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Lunch in Durham

Not seeking anything in particular. Just looking for something good to make the trip a little more exciting (it's a quick business trip).

Jul 23, 2014
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Lunch in Durham

I can drive into town. I'll be driving from Charlotte to Butner. I do enjoy Allen & Son but may want to try something new.

Jul 22, 2014
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Lunch in Durham

I'll be driving by Durham this Friday and am looking for a good lunch spot. Any recs?

Jul 22, 2014
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Vacation Spot in October

I agree with Asheville or Charleston for places that this forum covers. And NOLA is great, too.

Living in Charlotte, Asheville and Charleston are my go-to's for long weekend getaways.

Jul 19, 2014
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Charlotte NC fine dining

People have different definitions of fine dining, so I'll recommend a few places that are good that may fit what you're looking for (and in or close to downtown):

Carolinadawg gave some good recs, although I have to admit, despite having lived in Charlotte my whole life, I've never been to the McNinch House. Also Halcyon, Customshop, Bistro la Bon, Bernardin's, The Asbury, Wooden Vine, Aria, 5Church.

Jul 16, 2014
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Restaurant Pet Peeves

I hate when I go to a restaurant that is not built or meant to accommodate live music, and they have live music where the performers are playing over a too-loud P.A. such that I can't carry on a conversation (and often times cannot even hear myself think). If I want to hear loud live music, I'll go somewhere where there's supposed to be live music. If I want dinner, I don't want the music-- which I didn't come to hear-- to drown out my conversation.

Apr 22, 2014
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Charlotte dinner mid-range (i.e. not fancy or $20 entrees and higher)

Pio Pio in Dilworth.

Apr 14, 2014
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Places in Charlotte where you order at the counter

I'm trying to compile a list of restaurants in Charlotte where you order at the counter, and then the food is either brought out to your table or you pick it up at the counter. I prefer this at lunchtime because it can often get me in and out quicker and I don't feel obligated to pay a full 20% tip on top of the meal. And I think we need more of these places in Charlotte, as so many places in town are sit-down-and-order-from-a-server restaurants. Fast food chains and other major national chains do not count. I'm also excluding places that do not have seating in or right by the restaurant (Price's, for example) I'll get the list started, but help me think of (or discover) more:

Viva Chicken
Common Market
Phat Burrito
Just Fresh
Owen's Bagel & Deli
Poppy's Bagels
Adams' 7th Street Market
Every place at the 7th Street market downtown
Metropolitan Cafe
Bang Bang Burger
Roasting Company
J.J.'s Red Hots
Green's Lunch

What else you got?...

Apr 10, 2014
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Asheville itinerary consultation

My pro-Admiral vote stands regardless of the changes in chefs. I don't think the quality has dropped at The Admiral at all. While a I like Seven Sows very much, I like the food at The Admiral a little better and I like dining experience at The Admiral much more. For what it's worth, my wife loves The Admiral but is not sold on Seven Sows.

While I don't think you can go wrong at either, I think
The Admiral should be tried first. Trying Seven Sows first would be like watching The Godfather, Part II before ever watching The Godfather.

Mar 17, 2014
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Asheville itinerary consultation

I agree with miss piggy that The Admiral and Seven Sows may be a bit similar. I would choose The Admiral above Seven Sows, and maybe recommend Zambra in place of Seven Sows.

Mar 16, 2014
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Stagioni Charlotte

I went a few weeks ago and enjoyed everything I had, as did the company I was with.

The only thing I wouldn't order again were the dips. They were fine, but I didn't find them very exciting,

We shared the grilled octopus, which was one of the better versions of that dish I've had in Charlotte. We also shared a brussels sprout pizza. It was awesome. I would gladly go there just pick up a pizza,

My wife and I split the veal saltimbocca and the rigatoni. We both thought the rigatoni was cooked perfectly. The veal saltimbocca hit the spot for me, and the prosciutto wrapped around had the right amount of crispiness. It came over a very tasty creamy polenta.

We all shared roasted cauliflower, mushrooms, and spinach, The spinach was nothing special, but the cauliflower and mushrooms were amazing, I could have eaten those all night.

We enjoyed our dessert, but I can't remember what it was. Our waitress also recommended a great bottle of wine. We went through two pretty fast.

Fiamma has been my favorite Italian in Charlotte, but Stagioni came on strong for me. My Jersey-girl wife agreed, and she's very picky about her Italian.

Mar 11, 2014
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One dinner in Chicago

Thank you so much for the recs. We made reservations for Boka. We very much look forward to our trip.

Mar 03, 2014
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One dinner in Chicago

My wife and I are visiting Chicago in mid-April to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary. We are there for four nights, and we have reservations set for the first three nights: Yusho, Girl and the Goat, and Frontera. We are trying to pick out a place for our final night. We narrowed it down to the following: Sepia, Publican, Purple Pig, Boka and North Pond. Longman & Eagle looked great, but it doesn't take reservations, and we want to have a sure thing.

Of the places above, what should we do for our last night's meal? And if anyone has a recommendation that is not on our list that we absolutely should not miss, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for your help in helping us have a wonderful meal the night we're there.

Feb 23, 2014
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Italian restaurant in Charlotte

After further thought, I think your friend may be referring to Vivace, which is located in midtown, just outside of downtown.

I have very much enjoyed my last couple meals there and would recommend.

Jan 27, 2014
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Italian restaurant in Charlotte

I agree that it sounds like she was referring to either Luce or Aria (most likely Luce).

Another Italian spot I would highly recommend is Fiamma, which is in Dilworth.

Jan 22, 2014
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dinner near Southpark Mall charlotte, NC

I agree with the recommendations for Roosters. If you want something more low key, Wine Shop at Foxcroft serves some good food (mostly small plates) and has a great wine selection. There are some other good options in the area as well, but they may be a little fancier than what you're looking for.

Jan 14, 2014
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Charlotte NC Christmas dinner?

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.

Dec 03, 2013
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Charlotte Chowhounds

Sorry about your Terra experience, GFL. I have been there several times over the years, and have had some excellent meals there, as well as excellent service. I still dream about the duo of lamb I had their several years ago. And the sweetbreads and foie gras I've had there keep me craving for more. I also enjoy then ambiance there. I feel very much like I'm dining in a quaint restaurant in France when I eat there.

Aug 23, 2013
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Charlotte Chowhounds

I have tried several of those restaurants. I have been to Block & Grinder three times. I really like the atmosphere inside. It's different than other Charlotte restaurants. You walk in, and to the left is a butcher counter. To the right is the bar. All the way back is where they keep their wine. If you want wine with dinner, you can go back and peruse their wine shelves and pick out a wine. (If you don't want to get up, they'll help you pick one out.).

The cocktails are very good-- some of the better cocktails in town. I believe the menu changes frequently. They tout their steaks, but I have not tried one yet. The first time I went I ordered the rabbit, which was very good. My wife had the shiitake burger, which was one of the better burgers in town. (One of my co-workers declared itmohe best burger in town.) The second time I went, I got the duck, which came with parsnip bread. It was excellent. We also split a bunch of appetizers. Their appetizers may be the best part. I've tried the sweetbreads, pork belly, ribs w/ Cheerwine BBQ sauce, and bone marrow. The third time I went, I ordered the wild boar special. It was not nearly as good as the meals I got the first two times I went. Maybe the fact that it was a Monday night had something to do with the dip in quality.

All in all, I really enjoy the Block & Grinder, and as long as the meal I got during my last visit was an anomoly, it will remain in my rotation. It's a casual place that serves some high quality food. It has an Asheville feel to it, which I really like.

I've been to Heist many times and have tried about everything on the menu. The beers are mediocre to good. The cocktails are very good. The food is mostly quite good. It's mainly small plates with some burgers and sandwiches and flatbread pizzas. The flatbread pizzas are pretty good, and the burgers and sandwiches are quite good, albeit very messy. My favorite dish there is the pipe smoked salmon: smoked salmon served over potato purée topped with mushroom and snow pea cream and crispy shallots. I don't know if I would have thought to order it if the waiter did not recommend it to me, but now I get almost every time I go. This is the kind of place you go when you want something very casual and not very quiet (the place has a fun, sometimes boisterous, atmosphere).

I have eaten at Peculiar Rabbit once for lunch and once for dinner. I had dinner there just after it opened and can't remember it very well. I just remember thinking it had potential and noting that there were interesting things on the menu. Ditto for my lunch there. The rooftop deck is spectacular. One of the best views of the city. I've been there several times for drinks, and look forward to going back to see how the food has developed.

Aug 23, 2013
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Keaton's Barbecue

By coincidence, Keaton's is in Cleveland ... North Carolina.

Aug 05, 2013
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Nags Head, North Carolina

When I was there last year, the Brine and Bottle was by far my favorite dinner. We had a good lunch at Blue Moon Beach Grill.

Jul 29, 2013
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Ocean Isle NC

Sugar Shack just off the island. The ribs are amazing. Also, Causeway Gourmet, just off the island, is great for lunch.

May 26, 2013
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Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, Asheville

LOL! I was there that same night and can actually be seen in the video behind Dave.

And the ox tongue was excellent.

Apr 03, 2013
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Charleston advice: Husk or McCrady's? FIG or SNOB?

For me, I would do McCrady's and FIG.

Mar 19, 2013
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Advice about Charlotte

FYI Common Market SouthEnd is at the Bland Street stop.

Mar 10, 2013
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Sunday night solo dining in Charlotte

For solo dining, I might first recommend sitting at the bar at 5Church. The bar at Rooster's would be good as well.

Other places downtown where you could feel comfortable sitting at the bar by yourself are Enso for sushi and Asian cuisine, Vida for "upscale" Southwestern/Mexican, and Dandelion Market for decent small plates.

You could also sit at the bar at Halcyon, where you could get great food, but I don't know if it's the best place to dine solo on a Sunday.

Dec 28, 2012
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Charlotte - Dinner Suggestions - Near Southpark

Barrington's, Cafe Monte, Rooster's, The Wine Shop in Foxcroft, Sushi Guru and Yama are all good places that are very close.

Dec 13, 2012
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Charlotte NC Best choice

Carpe Diem is where I took my prom date back in high school 20 years ago. Back when it was located where Bernardin's is now. That's how old school it is. Back then, it was easily Charlotte's best restaurant.

Dec 01, 2012
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Charlotte NC Best choice

I'll add Customshop to the list of those suggested by others.

As for your list:

Terrace is good for breakfast/brunch.
Bonterra is fine, but not exciting. It doesn't get recommended much on these boards.
Soul is a fun place.
I don't think anyone on here would recommned Mimosa Grill. That's the kind of place you do a business lunch or dinner if you work nearby.
I've actually never been to Luce. If you're interested in doing Italian, I highly recommned Fiamma.

Nov 29, 2012
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Durhamite going to Charlotte--good place for Guglhupf or Vin-Rouge-style bakery breakfast/brunch?

Yeah, Soul is more of a later-in-the-evening spot. You probably threw them off by getting there so early. The best things there are usually the specials, and the lamb lollipops, sticky veal shortribs, pork belly tacos, and tuna tacos are what I would recommend the most from their regular menu. The skewers are pretty good too.

Nov 01, 2012
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