Hearty southern food presented on mismatched thrifted dishware makes dining at The Packhouse almost feel like a stop at grandma’s house.
That is, of course, if grandma is also mixing up $12 craft cocktails.
The Packhouse — the newest concept from Treehouse Kitchen, the parent company of The Summit Room and The Mayobird — will open this Thursday, July 6.
The restaurant pays tribute to owner Deedee Mills’ Carolina roots with reimagined classic southern fare served in a tobacco barn inspired setting.
The dining room’s rustic look was created using wood from old tobacco barns in eastern North Carolina.
Mills and her team dismantled four tobacco packhouses near her hometown of Williamston, a small town about four hours east of Charlotte.
The walls are covered floor to ceiling in these reclaimed wood panels and tobacco baskets hang from the rafters, giving the space a rustic barn feel.
If you haven’t caught on yet, a dramatic tobacco leaf bar situated under a wall-sized state flag hammers home the restaurant’s North Carolina theme.
The Packhouse is open for lunch and dinner (11 a.m. – until) Monday through Saturday and brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on Sunday.
The menus aren’t available online just yet so study up below. Entree prices range from $14 for a BBQ pork sandwich to $34 for a 7-ounce grass-fed filet.
Here’s what we sampled off the supper menu during Friends & Family weekend…
Country Thyme ($12) – Belvedere, muddled blueberries, housemade thyme syrup, housemade lemon sour, thyme ice
Cucumber Cooler ($12) – Uncle Val’s, St. Germain, muddle cucumbers, lime juice, pinch of salt, cucumber spiral
Packhouse Salad ($12) – Bibb lettuce, orange, almonds, dried blueberries, cherry tomatoes, muscadine dressing
Fried green tomato ($12) – Stacked with salad, housemade pepper jelly and whipped goat cheese
Stuffed bell pepper ($13) – Filled with squash, carrots, zucchini, Carolina gold rice, tomatoes, onions and UAV smoked mozzarella
Fried chicken ($19) – Sweet tea brined, buttermilk fried, choice of white or dark, served with succotash and collard mac and cheese
Sweet potato casserole ($5) – Topped with pecans and buttery Ritz crackers
Oatmeal cream pie ($3) – About the size of my head
And just in case that wasn’t enough, we stopped back by for Sunday brunch…
Take a look around…
The Packhouse is located at 500 E. Morehead Street next to the Dowd YMCA.
Correction: This piece has been edited to correct The Packhouse’s opening date. The restaurant will open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 6. A previous headline said Friday, July 7.