Want to experience classy dining in an upscale restaurant that also offers farm fresh food? Head over to The Asbury! Located in Uptown Charlotte’s iconic Dunhill Hotel, The Asbury specializes in serving staple Southern dishes with a twist to it, and truly does make its style work!
An Upscale, modern southern restaurant, The Asbury has a seasonally rotating menu that offers “Carolina faves with a modern twist” dishes such as Shrimp and Grits with Miso and Cast Iron Biscuits served with bacon jam (made using Executive Chef Chris Coleman’s grandmother’s recipe), alongside classic southern dishes such as fried green tomatoes and NC seafood boil. They also have a great brunch menu that needs to be seen (or rather, eaten) to be believed.
The ambience too is great. Don’t let the light gray walls fool you – this is a very upscale place that will give you that warm, familiar feeling, even if you’ve visited for the first time. They have a great outdoors section too, and you can opt between sitting inside and sitting out on the patio.
A little tip: Do try their deviled eggs and Maw Maw’s cast iron biscuits. And the cocktails. After all, they’re being served by Pete Ladino, who is basically a local hero in this department.
Address: 235 North Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202
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If you value something simple yet impactful, then you should definitely give Rooster's Wood Fired Kitchen a try. Located in uptown Charlotte, practically everything about the place says that it’s simple and refined - a combination that is rare to find. The ambience is definitely a visual treat, with its candlelight-illuminated bars, and worn-wood booths and tables. Famous for its wood-fired grill, Rooster's menu changes with every season, and feature classic, no-nonsense, farm-to-table delicacies. Though chicken is the main highlight of this place, they do offer other mains such as steak, pork chop and duck. They also offer a wide range of sides, from fire roasted beets and succotash to buttery-steamed spinach. They even have a great cheese board that can never disappoint.
Yes, that's right. The erstwhile Passion8 is now Luca's Modern Italian Kitchen. Everything else, though, is still the same. Or rather, even better. Not only is Luca's one of the best Italian restaurants in Charlotte and its environs, it is also the best Italian restaurant serving food made from locally-sourced ingredients.