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Where to eat in Charlotte, NC this Tuesday - Saturday

My husband and I will be in Charlotte this coming tuesday - saturday ... looking for any advise on what locals know to be the can't miss restaurants. We will have a car and are staying on Trade St. I believe it is the "Gateway Village", we are willing to drive to dinner a few nights ... looking mainly for breakfast and dinner spots ... thanks in advance for any help, we are looking forward to this trip!!!

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  1. Do you want reccs for just the uptown area or anywhere in Charlotte?

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    1. re: mizzdee

      anywhere in Charlotte please if you could tell me the area that would be helpful too ... It is our first visit to Charlotte .... thank you!

    2. Katz's Deli. Yes thats right. Google it. I love that place for lunch.

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      1. re: JB BANNISTER

        I googled it and we will be eating a lunch or two there ... Thanks!

      2. Fuel Pizza
        Johns country kitchen on central ave for breakfast
        Dim sim on central ave for chinese
        Dish on Thomas st for lunch or dinner

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        1. re: mizzdee

          thank you mizzdee ... what type of food does Dish serve?

          1. re: spazzy

            A bit of everything really
            mostly" southern home cooking" but other thins as well

        2. Price's Chicken Coop for fried chicken (if the weather is nice, since there is no seating - just take away. You can take it to a nearby park, like Latta Park to eat if it's nice out). It's lunch place though, or very early dinner since they close at 6. Go eat the chicken. Seriously.

          Harvest Moon Grille does a nice breakfast downtown.

          Dinner places (from least to most expensive)
          The Comet Grill - a neighborhood bar with the best fries in town, pimento cheese burgers, and live music, depending on the day. It's at the edge of the Dilworth historic district, so you could combine it with a walk through that hood if it's of interest.
          Greek Isles - not exactly local food, but we have a big Greek American population, and this is a good place for Greek food.
          Lulu
          Customshop
          Halcyon

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          1. For one of your dinners I highly recommend Customshop if you're looking for something fairly nice, but still fairly laid back.

            Soul is a fun place that locals love. Dish has been mentioned, which I would recommend if you're looking for something inexpensive and very casual.

            Pio Pio is a great hidden gem that serves delicious Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken.

            Alexander Michael's is close to where you'll be staying, and while the food isn't great (it's decent, however) the place has a great atmosphere and is a fun place to hang out and have dinner.

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              1. re: ickymettle

                The other great thing about Alexander Michael's is that it gives you an opportunity to walk thru 4th Ward, one of the prettiest historic parts of the city.

                I'll add 300 East on East Blvd. It's kind of a Charlotte institution, very charming.

                1. re: ickymettle

                  Icky, now I need a Pio Pio fix and a Customshop fix too. Damn.

                  Spazzy, I agree with these and the Midwood Smokehouse rec. Also, though, there is Queen City Q uptown. It was recently featured in Southern Living as a must visit in Charlotte for bbq. So, I don't think you could go wrong with either suggestion. Midwood is in the coolest part of town though, so they may have the slight edge.

                  Enjoy your visit to the QC!

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    I tried Queen City Q a week or so ago after work for apps and beer. Nice place, good beer selection, good happy hour appetizer menu. I didnt sample much but the pulled pork tacos ($2 each until 7p) were tasty. There's a large patio in front for good people-watching. And free parking after 5p in the 7th St. Station garage upstairs.

                    As for that brisket at Midwood, I was at Mac's (Cornelius location) last night for a quick meal and tried their brisket again. It was dry, tough and doused in sauce. It was fairly awful especially after just having had the Midwood version.

                    1. re: HungryDonkey

                      You've gotta try the brisket sloppy joe at Midwood. That sandwich is insanely sloppy and oh so gooood.

                      1. re: lynnlato

                        Now, now...you know I'm MUCH too dainty for something that sloppy.

                        Is the sloppy joe just meat and sauce or is there something else like slaw on it?

                        1. re: HungryDonkey

                          Meat & sloppy sauce.

                          You? Dainty BAAAHAHAHAHA!!!! About as dainty as... well.... you know. ;-)