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Gastropubbiest thing in Charlotte?

askdrtodd Nov 2, 2011 08:17 PM

Long time Chowhounder heading up to Charlotte for a night solo for the first time in 15-20 years, I love creative food and craft beer, and something gastropub-esque usually fits the bill (I love Girl & the Goat in Chicago, The Breslin in NYC, etc.), I saw "Soul Gastrolounge" and kinda dug the menu online, also Kalu, Halycon, Growler's Pourhouse, etc. Just trying to find the most creative food with at least a half dozen or so good beers, draft would be a bonus.

Really appreciate it guys. I'm in town on Monday night and probably have lunch Tuesday available too.

  1. lynnlato Nov 4, 2011 09:21 AM

    I love The Spotted Pig (Breslin sister restaurant) and The Publican in Chicago!!!

    We have limited "gastropub" choices. The closest thing I can think of is Good Food on Montford. I'm not a big fan, but many folks like it so I'll offer it as the best fit for good crafted beers AND food.

    Now, that being said, where I think you should eat is different story. We don't have many options that have great beer choices AND good food. Soooo, I think you should eat at Halcyon. If you like The Breslin and Girl & The Goat then this is undoubtedly the spot for you. Chef Marc crafts his own charcuterie, has many offal offerings and lots of artisan cheeses, breads, etc. and he is buddies with many local farmers, dayboat fisherman, butchers, etc. He's a local food freak. Halcyon is in center city downtown and is housed in the Mint Museum of Art bldg and has gorgeous views of the city. It's not stuffy. Sit at the bar and talk to Marc - he likes people who tell him to create something for them. His foie gras stuffed burger is insanely good!

    I think you should get yourself some good 'cue while you're here. Head over to Midwood Smokehouse on Central Ave. for lunch. The brisket and pulled pork are smoky, meaty goodness.

    Man, now you've got me hunkerin' for one of April Bloomfield's burgers and her gnudi and those chicken livers... damn you! ;-)

    Welcome to Charlotte!

    p.s. Avoid The Liberty, Growlers and Kalu. But Crepe Cellar in the NoDa Arts District has some good beer and their brussel sprouts in arugula pesto are ridiculously good. It's next door to Growlers so you can go there for a beer before or after. It's a great area of town too. Our version of the village. There may be a gallery crawl up there this weekend which would be fun, but those bars & restaurants will be PACKED. I love The Spotted Pig (Breslin sister restaurant and The Publican in Chicago)!!!

    We have limited "gastropub" choices. The closest thing I can think of is Good Food on Montford. I'm not a big fan, but many folks like it so I'll offer it as the best fit for good crafted beers and food.

    Now, that being said, where I think you should eat is different. We don't have many options that have great beer choices AND good food. Soooo, I think you should eat at Halcyon. If you like The Breslin and Girl & The Goat then this is undoubtedly the spot for you. Chef Marc crafts his own charcuterie, has many offal offerings and lots of artisan cheeses, breads, etc. and he is buddies with many local farmers, dayboat fisherman, butchers, etc. He's a local food freak. Halcyon is in center city downtown and is housed in the Mint Museum of Art bldg and has gorgeous views of the city. It's not stuffy. Sit at the bar and talk to Marc - he likes people who tell him to create something for them. His foie gras stuffed burger is insanely good!

    I think you should get yourself some good 'cue while you're here. Head over to Midwood Smokehouse on Central Ave. for lunch. The brisket and pulled pork are smoky, meaty goodness.

    Man, now you've got me hunkerin' for one of April Bloomfield's burgers and her gnudi and those chicken livers... damn you! ;-)

    Welcome to Charlotte!

    p.s. Avoid The Liberty, Growlers and Kalu. But Crepe Cellar in the NoDa Arts District has some good beer and their brussel sprouts in arugula pesto are ridiculously good. It's next door to Growlers so you can go there for a beer before or after. It's a great area of town too. Our version of the village. There may be a gallery crawl up there this weekend which would be fun, but those bars & restaurants will be PACKED. I love The Spotted Pig (Breslin sister restaurant and The Publican in Chicago)!!!

    We have limited "gastropub" choices. The closest thing I can think of is Good Food on Montford. I'm not a big fan, but many folks like it so I'll offer it as the best fit for good crafted beers and food.

    Now, that being said, where I think you should eat is different. We don't have many options that have great beer choices AND good food. Soooo, I think you should eat at Halcyon. If you like The Breslin and Girl & The Goat then this is undoubtedly the spot for you. Chef Marc crafts his own charcuterie, has many offal offerings and lots of artisan cheeses, breads, etc. and he is buddies with many local farmers, dayboat fisherman, butchers, etc. He's a local food freak. Halcyon is in center city downtown and is housed in the Mint Museum of Art bldg and has gorgeous views of the city. It's not stuffy. Sit at the bar and talk to Marc - he likes people who tell him to create something for them. His foie gras stuffed burger is insanely good! http://www.halcyonflavors.com/

    I think you should get yourself some good 'cue while you're here. Head over to Midwood Smokehouse on Central Ave. for lunch. The brisket and pulled pork are smoky, meaty goodness. http://midwoodsmokehouse.com/

    Man, now you've got me hunkerin' for one of April Bloomfield's burgers and her gnudi and those chicken livers... damn you! ;-

    )

    Welcome to Charlotte!

    p.s. Avoid The Liberty, Growlers and Kalu. But Crepe Cellar in the NoDa Arts District has some good beer and their brussel sprouts in arugula pesto are ridiculously good. It's next door to Growlers so you can go there for a beer before or after. It's a great area of town too. Our version of the village. There may be a gallery crawl up there this weekend which would be fun, but those bars & restaurants will be PACKED. http://www.crepecellar.com/CrepeCella...

    6 Replies
    1. re: lynnlato
      southernitalian Nov 4, 2011 03:44 PM

      So what you're saying is he should avoid the Liberty? LOL!

      1. re: southernitalian
        lynnlato Nov 4, 2011 06:29 PM

        Ha! Shut it SI! ;-)

        1. re: lynnlato
          Notaslavetofashion Nov 5, 2011 06:25 AM

          Why avoid The Liberty? The food is great and it meets the definition of a gastropub, and has an extensive beer selection.

          1. re: Notaslavetofashion
            lynnlato Nov 5, 2011 02:07 PM

            I don't think the food is great, or the service. But yes, they do have a good beer selection. My last experience there was just plain awful. I brought foodie friends from L.A. and I was embarassed by the overall experience.

            1. re: lynnlato
              Notaslavetofashion Nov 5, 2011 02:46 PM

              When they first opened ( a year or so ago), I thought the food wasn't good. I have been several times recently, and have been very impressed.

      2. re: lynnlato
        askdrtodd Nov 7, 2011 06:15 PM

        Well sadly Halcyon isn't open for dinner on Mondays so I went to The Liberty, only because I really dug their menu and beer list. I sat at the bar, the server was really nice and very attentive, I had a couple small plates and both were pretty solid (but not mind blowing), and the beer selection was superb. Happy I went. Hopefully tomorrow will get to try Halcyon, their concept and website has me in love.

        Thanks for the reco's!!

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        ickymettle Nov 3, 2011 07:15 AM

        Sadly most of the places in Charlotte that serve good, creative food don't have great draft beer selections, and most of the places with great draft beer selections don't serve the best food. That being said, of the places you mentioned: Halcyon has very good, creative food. I don't know about their beer selection; they may or may not have a great beer selection. They do serve some very good and interesting cocktails. Last time I went, I had a squid ink martini that was very good. Soul also has some good, creative food, particularly their daily specials. They don't serve draft beer, but a few decent bottled beers (not a wide selection, though). If you do go to Soul, however, before and/or after dinner you can walk downstairs to Twenty-Two, which has an excellent draft beer selection (no food), or walk around the block to Common Market, which always has about five interesting beers on tap and an amazing selection of bottled beers. As for Growler's, it has some good draft beer, but I wouldn't go there for a meal; it's mainly snack food. i have not been to Kalu but have heard the quality has dipped since the chef who opened it left.

        Another recommendation I have that my provide what you're looking for in terms of food and drink is Table 274 ( http://www.table274.com/dinner.html ). It's not much for atmosphere, but it has some really good, fairly creative dishes and has a decent selection of regional beers on tap.

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        1. re: ickymettle
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          Tom from Raleigh Nov 3, 2011 07:42 AM

          I've been to Kalu. The food was good, but didn't seem very adventurous compared to what I was expecting from the hype that came with all the press the place has received. Their bar was weak. Beer was limited to only a few Japanese lagers.

          You could always BYOB to a restaurant. The best place in Charlotte to buy beer is Brawley's Beverage. Go there and pick out something you like, then go to the restaurant of your choice. They'll probably charge you a corkage fee, but at least you'll be in control of the beverages.

        2. Notaslavetofashion Nov 3, 2011 07:08 AM

          I'd recommend The Liberty as your best bet. I wasn't a big fan when it first opened, but the food is much better now and they have a large beer selection, although the servers aren't very knowledgable about them, in my experience.

          Growlers is good, but has a very small menu...the only really interesting items are their housemade sausages, which are excellent. Soul is great, too, but its more wine-centric, although I'm sure they have several taps. Its more "loungey" than "puby", if that makes sense. Halcyon's food is excellent, but isn't really a gastropub. Another option is a new place, Valhalla Pub. The owner is Norwegian, and the menu has a scandinavian (sp?) influence in a pub atmosphere.

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