We are driving in to Charlotte mid-afternoon on a Tuesday in April coming down 77 and staying somewhere overnight before heading out on Wednesday and continuing down and out 77. We will have time to eat hopefully twice on T and once on W (maybe grabbing lunch to go). We have two children and two adults in our party. We like interesting, local, spicy, bbq, meat, fresh and would like to try what is great about Charlotte. We stay away from too formal with the children. We are happy to grab takeout and go back to the hotel. We'll try to stop at a couple non-food (if that is possible) interesting places too especially to check out Charlotte and to stretch our car-shaped bodies.
The question is - in what area should we try to stay so we are near some good food? Or are there places to eat along the route? Farther north up 77, as close to downtown as possible, headed out south a bit? Catch 85 one way or the other?
Once we have a place to stay I can narrow down by location where to eat.