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Review of various Charlotte Restaurants during first half of my trip

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First off, thanks for all your help lynnlato. You were the only one to answer my posting and I was able to convince my sister to go to Ilios Noche. We went to Ilios Noche instead of Trio since you were not too keen on that one. I am very grateful to you for saving me from meals like Buca which I had to endure last year. So here goes where we have been so far.

Ilios Noche was fine for everyone except my sister. She ordered salmon medium rare and it came out well done. They were nice about it and did not charge us for it since she did not eat it. I had some of the pastichio which was slightly a different take than I have had in other greek restaurants but that is why I ordered it. I liked it, just thought it was very heavy and creamy and ended up taking half of it home. Too rich for me to eat in one sitting. Also had some of the cod with polenta which was quite good. We had a trio of desserts to share which I thought was a great idea. I wish more restaurants would let you pick 3 diff. desserts and give you a smaller portion of each so that you could try more variety.

Mama Ricottas for another dinner. I had the RW dinner which was 4 courses, bruschetta, pasta with pesto sauce, veal milanese and warm banana bread pudding. First course was the best. Never had pesto sauce that was so white or with so much cream before. This veal was the thickest milanese style I have ever had. I have always had it where it is pounded extremely thin. Bread pudding was mediocre. My sister once again ordered salmon medium rare and it came out well done. I don't get it. Fish is generally served medium rare in NYC. I finally told her to order it rare and maybe it will come out right. We shall see, I am here for another week and we will have some more places to go to before I return back to the frigid cold.

South 21 was on my list since I have never been to a drive in and thought it would be fun to try. Been there next. Really so not impressed with anything I had. I got the hamburger steak special, had some of the all the way hot dog and said well we don't have to come here again.

Showmars was a fast food that I would go to again. Had half a gyro sandwich and half a fish platter. Very good fish, wish McDonald's and Burger King fish sandwiches tasted like that. Onion rings were good too, so much better than the ones at South 21.

Thanks for the Halycon rec. We were at the museum last night and were going to stay for dinner but after hearing about the evening rain opted to leave Uptown earlier since we had a few dropoffs. That one may have to wait until my trip next year.

Will report again later. Once again thanks Lynnlato. Maybe next year I can bring you that burger from Spotted Pig. :>)

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

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

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  1. You're quite welcome. Glad to help! Glad you got to Ilios Noche. Funny, I was going to go there last night, but we didn't make it. I hate that you missed Halcyon - as their food is closest to some of my fave low key spots in NYC (Similiar to Blue Ribbon, Spotted Pig, Prune, etc).

    I, too, like Showmars! It's a good alternative to fast food and it's a local chain so it's nice to support the local folks. I'm a fan of their chicken salad pita and their cheeseburger pita too. Oh, and the fish is so good. Now you've got me craving their fish. Hmm... :-)

    It just seems so wrong to come from NYC to a red an Italian place in Charlotte! I'm from PA originally but have been here for 15 yrs and I refuse to eat Italian-American here. We do, however, have some great pizza joints that serve up very good NY-style pizza.

    Well, let us know the next time you're coming to town! And perhaps you can help me the next time I head to my favorite city - nyc. Keep Warm G3B!

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