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Restaurants near UNC Charlotte?

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I'm going to Ikea on Saturday and then meeting a friend in University City. We always wind up at some awful chain. What else is good up there? I'm open to anything. Thanks.

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  1. I don't get up that way a whole lot, but I have eaten at an Indian restaurant, Chingari a couple of times and enjoyed it. It's on the upper level of a shopping center at the corner of W.T. Harris and and Tryon. Also, I haven't been, but have heard good things about Casablanca Cafe, which has Mediterranean food. It's on Tryon, towards Mallard Creek Church Road from WT Harris.

    1. OMG! You mean you're going to pass up the Swedish meatballs at Ikea? (sarcasm)
      If you're into Indian, imo, I would pick Passage to India over Chingari in that area. Friends really enjoy their buffet but I could make a nice meal just out of their delicious garlic naan and their lentil soup! I can also recommend their chicken tandoori (bone-in) over that same dish at Chingari.
      Just some simple slices if you're in the mood at Davincis or Giacomos?

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      1. re: Ciao Italia Foodie

        Grazie Ciao. My friend said she wants to leave the University area and go to the Landmark diner. I've heard great things about it over the years but have never been. There seems to be a conspicuous absense of write ups about it on CH although plenty on some other boards. Anyone been?

        1. re: southernitalian

          It's basically your typical Charlotte Greek diner with just everything imaginable on the menu. It's not particularly great , but it does have quite a following, and it can hit the spot at times. It's probably best after midnight during a night of drinking. It was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.

          1. re: ickymettle

            Ditto.

            HUGE menu. Great made-in-house desserts. Not the best food you'll ever have but can't beat the value.

          2. re: southernitalian

            It is perhaps the best diner in Charlotte . Far better than the new diner on S.Tryon and Morehead or the new one at the NC music factory. Its all about what you are used to. If you are from Jersey and if I remember right you are Landmark will miss the mark by a bit, but its reminiscent of the real deal. I like having breakfast there occasionally.