Our Royal Line-up for the Queen’s Feast

Hey Charlotte!  Today kicks off this summer’s Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week and for $30 or $35, you can indulge in a 3-course meal and satiate your inner foodie wants!  126 restaurants all over Charlotte and neighboring cities like Belmont, Fort Mill, Gastonia, and Mooresville are whipping up their best tasting menus and opening up their dining room for all to feast like royals without having to drain your wallet!

We’ve been enjoying this week of celebrating our city’s gastronomic scene since we moved to Charlotte, and it’s been growing every year with more and more restaurants participating.  With so many options, how do you narrow it down?  Well, here are some of our picks from our past experiences:

Our top picks in the city: Essex Bar & Bistro, Vivace, and Upstream.

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Dot Dot Dot: A Culinary-Driven Bar Experience

We all know what a speakeasy is, but it’s only really until about a year ago that Charlotte finally got one that truly lives up to the concept.  The people behind Dot Dot Dot have succeeded in where most ventures have failed; commitment and restraint.

The experience begins immediately once you walk into what was a former storage unit located in the back lot of Park Rd Shopping Center. The red leather booths, tin coffer ceilings, and low light give the feeling of what one might imagine speakeasies were like during the prohibition era without being kitschy.  The shining star of the space has to be the marble bar that faces an the extensive collection of whiskey and other spirits.  If possible, try to grab a seat at the bar, it will give you a chance to chat up the bartenders and maybe even meet new friends in the process.

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