rating: * * *
1600 east boulevard
charlotte, nc 28203
~ by lara fleming, guest blogger
many years ago, when my husband and i failed to make valentine’s day reservations, we ended up at showmars after trying to eat at several nearby restaurants with 90+ minute waits. for the past eight years, going to showmars on valentine’s day has been our tradition . . . and we love it.
i have to admit, we don’t go to showmars much during other times of the year (mostly because we don’t go out to eat all that often with two small children), but every time we do go to showmars, we think . . . we should come here more often. the food is extremely well-priced and very tasty, and the service is fast. tonight, i got a grilled chicken pita with extra tzatziki sauce, a side of fried squash, a glass of pinot grigio, and a hot fudge sundae. my husband got the 4 veggie plate and a glass of wine. we also got 2 kids meals and drinks, and another hot fudge sundae for them to share. the total price tag: $40 . . . and still a mere $48, with tip. not too shabby for 4 meals, 2 glasses of wine, and 2 desserts.
my grilled chicken pita included two large pieces of chargrilled chicken breasts (spicy, but not too spicy), lettuce, hold the tomato, and a lot of tzatziki sauce. the pita bread was buttery and crispy on the edges, but soft in the center . . . and it was perfectly proportioned to the chicken. i’m not a fan of either the meat or the bread being too big for the other. the fried squash was divine; crispy, hot, and a little salty (but rarely do i meet a piece of fried squash that i don’t like). the hot fudge sundae was simple, but really good — two scoops of vanilla ice cream, thick hot fudge, a large serving of whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top. the wine was good, but not great; although, i’m sort of a wine snob, and at $3.95 a glass, i really can’t complain. it was good enough.
if you haven’t ventured to showmars, you really should. it’s cheap eats, but it’s also fresh and well-prepared. showmars has specials every night, so there are a lot of different options. i’ve never had a bad meal there, and, if you want to join me sometime, you know where i’ll be on feburary 14, 2012.