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Oct 6, 2011 11:08 AM

dining recs for charlotte

We are spending the weekend in Charlotte. We are looking for a nice dinner venue for friday night and maybe a lunch and breakfast place. Also a casual dinner for sunday night. I was thinking of the harvest moon cafe for dinner but am open to any and all suggestions. We are staying at the Westin and would prefer something in walking distance or a short cab ride. Also would love to try some authentic North Carolina BBQ. Thanks in advance.

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  1. You'll have to drive to get authentic NC bbq. The closest places to Charlotte are M&K Barbecue in Granite Quarry, Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, or Whispering Pines BBQ and Log Cabin BBQ in Albemarle.

    Bridges Barbecue Lodge
    2000 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28152

    1. The best places for bbq in Charlotte are Old Hickory House, on N. Tryon Street and Midwood Smokehouse on Central Avenue. Old Hickory is more of an old school "joint" and Midwood is more of a new, upscale take on bbq. Neither is as good as Bridges or any of the traditional stalwarts, but they are pretty good. Also, neither is within walking distance of the Westin, but Midwood would be a fairly short cab ride.

      Other places to consider in Uptown (which is how we refer to our downtown, where the Westin is located) in addition to Harvest Moon Grille (which I definitely recommend) include The King's Kitchen (more casual), Halcyon (upscale), Dandelion Market (casual), Greens (extremely casual hot dog place), Little Village Grill (casual for falafel and gyros) and The Wooden Vine (casual wine bar).

      Little Village Grill
      710 W Trade St Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28202

      King's Kitchen
      129 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

      1. As far as a nice dinner venue goes, I would recommend Halcyon.

        Unfortunately, I would not recommend Harvest Moon for dinner. I really enjoy ordering from their food truck and I hear they serve a great lunch, but the one time I went for dinner I was very disappointed, as was the rest of my group. The appetizers we ordered were good, but none of us were impressed with the entrees. What made it even more disappointing is that I ordered the pork chop, which the staff highly recommended (and which is essentially the signature dish), and it was bland and dry. My brother-in-law ordered the same thing and agreed.

        For a Sunday might casual dinner, I might suggest cabbing it to Plaza Midwood and trying either Midwood Smokehouse (bbq, smoked chicken, brisket) or Soul (small plates, tapas, sushi) or The Diamond (diner food, southern cuisine, burgers and sandwiches).

        Harvest Moon Cafe
        234 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161

        1. Coco Osteria and Luce are both in the courtyard area in front of the Hearst Tower. (214 N. Tryon). I like them both. Coco is a bit more casual. I had some great scallops at Blue around the corner recently. I've also had good food at LaVecchia, also right around the corner. I love Dandelion Market for tapas and drinks.

          Coco Osteria
          214 N Tryon St Ste 2, Charlotte, NC 28202

          1. I went to Customshop with my mother that was visiting from out of town and we were thrilled with our recs, food, service.

            1601 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204