Hungry in Charlotte
I'm from Seattle, but living and working in Charlotte until the end of July. I've already had my fill of the fast-food joints around here (as I didn't know my way around town yet, so I stayed with what I recognized in the neighborhood I'm living in - I know, shame, shame, poor excuse), so I'm ready to explore a little more.
Anything you want to suggest, I'll consider trying. I love Italian, Mexican, BBQ, catfish, meat, pizza, Chinese, and am open to other Asian, Southern, whatever. It doesn't have to be in Charlotte proper, but within a 10-mile radius would be nice for starters.
So please, if you have ideas on where to find meals that I'll fondly recall after returning to Seattle, I (and several co-workers in the same boat) will be grateful.
The Open Kitchen is great for cheap italian. The atmosphere and history are worth it alone. The place has been there forever. Is the Lamplighter still there? It is great 4-star type dining. The Knife and Fork is a greasy dive but fun and consistent for local diner food. Hope this helps. I grew up there but haven't lived there in 10 yrs...
Villa Antonio, Mangione's, Campania and MANY others-Fine Italian
THERE IS NO GOOD REAL BBQ in Charlotte
Twin Tops Fish Camp in Gastonia-Catfish, etc.
House of Chinese Gourmet, Dim Sum-Chinese
Huong Viet, Lnag Van-Vietnamese
Harry's Chicken Delight-Indian
Mert's Heart & Soul, Crawford's-Southern
Cajun Queen, Zydeco-Cajun/Creole
Various:Pewter Rose, Dakotas, Mimosa Grill and many others
Too many others to list.