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2 dinners in Charlotte?

strawberryblondie Jul 19, 2012 01:32 PM

Hi everyone,

I will be in Charlotte for 2 dinners, one of which will be on the last day of their restaurant week. Here is a link to their participating restaurants: http://www.charlotterestaurantweek.co...

Could anyone recommend the two places I should eat?

If location is a consideration I will be coming from the airport on the last day of restaurant week, heading to Winston-Salem, and then catching a last dinner before I head out of town again later that week.

Thanks in advance for any guidance!

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  1. carolinadawg RE: strawberryblondie Jul 19, 2012 01:49 PM

    What part of Charlotte are you staying in? Will you have a car? Any cost constraints? What kind of food do you like? Are you alone, and if so, do you prefer to sit at the bar, or is a table ok?

    In general, the restaurant week promotions are not that appealing to me because I rarely order an entree, main and desert. Thus, the restaurant week promotion often is more expensive than my usual order at the restaurant.

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      strawberryblondie RE: carolinadawg Jul 20, 2012 12:10 PM

      I will have a car, but wont be staying in Charlotte. I am flying in there and spending the week in Winston-Salem, and thought that I should eat my first and last meal there (before a late Friday night flight out) just for variety's sake.

      Cost-wise, I am ok spending money, but also can appreciate a dive. I will be alone and am fine in any setting. Probably would prefer more locate food, only because I have access to tons of ethnic options in Boston and NYC where I spend a lot of time.


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        carolinadawg RE: strawberryblondie Jul 20, 2012 12:23 PM

        Gotcha. I'll try to stick with recs that incorporate some local flavor...If you are willing to drive into our downtown, central business district (known as Uptown) I'd recommend Halcyon, The King's Kitchen or Harvest Moon Grille. All feature southern food with a twist, and local sourcing. I will say that I seem to be in the minority in regard to recommending Harvest Moon Grill. Even this post will bring howls of outrage by those who don't like it.

        Near Uptown, but somewhat easier to access are Lulu (southern influenced french bistro, again with lots of local sourcing) and Dish, more of a "meat and three" type menu with a hipster veneer (and I'm not attempting to put it down at all...I love the place). Also nearby is Midwood Smokehouse, which serves up more than decent bbq, brisket, ribs, etc.

        If takeout is interestting to you, Price's Chicken Coop offers some great fried chicken, but they close and 6:00 and its takeout only. Might to nice to have on the ride or on the plane.

        I'm sure there are other good options...hopefully others will post some additional ideas.

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          HungryDonkey RE: carolinadawg Jul 20, 2012 01:52 PM

          Also in Uptown is Rooster's which features (to copy C-dawg) southern food with a twist and uses lots of locally sourced ingredients. Same owner as King's Kitchen.

          Second the rec on Midwood Smokehouse as I am currently addicted to the brisket there.

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            HungryDonkey RE: HungryDonkey Jul 20, 2012 01:55 PM

            Oh...and Carpe Diem on the Restaurant Week list is an excellent choice.

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          ickymettle RE: strawberryblondie Jul 20, 2012 04:15 PM

          I haven't looked at the restaurant week participants yet, but one of my faves not yet listed in other posts is Customshop (I don't think they do restaurant week, however). I recently ate at 5 Church, which is a brand new restaurant, and I really enjoyed my experience there.

          Soul Gastrolounge is fun and can be a good place to eat by yourself.

          Krazy Fish is a fun little local dive with tasty food and a menu that truly is "krazy." ( I will say that experiences have been hit-or-miss for a lot of people, but I'm somewhat of a regular there, and all my experiences have been good).

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            strawberryblondie RE: ickymettle Jul 23, 2012 08:33 AM

            Thanks everyone, will check out all the suggestions!

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        billyjack RE: strawberryblondie Jul 24, 2012 11:32 AM

        Also on the airport side of town you could check out Savor Cafe, which is kind of a Southern bistro and Pinky's which is a burger joint.

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