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I'll be in town next Wednesday night and would like to take a couple to dinner (they live in Charlotte). They live in the Myers Park area but we don't have to stay that close to that.
Not sure what they like but I would like fun atmosphere (i.e. not stuffy) with excellent food.
Local chefs are good; farm to table perhaps; bistro maybe....
No italian or asian.

I don't want to spend $400 for the four of us, but $200-$250 would be good (incl. drinks and tip).

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  1. In that price range I would suggest Customshop, Smalls, Halcyon, Bistro La Bon (although not as close to your friends and the neighborhood is eh). Uptown a new place recently opened called 5church. I haven't been yet, but it looks promising. http://5church.com/

    1. I'd suggest Lulu, on Central Avenue (near the aformentioned Bistro La Bon...and there's nothing wrong with the neighborhood). Also Rooster's, which is very close to your friends house. If you want to/are willing to go Uptown (Charlotte's "downtown") there is Halcyon (might push your budget a bit), Harvest Moon Grille and Malabar (tapas...great paella, fun for friends to share).

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Carolinadawg,
        Heard anything about 5church?

        1. re: rcburli

          No, sorry, I haven't. It literally just opened last week or maybe earlier this week.

        2. re: carolinadawg

          There's a Roosters in Uptown (downtown) now too. It meets your criteria of local ingredients and chef + not stuffy. If you choose your wines carefully, you can get out of there within your budget.

          1. re: HungryDonkey

            My friends have been to Roosters many times (I asked)....so, I'd like to do something different for them.
            What are the recent opinions of Harvest Moon Grill and Customshop?

            1. re: rcburli

              HMG gets somewhat mixed reviews. I like it a lot. Here is a post that encapsulates most of the opinions:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833342

              One other option I just thought of is Cajun Queen, if cajun/creole food is an interest.

          2. re: carolinadawg

            For the record, I love the plaza-midwood neighborhood. To clarify, I was referring to the immediate area around Bistro La Bon. The strip mall where it is located is not the most attractive area what with the Family Dollar next door and the discount uniform store and beauty supply shop - it's a bit rundown.