Business Trip to Charlotte
I'm new to the board and coming into Charlotte for a business meeting tomorrow (2/6). We'll be having a dinner/meeting and staying at the City Center Marriott. I've read great things on the board about Lulu, and the restaurant in the Marriott, Savannah Red, seems to have a nice menu. I'd like to get some recommendations, keeping the following in mind: good food, conducive to conversation, easy to get to from downtown (none of us are familiar with Charlotte).
Having never eaten at Savannah Red, I can't give an honest opinion. Helen Schwab, food critic for the Observer, gave the place 2 1/2 stars a few years ago. The place doesn't get mentioned often, which to me would suggest so-so food.
Lulu has good food, but the noise volumn is not conducive to a meeting - it gets very noisy in there!
Not to sound like a broken record, but here are suggestions convenient to downtown that you will see recommended often on these boards:
Carpe Diem, Fiamma and Nobels, with the latter being the farthest away at about 6 miles. Ratcliff on the Green in Uptown Charlotte is excellent, and if you get their loft table, it could be a good place for a business dinner.