Joseph’s Restaurant at Sheraton Greensboro
Ready to dive into some grub, I was dramatically torn between walking about 200 yards across the street to Bone Fish Grill (which I can say from experience that it is delicious) or give the main hotel restaurant a chance. Given that it was cold and rainy and I was feeling particularly lazy, I settled on Joseph’s Restaurant.
I wandered into the huge restaurant which had a decent amount of ambiance. Despite being close to empty, there was nothing awkward about this one. The theme is very generic New Orleans / Anytown, Europe with its broad iron decorations and low, bistro-style lighting. The windows of the restaurant open up to a long corridor of the hotel, further emphasizing my theories about their Vegas-style attempt.
Looking over the menu, there were all the very typical cater-to-everyone hotel restaurant choices. Burgers and sandwiches all day for $11-ish. Tuna, salmon, trout, crab cakes, chicken, pork chops, omelet, squid/calamari, shrimp, pastrami, catfish, corned beef, skirt steak, filet mignon… you name the protein and they’ll cook it up for you.
They had a good beer selection for around $4.75 each. All the usual suspects plus a few less common but delicious imports (Hoegaarden, Pilsner Urquell) and a few crafts. I spotted the Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Edmund Fitzgerald porter (a craft beer with a 96% on beer advocate ?! Well done, Sheraton) and thought it was great.
I ordered the SEARED NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN TROUT ($21.50) served over smoked bacon and shrimp risotto, haricot verts and a Dijon hollandaise. At first, the trout tasted fresh enough and the skin-on preparation put me a bit more at ease. But after a few bites, I realized how dry the trout actually was. The Dijon hollandaise was mild and mainly just a decent buttery sauce. The super cheesy risotto was delicious with a great bacon flavor and a hefty portion of salt. The green beans were, again, very well salted (not salted well, mind you) and coated in enough butter that they couldn’t possibly have tasted bad. I genuinely started off liking all of the food, but then realized that, when you overcook the proteins and overuse butter and salt, it’s not a sign of good food, it’s the sign of using crappy ingredients and not very skilled chefs.
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
Location: Right next to Four Seasons Mall in Greensboro, so there’s plenty to keep most people busy there. It’ll take about a 12 min/5 mile drive to get to downtown Greensboro, so it’s not very close if that’s your destination.