Home | Register | Log In

Venue Review: Jeffrey's Restaurant

Down-home fine dining
(no rating)
Jeffrey's Restaurant
By "Julie Reed Bell, Lake Norman Magazine"
The Charlotte Observer

A lofty, airy space, Jeffrey’s has dining upstairs (which also can be reserved for private parties) and down. Tables are well spaced on the lower level and ringed with more intimate booths. A large group or a couple would feel equally at home here. An outdoor patio with a fireplace makes a great spot for a cocktail or meal once the weather warms up a bit.

Local restaurateurs Jeff and Terry Lancaster (they also own Lancaster’s BBQ and The Boathouse), opened Jeffrey’s in 2005. The restaurant offers creative American cuisine with a concentration on fresh regional ingredients and an emphasis on Southern food.

For example, one of their dinner specialties is 16-ounce grilled Berkshire pork chops topped with homemade andouille sausage gravy ($24). Other Southern specialties include shrimp and grits in a honey curry sauce ($18), and a crispy Carolina seafood plate with jumbo shrimp, calamari, oysters and flounder and Carolina tartar sauce ($18).

If it’s steak, fish or pasta you crave, Jeffrey’s has you covered there as well. Center-cut steaks, aged for a minimum of 40 days, range from a six-ounce petite filet ($22) to a house-favorite “baseball” cut sirloin ($22). There’s also a Colorado lamb T-bone porterhouse for $24.

Seafood dishes, in addition to the shrimp and grits and Carolina seafood plate, include an almond-encrusted tilapia with a tangerine butter sauce ($16), a pan-roasted halibut finished with a tarragon beurre blanc sauce ($23), and sautéed crab cakes (also available as an appetizer) with Jeffrey’s signature remoulade ($22).

Several of the pasta dishes also feature seafood. There’s a jumbo shrimp al pomodoro over ziti ($20), seared diver scallops over linguine alfredo ($24), and lobster and cheese ravioli in a tomato cream sauce ($19). Sautéed chicken breast stars in pasta paloma, served in a sherry cream sauce and tossed with gemelli ($18).

Other chicken dishes include the simple olive oil and herb basted chicken ($20), pan-fried chicken breast topped with a red pepper cream sauce ($16), and chicken parmesan ($19). There’s also a duck provencal dish served over sautéed duck confit, Swiss chard, grape tomatoes and basil and butternut squash ($22).

You could also make a meal out of starters at Jeffrey’s. There’s shrimp cocktail, ($13), sesame seared tuna ($11), and ginger peanut lettuce wraps ($7). For this last appetizer, tender chicken is sautéed in a light ginger peanut sauce and then served with pickled cucumber, carrots, cabbage, and crispy noodles – all ready to be wrapped in leaves of butter lettuce.

Don’t forget to order wine or a cocktail – Jeffrey’s has a full bar and there are many choices on their martini menu. The extensive wine list has some interesting offerings: from the whites, a torrontes from Argentina and a viognier from Australia. From the reds, there’s a garnacha from Spain and an organic cabernet/carmenere blend from Chile. By-the-glass prices range from $6 to $13.

And, of course, ask your server to bring out the dessert tray. Favorites include red velvet cake, key lime cheesecake and coconut cream cake.

Reviews & Comments
CRITICS REVIEWS
Edit this review Delete this review
(no rating) 4/19/2012 - The Charlotte Observer - Julie Reed Bell, Lake Norman Magazine

Jeffrey’s Restaurant in Mooresville is fine dining without the fancy.

(Full review)
USER REVIEWS
This venue currently has no reviews. Be the first to share your thoughts with others!

Zvents - Discover things to do