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Spirits, Food and Fun Welcome You to Bennett Pointe Grill & Bar

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Martinis, beer, wine, food and fun welcome you to Bennett Pointe Grill & Bar. This casual Durham restaurant has an American-influenced menu with a side of Southern influences and a martini twist.

We opened in 1997 as a 60-seat restaurant," Co-Owner Jonathan Lark (other Owner Lisa Lark) describes, "and expanded in 2001 to a 160 seats including a full-service bar and a small private dining room that comfortably seats 32." The private room is often rented for bridal showers, wedding rehearsal meals, parties and group meetings.

Located less than 10 minutes from Duke University and downtown Durham, Bennett Pointe offers extensive lunch and dinner menus with regular weekly and board-posted specials. All menu items are available for takeout for a few people or many. Even the kid's menu has more than the normal peanut butter and jelly, chicken fingers and grilled cheese, although those are options. Kids also can munch on fried shrimp, angel hair pasta, French bread pizza, salad and hamburgers.

Owner Jonathan Lark notes, "We have a something-for-everyone menu." From their large variety of appetizers to high-end steaks, Angus burgers, housemade crab cakes, fresh fish, chicken dishes, sandwiches and salads as entrees, Bennett Point does have a large number of menu items. "Grilled Salmon with a black bean-corn relish has been on the menu since soon after we opened," says Lark. "The Honey-Glazed Salmon is also a very popular entree." There is a bounty of fresh fish specials that include mahi, silver snapper, cobia and wahoo. Foods such as Low Country Shrimp and Grits, or oyster or shrimp po' boys with pimento cheese bring out that Southern flavor.

Lisa's Key Lime Pie is available by takeout to serve up to 10 people. Other takeout items to order by the pound include pimento cheese, pasta or chicken salad, coleslaw, dressings and sauces.

Adults may want to try a touch of alcohol with their meal. Bottled and draft beers and wines are available, but it's the martini list that gets noticed. Classic martinis are made, of course, but interesting twists with names such as Crocodile Cooler or Georgia Peach make the evening brighter.

Bennett Pointe has an emailed newsletter. Get on the email list and you may be a lucky winner of a dinner for two. That's right, twice a month an email is picked from their newsletter list to eat for free.

"Come check us out," Lark exclaims. "Then try our [homemade] desserts, and you will be amazed."

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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