Looking for good eats in Downtown Charlotte, NC
I will be in downtown Charlotte, NC - staying near the Bank Of America center. Can someone please recommend a great spot for dinner? I'll be flying solo, so a place where eating at the bar is OK, good food, wine....
There are lots of options in Uptown (as our downtown is referred to). Coco Osteria is a small italian place right behind the B of A Center with great food and a very welcoming staff. I ate at the bar there last Friday night. They have a decent, but not great wine list. Another good option would be Thai Basil, at the corner of Church and 5th Streets. Wonderful Thai food with a bar area that is comfortable for solo dining. I haven't been to Blue, but I have heard wonderful things about it. I think it would be a good choice if you're looking for something more upscale (especially if the company is paying! lol)
Well, it was a few weeks ago, so I may be a bit short on details. I definitely remember thinking it was very enjoyable, and the food was delicious. My wife and I sat at a small table in the bar area, overlooking Church Street and the old cemetary (Settler's Park?) We shared some apps, no mains. I know we had the spring rolls, stuffed shrimp (which I thought was pretty unique dish...butterflied shrimp stuffed with minced chicken wrapped in an egg roll wrapper, then fried. I think it was served with a couple of dipping sauces. Very yummy. Also had a grilled steak app that had cilantro, mint, some sauce, a cabbage wedge...the steak was great and everything else made a nice salad. The space is very nice inside...sleek and soothing. We enjoyed it very much and will definitely be back.
Blue is a good place for eating at the bar and it's right near your hotel. http://www.bluerestaurantandbar.com/
If you're looking for something more casual, Alexander Michael's has decent food and a nice atmosphere. It's tucked away in 4th Ward, which is a residential area downtown, probably still within walking distance of where you're staying.
In the BofA building there is aplce called Sonoma, which is fairly good and would also be conducive to eating at the bar.
If you walk over to the Charlotte Plaza (also known as the Darth Vader building, there is Bentley's on 27 on the 27th floor, where I've never been, but I hear it has a nice bar and is pretty good. http://www.bentleyson27.com/
Not far away is the Epicentre, where there is a restuarant called Mez, where I also haven't been yet, but I've heard some good things.
Down 6th Street, bot far from the BofA Corporate center is LaVecchia's, a sefood restaurant that I loved several years ago, but haven't been to in a few years.
Just down 5th Street, the is a place called LaTorre's that specilaizes in Latin American cuisine.
I hope that helps.
I would tack Zink on to there as well.
Oh, Chima. CHIMA! CHIMA! If you have the stomach (both to handle the amount of food you'll take down, as well as the price tag [$42.95 if I am not mistaken]), Chima is an incredible Brazilian steak house. Awesome. Try a mojito.
139 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Zink American Restaurant
201 North Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202
One option that is absolutely not high-end but might be fun for a solo flyer is Nix Burgers and Brew.
A burger joint obviously with a bar. It can be a little loud, but if you are looking for a good burger, cold beer, and a lively place this could be a good spot.
I've only been twice, but enjoyed my burger there.
201 N Tryon Street
If by "up here" you mean Charlotte or NC, that's actually not the case. I know several places that do medium, and Lulu will do it however you want it (I've gotten it medium rare there). I can't speak for Nix, though, as I haven't been there, and maybe that's all you were referring to. Just want to be sure you know if you go anywhere else for burgers.
HGC, is right but so are you, to a degree (pardon the pun). Places that do NOT ground their own meat must prepare the burgers to an internal temp. of 155 or more (basicly med. well to well).
My understanding is that if a place grinds their own meat, well then, they are free to cook it less. However, I could find nothing online that reiterates this - only the 155 degree rule (http://www.deh.enr.state.nc.us/ehs/im... - I looked it up, not b/c I'm a weirdo, but rather I've heard many folks discuss this. Having worked in the industry, we were always told med. well or well done was NC food service standard).