If you were to overhear the conversation our family has almost every Sunday around noon, it would go something like this:
Andy: Where do you want to go eat?
Ghazale: I don’t care. You pick.
Alex and Millie (practically at the same time): Chic Fil A
Andy and Ghazale (also, at the same time): It’s Sunday.
Andy: How about _______.
Ghazale: I don’t want to go there. It’s too________. Choices include but are not limited to greasy/slow/crowded/cold/spicy/far.
Andy (graciously avoiding the fact I just asked him to pick): Then you decide.
By now, you would think we skip the small talk, get into the car and I would just enter in the coordinates of our destination. Not so much. Until two weeks ago, when I shocked Andy by agreeing with the very first place he suggested — Suffolk Punch. Yes, it turns out that 20/20 is not just inspiring me to try new things but it is also simplifying our family’s fascinating restaurant debates.
On this particular day, Alex was at a birthday party so it was just Andy, Millie, Duffy and me. Andy had been to Suffolk Punch a week earlier and knew it had a very dog friendly vibe. Given the sun was shining for the first time in weeks, he also knew it was a great day to enjoy their outdoor space. We grabbed a few menus and got comfortable at a long table where Duffy checked out the canines and I checked out the patrons. I can’t say for sure what the dogs were thinking, but the humans seemed to all be enjoying themselves. We saw young families, older couples and even a bridal shower. We prepared to order and then I had to do the “brunch dance”. The one where the left foot is “breakfast food” and the right foot is “lunch food” and you go back and forth on what to order until you have successfully overthought the matter. But, let’s face it, nothing is worse than settling on breakfast food and then someone in your party gets this amazing burger and you are crying into your omelette because you wish you chose lunch. The good news was that many of the brunch items at Suffolk Punch are this amazing cross-section of breakfast and lunch so there is little chance you will make the wrong decision. It’s as if they looked at the word “brunch” and came up with menu items that were part breakfast and part lunch. I am not sure what Amazon was thinking but clearly there are some really innovative things happening in Charlotte….. Anyway, I went with the Roasted Vegetable Hash and a Blonde Ale and life was good.
After we finished lunch, I spent a few minutes walking around Suffolk Punch since serving brunch on the patio is just one of the many things you can enjoy at this restaurant. While I did not partake in an elaborate beer tasting or explore any of the barista’s concoctions, I did make a mental note to come back in the future. On this sunny day, it made more sense to exit the restaurant and spend some time enjoying the Lightrail Trail which is located on the backside of Suffolk Punch. I am by no means new to the lightrail itself. I actually have tons of pictures of our family taking our first lighttrail ride ten years ago when Millie was in the baby carrier and Alex’s little feet could not touch the ground from his seat. Over the years, we have taken the lightrail for various reasons and have always found it to be easy, clean and timely. However, this was my first time walking along the Lightrail Trail and I was pleasantly surprised by how it has turned into it’s own destination. We walked along the trail for about a mile and passed by tons of runners, cyclists and strollers. There is a very cool urban-vibe to the trail between the public displays of art and the people/dogs of all ages using it for a multitude of purposes. I don’t know much about city planning but if you have read any of my past posts you know nothing really stops me from making expert-like statements so I’ll just say the Lightrail Trail has been designed beautifully and I am excited to see how it will evolve over time.
As we made our way to the car back at Suffolk Punch, Andy stopped at the cafe at Suffolk Punch for a cup of coffee. I suspect a part of him actually wanted caffeine and another part of him just wanted me to see just how cool his restaurant choice was so he can become the restaurant decision-maker going forward. Well, a boy can dream…..