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Classic steakhouse cuisine is the center point at B. Christopher’s in Downtown Greensboro

by Charles Womack

publisher@yesweekly.com

On a warm, recent Thursday afternoon, B. Christopher’s owner Chris Russell pulls up a chair and glances around proudly at his restaurant. A few of the 25 staffers are busily setting place services at tables and organizing the bar as they prepare for the soon to arrive diners at the popular downtown Greensboro carnivore heaven – B. Christopher’s: The Great American Steakhouse.

“I wouldn’t trade this (the restaurant business) for the world,” said Russell. “This is my passion and the only business for me. It’s so much fun as I can be flexible with the menu and do things the way I choose.”

Russell grew up in the restaurant business taking his first job at a Burlington restaurant as a 16-year-old dishwasher. Leap forward to March of 2014 and Russell celebrates the opening of B. Christopher’s in the Center Point Building at 201 N. Elm Street. In between those bookends, he crafted his skills in restaurants in various markets including Washington, DC until 2000 when he moved back to his hometown and opened his own restaurant – B. Christopher’s in Burlington.

“I never worked at anything other than a restaurant since I was 16,” he said. “My favorite things about owning a restaurant are the opportunity to be creative daily, being around interesting, good people and good customers. I love taking risk with my cooking and creating great food, but sometimes it’s hard to pullback. When things get moving in the kitchen and you’re working on a special dish, you can find yourself wanting to add one more ingredient or place the food differently. It’s similar to what I imagine an artist goes through with a piece of his art where he wants to add one more bit of color.”

As far as the things that Russell says he doesn’t like, there are few he says, “Handling all the ups and downs and learning to manage during the peaks and valleys is tough. Life is like a roller coaster – but I’ve been burned enough that I now know how to maneuver through the murky waters.”

A few days later I’m at B. Christopher’s with my wife and the place is hopping. My wife and I are welcomed at the door and quickly sit at a nice table.

The menu is easy to read and has an assortment of things everyone can enjoy. There are several great appetizers, soups, salads, an assortment of fresh seafood and their specialty – 1600-degree Seared Steaks. All their steaks are corn-fed and wet-aged for at least 28 days. Each is also served with your choice of a side and sauce.

For appetizers we order Oysters on the half shell with a zesty cocktail sauce and a red onion dill mignonette sauce, as well as the Lump Blue Crab and Avocado Cocktail.

Both were very good and we moved on to our next course. My wife ordered the Warm Bacon Spinach Salad served with warm bacon dressing, goat cheese, chopped egg and onion and I opted for the Lobster Bisque.

My wife raved about hers and mine was fantastic.

Rich, creamy, and so good that I had to rub the bottom of the bowl with my bread to get every last drop.

For our entrée, I had to get a steak and went with the Delmonico – a 22-oz, center cut bone-in Ribeye. My wife was happy to order a wonderful fresh flounder that was a special for the night.

My steak was big, but her fish was bigger.

The flounder was tail to front a good 12 inches and spilled slightly over the serving plate. It was served with a wonderful sweet sauce and her side was pommes frites. I was intrigued by the Corn Crème Brulee, a crème corn with sugar on top that was heated to look like crème brulee. It was very good and my wife ate the majority before I had a chance.

My steak was wonderful. The extreme heat cooking and the quality of the meat made this something special.

B. Christopher’s is a top-notch steak house and in my opinion the best in the Triad. !

WANNA go?

B. Christopher’s is located at 201 N. Elm St. in Downtown Greensboro. Find them on Facebook or visit bchristophers.com for more information.

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