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May 21, 2010 11:02 AM

In a rut - need suggestions for a new joint to try (Charlotte)

My SO and I have gotten really bad about going out (we don't!), and I promised myself we would try a new place this weekend. Looking for ideas - anything that has opened in the last year. I live in the Southpark/Cotswold vicinity, so we don't often trek to the outer ring. Just about any type of food is ok - we can be adventurous!

Also willing to revisit some places - haven't been to Lulu's in years (go back or try something else).

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  1. I'm sorry where are you located. Southpark does not ring a bell. Is that Nashville?

    1. wow -didn't specify - Charlotte, NC - no one will reply :(

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      1. re: hazardnc

        You may be able to still edit the original post and you could add Charlotte to the title... :)

      2. Over in your area is Cafe Monte. French classics, decent bakery. The S/O and I adore the mussells. The service needs help most days, but the atmosphere is nice, so a slow meal bothers us less. Mondays are half price wine nights, so that's when we go. It's in the bottom of the big Allen Tate Building at Phillips Place.

        Cafe Monte
        Ashley Park Lane Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28210

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        1. re: Nocturnalbill

          Ok. This may not be what you're looking for, but I have some standby favorites that have been around for a while. I know you wanted recently opened places, but maybe there's something here you haven't tried. Two adventurous suggestions:
          1) Lang Van (Vietnamese), 3019 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC. The yellow pancakes are great, as is the house special vermicelli (the second one is a cold dish but very refreshing and tasty!).
          2) Meskerem Ethiopian Cuisine, 601 South Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC. Our favorites were the vegetarian platter and the meat platter. Food was served on the same large dish that we could both eat off of. It reminded me of mild curries. The dishes are served on top of a spongy crêpe-like bread called injera with extra injera on the side. Tear off a piece of injera bread to scoop up some of the different dishes. Then, don't forget to eat the injera on the platter that absorbed all the sauces!

          Again, these restaurants have been around for a long time, but if you haven't tried them, they're worth an excursion.

          Happy eating!

          Meskerem Restaurant
          601 S Kings Dr Ste P, Charlotte, NC 28204

        2. I would recommend checking out Good Food on Montford (a James Beard award nominee). I have also been loving Vietnam Grille on South Blvd. (below Tyvola), even though I am a relative novice with Vietnamese food. If's you're looking for some good ol' stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, check out McKoy's Smokehouse on Old Pineville, just above Woodlawn.

          1. Good Food on Montford is my favorite new restaurant. "Tapas" style food but not necessarily Spanish influenced. Very good and as another previous poster mentioned, a James Beard nominee.

            Soul Gastrolounge is another very good restaurant as well. It is over in the plaza midwood area on Central so it might be a little out of the way for you but the food is good and the atomsphere is funky/hip.

            I also agree with another comment that Cafe Monty is worth a try.

            Not a new restaurant by any means but Barrington's in the South Park area is probably my favorite restaurant in Charlotte. Sounds like you have not been out in awhile so the menu must have changed since the last time you ate there (if ever).