I'm looking for a place in Charlotte to have dinner as a family of four. Our last trip to the Queen City featured a rather disappointing dinner at Kalu. The food seemed an overpriced and dialed down take on izakaya food with a lacking drink selection. They had only one wine (a buttery Chardonnay) available that our server steered us away from. Not to run down the place, perhaps we were there on an off night...Chef Emperor seemed nice.
Ideally, I'm looking for a restaurant that emphasizes locally grown food, prepared simply and well, has some inventive cocktails and a decent wine/beer selection. In the Triangle, Lantern, Four Square, Poole's Diner, and Watt's Grocery would fit this bill.