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.
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.
Hotdogs and beers. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks. The seventh-inning stretch and belting out “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” All the classics that you’d expect at a baseball game, but there’s more! When you come out to see the Charlotte Knights play at the BB&T Ballpark, you’re treated to the full Queen City experience. I mean, let’s just start with this view…
Our furry littles also love exploring out and about the Queen City, and luckily for Charlotteans, there are many places that embrace having our four-legged kids around! I mean, let’s face it. Life is better with dogs around!
So for the inside scoop on some of the city’s dog-friendly offerings, we turned to a local native who knows the ins-and-outs of the city–Quincy, the dog! Instagram’s @Crooked.Ear.Quincy is @Kaylbee87’s not-so-little furball who is a lab mix, busy doing doggy business, which includes going on long walks on urban greenways, hiking trails, and posing for adorable pics for his dog-mama. In this interview, Quincy shares with us his most favorite outdoor activities and pro tips, so you and yours can also enjoy the great CLT outdoors!
For the sake of making sure y’all were ready for national donut day, Manny and I ventured into three different CLT neighborhoods for some of our favorite local
donut shops. This was purely for research purposes, so donut judge us–even if you did, it was so good we donut even care. So donut worry, be happy–and grab yourself a single, 1/2 dozen, or dozen donuts! Share or donut! You do you, booboo!