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Jan 2, 2014 03:15 PM

Headed to Atlanta... Dinner in Charlotte or Greenville? HELP!

We are headed to Atlanta next weekend and will be spending Thursday night in either Charlotte or Greenville. From the threads on Chowhound, there really does not appear to be a clear winner for a great meal that is creative. We are up for about anything, but are looking for something that matches the food at Poole's Diner and Plates in Raleigh, The Admiral in Asheville, Mateo and Watts Grocery in Durham..... We had been to Halcyon on a previous trip. The food was memorable, but that was more than a year ago.


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  1. Definitely Charlotte. Halcyon is still great. Other possibilities are Dandelion Market, 5Church, The Liberty, Good Food on Montford, Custom Shop, Carpe Diem, Fig Tree, etc. McNinch House if you want to drop big bucks. Do a search for Charlotte and you'll find lots of recs.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      I'm going to Lulu tomorrow night. Psyched!

      1. re: carolinadawg

        I second Good Food on Montford and Customshop and would add Bistro La Bon to the mix. I like G'ville, but I think Charlotte has more of what you're looking for.

        1. re: lynnlato

          Thanks carolinadawg and lynnlato. Good Food on Montford looks inviting and gets great reviews. However, from a menu viewpoint, Halcyon still looks more interesting. So, I think we will head to Halcyon. Unless someone has another restaurant that is not to be missed in Charlotte.

        2. re: carolinadawg

          I'm curious c'dawg, have you been to Halcyon since the original executive chef left? I had friends go on NYE and while they enjoyed their meals very much, they said the place was nearly empty. I am wondering how they are doing since Jacksina left.

          1. re: lynnlato

            lynnlato - when did the original executive chef leave? Do think this should influence our dining choice later this week?

            1. re: foodieinraleigh

              I can't say for certain, foodieinraleigh, as I haven't been there since his departure. My friends thoroughly enjoyed their meal on NYE and it seems they are sticking with the same farm to table menu. I think the exec. chef now was the chef de cuisine under Jacksina so you should be fine.

              Carolinadawg, good points. I was uptown on NYE and it was quite the rat race.

            2. re: lynnlato

              I ate there a couple of months ago...November, I think. I didn't notice any difference. I suspect it wasn't busy on NYE because their usual customers were avoiding Uptown that night? I think Lulu has carried on well since Jacksina left there...

              1. re: carolinadawg

                We are also curious whether Zada Jones (1601 Central Ave) is still a great place for breakfast?

                1. re: foodieinraleigh

                  It's been a while since I've been there. Still seems very busy when I drive by. The menu is a little too "crunchy" for me, but it's good for what it is.

                  1. re: foodieinraleigh

                    It's actually Zada Jane's, and its been great every time we've eaten there, over a number of years.

                    1. re: jnwall

                      Here is an update from your travels. We had dinner on Thursday at Halcyon. The food overall was very good but not particularly memorable, except for the blue cheese souffle starter and the flounder, which was cooked perfectly. The goat cheese cheese cake almost saved the meal - tangy and creamy with an excellent contrast to the rasberry coulus and fresh rasberries. Breakfast at Zada Janes was a good start to the drive to Atlanta.... the Bunny Ranchers was noteworthy, especially with sweet potatoes substituted for the regular potatoes in the dish. On the return, we stopped at Savor Cafe on Morehead to support a local establishment, not far off the expressway. The food was laudable, but not not worth a stop on the next way through Charlotte.

                      1. re: foodieinraleigh

                        Thanks for reporting back! Next time your in town, hit up Customshop for dinner.

            3. See that the Owl is closed in Greenville.

              1. There is absolutely nothing in G'ville that approaches the Admiral. We have a beautiful, easy to navigate downtown, an easy no-traffic drive off I85 and access to a great park and trail system straight from Main Street.

                But if, like me, the food is of primary importance, I wouldn't recommend it.

                That said, there *IS* this:

                I haven't tried it yet but depending on your route to Atlanta, it could be an interesting stop-over for both hotel and dinner. It's George Hincapie's retirement venture.