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Jun 16, 2008 12:12 PM

Restaurant Week In Charlotte


I thought about giving second chances to some of the many places on the list that I didn't like at first try, but I think I'd rather just move on to giving a chance to some unexplored territory.

Any restaurant week participants that you're excited about?

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  1. I've really been wanting to try Arooji's but I doubt I'll do it during restaurant week. As far as the participants go, Copper and Carpe Diem would have to be my favorites for food. M% is easily the prettiest restaurant/bar in Charlotte and I did have some tasty mussels there not long ago. Of course you're going to be able to find something good/great at the big chain steak/seafood places but probably won't go that week. Pewter Rose is (sadly) off my current rotation. Too many misses including an untoasted English muffin. I love that Sir Edmond muscled his way on to thier list.

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    1. re: southernitalian

      Hey SI, I've eaten at Arooji's in Providence Promenade several times. It's good, but not great. Italian fare with a little bit of Iranian (I think) mixed in. Cheese and charcuterie plates are overpriced for what you get. It's a great atmosphere, lots of candles and a cozy ambience and on weekends they usually have a guy playing guitar. Service has always been very good. And of course you're surrounded by floor to ceiling shelves of good wine. Check it out.

      Zebra and Fiamma seem to have the most interesting menus from what I've read thus far. I'd like to know what Ratcliffe on the Green and Nolen Kitchen are offering.

      1. re: lynnlato

        The menu at Customshop sounds very good as well.
        I do have one question
        is there really such a thing as N.C. Mahi Mahi ?
        Is it caught in the Catawba?

        1. re: GodfatherofLunch

          Believe it or not, NC is in close proximity to the "Gulf Stream" in the "Atlantic Ocean" where Mahi Mahi are "Caught" in "Boats".

          1. re: avad

            Thanks for the lesson Jacques Cousteau. According to Wikipedia on the Internet Mahi mahi can be found in the Caribbean Sea, on the west coast of North and South America, and Southeast Asia as well as many other places worldwide. I hope you “catch” a sense of humor.

            1. re: GodfatherofLunch

              I have heard of these inter nets please tell me more. Are they dolphin safe?

              1. re: avad

                The game fish we refer to as Mahi-Mahi, used to be referred to as Dolphin, and is found off the coast of North carolina and Virginia during the warmer months. This Dolphin is different from the mammal Dolphin. Why they shared the name, I don't know. In my fishinbg days, I have been out on boats where these were caught. Its a beautiful fish, a great fighter, and tastes great. Years ago, when I waited tables, we'd serve Dolphin, and always had a few customers who thought we were serving "Flipper". They'd still usually turn their nose up after I explained the difference between the fish & the mammal. I think that the seafood industry finally got tired of the confusion, and started referring to the fish Dolphin as Mahi-Mahi. I believe that this was the Hawiian name for the fish. Either way, if you can get fresh Mahi-Mahi, its a great tasting fish.

      2. re: southernitalian

        Looks like a lot of great deals for this restaurant week..enough to dine out the whole week! Providence Cafe is an old favorite and they have some great values. I wouldn't waste my time at Arooji's. The place is nice enough but the food is way overpriced for what you get. The original location was better but I think it's gone down hill a bit since the new one opened. Sir Ed's turns out some great food if you don't mind all the cig smoke. Tobin is a great chef.

        1. re: cltsavvy

          Looking at some of those places, I'm not sure a $30 meal is a great deal. For instance, I hang out at Sir Ed's a lot, and I'm quite sure I've never spent more than $25 or so on food there. In other words, I'd be paying more during restaurant week than I would otherwise. For places like Zebra, Ratcliffe, Blue, etc, it would be a good deal, though.

          1. re: ickymettle

            I would tend to agree. I didn't say Sir Ed's offered a great deal, just that Tobin is a great chef. I think it's cool he prefers a place like his as opposed to the more well know "upscale" places. He's not concered with trying to be a star like so many others. it seems the more casual places are offering additions like a glass of wine in order to add to the value. the more upscale places are offering decent deals, especially for folks who may not have dined there. I'm looking forward to trying a few I've never been to like Restaurant i and Ratcliffe. Everything is getting so expensive that this seem a good timeto take advantage...if I don't like it I'm not out as much money had I tried it another time.

      3. ***********Has anyone else noticed that there have been a TON of new posters on the South board??? A few appeared sketchy (recommending their own restos, badmouthing a resto, etc.) and I reported them to mods who removed their posts. But I've found so many lately that have only posted once or twice. What's going on????******************

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        1. re: lynnlato

          Wow Lynn. I had noticed but didn't put two and two together. Point taken, I will stop "believing" restaurant posts by unrecognizable posters until after Restaurant Week.

          1. re: southernitalian

            Just a reminder ---Restaurant Week In Charlotte starts this Saturday.

        2. So where's everybody going? Any places you haven't been to yet or out of your "comfort zone? I'm going to try Restaurant i and Copper at least. I'm not usually real adventurious dining while my wife is more willing. This should be fun and a good chance to try something new.

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          1. re: cltsavvy

            I just made a reservation @ Radcliffes'. I have been wanting to eat there forever and now what a great excuse. Carpe Diem is on the list, but since we have eaten there before(several times) we may opt for Copper as something new and different. The list of restaurants is so much better than what they were listing several weeks ago. Bon Apetite.

            1. re: Sam at Novas

              We ate at Ratcliffe for the first time last night because of Restaurant Week. The menu wasn't posted on the site so I will tell you what it includes. We had an amuse bouche of gazpacho and then a mixed green salad with basil dressing. We were served a delicious biscuit also. The entree choices were chicken breast with potatoes and some vegetable, monk fish with goat cheese risotto and roma beans in a tomato sauce, and the vegetarian entree was squash and zucchini with potatoes. We both had the monk fish and it was delicious. The dessert was a blackberry and peach shortcake and it was served with a glass of champagne. Overall a great meal for $30.
              I was surprised by how bright and open Ratcliffe is on the inside--I expected it to be dimly lit and romantic.

              I'd like to try another restaurant this week but I'm not sure which. I'd like to hear some other reviews.