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Mar 18, 2010 03:35 PM

Charlotte in a day...

I will be visiting Charlotte for a total of 13 hours (6 am to 7pm) tomorrow. The purpose of my trip is to decide if I want to move there. I've had BBQ and can always eat fried chicken, but I want to know where the locals eat. I am looking for 3 good places (breakfast, lunch, early dinner) to fill me up right. Where should I go?

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  1. My picks: Amelie's for breakfast, Mert's for lunch and Savor Cafe for dinner. Or Zada Jane's for breakfast, Penguin for lunch and Dish for dinner. Or Fran's Filling Station for lunch and Good Food for dinner.

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    1. re: kathleen purvis

      I'd just change it a tad to Amelie's for breakfast, Penguin for lunch and Good Food for dinner -- that way he/she gets to tour the city a bit and see 3 different neighborhoods.

      1. re: HungryGrayCat

        I third Amelie's and Penguin... but I would suggest Andrew Blair's over Good Food. Better value, and just as good quality.

        1. re: mcap

          Andrew Blair being a better value I think I agree, very good food, again Yes.
          But a totally different experience. If small plates (tapas) are what you seek then Good Food is the way to go. If you want to graze in the Plaza Midwood area and have better value try Soul Gastro Lounge.

          1. re: GodfatherofLunch

            Totally different experience, no doubt.

            At Andrew Blair's I spend $60 for two and leave full and happy. At Good Food, I spend $120 and then have to get some wings at Moosehead because I'm still hungry.

            1. re: mcap

              Hmmm. I have a pretty hearty appetite and can eat a lot, but when I go to Good Food, I'm usually plenty satisfied. I've always gone with one person and and we'll usually get 5 or 6 plates to share. With tip, that usually runs somewhere around $100 (all together).

              1. re: ickymettle

                Yeah, from talking to people I appear in the minority about this and I'm okay with that. I've liked everything I've had there, but just don't consider it a good value for the money.

                I think I'm spoiled by The Admiral in Asheville, which is a similar small plates concept (hugely different atmosphere) but the portion sizes are considerably better for the price.

                1. re: mcap

                  For the same small plate concept at a better value try soul gastro lounge. I think you will get a bit more bang for your buck. Don't get me wrong I like Good Food, I just don't think it is a "value" place

          2. re: mcap

            Agreed. I'm not a fan of Good Food, personally. Andrew Blairs is great, as is Soul Gastrolounge, if you like tapas, as GFL suggested. Soul has a great loungy fun atmosphere to boot, and I love the neighborhood.

            1. re: lynnlato

              Zada Jane's for lunch, Lulu's for dinner.

              1. re: lynnlato

                I've been to Soul a couple times, but not since the new chef has taken over. Any changes?

        2. I would like to know what the OP's result was on this.

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          1. re: friek

            My (very short) day began with a trip to Bojangles for a quick chicken n' biscuit. I then followed the guidance of another poster to the Greystone for some more breakfast. Overall, the Greystone was a tremendous value (a full, fried chicken breast, a biscuit, and a large plate of potatoes for ~$4.00), however the food was a little bland and they did not burn my potatoes like I asked them too. I happened to be downtown for lunch and came across a BBQ truck near the Bank of America building. Currently living in Seattle which has sprung up with many delicious food trucks, I decided to try the bbq. The pulled pork was tasty and well-cooked, the sauce was decent, the hush-puppies were fair, and it was a little expensive.

            I did have some time to drive around some neighborhoods and look at menus. The menus at both Soul and Good Food looked delicious. I will be heading back to Charlotte in 6 weeks or so (and then moving there full time in August) and will definitely try some new places (hopefully Penguin).

            As I am looking for places to live, having restaurants/bars close by is definitely a plus. What are the best food neighborhoods? NoDa? Plaza Midwood?

            Greystone Restaurant
            3039 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209

            1. re: Chewtocracy

              NoDa is one block long. Many more options in Plaza Midwood and along Central. As long as you don't have to worry about putting your kids in school, that's the best neighborhood for food. But Charlotte's a very accessible city. You can live farther away and get to where you need to go easily, particularly on the weekend.

              I'm kind fo bummed that you picked Bojangles, Greystone and that truck by the plaza building. Although I have to say, not a lot of good, relatively affordable non-chain choices at lunchtime uptown.

              1. re: southernitalian

                Too bad he didn't hit the Harvest Moon truck at Trade on Tryon Streets (Tues. & Thurs). A food truck run by local farmers Natalie & Cassie of Grateful Growers Farm (organic pig farmers, but also so much more). Here is a link to where they are with the truck and when:


                Harvest Moon Cafe
                234 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161

          2. Will be in town for a weekend and I get to pick one of the dinners out. Does anyone have a suggestion? - I'm flexible on ambiance. I'm considering: Bonterra, Fig Tree, Soul Gastro Lounge, Blue.... Any help would be appreciated.

            The Fig Tree Restaurant
            1601 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

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            1. re: dallen

              What type of people will you be dining with? How large is your group? I like both Fig Tree and Soul Gastrolounge. Fig Tree is a better business option - more formal, but cozy still. Soul is loud, fun and crowded.

              I'm not big on Blue or Bonterra, but I haven't been to either in a long while. Depending on the type of place you're looking for I would also consider Carpe Diem and Andrew Blairs (AB's just rolled a new menu which looks awesome).

              1. re: lynnlato

                Thanks Lynnlato - I'll check out the menu for Carpe Diem and Andrew Blairs!

                1. re: dallen

                  Read your post below, and both Carpe Diem and AB's are in good areas that have other restaurants, pubs & bars within walking distance that you could check out either before or after dinner. Also, AB's will do a tasting menu if you let them know in advance that you're interested.

                  Whichever you choose, enjoy and let us know how you made out. :)

              2. re: dallen

                You'll have to be a bit more specific. Where in Charlotte will you be? All adults? Will you have a car?

                1. re: southernitalian

                  Yes, will have a car, and staying in uptown charlotte. It will be 2 of us ladies - we like our cocktails, and love great food. I don't mind a loud atmostphere if the food is great, and don't mind a quiet formal setting either, if the food is great. We are both adventurous eaters as well (except bugs - I won't go there). Even though I know the hole in the walls are often excellent, I'm not looking for that at this dinner. Thanks!!

                  1. re: dallen

                    Barrington's is near South Park, but is fabulous. I was very disappointed in Bonterra the first, only, and last time we went.