We all know that the short winter days can be brutal.  You go to work and it’s dark. You come home from work and it’s dark.  Ho hum.

But it’s finally that time of year again when we can break out of our winter slump.  Now that the sun shining until almost 8:30 pm, even the hardest of workers among us has time for some sun (or at least a sunset) and a cocktail once we’re off the clock.  If you’re like us, you’ve been looking for the right patio, porch or deck to enjoy the warmth of the spring air, a refreshing drink and some fresh new foods.

We recently had the pleasure of visiting Fahrenheit’s rooftop at sunset on a particularly beautiful evening and we’re sharing our drinks, our eats and our views below.

Four Simple Things (Cucumber Vodka, Lime Juice, Cloister Honey, Mint), and Spicy Charlotte (Stoli Vanil, Vanilla Simple Syrup), Fresh Jalapenos, Lime Juice, and Cloister Honey)

Four Simple Things (Cucumber Vodka, Lime Juice, Cloister Honey, Mint), and Spicy Charlotte (Stoli Vanil, Vanilla Simple Syrup), Fresh Jalapenos, Lime Juice, and Cloister Honey)

We started our evening with two of Fahrenheit’s most popular cocktails from their new spring menu, Four Simple Things and Spicy Charlotte.  Both cocktails are the perfect balance of crisp and sweet, sure to cure what ails you on a warm, sticky night.

Skyline view from Fahrenheit Charlotte

Skyline view from Fahrenheit Charlotte

Our first course featured some of Fahrenheit’s current seafood offerings, including Buttery Spiced N.C. Shrimp, Baharat Spiced Snapper, and Coconut Curry Clams.  The Snapper was perfectly light with pickled onion, Persian cucumbers, cilantro and tzaziki.

Buttery Spiced NC Shrimp (Cilantro, Jalapeno, Lime), Baharat Spiced Snapper (Persian Cucumbers, Pickled Onion, Cilantro, Tzatziki), and Coconut Curry Clams (Rice Noodles, Basil, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Coconut Cream, Beef Bone Broth)

Buttery Spiced NC Shrimp (Cilantro, Jalapeno, Lime), Baharat Spiced Snapper (Persian Cucumbers, Pickled Onion, Cilantro, Tzatziki), and Coconut Curry Clams (Rice Noodles, Basil, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Coconut Cream, Beef Bone Broth)

Coconut Curry Clams (Rice Noodles, Basil, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Coconut Cream, Beef Bone Broth)

Coconut Curry Clams (Rice Noodles, Basil, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Coconut Cream, Beef Bone Broth)

Baharat Spiced Snapper (Persian Cucumbers, Pickled Onion, Cilantro, Tzatziki)

Baharat Spiced Snapper (Persian Cucumbers, Pickled Onion, Cilantro, Tzatziki)

Our second course was, by far, the most colorful of the night.  This course included Miso Glazed Avocado, Caramelized Citrus Beets, 22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye, and Snap Pea with Burrata.

Miso Glazed Avocado (Sweet Soy, Shiso, Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Ciabatta), Caramelized Citrus Beets (Grilled Citrus, Mint, Chives, Whipped Honey, and Olive Oil), 22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye (Grilled Broccoli, Arugula, Shishito Pepper Salsa), Snap Pea with Burrata (Arugula, Basil, Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Siano Burrata)

Miso Glazed Avocado (Sweet Soy, Shiso, Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Ciabatta), Caramelized Citrus Beets (Grilled Citrus, Mint, Chives, Whipped Honey, and Olive Oil), 22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye (Grilled Broccoli, Arugula, Shishito Pepper Salsa), Snap Pea with Burrata (Arugula, Basil, Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Siano Burrata)

Snap Pea with Burrata (Arugula, Basil, Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Siano Burrata)

Snap Pea with Burrata (Arugula, Basil, Mint, Meyer Lemon, and Siano Burrata)

Caramelized Citrus Beets (Grilled Citrus, Mint, Chives, Whipped Honey, and Olive Oil)

Caramelized Citrus Beets (Grilled Citrus, Mint, Chives, Whipped Honey, and Olive Oil)

Miso Glazed Avocado (Sweet Soy, Shiso, Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Ciabatta)

Miso Glazed Avocado (Sweet Soy, Shiso, Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Ciabatta)

22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye (Grilled Broccoli, Arugula, Shishito Pepper Salsa)

22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye (Grilled Broccoli, Arugula, Shishito Pepper Salsa)

Last, but most certainly not least, came the desserts.  Pastry Chef, Anika Rucker, must have been channeling our childhood favorites when she created these two desserts, the Nutella and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta and the Dark Chocolate Swiss Roll.  These two grown-up versions of our blasts from the past were the perfect way to cap off our meal.

Nutella and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta (Dehydrated Chocolate Cake, Toasted Hazelnuts, Chocolate Straws)

Nutella and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta (Dehydrated Chocolate Cake, Toasted Hazelnuts, Chocolate Straws)

Dark Chocolate Swiss Roll (Honey Crunch Ice Cream, Chocolate Butter Sauce, Peanut Butter Cream, Raspberry Jam)

Dark Chocolate Swiss Roll (Honey Crunch Ice Cream, Chocolate Butter Sauce, Peanut Butter Cream, Raspberry Jam)

After the sun had set and our bellies were full, we headed out to the rooftop to take in the views one more time.  No matter how many other people are around, there is something peaceful about sitting by the fires, taking in the lights and watching your bustling city from above that makes a perfect end to the evening.

Fahrenheit Charlotte

Fahrenheit Charlotte


Haley and Carly are sisters, friends, working moms, 30-somethings and Charlotte natives.  We blog about all things Charlotte, from food to family-friendly events. After years of moving around, Haley has settled in South End, and Carly in Davidson.

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