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March 2015



Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

Written by , Posted in $$ - Bring your debit card, Mexican, Seafood, South American/Spanish

Our latest dining experience took us to Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, located at 6006 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. The restaurant is tucked away in the corner of an otherwise nondescript shopping plaza. However, when you walk through the door, it’s another story.


Inside of Salt & Lime Cabo Grill in Raleigh, NC

The interior of Salt & Lime Cabo Grill takes its inspiration from the coastal California scene. It is open and airy, with a full bar to your left, a lofty, exposed ceiling, and generous seating elsewhere,  including a modest patio off of the back.

The atmosphere is clean and laid back. Beach-themed canvases neatly line one wall, while vases, fresh plants, pottery, and simple artwork are tastefully placed throughout.  The ceilings are tall and feature lights that most likely give the restaurant a dreamy, romantic feel at night (Just imagine yourself dining beachside at night).

Baja Cabo Rolls

Baja Cabo Rolls

Cost: $8.95

The Baja Cabo Rolls consisted of four lightly fried wontons, filled with barbecued chicken, roasted corn, poblano peppers, jack cheese, black beans, cilantro, avocado, and spicy ranch. The thing that made this appetizer especially delightful was the fact that, despite it being a “fried” appetizer, it lacked the fried taste/feel.

The Baja Rolls were great! I liked that they weren’t greasy. They were golden brown, well seasoned, and the ingredients tasted really fresh.

This is one appetizer that was really well thought out. It was definitely a sum of its parts. It tasted really good with the spicy ranch sauce. However, if it had been served separate (without the sauce), it would not have been as great.

I don’t like fried food, but this was surprisingly good – mostly because it wasn’t dripping in oil, and it didn’t have that gross, fried taste. However, the rolls sans sauce were really bland and lacked flavor. It was the spicy ranch that really brought this dish together and made it fabulous.

Fire-Roasted Chile Relleno

Chile Relleno

Cost: $10.95

The Chile Relleno conisted of: roasted poblano pepper, cheese, roasted veggies,  quinoa, roasted salsa, lime cream sauce, black bean adobo purée, queso fresco, and cilantro rice. Of the meal, our diner stated:

The Chile Relleno had a very good flavor and fresh ingredients. It was a vegetarian meal, but it was not lacking in substance. The smoky + fresh combination was awesome. The beans around the outside were almost velvety, and the overall presentation was very deliberate and well thought out.

Chile Braised Pork + Lemonade

Chile Braised Pork

Cost: $12.95 + $3.00

The Chile Braised Pork consisted of: braised pork shoulder, sautéed peppers, onions & tomatoes, adobo sauce, black bean & roasted corn succotash, cilantro rice, and neatly folded, warm tortillas on the side.

This dish was absolutely delicious. The combination of ingredients made it incredibly flavorful. If you order this, definitely bring your appetite, and/or a friend! The portion size was generous, and it was nearly impossible for me to finish. I loved how all of the ingredients had that fresh-made taste. The veggies were perfectly cooked with bits of corn and tomato bursting against the adobo sauce and cilantro. I’d definitely order this again.

Island Shrimp Tacos

Island Shrimp Tacos

Cost: $12.95

The Island Shrimp Tacos consisted of: two tortillas, jerk-spiced shrimp, napa-romaine slaw, jamaican sauce, caribbean salsa, lime cream sauce, and cilantro rice.

Simply put, Salt & Lime Cabo has great food. I feel like the menu was created by a real chef. The ingredients were all high quality. We enjoyed eating in a nice, clean atmosphere. From the moment we walked in the door, the service was great and seamless. The shrimp tacos were AMAZING. The pairing of sauce on the tacos + the pineapple in the taco was amazing.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Cost: $6.95

The Molten Chocolate Cake consisted of: blackberry sauce, and aztec chocolate ice cream.

I loved it. This dessert is definitely not for the faint of heart. It has a very different flavor because of the spices in the ice cream, but if someone was feeling the need to branch out, it’s a great choice.

Aztec chocolate is known to be slightly spicy and rich. This, combined with the warm chocolate cake, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream resulted in a flavor that I can only explain as indescribably delicious. It’s one of those desserts that you try to eat as slowly as possible because you try to savor every single bite. It was THAT good.

Overall, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill was a huge hit. This is a great lunch spot for business associates, friends, lovers, or families with slightly older children. We’d love to go back and see what the atmosphere is like in the evening. The food, service, and decor were all on point. We’d highly recommend this as one of the best, well-kept secrets in Raleigh, NC. The food was absolutely incredible. If you’re looking for flavor, you’ll find it here in more ways than one.

Total (for 3 adults): $60.07*

*does not include tip



May 2011



Captain Stanleys Seafood North Raleigh

Written by , Posted in $$ - Bring your debit card, Seafood

Captain Stanley’s Seafood located in Sutton Square





I was in the mood for seafood. Big Time. I had the option of buying some from Fresh Market (also in Sutton Square), or checking out Captain Stanley’s. Since I am a 20 something bachelor I went for having someone else do the cooking today. I checked in for an early dinner right before 5pm on Saturday. It was pretty quiet but I could tell that they were getting ready for Dinner time peak. They had two hostesses and a server at the reception area to greet me. One of the hosts took me right back to my own booth.

My server was prompt in getting to the table and taking my drink order and getting me some really good hush puppies right away. Good thing too, I was starving. Also to note, they serve Pepsi Products. Which I am totally cool with.

Going in, I knew what I was looking for: Tuna Steak & Pop Corn Shrimp. They had both items on the menu however not as a combo, or available for individual order. So when my server Steven got back around I told him what I wanted “Tuna Steak and Large size popcorn shrimp” and to kindly figure out how to put it in the system.

One thing to note – The way their menu is set up they have combos for Fried seafood, and combos for broiled seafood. Apparently you cant substitute. On the broiled side the Tuna Steak with Shrimp was like $12.99.

Steven came back after talking to the manager and said my order would be $16.99. I didn’t argue. I was hungry, its what I wanted and the price was what I was willing to pay in my state of hunger and craving.

The meal then showed up with a very well prepared Tuna Steak (I like mine cooked all the way thru, not raw in the middle like some) and an oval plate of popcorn shrimp one layer thick (meaning there was no shrimp laying on top of the other on the whole plate), the two sides I ordered – Brunswick stew & baked potato. The Brunswick stew was very good, it did however have a Giant piece of tomato in it that I wasn’t interested in eating. The baked potato was not huge but made a great side serving.

I was just very puzzled at the small serving of shrimp considering I ordered a large popcorn shrimp (I’m a bachelor, I like leftovers for later). Now I was having issues that I paid $4.00 more and got such a small serving of popcorn shrimp. So I waited to dig in to those just in case Steven the server didn’t hear me right when I ordered a Large Serving. I waited for a while, Steven did not follow up after delivering my food to see if I needed anything. I dug into the tuna steak and it was great. However, I did want some lemon slices so I even had to wait to continue on the tuna steak. The Brunswick stew and baked potato tided me over till the server came back. I said “is this a large?” while pointing at the oval plate with popcorn shrimp. Steven said “it’s a regular serving that comes with the Rib Eye and popcorn shrimp…that’s how we had to input your order to the system”. “OOOOOoooo” I said, and Left it at that.

Over all the food was great, service was good. I will definitely be back for more seafood at Captain Stanley’s in North Raleigh. Maybe I was just thinking too much about my experience at Mayflower Seafood restaurant and their Heaping regular serving of popcorn shrimp. Or maybe I should have asked to specifically substitute popcorn shrimp for broiled shrimp @ $12.99. I definitely know having the server and manager figure it out will not result in the best Price/Value to the customer.