  but just the right balance to make me happy with this side dish. 

Everything looked so good under the Main Dishes portion of the menu that I was a bit undecided. Do I want seafood, or beef or chicken? Thankfully, Maresa was there to guide me thru and offer some of her personal favorites. I ultimately ordered the Fish Tacos. You get 4 tacos topped with mango salsa, cucumber, red onion and cilantro lime aioli. For me the aioli and salsa is what elevated the dish from being just a basic fish taco.

Beef & Broccoli is what Jen opted to order. It was a nice portion of marinated filet served with chinese brocoli and water chestnuts. She enjoyed it and mentioned she would recommend this dish for those who enjoy the Chinese classic. 

Be sure to save room to order something sweet from the Dessert menu. I had my eye on either the creme brulee or banana bread pudding, but an off menu featured dessert was described and we went with that. Ladies and Gents, feast your eyes on this celebration on a plate! 

A housemade funnel cake ice cream sandwhich with birthday cake ice cream in the middle and confetti sprinkles. Since my birthday is on Thursday, it was apropo to go with this and make an early birthdy wish! This was heavenly indeed! Such an amazing sweet ending to a great lunch. 

SobeSavvy Tip: Visit ororaleigh.com and subscribe to ORO’s Newsletter to receive updates and the latest news!

ORO Restaurant & Lounge

18 E Martin St

Raleigh, NC 27601 

Phn 919-239-4010 

Celebrate #NationalCocoaDay @AmorinoUSA in #Raleigh ! #TasteAmorino #soNCsavvy

Cocoa lovers rejoice! Today is National Cocoa Day, where people across the country celebrate their favorite cold weather comfort drink, hot cocoa. And if you are in Raleigh, I know just the place you should go to have the perfect hot chocolate experience : Amorino Raleigh

Located on the ground floor of the Edison Lofts on Davie Street, Amorino is a wonderful edition to Downtown Raleigh for anyone looking for an authentic Italian dessert spot! When I lived in Paris about 13 years ago I established some basic daily eat and drinking habits. One of those were that just about every other day I would wander down the street behind my apartment on Blvd St Germain to get THE best gelato I had ever tasted at this charming Artisanal gelato shop named Amorino. It was a flavor called Amarena. It looked like vanilla but tasted like the most delicious cherry you could ever imagine. Pure heaven. Every single time I return to the city of lights, it is my first stop when I arrive. So when I visited this new location, I kept the tradition of tasting my favorite gelato flavor. There are so many delicious flavors to choose from and they will allow you to try a free sample.

Amorino is so much more than gelato. It is also a superb coffee and
dessert shop. The decor is beautiful, inviting and warm complete with a fireplace to sit by on a cold winter day. Waffles, crepes, macarons and sorbet are available also to enjoy, but on this day we were all about trying the infamous Hot Chocolate Experience.

Because sometimes a cup of hot chocolate is not enough, Amorino has created the Chocolate Experience: a cup of hot chocolate, whipped cream with cocoa powder, marshmallows, chocolate macaron, a piece of chocolate and a grater. This way, you can customize your hot chocolate the way you like it !

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The Hot Chocolate Experience was so fun to enjoy with my little one. We learned that the whipped cream is made fresh in house. Rich creamy and just sweet enough, it was the perfect warm
drink on a cold December afternoon. This is indeed an experience not to be
missed. So the next time you are in downtown Raleigh stop by Amorino and treat
yourself to something
special!