Charlotte, NC

Discussion in 'Other U.S. Destinations' started by WanderLuster, Feb 17, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. WanderLuster
    Original Member

    WanderLuster Silver Member

    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    191
    Status Points:
    335
    My aunt has recently moved to Charlotte, NC. Being the wonderful niece that I am, I have volunteered to pop down once a month or so for a long weekend and help her explore all of the wonderfulness that Charlotte has to offer.

    We're into:
    Wine
    Fine and Upscale Dining
    Relaxed Bars (more upscale lounge/pub than crazy club)
    Theater
    Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (hello, local flavor)

    I thought I'd see if the esteemed members of MP had any recommendations.
     
  2. SC Flier
    Original Member

    SC Flier Gold Member

    Messages:
    14,851
    Likes Received:
    30,839
    Status Points:
    16,520
  3. flyingdawg
    Original Member

    flyingdawg Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,072
    Likes Received:
    1,702
    Status Points:
    1,120
    Not sure if its what you're looking for but Mac's Speed Shop has great BBQ and a tremendous (tap) beer selection. They advertise themselves as a biker bar, but its really more of a young and urban office crowd. Located just south of downtown.

    http://www.macspeedshop.com/
     
    jbcarioca, WanderLuster and SC Flier like this.
  4. WanderLuster
    Original Member

    WanderLuster Silver Member

    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    191
    Status Points:
    335
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

    I've got my first visit to Charlotte coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm excited to try out both Mac's and Big Daddy's!
     
    jbcarioca and flyingdawg like this.
  5. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    For food and wine, you simply must drive out to the Fearington Inn in Fearington Village for dinner. IIRC, it's about ten miles straight on a major secondary road. Don't miss anything with blueberries. In addition to the outstanding upscale restaurant, there are some interesting shops.

    Farther away in NC, the Biltmore claims to have the largest wine tasting room in at least the eastern US, a frightening thought. Nevertheless, the mansion is interesting as are the grounds. There's an independent hotel, roughly four star, on the property which has a fancy European cuisine restaurant. I walked around the lobby and didn't personally find it appealing, but I think the place has been getting good reviews.
     
    jbcarioca likes this.
  6. ab3i
    Original Member

    ab3i Silver Member

    Messages:
    408
    Likes Received:
    1,142
    Status Points:
    795
    I am in Charlotte almost every other week for work these days and it definitely has a lot to offer in terms of food :). The few that i frequent often are:

    Downtown
    - the Epicenter has a couple of good resteraunts: Enso for Asian, Mezz for American, Vida for Mexican
    - Kings Kitchen for BBQ/Southern on trade street (opposite the Marriott)
    - Aria for Italian on trade street (neat the epicenter)
    - Blue for American off 5th and college

    Dilworth (about 10 mins from downtown)
    - Cantina 1511 for mexican, i recommend the 1511 margerita
    - Copper for Indian-Fusion

    Southpark
    - Toscana (Italian)
    - Brio (Italian)
    - Bricktops (pizza)
     
    jbcarioca and flyingdawg like this.
  7. jbcarioca
    Original Member

    jbcarioca Gold Member

    Messages:
    17,507
    Likes Received:
    57,455
    Status Points:
    20,020
    Nobody has yet mentioned:
    Upstream- a really excellent fish restaurant in Phillips Place
    Dean and Deluca, of which Charlotte has their epicenter outside NYC. There is one in Phillips Place too as well as one on South Tryon and another on Rea Road.
    I agree with Toscana and Copper as well.
     
    flyingdawg likes this.
  8. beofotch
    Original Member

    beofotch Silver Member

    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    57
    Status Points:
    225
    I have been living in Charlotte for almost a year now. I really like Growler Pourhouse in Noda for some craft/cask beers and delicious upscale pub-fare. Also in NoDa Cabo Fish Taco and Revolution Pizza are delicious (fresh, organic ingredients, no freezers, etc.)

    Welcome to your Aunt to the Queen City
     
    flyingdawg, SC Flier and jbcarioca like this.

Share This Page