Print Works Bistro - Greensboro, NC
I really wanted to like Print Works Bistro. As a fan of Quaintance-Weaver's other projects, I was so excited to go there for dinner a few weeks back. I took a group of business people there; I knew the aesthetic would please them. I'm not saying that the meal didn't - it wasn't bad. It just wasn't great.
Let me start by saying the cocktails at Print Works were creative and terrific. I loved the nostalgic soda bottles they serve! The service was on point. The decor was indeed inspiring. Highlights of the meal included perfectly cooked trout, salmon and chocolate skillet cake. The black rice vegetarian entree gets high marks for creativity and taste but I wish it had been plated more attractively. I absolutely loved the sweet vanilla panna cotta and appreciated the not-so-sweet cocoa taste of the chocolate mousse found on the dessert sampler; the two were perfect compliments.
The low marks come in for over-cooked foie gras (this should be buttery in texture , not dry), escargot with an overpowering parsley taste, although they get a bonus for being removed from the shell, scallops paired with a glaze so sweet one couldn't taste the fish, and green beans doused with so much butter they were drowning (and yes, we are Southern...we love butter almost as much as Paula Dean).
For a hotel restaurant, Print Works does well, but Greensboro has other choices to try if you are local. For now, consider it a final final to an evening out... maybe stop by for a drink and dessert on the way home.