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Charlotte - downtown or near Ovens for Tapas type fare?

leahinsc Jan 17, 2012 04:45 PM

We're going to a show and it's that dilemma of do we try and rush through a dinner at 5:30pm or wait til after a show and have something at 9pm. I think we've decided to have at least some light apps, tapas before the show (at Ovens). We're staying downtown so either somewhere downtown or on the way or near Ovens would work.

  1. waitress Jan 20, 2012 09:47 AM

    This used to be an Italian restaurant, it just changed to Spanish.
    Coco Osteria, now called Malabar.

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

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      ostrakos Jan 18, 2012 04:47 PM

      Dandelion Market in Uptown could also be an option. Their menu is more limited than Soul, but they have some delicious cocktails.

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        ickymettle Jan 17, 2012 08:42 PM

        Soul Gastrilounge is fairly close to Ovens (and between Ovens and downtown) and serves some very good tapas/small plates.

        Downtown there is Dandelion Market.

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        1. re: ickymettle
          kathleen purvis Jan 18, 2012 06:51 AM

          Soul would be a good choice in the closer-to-Ovens area. I recently had a good time with the small plates list at the Wooden Vine uptown.

          1. re: ickymettle
            lynnlato Jan 19, 2012 06:22 PM

            +3 for Soul Gastrolounge. It's got a good vibe and good tapas too. Another option is Lulu on Central Ave, not too far from Soul. They just debuted a new menu that looks promising. I haven't been since the new chef but I'm hopeful.

            Other small plates option are Fern - I've only been once, but the goats milk ricotta cannelloni w/ pureed butternut squash and spiced nuts was good. It was 2 cannelloni and was a nice small portion. They have small plates, entrees and sandwiches. It's kind of small and a little pricey for what you get but solid food.

            Bistro La Bon is another option too. Creative menu and same general area as Soul, Lulu & Fern. Although, I think Soul would be your best bet.

            1. re: ickymettle
              picklelicious Jan 21, 2012 11:10 AM

              I second Soul Gastrilounge with a strong recommendation for their pork belly tacos...get one order per person...man is it good!

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