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I will be coming down from NYC and staying for two weeks and need recs for breakfast, lunch/brunch and dinners. Moderate price range and a few nice lunchs and dinners as there will be some special occasion meals. Also one friend who is just coming for the weekend is a vegetarian, so if anyone knows of a place with lots of choices for him, that would be great. I am looking for any non Asian cuisines. In terms of location, we are flexible. Half the time I will be staying in the Ballantyne area and the other in Idlewild (??? that is what my zip code search said). So anything near either neighborhood or in between will be fine.

I have been checking menus and websites on-line. So far my research has resulted in both Trio and Mama Ricotta's for dinner. I want to go to Prices Chicken too. Other possibilities are Providence Cafe, New South, George's Brasserie, Le Peep for breakfast (saw lots of veggie choices). I will be there during Rest. Week and wanted to know if there are any good choices for that week. Thanks for any suggestions./

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Le Peep
8140 Providence Rd Ste 300, Charlotte, NC 28277

Mama Ricotta's Restaurant
601 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204

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  1. I would not recommend Mama Ricotta's or Trio for dinner. Nor would I recommend Providence Cafe or Le Peep for any meal.

    New South Kitchen is good for lunch or dinner and drinks and small plates. I've not been to George's Brasserie so I can't comment.

    Bistro La Bon would be great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Close to it is Soul Gastrolounge which is a fun spot with good small plates. (These spots are close to what you're describing as the Idlewild area - although Idlewild is a long road so it's hard to say).

    In the Ballantyne area the pickins are a bit slimmer. Trio Terra in the Carmel Commons Shopping Center on Pineville-Matthews Road is a great place offering Italian, Spanish & French cuisines. They have some great house-made pasta dishes. Trio is a reliable choice for Saturday or Sunday brunch or even for lunch, but it's not gonna knock off your NYC socks. Blue Taj in Ballantyne Village has great Indian and some vegetarian options. Ilios Noche on Providence Rd., just south of i-485, has traditional Greek dishes, pastas and a lamb shank orzo that will knock your socks off. They're wood-grilled octopus is delicious too.

    For a nice dinner I recommend venturing out of those areas and heading downtown to the new Mint Museum where there is a relatively new restaurant called Halcyon. Gorgeous interior and Chef Marc has a very diverse menu and he offers a mostly local and organic menu. His roasted marrow bones with orange marmalade will rock your world, and his foie gras torchon is mind-blowing. The menu changes often so these may or may not be available when you go.

    Other good nicer restaurant choices closer to downtown include Fig Tree, Carpe Diem, and Customshop (former NYC chef).

    I'm sure others will chime in and offer more suggestions, but this is a good start. Enjoy your visit!

    p.s. Can you bring me a burger from The Spotted Pig and a pork bun from Momofuku Noodle? ;-)

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

    Le Peep
    8140 Providence Rd Ste 300, Charlotte, NC 28277

    Ballantyne Village
    14815 John J Delaney Dr, Charlotte, NC 28277

    Mama Ricotta's Restaurant
    601 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204

    New South Kitchen & Bar
    8140 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

    The Fig Tree Restaurant
    1601 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

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    1. re: lynnlato

      Thanks for giving me some new ideas to research. Unfortunately one of the relatives I am staying with has a Citipass book and all her choices and recs are from that book. Thankfully Bistro La Bon is in the book so that one won't be difficult to convince.

      Halycon sounds great. I just checked their website and it reminds me of Stone Barn Hills in Westchester and the Modern at the MOMA. I think walking around that area and maybe Uptown too would be a fun thing to do after lunch? I saw a self guided public art tour that I would like to go to.

      I don't expect to have my socks knocked off coming from NYC, but I just did not want a horrible meal. Last year I was taken to Buca and it was really rather bad. First thing I said for this year was I do not want to go to Buca again. LOL

      1. re: G3B

        OMG, now I remember you! I thought your name looked familiar! I remember you saying you ended up at Buca. Ugh!

        The Citipass - oy! Well, Ilios Noche is in Citipass and Pio Pio is as well. Pio Pio is a great, casual Peruvian rotisserie chicken restaurant. The chicken is gnaw-the-bones good and the sauces that accompany it are tasty. Throw in some fried plantains and rice & beans and a glass of wine and it's a good, good time.

        Aww, yes, The Modern... I think Halcyon is reminicent of that, absolutely. You might want to try the coffee and doughnuts at Halcyon. Several have compared it to Thomas Keller's version at Per Se. After lunch, a visit to The Mint or The Bechtler Museum would be fun and also The Light Factory usually has small free photography exhibits.

        Now, about that pork bun? ;-)

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

        1. re: lynnlato

          Yes I remember you from last year too. I make annual visits to Charlotte around this time of the year and you and some of the regular posters from this board were very helpful last year too. I was given a copy of the index for this year's Citipass book and pretty much told to choose from there, but obviously some of my choices won't be from there. LOL Unfortunately Illios Noche is not in the book. However I will see if I can slip it in anyway. LOL Thanks for two other choices that are in the book.