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Advice about Charlotte

You will have to skip the farmer's market. April 1 falls on a Monday and the market will be closed. Instead, perhaps you can shop at one of the ethnic markets on the east side of town. Super G has a good selection of Asian produce

Two ethnic spots on Elizabeth Avenue are worth checking out: Cuisine Malaya and The Red Sea Ethiopian. Elizabeth becomes Trade Street and it's a straight show into town - maybe a mile. You could then park in the Epi-Center or, if you are up for it, rent a bike through Charlotte bike share and peddle your way!

Mar 08, 2013
hazardnc in Southeast

Savannah restaurants within walking distance of Bay St

My husband and I were in Savannah two weekends ago and we really enjoyed Circa 1875 Gastro Pub. It's in a beautiful setting with a real French Bistro slant. It's only 5 blocks from Bay Street and right next door to the Paris Market, which is a lovely shop. Reservations are a must!

Mar 04, 2013
hazardnc in Southeast

Nix Burgers in Uptown Charlotte has closed?

I loved Spratts - especially their soups. Hardly any downtown establishment makes a good variety of soups in house

Feb 07, 2013
hazardnc in Southeast

Nix Burgers in Uptown Charlotte has closed?

I was told that Nix officially closed and that LaVecchia sold it to another company that will reopen - still selling burgers. I believe LaVecchia is down to one last restaurant in town (City Smoke), and that is not doing so well either. Any local hounds have the scoop on what's going in the old Nix?

Feb 06, 2013
hazardnc in Southeast

Any word on Elizabeth Fish and Oyster House, near Presby Hospital? (Charlotte)

The owner ran into legal troubles - http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local...

Oct 01, 2012
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New Food Truck Alert

Sadly, I didn't catch the name, but there is a new Crepe truck that set up in front of Bank of America at Trade and Tryon. They only have lunch a dessert crepes right now, but will have breakfast crepes soon.

Jun 22, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Help! Charlotte from Columbia (concert at Verizon Amphitheater)

The Flying Saucer Beer Emporium is about 2 miles from the venue. I have never been - since it's a chain and they have a location in Columbia, maybe you've already been. I have heard great things about WOB

Jun 20, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

mexican food in charlotte?

The SO and I tried Tres Amigos on Central Ave on Saturday. I remember a positive review in the Loaf from some time ago. First impression was not very good - the chips were a tad stale and the salsa obviously bottled. In addition, the service was extremely slow. Noting that only gringos were patronizing the place, we figured it was a triple whammy. I have to admit, however, that the tacos were very good. We each tried the asada and the So had al pastor while I tried the chicken. The waitress provided a bowl with a very nice avocado salsa that had a good zing to it.

My favorite will probably continue to be Tacos Mexicano on South Blvd, but I just might have to try the huevos rancheros at Tres Amigos some day

Jun 18, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Smalls Food and Spirits, Charlotte

better keep an eye on your credit card statement!

Jun 11, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Flowers in the vegetable garden.

I like to plant borage near my tomatoes..love the flowers but it also is supposed to deter horn worms.

I tried planting marigolds to deter rabbits (was told rabbits hate the smell). The rabbits ate the marigolds.

I used to grow roses but gave up b/c of Japanese beetles. Then I learned I had created a garden of eaten (pardon the pun) as beetles love zinnias, Crape Myrtles, sunflowers and many others.

Our local hardware store sells live lady bugs and praying mantis egg sacks - maybe you can find some locally?

Jun 04, 2012
hazardnc in Gardening

King's Bakery now doing breakfast sandwiches [Charlotte]

Just a heads up that the Kings Bakery started selling breakfast biscuits and pastries a few weeks ago. I tried the sausage, egg and cheese. The biscuit was on larger version of the restaurant version, but it was also studded with bacon! And the sausage was definitely not your plain old sausage patty. Do not know if it is made in house or if they buy in bulk from Grateful Growers, but it was wonderful.

They only sell one version a day. They also carry a daily breakfast muffin (lemon poppy seed!)

Jun 04, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Where to get the best Shrimp and Grits in Charlotte

gotta agree with you on the cheese thing...where did that come from? So far, I have had McCormick and Schmicks (meh) and Savor Cafe's version (pretty good). The grits have to be stone ground. the CO tried E2's version and found them to be pretty sad.

Has anyone tried Mimosa's version?

Jun 04, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

mexican food in charlotte?

What? The closed?

May 30, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Good but affordable itallian in charlotte?

Have you tried Portofino's yet? I like their linguini with clams and I love their house salad dressing. They also make a decent pizza. They have two locations: Eastway @ Central and Park Road @ Selwyn

May 25, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Where to get the best Shrimp and Grits in Charlotte

Lots of places in town make shrimp and grits, but where can you get the best?

May 24, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Looking for Offal in Charlotte

I know Windy Hill Farm sells beef, lamb, pork and chicken livers and hearts. http://www.windyhillfarmnc.com/Produc...
You can get tripe at any Mexican carniceria

May 22, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Pro Chef Kitchen Supply open in Uptown Charlotte

Exactly - and since the store is across from my building, I can pop in at lunch. He did a great job on the knives, btw.

I remember when a Finer Edge was at the Atherton Market -

May 16, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Pro Chef Kitchen Supply open in Uptown Charlotte

Just dropped off my knives so they can be sharpened at Pro Chef Kitchen Supply. They are located in the old building across from Press on Trade St between Poplar and Mint. They guy owns the mobile sharpening business that serves the restaurant industry. In addition to knife sharpening, they have a good selection of kitchen ware.

Charge is $6 a knife - will report back on the quality, but he did seem to know what he was talking about. He explained that Sur le Table has been grinding our blades - not sharpening, and that has messes up the balance, but he can fix it.

May 14, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Finally - a Middle Eastern Bakery in Charlotte!

Actually, I was referring to Jerusalem Bakery. It is across Western Blvd near NCSU.

May 03, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Finally - a Middle Eastern Bakery in Charlotte!

My SO and I made a trip over to Golden Bakery yesterday. We both had the manakish (what we know as khubz bil zaatar) and the meat pies. The zaatar was so good and we are very excited to be able to get this locally! Ww also bought two packets of pita (wheat and white) and we have that tonight with our kabobs.

We have been hoping for years that a bakery would open here and I hope folks will do their part and buy their breads and desserts!

Apr 30, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Finally - a Middle Eastern Bakery in Charlotte!

I was ecstatic to read Tricia Childress' article in Creative Loafing today announcing the topning of the Golden Bakery on N. Sharon Amity near the Halal Market. Having lived in Charlotte for going on 20 years, it has always saddened me that the nearest decent pita bread was in Atlanta. I only recently discovered a baker in Raleigh - but now I don't have to drive to get bread and manakish!

http://clclt.com/charlotte/where-to-f...

Apr 24, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Hazelnuts Creperie open in Fifth Third Building at 200 S. Tryon (Charlotte)

I had my first ham, swiss and egg crepe this morning. It was very good. They have several breakfast options and savory lunch options as well. No website yet -

Apr 03, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

CHARLOTTE: Baby Shower Venue Rec's

If you are hiring caterers, they usually can provide a server and someone to do dishes. Check with La-tea-Das http://www.lateadas.com/celebrations/.... The food truck - Roots - also caters http://rootsfarmfood.com/catering/ and for something completely different, get this guy to make your cupcakes: http://fumanchucupcakes.com/cupcake.html

Mar 28, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Moving to Charlotte and would like some shopping help

I live about 3 miles east of Southpark. Given that you stated you will be not-too-far from Pineville indicates you will be south/southwest of the mall area. There are not any large, inexpensive places to shop near you. However, there are several ethnic markets along South Blvd that you might enjoy exploring. There is also the Bombay Bazaar market that may have some interesting ingredients.

Depending on where you will be living, you may want to check out the Regional Farmer's Market on Yorkmont. You can find both local and "imported" produce and is a huge hit with the Asian community. Beginning April 6, the King's Market on Kings Road not far from the main hospital will reopen. You can get inexpensive produce, though much of it is from elsewhere.

On Eastway Drive, about 5 miles from Southpark., there is the Atlantic Farmer's Market - a misnomer because the place is really just a large grocery store that has a wide variety of Mexican and Asian goods and inexpensive produce (think 10 limes for $1, 3 avocados for $5, etc).

Asian Corner Mall would be a bit of a trek (about 8 miles) and the parking lot is one giant pot hole, but there are two Asian grocers, the best banh mi shop in Charlotte, a guy who sells Peking duck and a super kitchen supply store.

Have fun - I love moving to new cities and exploring where to eat and shop.

I second the vote for Super G - they have a great selection of Asian produce. Stallings would be a haul, but it could be fun to make a trip

Feb 27, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Charlotte Area CSA's

I second the Atherton Market, and of course the Matthews Farmer's market. I have been only once, and the place definitely has some work to do, but the 7th Street Market will have local produce.

Sad to say, but I too was a Poplar Ridge Farm CSA shareholder for two summers. I don't ever want to see another head of bok choy! I much prefer shopping at the markets and buying what I want to eat

Feb 09, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Best Inexpensive restaurant in Downtown/Midtown Charlotte

I haven't been to Basil in a long time, so I cannot say. owever, they do a booming lunch business. Billyjack brings up an interesting idea. Cuisine Malaya is on the Gold Rush line, meaning you can get a free ride up and down Trade St/ Elizabeth Avenue. If you are doing the earlybird special in order to get to the theatre on time, it will work for you. The last pick up is around 6-ish. That opens up Cuisine Malaya, Carpe Diem, Customshop...

Feb 09, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Best Inexpensive restaurant in Downtown/Midtown Charlotte

Another decent place that is affordable, very popular with the older Charlotte natives and a place that has fantastic desserts is Savor Cafe. Only drag is it is not downtown, but then, neither is Lulu's. However, it's probably just 2.5 miles from the Blumenthal.

If your dad will eat Asian, Basil (Thai) is very affordable and good and within walking distance of the Blumenthal.

Lastly, there are several places that have partnered with the Blumenthal and give discounts
http://www.blumenthalarts.org/default...

BTW - I have been to Roosters. I liked it, but it is not that affordable

Feb 07, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

need help re rehearsal dinner Charlotte

Aquavina has a terrace overlooking the Green -

Feb 02, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Looking for Merguez-Charlotte

Try the Cedars market on Central near Sharon Amity. I know they have the Lebanese makanek, they may have merguez or try to make your own http://lpoli.50webs.com/index_files/M...

Jan 08, 2012
hazardnc in Southeast

Excellent Middle Eastern Food in Uptown Charlotte at last

The SO and I had lunch at Levant, which recently opened in the Duke Energy building. They have created an upscale spot that specializes in dishes from the Eastern Mediterranean. The decor features heavily carved wood tables and chairs inlaid with mother of pearl. The wait staff is very attentive.

The lunch menu features the same wraps you can find at their other location, Kabob Grill. In addition, they have several options for vegetarians. I am a total sucker for kibbe, but on this visit, I wanted to sample as many dishes as possible, so I opted for the veggie plate. This allowed me to choose five sides: falafel, yalanji (stuffed grape leaves), potato harrara, tabouli and mjuddara, which is a poor man's dish of lentils and rice topped with sautéed onions. The SO had the lamb shawarma, and we had to try the fouls madamas, which is a dish of stewed fava beans and chickpeas with a distinct lemony garlic dish.

I am no food writer, so I will just state that everything was very good. Their falafel is some of the best I have ever tasted. The flavor of the cilantro and spices is present, and they are light and crisp. The mjuddara is something we make at home all they time and they do a fine job, but a bit of yogurt would be a nice touch. Their grape leaves were also delicious and served warm. The SO loves their schwarma at the Kabob Grill and he was not disappointed with the version at Levant.

We are definitely going back. At $10 for the wrap, which includes fries, their prices compete with Dean and Deluca, etc. The vegetable plate costs $13, but was a very generous serving and could easily sub as a mezzo platter to serve two or more. Looking forward to trying the fattoush and kibbe next lunch. The dinner menu is much more ambitious (and pricey!) attempt a fusion, with dishes like fattoush topped with fried calamari, lamb chops seasoned with zaatar, mekanek (lamb sausages) and lahajeen, which are a sort of Arabic pizza...pita topped with lamb seasoned with Aleppo pepper and toasted pine nuts.

The location is on The Avenue of the Arts across from the Knight Theater, so it would be a perfect pre or post concert destination.

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Kabob Grill
1235 East Blvd Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28203

Nov 12, 2011
hazardnc in Southeast