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Jan 18, 2010 05:16 AM

downtown charlotte help

i scanned the other posts and didn't find what i was looking for.
i will be staying at the Marriott City Center hotel in downtown for a business meeting and was looking for some good pizza or burger joints with a good beer selection. i'll probably be flying solo so a place where i can eat at the bar.

i'd like to be able to just walk but am not opposed to driving.

also there is a great burger place i found south of town but can't remember the name of it.

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  1. Nix Burger Bar is uptown (what we call downtown here) and has good burger and beer selections, and would definitely work for someone flying solo. It is a hangout type place that can be loud and fun. ( They do half price burgers everyday between 3:30 - 5:30

    For pizza uptown, there is Pie Town, Brixx, Fuel, and a new place called Libretto's at the EpiCentre (a mixed use, trendy collection of bars, clubs, and restaurants). All are different - Pie Town is gourmet, Brixx is wood fired, and Libretto's is NY style. Fuel is NY style, but not very good IMO.

    1. For pizza, try Pie Town. Its on West Trade Street, about 3 or 4 blocks from the Marriott. For burgers, Nix is pretty good, and has a decent beer section and a bar. Its address is 201 N. Tryon Street, but the entrance is actually on W. 5th Street, between Tryon and Church Streets.

      Not sure about the burger place south of town...maybe Big Daddy's on East Boulevard, or The Penguin on Commonwealth Avenue?

      1. If it matters to you, you should know that North Carolina law stipulates that burgers have to be cooked medium-well or above. Some places skirt the law but others are pretty strict.

        2 Replies
        1. re: HungryGrayCat

          I believe there's one exception: if the restaurant grinds the meat in-house.

          1. re: peetoteeto

            Your belief is a common misconception.
            HungryGrayCat is correct, you are not.

        2. thanks for all the suggestions.

          I'll definitely try Nix and either Pie Town or Brixx.

          and Big Daddys was the place i was thinking of

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          1. re: jeffbatl

            IMHO, Brixx is not worth a visit. Its a small chain with locations in NC, SC and TN. Not terrible, but certainly not better than average. I really like Pie Town, although many others on CH don't.

          2. One suggestion I have for a place to sit at the bar and hang out is Alexander Michael's. The food is decent, but it has a pretty cool atmosphere. It's tucked away on 4th Ward, which is a residential neighborhood downtown. It's somewhat of a hidden gem. You could definitely walk to it from the Mariott. It 's not so much a late night hangout, but more of an after work until 10:00 kind of hangout. It wouldn't necessarily satisfy your craving for burgers or pizza, however, but if you're in the mood for something different...

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            1. re: ickymettle

              Yeah, you'll definitely be able to strike up a conversation (if you want) at Al Mike's. Very friendly people, decent beer on tap, decent bar food. The wings and fried pickles are actually OK but you're gonna want to stick to very simple food in general there. It might be a place to start out your evening with a beer and a snack and then move on. If you're driving, you could easily do that and then hit Pie Town. If on foot, you'd be better off with Nix Burgers as it's on the way back to your hotel.

              1. re: HungryGrayCat

                I'll third Alexander Michael's. It's in such a beautiful old neighborhood. If you can go at lunch and walk around and see all of the old Victorians, you'd could stop in after and have a burger. It's a great place.