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Oct 6, 2010 11:20 AM

Need help for my 48 Hours In Charlotte

Visiting this weekend. I spend a lot of time in NYC and Boston. Looking for something that is fantastic and unique to Charlotte. "Farm to Table", Roadfood, fine dining. You name it. What is your #1 pick for someone like me. Can be for breakfast, lunch or dinner - or simply a particular dish...


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  1. Ratcliffe on the Green is fine dining for lunch and dinner serving cuisine inspired by local ingredients. Fig Tree is romantic and has a lot of atmosphere for fine dining for dinner. You can't leave Charlotte, NC without a burger at Penguin's. Go to McCoy's for good BBQ and cold drinks. Mac's is a good BBQ joint that bikers frequent with good Q and cold drinks. Lupie's Cafe is a fine joint if you want some good soul food for lunch or dinner. Don't be bashful. The food's excellent and the drinks are cold.

    Ratcliffe on the Green @ 425 South Tryon Street # 100, Charlotte, NC 704 - 358 - 9898.
    Fig Tree @ 1601 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 704 - 332 - 3322.
    Penguin Drive In @ 1921 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC 704 - 375 - 6959.
    McCoy's Smokehouse and Saloon @ 4630 Old Pineville Rd., Charlotte, NC 704 - 523 - 6330.
    Mac's Speed Shop @ 2414 Sandy Porter Rd., Charlotte, NC 704 - 504 - 8500.
    Lupie's Cafe @ 2718 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 704 - 374 - 1232.

    Lupie's Cafe
    2718 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205

    2 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      Sorry Littleman, but Ratcliffe on the Green closed in July - and Mark Hibbs had left before that.

      Get to the Penguin before it closes . You can follow the controvery on Facebook! The Penguin and Price's Chicken Coop are your best bets for local flavor, but Prices is carry-out only.

      For Locavore food, the Harvest Moon Grill is our best food truck that does something other than hot dogs and Mexican food. On the weekends, they should be at the regional farmer's market on Yorkmont Rd. They were supposed to open a spot in the on Monticello restaurant in the Dunhill Hotel - not sure if they're open yet.

      Another delightfully local spot is Amelie's Bakery with two locations - downtown on Tryon Street and in the funky No-Da (North Davidson) neighborhood. Their salted caramel brownies and twice baked croissants are to die for, and their NoDa location has a great vibe.

      Try Big Daddy's for a great burger - East Blvd - very popular with the locals.

      Mac's is fine, mixed reviews on McCoys and I have never been a Lupie's fan (though plenty of people are)

      Harvest Moon Cafe
      234 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161

      Yorkmont Cafe
      2925 Yorkmont Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

      Big Daddy's Restaurant
      206 K Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449

      Price's Chicken Coop
      1614 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203

      Lupie's Cafe
      2718 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205

      1. re: hazardnc

        Yea, Ratcliffe is no more. :-(

        The Penguin ceases being The Penguin, as we've come to know and love it, on Oct. 24th. Get there before then for diner burgers, fried pickles, PBR's ,etc.

        Otherwise, I prefer McKoy's Smokehouse over Mac's Speed Shop. They are a great smoked bbq biker joint. See Littleman's post above for specifics on it.

        Vietnam Grille on South Blvd. has great pho.

        Pio Pio on East Blvd has great Peruvian roasted chicken with these lovely hot dipping sauces - mmmm. Did I mention the fried plantains?

        The lamb shank over orzo at Ilios Noche will knock your socks off. Great wine list and house-made desserts too.

        Everything Chef Marc whips up at Andrew Blairs on Montford will make your taste buds sing. Cool area of town too. Go to Angry Ales afterwards for beers and debauchery. :-)

        Mac's Speed Shop
        2511 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

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

        Angry Ales
        1518 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209

    2. Thank you all for your insight and suggestions. I will report back!