If you ask a local for a good breakfast spot, Courtney’s will get mentioned as much as anyone else. There are a few Courtney’s locations in the Triangle, and many people swear their breakfasts are the best in the area. I don’t agree, as the food has always been decent, but not great, but I can understand the appeal. Courtney’s also serves lunch, offering soups, salads and sandwiches. Courtney’s has not, however, traditionally served dinner. Until recently.
Enter Chef Orobosa John Uwagbai. And Courtney’s Bistro. Chef Orobosa is a native Nigerian who has been cooking low country fare in the Charleston area for some time, and then worked at Gregory’s in Cary. The Courtney’s Bistro website claims he’s listed as one of the top 25 chefs in the country (although they don’t list the source of that list). He’s now partnered with the owners of Courtney’s to offer a “unique and exquisite dinner service.” Now this is quite a combination, combining crystal and linen with the diner-like feel of Courtney’s. The menu certainly focuses on low country specialties such as shrimp and grits and gumbo, but he also offers traditional fare such as rack of lamb and pasta dishes.
And now Greg Cox gets to review this bizarre combination.
I have no clue how good the food is. I have no clue how this concept works. I have no clue if Greg Cox will love or loathe the place. What to do, oh, what to do?
Punt. That’s what I need to do. But, alas, this being Restaurant Review Roulette, I cannot run away. I have to establish the odds. There is a substantial amount of betting going on, I’m sure (snicker), and so I offer this week’s prognostication: Courtney’s Bistro will garner 3 stars.
5 stars — 200 to 1
4.5 stars – 20 to 1
4 stars — 9 to 2
3.5 stars — 2 to 1
3 stars — 3 to 2
2.5 stars — 5 to 2
2 stars — 3 to 1
1.5 stars — 7 to 1
1 star — 17 to 1
I don’t know a soul who has tried Courtney’s Bistro. Let me know your thoughts. And your predictions.
Edit, July 16, 2010: Greg Cox gave Courtney’s Bistro 3 stars, just as I predicted. However, the description of the food sounds as if Courtney’s Bistro could have merited at least another half star. I guess the guy has a problem with formica tables.