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New York Pizza - Charlotte

After extensive pizza tests over the last 2 years coming from someone that was a regular at Brooklyn's DiFaras (best pizza in the WORLD) and Grimaldi's, Manhattan's Patsy's and John's, and someone who for the first nine months after moving to Charlotte was completely miserable because I couldn't find a decent slice (Palone's came close the first time, but sorely disappointed on my three follow ups), I'm ready to decree that the best pizza in Charlotte is:

1. Lorenzo's Pizzeria on the corner of Ardrey Kell and Marvin Road - Just found this place about 2 weeks ago based on the recommendation of another pizzaholic and I was surprised. It's probably the best slice I've had discounting the pizza legends named above, and that includes almost every other place in NY except for the above named. Crust was done perfectly, sauce and cheese blended the way they're supposed to. After talking to the two owners, I'm not surprised that they moved down here about 7 or 8 years ago from Brooklyn/Staten Island. It's definitely the best NY pizza in Charlotte

2. New York Pizza - Used to be #1 by default. Now it's a respectable, but distant, #2. Since it's closer and more convenient than Lorenzo's, it's still my regular pizza place and it's still right by me.

There is no #3.

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Lorenzo's Pizzeria
16721 Orchard Stone Run, Charlotte, NC 28277

Jan 16, 2011
jp328x in Southeast

Ecuadorian market in Charlotte?

Check out Compare Foods. They've got a bunch of locations around the city.

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Spanish Restaurant in South Carolina?

If you're willing to travel to Charlotte, go to Tria Terra on Pineville-Matthews Rd. Best paella I've had so far in the South.

By all means avoid Miro, Sole or any other restaurant that's part of that group. Not only the worst paella I've had in the South, but the worst paella I've had, period.

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Tria Terra
7707 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Another butcher shop in Charlotte "Coming Soon"

It's the Meat House on Rea Rd. next to Cosmos and across Williams Pond Ln. from St. Matthew's church.

I second it. It's a fantastic butcher shop, though obviously not cheap. I'm a 2x a week customer during the summer to get all my grilling meats.

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

italian in charlotte

A lot of people recommended Mama Ricotta's to me when I asked for Italian recommendations. When I went, my wife loved it and I thought it was mediocre. She had the eggplant rollatini and I had the Mama's pasta. Overall I guess it was fine, but definitely overhyped by the locals.

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Mama Ricotta's Restaurant
601 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Is anybody from Charlotte NC?

I've been to Ruth's Chris, Morton's, DelFrisco's, Chima (I'll consider it a steakhouse for this comparison) but so far the best steak I've had in Charlotte has been at Sullivan's on South Blvd.

All were as good as is to be expected due to the chain status and reputation, but for some reason I remember being surprised and enjoying the steak from Sullivan's more than the other chains. The other thing I remember about Sullivan's was that the service was atrocious (might have just been my server).

Beef & Bottle is next on my list, but I went once with the wife and she refused to go in after looking at the building. Since they're closed for lunch, I have to find a dinner buddy to try it out.

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Gonna be in Charlotte tomorrow night. Looking for a good place to eat. What are my options for

I was going to recommend Tria Terra for tapas. Glad you found it on your own. Probably the most underrated restaurant in Charlotte. I've been there at least 5 times since I moved here and it's by far my favorite restaurant. I've never had a bad dish.

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Tria Terra
7707 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Charlotte getting Whole Foods Finally

Ehh - between Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, and Harris Teeter, I think the upscale grocer market in Charlotte is pretty well covered. I've shopped at Whole Foods when I used to live in the north and although the store is beautiful and the products are top notch, I think they price themselves out of the market way too often.

Along the same vein, competition is always good. Hopefully the Whole Foods will make my trips to TFM and Earth Fare cheaper than they are now.

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Earth Fare
12235 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC

Fresh Market
4223 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC

Harris Teeter
, New Bern, NC 28560

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Super G Market in Charlotte - Yeah!

I'm going to strongly disagree with the rest of this thread.

I've been to Super G Mart (SGM) twice, one the week it opened and again about a week ago. Neither time has been as good an experience as described here. The pros are obviously the fantastic Asian selection of products and really cheap pricing on produce. Also, I enjoyed the Asian cuts of meat which are great for Korean BBQ.

Now for my criticisms (NB: I worked in a supermarket for a significant portion of my life and that frames my opinion every time I walk into one): First of all, the reason that the produce is so cheap is because the quality is horrendous. The first time I went, the market price for Roma tomatoes was around $1.29/lb, at SGM they were on sale at $0.69/lb. Hass avocados market price is usually between .99-1.29 each, at SGM they were 4x$1.00. The thing they had in common was that they were both incredibly overripe to the point where at a traditional supermarket it would have been taken off the sales floor and marked as spoilage. I'm not going to say that all the produce had the same bad quality, but i feel comfortable saying that it was easily most instead of just some. Another observation I made in the produce department was that most of it was not refrigerated. Granted, there are certain products that don't need refrigeration for short periods of time, but this is the first time I go into a supermarket where a significant portion of the produce department lacks coolers for the merchandise.

For the most part, the fish department looked fine, but I have been to other Asian supermarkets that have really exceptional seafood departments that make SGM look poor. I know that's mainly a problem of perception on my end, but my impression was that it didn't provide the seafood value that I expected from an Asian supermarket. Also, when I asked the fishmonger where the shrimp were, he pointed me to a "self-serve" shrimp area where other customers were bagging their own shrimp using some scoops. Ok, diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, but when I noticed that the shrimp were also not refrigerated, I decided to pass on the seafood in general. I pointed out to an employee that the shrimp were not refrigerated and he mentioned that the ice must have melted and needed to be refilled. I don't know how long the shrimp had been out there without any type of ice or refrigeration or why it took me pointing it out for them to do something about it.

I'm definitely pickier than the average supermarket shopper, but my impressions in the produce and fish departments unfortunately left me with a bad impression of the store overall. I won't deny that if I need some hard to find recipe item that I'll go back to buy it, but I definitely will not be doing any type of regular shopping there.

Dec 30, 2010
jp328x in Southeast

Coca-Cola "Hecho en Mexico" in Charlotte or Durham?

Compare Foods Supermarkets. There are 4 in Charlotte and 2 in Durham. All of them have imported Coca-Cola.

Jul 14, 2009
jp328x in General South Archive

S'MAC Review

Decided to post a follow up to this original post.

I've been back a couple of times and found a combination that I love. 4-Cheese M&C w/ extra cheese, slab bacon and breadcrumbs. I think the real key is the extra cheese which gives the M&C the texture I enjoy.

Jan 13, 2007
jp328x in Manhattan

Best Empanada in NYC

I'll second Empanadas del Parque on 108th and VanDoren.

They have both Caribbean-style wheat flour empanadas and Colombian style corn empanadas. Specially good are the chicharron empanadas and the ripe plantain empanadas.

Also, have some of the tropical ice cream. They're delicious.

Oct 15, 2006
jp328x in Manhattan

Il Buco

I like to go to Il Buco's for lunch. There's no line and the waitstaff is exceedingly friendly. I always have the same thing, the porchetta panino with a bottle of mineral water. The panino is fantastic (if you like pork, you'll be in heaven).

The only negative is all the construction currently going on all around it. I like to eat outside so the construction ruins the ambiance for me.

Oct 13, 2006
jp328x in Manhattan

S'MAC Review

Went to S'Mac today around 7'ish. No line, but no tables available either. However, the line formed pretty quickly as I was waiting for my food. The place seemed too small and it looked like the chairs were practically on top of each other. I actually liked the colors they used, though.

As far as the food, I ordered the 4 cheese m&c, and was slightly disappointed. It's not that it was bad, but it wasn't as good as it should have been. My standard at these "niche" restaurants is that it has to be better than what I can do at home. Unfortunately, S'Mac doesn't deliver that. I thought the mac and cheese needed to me much, much cheesier and the pasta itself seemed kind of bland and overcooked.

That said, the cheese and breadcrumb topping was great. They need to incorporate that into the actual mac and cheese instead of only having it as a topping.

Overall I would give it a second shot, although I'm not gonna be enthusiastically recommending it to my friends.

Oct 13, 2006
jp328x in Manhattan