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Places in Charlotte where you order at the counter

Brooklyn South Pizza comes to mind. I kind of hate it.

Apr 11, 2014
southernitalian in Southeast

OJ & Guinness?

I first had Guiness in Ireland. It's very common for women to drink it with a shot of Cointreau in it, so similar taste combination.

Mar 12, 2014
southernitalian in Beer

Sbarro get's ready for bankruptcy reorganization.............

I have a soft spot in my heart for Sbarro because I used to eat there all the time when I was young, broke and working at the World Trade Center.

Mar 07, 2014
southernitalian in Chains

Charlotte's Cowfish coming to Raleigh

The last time we were there, he was "lurking". It was still kind of early so he didn't come in. Just kept walking by looking to see who was at the bar.

It's certainly not for serious sushi but it has its place. I've never had a bad dish, service is great and there's something for everyone.

Feb 11, 2014
southernitalian in Southeast
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Your own sauce creation?

LOL!!!!!

Jan 02, 2014
southernitalian in Home Cooking

Soup in the Charlotte Area

La Unica on South Blvd. does not have this soup on their menu. I would love to try it.

I know I sound like a broken record, but the pho with brisket and rare steak at Pho Hoa is my favorite soup in Charlotte. The Tom Yum with chicken at Malaya Kitchen is pretty tasty too. Of course it's a salt bomb but there are a ton of fresh vegetables in it too.

Dec 20, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

PBS show "A Chef's Life"

I'm in Charlotte and my friends and I all watch it on PBS.

Dec 20, 2013
southernitalian in Food Media & News

Charlotte NC Christmas dinner?

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

Dec 18, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Charlotte NC Christmas dinner?

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

Dec 18, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Need ocean-themed dessert ideas!

Maybe something with coconut?

Dec 04, 2013
southernitalian in Home Cooking

The Mis-use of "Miss"

Here in Charlotte, all women are called Miss. Miss First Name if you know them really well and Miss Last Name if they're a teacher or the mother of a friend. My daughter started doing it years ago and I got used to it but as a former NYer, I find it strange. In a good way.

Nov 20, 2013
southernitalian in Not About Food

Odd/Nontraditional Sushi Rolls?

Smarty pants - I put a link to it upthread a few days ago but I don't think many people read it. I cracked up when I saw the Nature Boy roll. It definitely wasn't on the menu a while back. Guess he's found a new haunt now that Zink is gone. Ric's roll sounds great.

Nov 19, 2013
southernitalian in General Topics

Odd/Nontraditional Sushi Rolls?

Nov 18, 2013
southernitalian in General Topics
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What dish challenges you to not 'yuck another's yum'?

Eel.

Nov 15, 2013
southernitalian in General Topics

Downtown Charlotte question

I second Dandelion Market.

Nov 12, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Silliest/most useless wedding gift you received?

You win Motosport.

Sep 25, 2013
southernitalian in Not About Food

Looking for RGR-type LES "Tour" with Asian Emphasis

Old Sichuan has become a regular stop for us each summer. Those soup dumplings were amazing.

Sep 10, 2013
southernitalian in Manhattan

Chinatown/Little Italy/LES Food Tour

Do you seriously intend on eating at every one of those places? I must be missing something.

It pains me to say it, but you can take Ferrara off your list.

Sep 10, 2013
southernitalian in Manhattan

Charlotte Chowhounds

Wow. I agree with you L-L. I've never had anything but great service at 131 Main. I've never felt the need to go to Greenville or Kannapolis for good food. There are plenty of good restaurants right here in Charlotte.

Sep 05, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Charlotte Chowhounds

So Kathleen is responsible for unleashing you on to us?

All kidding aside, I've probably been to 10 restaurants in Charlotte that I never would have considered were it not for CH. Were they all detour worthy? Nope. But I thoroughly enjoyed most of them.

Aug 22, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast
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Charlotte Chowhounds

You're right QCM. When I first joined CH in 2007 (ish), there were a lot of Charlotte posters. Not sure where they've all gone. If I'm looking for opinions on a restaurant, I'll occasionally resort to Yelp, but I generally find the reviews there not to be as high quality as some of the Charlotte folks on CH used to provide.

We do get an occasional posting from Kathleen Purvis who writes for the Observer, but not often.

I was one of the Charlotte hounds who visited BLB last week and I'm still thinking about the food. Can't wait to go back.

Central Avenue has a lot of gems on it, as does Montford Drive.

There are still some good threads that should give you a good introduction to the Queen City. Search for "lynn-lato";s posts. She knows her stuff. Until recently, there was a poster named Godfather of Lunch. He had some good posts as well.

Aug 19, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Bistro la Bon, Charlotte

Agreed. It was an amazing meal. Not what you'd expect in a strip mall setting. Really excellent food and service. I loved the wood tables and the rugs. Next time, we have to try the octopus! Enjoyed it ladies!

Aug 16, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Best Vietnamese in Charlotte?

And on the north side of town, in the slightly scary Asian Corner mall on Tryon is Truc and Le's sandwiches.

Jul 01, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Best Vietnamese in Charlotte?

Vietnamese is my favorite cuisine. I have not found bad Vietnamese food in Charlotte. Lang Van and Ben Thanh are both excellent. Doan's, Vietnam Grille and Saigon Palace don't disappoint us. Even Viet Thai Noodle House has some pretty solid dishes and great service. That said, Pho Hoa (I know, I know, it's an international chain) on Central (not to be confused with Pho an Hoa) is by far our favorite for pho. Cheap? Check, Hole in the wall? Check.

Jul 01, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Ballantyne Area in Charlotte

I'd have to agree on the overpriced point. They have a very good lunch buffet which is really all I've ever had. I work nearby.

Jun 06, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Ballantyne Area in Charlotte

Villa Antonio and Blue Taj are probably the closest non-chain restaurants to the hotel.

Jun 05, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

The Ten Most Annoying Habits of Fellow Diners.

I've unfriended people for cheapness and chronic lateness but rudeness to waiters is one I can not abide by and I will speak up to my dining companions if they pull it.

May 16, 2013
southernitalian in Not About Food
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What are you making for Mother's Day brunch?

I'm having quite a crowd. Several dozen bagels and cream cheese, 4 different kinds of quiche, bacon and sausage, fruit salad and bloody marys.

May 09, 2013
southernitalian in Home Cooking

Charlotte Observer

Welcome to Charlotte, QCmama! I hope you'll enjoy it here. I think that reading that one of our most notable food writers actually took the time to respond to the OP is an indication of what a friendly city this is!

Apr 30, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast

Charlotte Observer

Regarding that paywall, don't tell the CO, but it's not working. I can still read everything. The only thing I can't read are the comments which used to be my favorite part.

Kathleen and Helen don't appear to have much support from the CO, compared to the old days when I'd look forward to the E&T section. I don't think the situation is unque to Charlotte. Of course, with Helen giving every restaurant three stars, I question the value of what's left.

Apr 29, 2013
southernitalian in Southeast
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