While visiting the coast of North Carolina for a friends wedding, I went out to dinner the night before the wedding; I decided to review this neat waterfront restaurant for y'all. Sorry I've been MIA the last few months, it's been crazy filled with traveling for work and some personal medical things. I promise I will be better about posting more regularly from now on!
Anyway, The Boro Restaurant in Swansboro, NC...
This restaurant is right on the water, very nice, clean, and casual. They have a nice patio for outdoor seating, a nice bar, and a cozy dining room. Excellent lighting, not too noisy, and well laid out. They had a sign on the host stand that advertised live music, which is excellent to see!
I was promptly greeted by the host and sat in a booth. The table was clean, the booth was comfortable, the silverware was neatly wrapped and the water glass was actually clean. The server came over within two minutes and took my drink order. She was very friendly, although she didn't introduce herself, she had a name tag that said her name was Michelle.
When she brought my drink over and filled my water glass, she asked if I wanted to start with an appetizer. She recommended a special app, which is what I ended up ordering, along with one of the dinner specials.
The Appetizer: Chili Lime Shrimp Cups $10
These shrimp cups were actually very good. Blackened shrimp, in a savory pastry cup filled with a chili lime sauce and chopped lettuce, on a bed of arugula and red sweet peppers for a garnish. Presentation was great, the flavor of the sauce was decent, could have used a fresh lime to squeeze on the top though. Overall this was a fantastic appetizer. I'd give them 8.5/10 stars.
For some reason, the bread came out after the appetizer, but that's not really a big deal. However, the bread was cold, and the balsamic that was supposed to be drizzled onto the olive oil, was soaked up onto one corner of each piece of the bread. The olive oil was of decent quality, had a hint of lemon flavor in the background. The roasted garlic clove was a great touch, and saved the whole plate from being kind of terrible.
Entree: Pineapple Teriyaki Grilled Swordfish with Rice Pilaf and Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts $22
So, I know the title of this dish is a little misleading. The title is what was on the special's sheet in the menu... the picture is obviously what came out. I was a little disappointed because I love brussel sprouts, but the peas we're actually very well seasoned, albeit slightly over-cooked. The rice pilaf was okay, but there was an overwhelming taste of processed chicken stock. The swordfish was fantastic. Cooked perfectly, and had a great teriyaki flavor, I forgot until I started writing this that is was supposed to also be "pineapple." There was no pineapple I could taste in the sauce, but it was still very good. The fish alone, I would give 8/10 stars, the dish as a whole 6.5/10.
Dessert: Chocolate Toffee Mousse Cake $7
This was obviously a pre-bought, frozen dessert, however, I can't lie... it was great. It was smooth, rich and had great toffee pieces throughout the cake slice. I could do without the canned whipped cream, but it was a great end to the meal. I would say 7.5/10 stars.
Overall, this was a great little place to run across and have dinner at. I would recommend stopping by and giving it a try if you're in the area, overall rating 7/10. The service from Michelle was fantastic, she was sweet, observant, and made great recommendations. It was clean (restrooms included), and very cozy. There were a couple low moments during the meal, but overall the food was decent, and paired with the service it was a good experience.
Thank you all for reading, I hope you have a great weekend. Check back frequently, I'll be posting more reviews, recipes, tips and tricks soon!
If you're interested in visiting The Boro Restaurant and Bar check them out here:
Address: 109 Front St, Swansboro, NC 28584
Phone: (910) 325-0502