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Multilingual and hungry, in Charlotte for a day, unafraid of bad decor.

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Hounds, will you help a northerner out?
We'll be in Charlotte from mid morning till evening so can get in two meals.
Between us we've got good spanish, portuguese, french, a little russian.
We've all eaten great food in scary places all over the world (and scary food in great places). Offal is good, as are whole chicken feet. Spicy is great. We don't mind being the only people in the place who can't read the menus.
What we all like to do is share, swap, and try lots of small things. A top-of-the-line place with a tasting menu would be great, so would a really good ethnic neighborhood place where they wouldn't mind that we were playing musical plates.
We don't really care where the cool people hang out, we just want to eat.
Starting the day with fancy pastries and ending with brain tacos off a truck would be perfect, so would starting off with hash at a truck stop and ending with white-tablecloth.
Extra points for local grown, Central/South American, or North African.
Not afraid of "bad" neighborhoods.
Three adults, two older kids with excellent manners who will eat the same things the grownups do. (We're well-traveled but poor academics, not jetsetters)

Tell us where to go -- and then when you come to Vermont, I'll tell *you* where to find the good stuff!
(PS, I have searched the board, but many listings are about sentimental fixtures or hot trends -- or they're a few years old)

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  1. I'm probably not really qualified for this, but here it goes...

    For Vietnamese, try Thanh Huong on Central Avenue or Lang Van on Shamrock Drive. For Mexican, La Unica on South Boulevard or Central Avenue. Actually, you could just drive down Central Avenue of South Blvd. and stop ay any place that looks interesting. Lots of various asian and hispanic cuisines represented. For dim sum, there is Dim Sum on Central and there is something of a food court at Asian Corners Mall on N. Tryon Street at Sugar Creek Road. Also on North Tryon is Lupita Tortilleria and Carnaceria...its a butcher shop that sells wonderful carnitas, barbacoa and fresh tortillas. Take out only. Be sure and get the special sauces if you go.

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    Thanh Huong
    3023 Central Ave Ste C, Charlotte, NC 28205

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    1. re: CharlotteChowhound

      Senor Tequila Cantina Grill in south Charlotte (6414 Rea Road) does an interesting twist of Spanish meets Latin American flavors.

      Ilios Noche, again south Charlotte (11508 Providence Road) does a funky Greek meets Mexican twist.

      It's not exciting, but Bangkok Ocha‎ does authentic Thai food. 7629 Pineville-Matthews Road.

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      Ilios Noche
      11508 Providence Road, Suite I, Charlotte, NC 28277

      Bangkok Ocha
      7629 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

      Senor Tequila Cantina Grill
      6414 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

      1. re: CharlotteChowhound

        You're quite qualified! An excellent suggestion CC. That's exactly the advice I was going to give them. Central Avenue and South Blvd.

        1. re: CharlotteChowhound

          Agreed with Southernitalian, great suggestions, charlottechowhound. And I too highly recommend LupitaTortilleria & Tortilleria - the carnitas and beef barbacoa are amazing. And yes, get a cup of the housemade hot sauce - wow, is it good.

          dineandcook has some good suggestions also. Ilios Noche is great, but it's more Greek meets Italian, not Mexican. The Lamb shank over orzo is mindblowingly good.

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          Ilios Noche
          11508 Providence Road, Suite I, Charlotte, NC 28277

          1. re: lynnlato

            Ha, totally meant Italian not Mexican, must have had Mexican on the brain.

            1. re: dineandcook

              Time for a little Senor Tequila then! ;-)

        2. Genaro's Peruvian Grill, Park Road in Pineville.

           
           
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