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May 22, 2010 02:32 AM

Suggestions for Charlotte, NC - new places to try

We're been in a rut around here and I am determined to try some new places for a change. What's opened in the past year that's worth trying? We live in the Southpark/Cotswold area, so we don't usually venture too far north or south to eat - though it seems the University area gets all the new Indian places (no fair)

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  1. A few suggestions: (not sure where you've been...) Some have opened recently, others have been around:

    Fran's Filling Station - Park Rd
    Terrace Cafe - South Park (Piedmont Center)
    Las Palmas - Columbian/Cuban food (South Blvd and Seneca)
    Punta Cana - Dominican (South and Tyvola)
    NY Pizza - South and Archdale
    Georges Brassiere - South Park in old Oceannaire (haven't been yet)

    1. My favorite recent find is Genaro's in Pineville, Peruvian food. My favorite menu item is the rotisserie roasted chicken sandwich with avocado, red onion, lettuce, tomato with their basil vinagrette. I also love their Lomo Saltaldo, sauteed beef with broth, onion and tomatoes tossed with french fries. All the photos posted are Genaro's.

      Some other favorites:

      Vietname Grille for pho. Mckoy's Smokehouse for fried squash, La Casa de la Enchiliadas total dive for Mexican.

      Earthfare South Park has a short order grill, they serve sandwiches and fresh cut french fries, fresh cut sweet potato fries and sweet tea!!! For a dollar extra you can upgrade to a bison burger

      1. Couldn't resist posting some Earthfare pics too.. Bison burger and turkey burger.

        1. We went to Bistro le Bon this weekend and had a great time. Sauces were sublime. This is a new place in the strip mall at the intersection of Central Ave and Pecan; well worth a try.

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          1. re: little debbie

            I've heard great things about Bistro La Bon and am anxious to get up there to try it. The menu looks amazing and the price are beyond reasonable. There was a brief mention of it in the Creative Loafing food blog, complete with photos:


            1. re: lynnlato

              My previous dinners at Bistro La Bon have been fanatastic and I am happy to report that they now serve lunch M- Sat. For $10 you get a choice of 10 entrees, plus bread and salad. The offerings include you choice from two of each: pasta, salad, seafood, meat sandwich or salad. I had the NC trout with herbed potato anna and chardonney sauce. GREAT! They are on facebook at Bistro La Bon. 1322 Central Ave.

            2. re: little debbie

              I hear ya, loud and clear on Bistro La Bon! I went in last night for a quick visit. It is everything you want in a restaurant, cool, comfortable setting, not pretentious. Very nice staff, the owner actually is pleasant and appreciates your business, great food and great prices!!! I would love nothing more than to support this local restaurant. Last night I had a glass of prosecco and some mussels. The mussels were in a thick heavy cream sauce instead of brothy, talk about muy deliciouso! Beautiful bread for dipping. My bill was $15. That is like icing on the cake! I wish them great success!

            3. My husband and I decided to try Saigon Palace last night and were met with great results. If you like Vietnamese food, you certainly won't be disappointed. We both had vermicelli dishes, so I can only attest to the quality of those. I have heard, however, that their pho is great as well.

              Saigon Palace
              5215 South Blvd Ste B, Charlotte, NC 28217

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              1. re: sethacke

                There's better pho in Charlotte but Saigon Palace is a lovely spot. My thirteen year old wants to have her future wedding reception there! I still haven't tried their Sunday brunch buffet but we'll get to it.

                Saigon Palace
                5215 South Blvd Ste B, Charlotte, NC 28217