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May 2, 2012 07:03 PM

A less-crowded place for Mother's Day in Charlotte

I really need some suggestions...I know it's a terrible day to decide to go out to eat but it's that combined with law school graduation. My father is a meat-and-potatoes person and not terribly receptive to fancier meals so the places I would choose are probably not going to please him (I really want Chima) and he's also stingy. Someplace in South End/Dilworth/Elizabeth would be best. The other thing is that I'm looking for some place that is serving around odd time.


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  1. Would a pub setting be ok? Big Ben is open all day. So is Liberty. 4 on a Sunday is going to greatly limit your choices.

    1. I think by 4:00 the Mothers Day crowd will be thinned out. 131 Main would be perfect for you, but it's temporarily closed due to a kitchen fire. I've racked my brain trying to think of somewhere else that meets your criteria, and so far I'm coming up empty...

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Good point about the crowd. Man, but there aren't many spots that are open, are there? 131 Main would have been perfect too. There is one down in Blakeney. What about Cajun Queen? I haven't been there in a long time but they surely would have something to satisfy both the OP & his dad.

        Some other considerations:

        -Providence Cafe
        -Beef and Bottle (they don't open until 5pm though)
        -Lulu on Central Ave.
        -Firebirds in Southpark

        1. re: lynnlato

          Cajun Queen is a good idea. I had thought about Lulu, but they are closed between 3:00 and 5:00.

      2. Try Bistro la Bon on Central, Dad can get the awesome Swedish meatballs while you try some of Chef Majid's more eclectic stuff. Leave room for desserts, they are fantastic

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          1. If a pub is ok..i highly reccomend Kennedys
            Not exaclty dilworth..but sorta
            It is on caswell..right off of East 7th st

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            1. re: mizzdee

              I'm sorry to disagree about Kennedy's but I had one of the worst meals there recently. It's an Irish place so I ordered the corned beef plate. The meat was bizarre, like carne seca or a slightly less dehydrated beef jerky. The plate came with cabbage and mashed potatoes, except mine was missing the mashed potatoes. Since the service was so excruciatingly slow and I needed to get back to work, I didn't bother to ask the server to bring the missing food.

              The deck is nice though!!

              What's about Small's on Elizabeth? The menu has something for everyone.

              1. re: HungryDonkey

                I struck out at Kennedy's too. More of a frat boy place. Kind of dirty inside too. My mother would NOT be happy there.

                1. re: southernitalian

                  Might I suggest RiRa for Irish pub food, southernitalian? It's very good! :-)