Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Glass Onion in Downtown Weaverville

Ed and Natalie Hannibal, Chef / Owners of Glass Onion in Weaverville, North Carolina, are relatively new to the area.  Opening their ‘Global Italian’ restaurant in early 2012, they have become a topic of conversation in the local foodie arenas.  Creative, eye-catching, mouthwatering fare is the norm establishing another excuse to go into downtown Weaverville. 

After they quit their jobs in the Hampton’s, both were head chefs at a couple of the most well respected venues there, they chose Weaverville as their destination to open up a restaurant of their own.  Selected after a country wide search to find “the friendliest and most promising site”, Weaverville became home for the Hannibals who consider this their dream come true.

Using local products from farmers in the area and insisting on organic and sustainable ingredients, the dishes from the menu taste fresh and full of flavor.  The food presentations have your eye in mind as well as your taste buds.

The dining room reminds you of an earlier era with wood floors, dark wood tables and chairs and a pressed tin ceiling that has been painted white.  A small bar with a few stools has been added toward the front of the dining room and some track lighting installed but you still have a sense of another more relaxed time.  It has a very fitting ambiance for a restaurant on Main Street in downtown America.

I went for lunch with a friend and of course we had a lot to catch up on so we were there for quite some time.  The staff was very nice about not rushing us and allowed us the time to talk.  In this age of ‘turn and burn’ it was comforting to not feel pushed to leave.

We began our meal with the Graham Cracker Crusted Fried Calamari with Marinara Sauce ($9.) which came highly recommended by our server.  I’ve never experienced anyone adding graham crackers on their calamari and was interested to see what they were like.   A beautiful golden brown, the graham cracker crust provided a hint of sweetness to the calamari.  It was fascinating for me.  I never would have considered putting the two together and was unsure about the combination but I kept eating them.  Yep, it works.

I ordered Chef Ed’s version of Eggplant Parmesan ($12.) one of the specials that our server described to us.  I truly love Eggplant parm and was pleased to see that this version contained some of the freshest ingredients I’ve seen on one.  Fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes layered over breaded eggplant slices lying on a bed of cappellini and tomato sauce.  It smacked of fresh ingredients and was mouth-wateringly, plate-scraping good.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.  I’m sure eggplant shouldn’t create that kind of reaction with people – haha!

Yes, I recommend the Glass Onion and the Hannibals’ creative indulgences.  Let me know what you think after your experience.  I can’t wait to hear.

Contact Information
Glass Onion
(828) 645-8866
18 North Main Street
Weaverville, North Carolina 28787

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  1. Love the food presentations and this looks and sounds like a great place. Greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  2. Greetings Linda and Montreal! Yes, tell your friends who visit that this needs to be on their bucket list. Also, tell them to come prepared to have a large bucket list, hahaha!

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