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Lost in Charlotte

I have to pick up someone at the airport Friday at 8:00PM and need to eat first. I love Dish and Lang Van but cannot find them in the dark. Charlotte is so confusiing. Where can I go to dine (as adverse to just stuffing something in) that is nearer the airport? Please help me. I would rather go without dinner than eat junk. Thx

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  1. Gosh, there is NOTHING by the airport. where are you staying?

    1. why is charlotte confusing, it couldn't be the queens road, queens road east and queens road west could it... (just kidding)

      sorry, i asked where you were staying in hopes i can recommend something close to there instead of near the airport, so you can grab something before you go.

      1. Im driving down from the mountains, Newland, to be exact. Will go through Gastonia and into Clt from 321 and then 85. I can sorta find my way around but going to NE charlotte is more than I can handle after dark Deb

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        1. re: deborahtnc

          I am not really a wus and am willing to drive....but finding Shamrock in the dark is hard for these eyes.

        2. The only place near the airport that I can think of is The Ranch House, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

          It's a very good steak place that is stuck in a time warp. Dating from the 1950s, most places like it went out of business in the 1970s.

          It has survived and offers steaks, crispy onion rings, shrimp cocktail...that sort of thing. But the highlight is the homemade blue cheese salad dressing.

          Not a place you would want to go to every day but if you feel like a nostalgia trip and don't want to wander far from the airport, it is worth considering.


          1. The two other posters are right - there is little by the airport. If you have time to take exit 33, Billy Graham Pkwy, 8 miles into town, there are good restaurants in the Southpark area. Barrington's (barringtonsrestaurant.com) is one of my favorites in the city. Toscana, across from Southpark Mall, has terrific risotto. Upstream (upstreamseafood.com) is another restaurant where I am perfectly comfortable to eat alone, whether in one of the booths, or at the bar. Good luck!

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            1. re: QueenCityHound

              You know, I almost went to Upstream as I do love oysters. (see my Virtual tourist comment on the Pearl Oyster Bar in NYC). And boy, do I love risotto. I will check out your recs at my first opportunity. TY

            2. Thanks so much y'all, I bit the bullet and got mapquest to route me to LANG VAN. It was well worth the dark driving and I made it ok. What a meal! I guess I should have said I would rather drive than starve. LOL Deb

              1. Lang Van is always worthwhile! There are so many more restaurants that were so much closer. An alternate route from the airport: leave the airport going towards I-85 and taking a right at the light (before I-85) where the fast food restaurants are. This is a short road to Wilkinson Blvd, which you take a right. Following Wilkinson Blvd to 277 will bring you right downtown (restaurant plethora), Myers Park or Cotswold area. So many restaurants to get to with this quick route. Trying it during the day is the best thing, though.
                Charlotte is very confusing with the Queens, Tyvola, Fairview, Rama, Park and Sharon Roads. Keep up the good job driving. Charlotte needs more careful drivers!

                1. Hey! I am going back through Charlotte on my way to Savannah this weekend. Can you give me a short list of restaurants near where 485 meets 77 on the south end of Charlotte?
                  This would be greatly appreciated. What about Lulu...could I take a cross road and get there and back to 77?

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                  1. re: deborahtnc

                    Hi Deborah,

                    I don't know why you want to travel that far down 77 without considering the excursions I suggested. Interstate 77 intersects with 277 as well.
                    The restaurant Brent suggested has a fairly good reputation and there are other restaurants in the same vicinity that are very good as well. I am sure you can find a great place for dining either or. I wish you safe travels and good eats!

                  2. I can't think of anything decent over there but if you are willing to drive 10 minutes out of your way, I would catch 485 to Providence Road and head south for about a mile or so.

                    Ilios Noche is the place you want to seek out. It feels like an inner city restaurant but is located in the distant suburbs. I can best describe it as a chef-driven Mediterranean place that is heavily influenced by the Greek backgrounds of the owners. Really nice food in a casual environment.