Day: September 28, 2017

Asbury

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.

Contact Information:

Address: 235 North Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704-342-1193

Website: http://www.theasbury.com

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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.

All in all, this is the best place for a get-together with family and friends.

Contact Information:

Address: 150 N College St,  Charlotte, NC  28202

Phone: 704.370.7667

Website: https://roosterskitchen.com/

Kindred-Restaurant

If you want to go dine in an environment that “feels like home,” then Kindred Restaurant is just the place for you. Owned by the husband-and-wife-duo Joe and Katy Kindred, the restaurant is in their own words, “A family in a restaurant.” Located in the very historic Davidson, NC, the chef-driven, family-owned restaurant loves its town, and most certainly does not fail to show it.

Taking a modern take on authentic Southern cuisine, this chic restaurant sources all its ingredients locally, changes the menus every season, believes in serving smaller portions and shows great presentation.

You definitely cannot leave this place without trying duck fat potatoes, the home-made milk break, as well as the crispy oysters. You can even order each of them and share them with your entire table.

Contact Information:

Address: 131 N Main St, Davidson, North Carolina  28036

Phone: (980) 231-5000

Website: http://kindreddavidson.com/

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If you want to taste the best of farm fresh, southern food, Heritage is the place you should head to. Started and owned by Chef Paul Verica (who has previously worked with heavyweights like Bernard Louisseau and Alain Passard), Heritage Food and Drinks is located in Waxhaw, NC.

Known for its own unique style and food with a touch of the Southern, Heritage believes not just in sourcing materials from the local farms, but developing a good relation with the farmers.

The menu changes seasonally, and includes several great-tasting and innovative items. In particular, the daily deviled egg special made by the lead chef’s son and the Sunday brunch consisting of Southern Eggs Benedict and the “Hangover Helper” (which features pimento cheese, toast, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, and onions.

Contact Information:

Address: 201 West South Main Street, Waxhaw, NC 28173, USA

Phone: (704) 843 – 5236

Website: http://www.heritagefoodanddrink.com

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If you are looking for the classiest possible restaurant to go to, you definitely should keep Halcyon on the top of your list. Located in the Mint Museum on the avenue of Levine Hearts in Uptown Charlotte, Halcyon is known for its seasonally-inspired and ever-changing menu.

This famous farm-to-table restaurant is known for its very classy interiors, and is an ideal place for a lot of occasions, from a quiet dinner to a family event. The dining room itself, for instance, has a chandelier of branches, a stone fountain, along with tables that have been made from the cross-sections of gigantic trees.

The menu has a rustic flair to it, and showcases cheese makers, wineries and artisanal farms – all from the local area. Influenced by the lead chef James Stouffer’s rustic style, several of these ingredients have a homemade touch to it, such as wild boar and cured duck, among others.

Though hard to predict, the menu does have some staples such as duck egg ravioli, bleu cheese soufflé, mushroom tarts. Some items have gained quite the celebrity status, such as Fried Oysters and Braised Bison.

Do try their specialty cocktail that is infused with moonshine. We didn’t tell you that though!

Contact Information:

Address: 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 704.910.0865

Website: https://www.halcyonflavors.com

Sea-Level-NC

One of the youngest farm-to-table restaurants in Charlotte, Sea Level has managed to garner quite a lot of attention on itself not even two years into its operation. Located in the Hearst Tower in uptown Charlotte, Sea Level is the best example of the fact that appearance does matter (along with quality of course!), with its fabulous presentation and quirky details (such as free parking).

As the name itself implies, Sea Level specializes in serving farm-to-table seafood. No matter how far they go to get their materials, they always make sure to bring their ingredients directly from their farms, be it Charleston or Cape Cod. Sea Level is perhaps most-known for its craft cocktails and farm-to-table oysters, as well is its famous oyster bar on the patio. That said, it is also known for its other offerings.

With a menu that changes every day, Sea Level offers some of the best fish-dishes in the Queen City. Their menu is not limited to seafood, however, as they also serve other items such as the sandwich ‘Burgers for the land lovers’ and ‘Catfish Reuben and a lobster roll,” among others. You can even try their ‘Oyster Shooter’ if you feel up to it.

Contact Information:

Address: 129 East 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: (704) 412-2616

Website: http://sealevelnc.com

Fork

Are you looking to try some tasty-yet-healthy food and trying to find something new? In that case, you should definitely consider dining at FORK! Started in 2013, FORK! is located in Cornelius, and is owned by chef Tim Groody, who has finally started his own place after spending more than two decades working for other restaurant owners.

Located in a historic property, FORK! offers fresh and contemporary food in an upscale, vintage ambience. Following a strict policy that prohibits any artificial and imported food source, anything and everything that FORK! serves is 100% locally-sourced – meat, produce, herbs and all. Aside from seasonal dishes and sides, they offer staples such as coastal flounder, beef brisket, home-made mozzarella in a menu that changes every day.

Here’s a tip on getting the best out of this place: Do try sipping on a glass of wine while enjoying the scenery on the wrap-around porch. It’s one experience you will certainly never forget.

Contact Information:

Address: 20517 N Main St, Cornelius, NC 28031

Phone: (704) 655-7465

Website: http://www.forkdining.com

Heirloom

If you want to have great dinner in a classy setting, then Heirloom is just place for you to dine. Launched in early 2014, Heirloom is known for its singular dedication to offer the best and the freshest food.

One of the trendiest farm-to-table restaurants in Charlotte today, Heirloom was founded by Chef Clark Barlowe, who is a graduate of Charlotte’s Johnson & Wales University, and has worked for some of the most prestigious establishments of the world, such as elBulli (in Spain) and The French Laundry (in California).

The menu here changes every day, and is a cause of much anticipation from visitors, new and repeating alike. Heirloom’s menu offers a range of globally-inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients, and includes various seasonal dishes along with staples such as sweet-potato gnocchi and angus steak. They also have a “catch of the day” section, featuring a special dish that is created from ingredients that have been exclusively produced in North Carolina. Since May, Heirloom has also been hosting family-style dinners.

Address: 8470 Bellhaven Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28216

Phone: 704.595.7710

Website: http://www.heirloomrestaurantnc.com/  

Legion-Brewing

The first brewery in Plaza Midwood, Legion Brewing lies right in the heart of the place. This is a brewery that places great focus on the value of friendship, the company itself came from the ethos that sharing great beer with your friends a great pleasure of life. Sporting a rather rustic setting, Legion has an urban farmhouse-style brewery and taproom, along with a mezzanine which overlooks the brew house. Armed with an in-house caterer (ROOTS), Legion serves some great food.

The best thing about the place perhaps is the fact that you can take your pets (four-legged, mind you) and children too.

The 15-barrel neighborhood brewery is a meeting place of the “olde world” methods and the seasonal and local influences, which come together to craft high-quality uniquely-flavored beers.

Contact Information:

Address: 1906 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205

Phone: (844) 467-5683

Website: http://legionbrewing.com

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Making the best of the situation – now this is one brewery that can definitely be credited for this. Charlotte’s first Belgian-style brewery, Sugar Creek Brewing Company made The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s former home on Southside Drive its very own and how!

Sugar Creek Brewing Company is fascinating in its own right, with several resemblances to as well as stark differences from the previous tenants of the property. Set up quite quickly courtesy the fact that the property was already set up as a turnkey brewery, Sugar Creek opts for showcasing old-world styles, much like its predecessor. Not to mention the fact that it maintains a fine standard.

Sugar Creek does, however, favor Belgium over Germany, and to that end serves its high-quality beer in a manner that strongly resembles the ways of the Belgian Trappist monks.

One of its main highlights is being served the saison, witbier, and dubbel-style brews in a setting that can best be called a blend of refreshed maritime and steampunk.

You most certainly cannot leave Sugar Creek without trying its award-winning Sugar Creek’s Belgian Dubbel. This drink is a recipient of the silver medal at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer championship.

Sugar Creek’s menu is not limited to Belgian styles though. They also offer other interesting items such as Mocha Java Porter and hop-forward pale ale, among many others. They also have solutions for those who’d like something to eat with their beer, with their house-made paninis such as juicy jalapeño-spiced chicken breast or the Thermal Nuclear Kraken.

All in all, if you like the old world charm, yet would like to try something different, Sugar Creek is the place to go.

Contact Information:

Address: 215 Southside Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217

Phone: 704-521-3333

Website: sugarcreekbrewing.com