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Nov 11, 2013 05:14 AM

Downtown Charlotte question

What are the best options for casual dining near the Time Warner Arena. Thanks.

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  1. How casual are we talking here? Takeout, fast food or sit down? Walking distance to TWCA or will you have a car? What do you mean by "best options"?

    Maybe a little more info. will help us help you. :)

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    1. re: lynnlato

      Walking distance is preferable. Prefer sit down, but counter service is Ok - like Biscuit Head, Homegrown or 12 bones up here in Asheville. By best options - we're basically looking for a place relatively close to the arena where we can enjoy a couple of beverages and a light meal before the Eagles concert on Friday. Type of cuisine isn't as important as quality - we are both pretty adventurous eators.

      1. re: Eric Panic

        Gotcha. Looks like you got some good recs. I would add Pure Pizza to the mix. Chef Peter Reinhart (James Beard winner) helped them create a crust made with ancient sprouted grains and it is ridiculously good. PP is located in our 7th Street indoor market so it's nothing fancy, but the pizza is made with locally sourced ingredients and they have some pretty creative specialty pies. My favorite is their chorizo pie w/ shaved radishes, onions, cilantro and fresh lime juice - yummm. The wild mushroom pizza is very good too. They serve local draft beers and some wine and the atmosphere is lively with seating in the middle of the market. Here's a link:

        Enjoy the show!

    2. 5Church, Dandelion Market, The King's Kitchen, Malabar, Vapiano, Harvest Moon Grill.

      1. I always hit up Queen City Q before Time Warner events. Always have solid BBQ and good local beer on tap.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              Despite being seriously tempted by the menu at Dandelion Market, we ended up getting the wild mushroom pizza and farmers salad at Pure Pizza. We really enjoyed both - as well as the cupcake and brownies at the bakery in the market. Thanks for the recommendations and we'll definitely hit Dandelion Market next time.

              1. re: Eric Panic

                Good deal, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reporting back!

                1. re: Eric Panic

                  So glad you hit up Pure Pizza! I like that mushroom pizza too. I heard good things about the Eagles concert too. I hope y'all had a good time.