Burgers aren’t really my thing, but my husband loves them, and I like to try new beers. It seems like the Triangle area has more pub food restaurants than any other type, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Tribeca is conveniently located at the NW corner of High House and Davis, despite the “Ledgestone Way” street name listed. This is a nice little shopping center with Kilwin’s for my blue moon ice cream fix, Little Toy Shop for awesome kid’s toys, games, puzzles and books, and Stonehaven for longing looks at custom gem settings. This also means that at the wrong time of day, it can be a battle to find a good parking spot.
We entered the restaurant at just after 5pm on a Saturday evening. At that time the restaurant wasn’t that crowded, we were able to find a good parking spot, and the upstairs veranda was completely empty. If you do happen to come to Tribeca on a day with nice weather, I really recommend getting a seat upstairs. Sure, the view is just the intersection of Davis and High House, but it’s still a really nice spot to relax and enjoy a beer.
Our server was very friendly and spent a lot of time explaining all the items on the menu, where the ingredients come from, all the beer specials, and specifics on particular burgers and appetizers. From her descriptions it sounds like they really try to use lot of local ingredients. I’m not a locavore, in fact, I love my French cheeses and Belgian beers. But I do appreciate a restaurant that knows where their ingredients come from.
I didn’t catch the name of the beer, but I ordered the peach hefeweizen. It sounded like the kind of beer I would like, and I certainly did like it. It tasted a lot like the Lindeman’s peach lambic. I took a brief look at the appetizer list and ordered the cheesy poofs at the same time. It sounded like the most awesome food imaginable: puff pastry stuffed with brie, chopped cashews and bacon, and a raspberry dipping sauce on the side. It came out in just a few minutes, and it was almost as awesome as I was hoping for. The cashews didn’t seem to match well with the brie and bacon. It would have been better with almonds, perhaps, or maybe no nuts at all. The brie, bacon and raspberry all went perfectly together though.
For entrees my son ordered the kid’s pasta, I ordered the Tar Heel burger, and my husband ordered the Wolfpack burger. The kid’s meals seemed like a good deal, for just $5 you get the entree, drink and dessert. I’m not normally into burgers, but since they were Tribeca’s specialty, I decided to go for the one with brie and sauteed onions. My husband loves burgers and tends to like the ones with fried onions and BBQ sauce on them. We both got the sweet potato fries with honey rum sauce.
We had the pasta come out early, since my son is a slow eater. It was an odd shape of pasta, somewhat shell shaped, so that several pieces would stick together in lumps. I tasted a piece, and the sauce was really good. My son even ate some of it and didn’t have any complaints.
Our burgers came out soon after, and they were huge! I tried to smush down the bun as well as I could, but even so, I was loosing onions and burger everywhere every time I tried to bite in. It was a good burger, but far too messy. I couldn’t even finish it all. I think I would have been happier if the patty would have been about half that size. The sweet potato fries were probably the best part of the meal. The honey rum sauce was the perfect compliment. More fries, less beef patty, and it would have been a perfect meal.
My husband had no problem finishing his burger. He said it was pretty near perfect, and liked his fries as much as I did. He had always been a fan of Tyler’s burgers, but considers Tribeca’s burgers to be superior.
I think we’ll probably be frequenting Tribeca a lot from now on. I like the beer selection and the fries, and my husband loves the burgers. We’ll just have to make sure we arrive early so we can get a spot up in the veranda again.