This past Friday, G and I headed over to the American Tobacco Historic District to enjoy some bluegrass music. From there we headed over to Six Plates Wine Bar for a light dinner. It is in a newer mixed-use complex with some shops and other restaurants on the first floor. We walked in and were greeted by the bar tender. It is a great space decorated with funky furniture, velvet chairs, leather couches and vintage coffee tables. The room has a long bar, a few bar tables and a couple other seating areas made up of chairs and sofas. It is a darker room and had a cozy feel, much like a lovely basement, wine bar we went to in San Francisco one (I can’t remember the name) but Six Plates is better because they serve food!
The concept is quite simple, the menu has only six plates (hence the name) every evening and all are paired with wines. The menu also includes several pages of wines by the bottle and a few wines by the glass are listed on the corkboard behind the bar. The wine list is quite varied in both price and region offering a lot of great options to try. I am not sure how often they change the menu but they do use a lot of locally grown and produced products. All of the ordering happens at the bar so there isn’t a wait staff but just a couple of helpful, energetic and friendly bar tenders.
We sat at the bar and shared a few small plates and tried a couple of different wines. We started with the flatbread of the evening which included, spinach, dijon chevre, roasted mushrooms, leeks and roasted garlic oil. It was lovely! The dijon chevre added a nice tangy, spice to the flatbread. I tried the Torrevento Il Filare Bianco from Puglia, Italy. It was nice rich white wine with a creamy mouth feel. After this we shared the lamby joes (sloppy joes with lamb instead of beef), which are a Six Plates staple. They were delicious and served with a nice hearty farro salad. What a nice gourmet spin on an American comfort food! I decided to try the Domaine des Rozets Coteaux du Trincastin from Southern France next. It was nice well balanced, slightly caramel-y wine. Finally, we decided to share the cheese plate which included two cow’s milk cheeses and a sheep’s milk cheese. I can’t remember the details of the cheese but the cheese plate was nicely balanced with a rich, earthy cheese, a soft delicate cheese and a salty, hard cheese. It was a perfect end to a nice relaxing evening!
Six Plates Wine Bar
2812 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705