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Charlotte NC Christmas dinner?

suechef Dec 2, 2013 10:44 AM

We need a restaurant for Christmas dinner. Any cuisine, all that matters is that it is GOOD!!! Food! We will have a car. We are a foodie family.
Traveling to Banner Elk NC. Landing in Charlotte. We will be staying overnight (anywhere) between Banner Elk and Charlotte.

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  1. lynnlato RE: suechef Dec 2, 2013 02:35 PM

    Off the top of my head, the only Christmas Day dinner that I am aware of in Charlotte is at Gallery Restaurant in The Ballantyne Resort. Beautiful place during the holidays and the restaurant is reputable, although I have not dined there recently. Here is a link:


    Happy Holidays!

    1. carolinadawg RE: suechef Dec 2, 2013 05:30 PM

      Do you literally mean Christmay Day? If so, your options will be severely limited in Charlotte, and virtually nonexistent outside of Charlotte. Some of the larger, full service hotels and Waffle House are about all I can think of. You might want to periodically check the food section of the Charlotte Observer newspaper...they might publish a list of restaurants open on Christmas Day, if there are any.

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        billyjack RE: carolinadawg Dec 5, 2013 09:54 AM

        Good advice. Keep an eye on Helen Schwab's blog. She is the Observer's restaurant reviewer and she keeps a running list of restaurants that will be open (at least the ones that contact her). Not sure if I can link to the blog but a quick search will find it.

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        ickymettle RE: suechef Dec 3, 2013 11:02 AM

        If it's Christmas Eve you have plenty of options. Christmas day is a different story, however. In addition to the recs already made, plenty of Chinese restaurants will be open. You will probably be able to get into other ethnic restaurants, primarily different types of Asian cuisine.

        One recommendation I have is Copper. It's upscale Indian and is located in an old house in an historic neighborhood in Charlotte. It's very close to downtown if that's where you'll be staying.

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          Tanglebriar RE: suechef Dec 17, 2013 05:21 PM

          The Embassy inn and Suite in Concord NC has a buffet on Christmas til 3 pm and prefix for dinner. It also has the advantage of being right down the road less than about a mile to the Lowe Mototr Speedway where they have a Christmas light show.

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            carolinadawg RE: Tanglebriar Dec 17, 2013 05:49 PM

            I didn't realize Concord was on the way from the Charlotte Airport to Banner Elk.

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              Tanglebriar RE: carolinadawg Dec 17, 2013 06:19 PM

              The hotel is on the border line of Concord and Charlotte on Interstate 85. It may be a litte out of the way but not much.

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                carolinadawg RE: Tanglebriar Dec 17, 2013 06:41 PM

                Over 30 miles round trip...

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                  southernitalian RE: carolinadawg Dec 18, 2013 06:12 AM

                  Yeesh. The OP is looking for suggestions and Tanglebriar provided one.

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                    carolinadawg RE: southernitalian Dec 18, 2013 06:15 AM

                    Yeesh back. Just trying to make sure the OP understands the geography involved, since they are obviously not from this area.

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                      lynnlato RE: carolinadawg Dec 18, 2013 09:20 AM

                      Yea, with it being Christmas, the pickins are going to be slim. The OP may have to venture off her path to find the right place.

                      Maybe Helen Schwab will post a list of places open Christmas day on Friday. To the OP, here's a link to her blog:
                      http://helendining.blogspot.com/ . Not sure why you and billyjack didn't just link to it since you both suggested it. Is there a CH issue with linking?

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                        carolinadawg RE: lynnlato Dec 18, 2013 09:42 AM

                        I didn't provide a link because I can't access it. I'm not a subscriber to the Observer, and I have used up all my "free views".

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                          lynnlato RE: carolinadawg Dec 18, 2013 10:16 AM

                          Aaah, I didn't realize we have limited views. I suppose I will now since I recently cancelled my subscription.

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                            southernitalian RE: lynnlato Dec 18, 2013 10:26 AM

                            I cancelled my subscription a few years ago. I have unlimited online views though. Strange.

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                              carolinadawg RE: southernitalian Dec 18, 2013 10:42 AM

                              Here's what I get when I click on an article on the website:

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            suechef RE: suechef Dec 18, 2013 09:52 AM

            Thanks so much for your help. We have decided to drive to Asheville and stay/play/eat there. Merry Christmas!

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