3 Days in Charlotte, NC
Here are my suggestions:
For a "must-see" lunch, Price's Chicken Coop ( http://www.priceschickencoop.com ).
For a good, casual meal that touches upon regional cuisine, Dish ( http://www.eatatdish.com/ ).
If you're looking for something fairly nice, but still casual and not too fancy, Lulu ( http://www.luludinewine.com/ ).
If you're looking for something off the beaten path, Sir Edmond Halley's is a laid-back British-style pub that serves some good food, and has been a popular neighborhood hangout for almost 15 years ( http://halleyspub.com/ ).
If you want to get your fix on some nice, greasy food, there is The Penguin ( http://www.360charlotte.com/Restaurants/ThePenguin.html ).
A a fun place to hang out for small plates is Soul Gastrolounge ( http://soulgastrolounge.com/ ).
Another good place for small plates, but more expensive than soul and less "hip" is Good Food on Montford ( http://www.goodfoodonmontford.com/index.php ).
Some other fairly nice places around town that are popular (and that maintain a fairly casual atmosphere and won't break your bank):
Some favorite local hangouts (mostly inexpensive):
300 East - http://www.300east.net/
Alexander Michael's - http://www.almikestavern.com/
Cabo Fish Taco - http://www.cabofishtaco.com/index.php
Crepe Cellar - http://www.crepecellar.com/Site/Welcome.html
Nikko (sushi) - http://www.nikkosushibar.net/
Common House - http://charlottecommonhouse.com/
Hope that helps. I'm sure there's plenty more that I'm not thinking of off the top of my head.
Aside from this little pee-pee contest...
A real nice place for your anniversary dinner would be Bentley's on 27th. It is located on the 27th floor of the Charlotte Plaza Building right Uptown (what we call Downtown)
For a nice romantic dinner in Charlotte, this will impress. There are great views from the floor to ceiling windows, a creative and well-executed menu, and a good cocktail menu. A nice place to splurge for your anniversary.
As for must sees... hang out in Plaza-Midwood Area for fried pickles at The Penguin, veggie burger at dish, and a drink on the deck at Thomas Street Tavern. Then head overf to Common Market for a micro-brew. A block a way is Soul Gastrolounge for small bites and DJ spins, and down the road is Commonhouse and Intermezzo for casual hang out.
Do you have any specific area of the Charlotte you're going to be in or prefer to eat in? Its a fairly large, spread out city. Also, do you have any price range? I'd certainly avoid Capitol Grill, as its a rather undistinguished chain. You might want to do a search on here, as there are lots of posts similar to yours. Here are a few:
In Uptown, then Bentley's on 27th, as mentioned downthread, would be a good choice if you want a really high end, high dollar experience for your anniversary dinner. Ratcliffe on the Green and Blue are other suggestions. Other less expensive places for other meals include Coco Osteria (italian, obviously), Press (a wine bar with small plates and good sushi), Ri Ra (an irish pub), Cosmos Cafe, Mert's for soul food, Little Village Grill for falafel pita, The Wooden Vine, new wine bar with outdoor seating right on Tryon Street...great for people watching) and Pie Town for pizza. You can also ride the light rail just a short distance to Nikko for great sushi, Greek Isles, The Liberty (a "gastropub that I don't love, but many others do) and Pewter Rose. You can visit all these without ever getting in your car.
If you want to venture out in your car, Ickymettle has some great suggestions, especially Lulu, Dish, Commonhouse, Penguin, Cabo Fish Taco and Crepe Cellar.
Cabo Fish Taco
3201 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
200 E Bland St Ste B, Charlotte, NC 28203
Little Village Grill
710 W Trade St Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28202
214 N Tryon St Ste 2, Charlotte, NC 28202
The Capitol Grille @ 201 North Tryon St. #4230, Charlotte, NC. 704 - 348 - 1400.
Barrington's Restaurant @ 7822 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC. 704 - 364 - 5755.
Zebra Restaurant @ 4521 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC. 704 - 442 - 9525.
One for your anniversary and the other two for pleasure as well.
Bon Appetit. Enjoy your visit and have a safe trip.