The Hickory Tavern - Charlotte
I stumbled onto this website looking for raw oysters in Charlotte. http://www.thehickorytavern.com/index... They have several locations in Charlotte and I am interested in the one in Ballantyne since it is an easy drive for me coming from Lancaster. It also looks like it isn't too upscale. Are they a decent place for oysters? What about their other food?
Hickory Tavern is a small sports bar chain. The food is a tad above Fox & Hound, but certainly not somewhere I'd go out of my way for. I'd probably be a bit skeptical about getting raw oysters there.
I second the oyster skepticism. I had no idea they even served them. It's a very big, very nice sports bar with tons of television screens. Very family friendly, bar food menu. Not a bad place by any means. I have been to the one on Providence (is that what you're calling Ballantyne?) and the one on Carmel. Both are fine.
I would agree with the first two replies. It will cost more but I'd be way more comfortable going to an upscale restaurant for fresh oysters. The Oceanaire in Southpark had a great selection and Upstream usually does too. A couple notches down from these places would be McCormick & Schmicks. All are in Southpark.
Not at all about Charlotte, but I just got back from my favorite place for oysters in NC and possibly the Carolinas--Sunnyside Oyster Bar in Williamston, NC. Incredible place and I'll post a review soon as I get the melted butter off my fingers.
I agree with the other posters about the oysters. HT is a sports bar primarily. Being as we're landlocked, I don't expect a sports bar to do oysters right. (In Key West or along the coast, sure. Here? Not so much.)
I was very surprised when I finally noticed the "raw bar" on their sign.