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Uptown Charlotte Lunch

jessie620 Aug 15, 2007 07:56 AM

Ok, where are the good lunch places? Forget Spratts (has anyone noticed the mold leaking out of the ceiling vents), Cosmos and Rock Bottom (good, but can get pricey), Fuel Pizza (dirty and I have had an eyelash on my pizza on more than one occasion). What do you all usually do for lunch?

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  1. concordcourtney RE: jessie620 Aug 15, 2007 09:29 AM

    My favorites are Tin Tin Box and Noodles (Tryon and 5th) and the Pita Pit (College and 6th) for very tasty inexpensive (for Uptown) lunches. For a little bit more and a sit-down experience I like Mert's Heart and Soul and the Chinese place (Soho something?) on the same block as Pita Pit. Sometimes on a nice day, I'll walk over to the Harris Teeter (6th and...something), get something from the service deli and find a nice place to sit outside and eat.

    I heard there's a new sushi place on Tryon, but it's been too hot lately to do much walking. Has anyone been there?

    1. southernitalian RE: jessie620 Aug 15, 2007 10:09 AM

      Tic Toc. Lola's. Both are great. I also think the food at Ri Ra has come a LONG way since they opened.

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        kathleen purvis RE: southernitalian Aug 15, 2007 10:42 AM

        Depends on which end of Tryon I'm on. Since The Observer building is at Stonewall, I specialize in the south end. I'm a regular at Sandwich Club (love that you can get your sandwich "skinny"), I've found Aquavina is a lot more reasonable than you'd expect for that style of place, and I try to hit Chili Man's cart regularly. Jolina can be good (but the service makes me crazy) and I've gone to Original Soup Man several times. It's not too far to walk over to the United House of Prayer, several friends really like Dogwood Cafe in Latta and I stop in to Roly Poly occasionally. And when I get to the other end of uptown, I always like Lola, Tic Toc and Mert's. OH, and don't forget Johnny Burrito (the line moves really fast).

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        Cutter RE: jessie620 Aug 15, 2007 10:56 AM

        Verona Italian Eatery & Lounge 2nd Floor Ivey's Building 127 N. Tryon is good. Nice owner and staff and a good view down on the street. Caffe Sienna Italian Trattoria never gets any respect because it is in the Uptown Holiday Inn. I have taken several co-workers there and they are always amazed on how good the food is. A plus is that it is never crowded for lunch. Just Fresh in the Ivey's building is good, but I think that the quality has gone down in the last 8 months.

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          pinogirl14 RE: jessie620 Aug 16, 2007 08:02 AM

          If you're in the mood for a good, handmade burger, The Penguin is serving a limited menu in the Alley Cat for lunch now - FINALLY! I second Tin Tin Box Noodle, their Pho soup and Salmon teriyaki is my fave. Second for Johnny Burrito. I hear Fujo is good for sushi. There's a new sushi place called K.O. on 3rd, haven't been there yet. I've heard great things about Cafe Sienna as well, but haven't tried it either.

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            khcoolgirl RE: jessie620 Aug 16, 2007 03:13 PM

            RiRa and sometimes even grabbing something from Reids and sitting outside. Alexander Michael if you want to walk a bit further.

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              AnnandBailey RE: jessie620 Aug 19, 2007 11:29 AM

              I'm new to town but when I explored last week, there was a line out the door of Price's Chicken Coop. That can't be a bad sign!

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