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Lunch with toddler near Charlotte airport?

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I will be landing in Charlotte with my wife and 3 year old around lunch time next week. I'd like to find a place where we can have lunch before driving out to Hendersonville. Anywhere convenient to the airport or on the way to Hendersonville would work for us. Our toddler is pretty good in restaurants and will eat a relatively wide (for a toddler) range of food. We're not interested in chains. Thanks!

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  1. there's not much to eat near the airport other than fast food. Which route are you taking to Hendersonville? If you don't mind driving in the opposite direction, there are some good places about 15 minutes from the Airport (near downtown)

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    1. re: hazardnc

      Thanks, hazardnc. I assumed that we would take 85 to 74, but a 15 minute detour is a small price to pay to avoid fast food. What places did you have in mind?

    2. You will be heading west on I85 to US 74. If you can hold off eating for a little while, stop in Shelby NC. There is some good BBQ places and one of my favs is the Shelby Diner in "downtown" Shelby. If you can't wait that long, check out some places in Belmont, Cramerton, and some of the other small towns along I85. Most are within a few minutes of the freeway. Others can give you specifics I hope. Enjoy your trip.

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      1. re: Sam at Novas

        Not far from downtown CLT is Pinky's on Morehead. You'd want to do a google map to find it (not too hard, but you need to cut thru from Billy Graham Parkway to Wilkinson Blvd to Morehead). Not everything is great, but they make a decent burger, very good veggie burgers and a great corn dog.

        In Shelby, off 74 about 30-40 minutes from the airport is Bridge BBQ - very good bbq and great hush puppies and worth the stop.

        Don't know where you're from, but some gas stations and other joints along 74/26 sell boiled peanuts. If you haven't tried them, you should. Consider them red neck edamame