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Oct 16, 2010 12:15 PM

Visiting 'Hound looking for recs near Charlotte Convention Center

I'm in town for a convention until Tuesday and looking for dinner recs near the convention center (or a quick cab ride away). I'm into every type of food but like regional restaurants when I'm on the road. Any good BBQ or Southern food nearby? Looking for something moderately priced.

Also, any good bourbon bars in the area?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Jolina's is next door. It's Tex Mex and BBQ but the drinks are cold and the food is great. Blackfinn American Saloon is several blocks NE of the CC with good sandwiches and cold drinks.

    Jolina's Tex Mex and BBQ @ 500 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 704 - 375 - 0994.
    Blackfinn American Saloon @ 210 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 704 - 971 - 4440.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Dude, do you live in town? You're always making recs for closed restaurants or places that are chains and not well-regarded by local 'hounds. I mean, to each their own, but it seems like you just google requests and reply with whatever hits you get.

      Price's Chicken Coop is a short cab ride away. It's take-out only, but many folks love their fried chicken. Grab some sweet tea, hushpuppies and sides and you've got the makings of a good southern lunch. If you're adventurous, try some gizzards and livers - but they go fast. 1614 Camden Rd. and they're only open until 6pm.

      For BBQ, your best bet would be another short cab ride to McCoy's Smokehouse & Saloon. It's a biker bar that serves up some pretty tasty pulled pork and wings too. They've got lots of southern sides like collards, mac n' cheese, fried okra, etc. Have a beer and enjoy the Johnny Cash and Hank Jr. playing in the bar. 4630 Old Pineville Rd.

      I second billyjack's rec for Mert's Heart n' Soul on College.

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

      1. re: lynnlato

        I've often wondered the same thing - lot's of closed plces and mediocre recs

    2. Jolinas closed a long time ago. Blackfinns is a chain fyi.

      Lolas is across the street at the corner of MLK and Brevard. Delicious Southern meat-n-2. Not sure if they're open for dinner, if not try it for lunch! Unfortunately not much else regional downtown. Merts is another good Southern place a few blocks up on College. They do serve dinner.

      There is a cigar bar called Cutters in a hotel at the corner of Trade and Tryon. I remember them having good whiskey.

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      1. re: billyjack

        Billyjack - is this the same Lola's that used to be in the Transamerica Building, up by Rock Bottom? I think it is and I am so excited because I used to love their soups and their salad bar. Not the most convenient location but I'll try to walk down there one of these days.

      2. Not that you asked for any sort of Asian food, but a very short cab ride away (or a leisurely walk if you've got time) is Cuisine Malaya on Elizabeth Ave. Its a Malaysian restaurant that also serves sushi. I can heartily recommend it, I eat there regularly. They're open for lunch and dinner.

        I frequently work across the street from the convention center, so I eat out around there quite a bit but I keep thinking of places that don't serve dinner...if anything else comes to mind I will update.

        Cuisine Malaya
        1411 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

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        1. re: billyjack

          I ended up doing Wok Bar a couple times for banh mi. Liked the pork, the beef bulgogi was ok. Also had dinner @ Sonoma and really enjoyed it. Great bourbon selection too! The other dinner we did was at a Mexican place called "Vida" (I think). I remembered a dude I shared a cab w/ from the airport said it was good and I thought it was pretty good as well. The guacamole was fantastic. We had a good time and got out of their for a reasonable price.