Charlotte, NC comfort food
You guys have always been a big help when I travel. This time I'm heading for Charlotte, NC for business meetings. First time I've ever spent any time here. Looking for some good comfort/southern cooking while here. Will be dining alone on a Sunday, before the rest of my group gets here, so I'm looking for a place, not too expensive, but with a "down home" sensibility.
For the other couple of nights I'm here, would like some recommendations for other, a little more upscale, dining experiences. I'm basically a "meat and potatoes" type of guy, but am looking to satisfy a range of tastes.
Hi David! When I go to Charlotte, I *HAVE* to go to Gus' Sir Beef for my comfort food fix. I am salivating just thinking about their fried squash and farm-fresh collards right now!
I think there might be two locations the one I am thinking about is at: 4101 Monroe Rd
Charlotte Phone: (704) 377-3210. Take care and travel safely!
I enthusiastically second Mert's Heart and Soul (http://www.mertsuptown.com/). It's located downtown, which is nice. The owners are friends of a friend. They are great folks. The food is really good.
Another place to consider for down home sensibility/slightly hipster is on Monroe Rd: Lupie's Cafe. They have really good mac & cheese. I'm told the pintos are good too...personally, I don't go for that. When I lived in Charlotte, I ate supper there every night. Their sweet tea is good too.
A pretty decent place for a little bit more upscale, but not too pretentious experience is 300 East, which is located eponymously at 300 East Blvd. It's in a decent section of Charlotte, pretty close to downtown. If you go during the day, then you should check out a great bookstore/gift shop down the block too: Paper Skyscraper.
For comfort food:
Mert's is good (downtown),
Coffee Cup (near downtown) is a Charlotte institution, that sadly, may no longer be around for much longer,
Gus' is a great suggestion
The Diamond near Central & Pecan is a locals' favorite
Since these are all locally-owned, small establishments, call ahead to find out their hours. Some of them may not be open on Sundays or Mondays.
For the other nights:
Carpe Diem on Elizabeth Ave. is ALWAYS wonderful (near downtown)
- all downtown
M5 is new in the SouthPark area - Meditteranean
downtown or near downtown steakhouses: Ruth's Chris, Sullivan's, McIntosh's & Capital Grill.