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.
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
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
129 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
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
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.
214 N Tryon St Ste 2, Charlotte, NC 28202
I went to Customshop with my mother that was visiting from out of town and we were thrilled with our dinner...wine recs, food, service.
1601 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204
Hi Kelly, i noticed this was your first post, welcome to Chowhound. If I could, I'd like to offer a little posting advice. It's appreciated if you would first do a search of the board to check for similiar recs requests that have been previously posted. Your question has been asked many times and I know there are quite a few recent posts giving uptown dining recs.
That said, I'd have dinner Friday night at Halcyon (gorgeous view and really interesting food like house-made charcuterie, freshly caught fish and wacky combinations like a foie-gras stuffed burger). As ickymettle suggested, avoid Harvest Moon Grille. For your second dinner I highly recommend Customshop on Elizabeth (you'll want to take a cab, but it's close). Great charcuterie and fresh fish and a local farm-friendly chef just like Jacksina @ Halcyon. Customshop's style is fresh, clean & simple (in a good way) and is a nice contrast to Halcyon where they have a lot going on on your plate. For lunch and bbq you might want to head over to Mac's Speedshop on South Blvd (or a grittier spot is McKoy's Smokehouse). I like Mac's brisket and brisket tacos but there pork is good too. It's not the best but it's close by and Charlotte isn't known for great cue. As for breakfast I'd hit Amelies for some chocolate au pain or croissants and good cafe au lait. They have gotten a lot of national recognition lately and it's well-deserved.
I hope you find delicious eats and enjoy your stay in Charlotte. :)
Harvest Moon Cafe
234 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161