The King’s Kitchen

The King’s Kitchen was our target this week and although we love the mission.. we didn’t love the food. The King’s Kitchen is located in the heart of Uptown and is a non-profit restaurant which serves southern cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients and the proceeds go back to the community, helping to feed those in need.

We walked right in on a Saturday night and got a seat at the bar right away. No need to wait around for a table when the best seats are at the bar anyway :)

The bar offered local beers from Big Boss, Copper, and NoDaryezed fresh on tap.

We started the night off with an appetizer of house cured meats and pates. The dish came with ciabatta rounds topped with both bacon and chicken liver mousse, cornichon pickles and capers, and a pate.

The capers and cornichon pickles added a much needed flavor and acidity to the plate.

The home made bacon came on toasted ciabatta which was dry and flavorless.. then when coupled with the home made bacon the dish just got worse. The home made bacon tasted no different than if we were to have eaten raw bacon straight from the grocery store.. epic failure. The chicken liver mousse was absolutely awful. Words can’t began describing the horrid flavor that overcame our mouths when we ate the liver mousse.

The pate was also a disappointment. To put it plainly.. it tasted and looked no different than a cold can of Friskies cat food in a side dish.

Ella started the night with Shrimp & Grits with Surryano Ham, and Spicy Tomato Sauce

The grits were super soft and creamy, perfect for shrimp and grits. The tomato sauce was delicious and had a nice kick to it which added a little excitement to the dish

The shrimp was tender and cooked perfectly. They were nicely seasoned and plentiful which is always something I look for in a dish with shrimp in the title. I did miss the surryano ham, but despite that the dish was delicious.

For my entree I went with the Grilled Flat Iron Steak with a side of Sweet Potato Hash and Macaroni and Cheese.

The meat was cooked perfectly and though slightly under seasoned.. it was still an amazing piece of meat.

The macaroni and cheese was decent but nothing worth remembering. We’re not big fans of the baked “homemade” macaroni and cheese style and always feel a little disappointed when that’s what we get. The sweet potato hash more than made up for it and was one of the best things of the night.

For dessert, Ella ordered the lemon ice box pie and ended up being a little disappointed. It was very clear that Kings Kitchen does not have a pastry chef. Not only was the dessert poorly plated it also had a very strange rubbery texture and lacked flavor. Dessert is always Ella’s favorite part of the meal so when she couldn’t even finish the pie, I knew it must have been a dessert disaster.

I ordered the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My dessert was easily the better or the two and left Ella with dessert envy. The cake was moist and the peanut butter was used with a light hand. The only thing I would have changed would have been the serving size of the ice cream. The tiny scoop was so small that by the time it came to our table it had already melted halfway.

We love the concept and the mission that Kings Kitchen brings to the Queen City. Unfortunately that’s where our love for them stops because the food just didn’t measure up.

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  1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I’ve tried it three times because I love the mission and want to like the food, but…. eh. I’ve been seriously underwhelmed by the food (and the service) every time I’ve been.

  2. the Foodies says:

    yeah, we thought the same thing. The mission is awesome but the food was.. well it was just food. Our service was pretty good although a bit slow.

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