Here are a few of my own impressions from my most recent trip to Charlotte. YMMV:
First of all, Taverna 100 received mixed reviews on this board, but I really enjoyed the group dinner we had there Monday night (I was not the one to chose the restaurant; it was chosen largely due to its proximity to the Omni Hotel).
Its hard to describe Taverna's food: Mediterranean I guess would be the closest. It reminded me a little of Aziza in San Francisco, but not as Middle-eastern oriented. Same sort of "fusion" idea..... The starters were great: baba ghanoush, hummus, zucchini fritters and a great cheese plate someone ordered. And some wonderful olives. I then had a salad consisting of arugula, apple, date, and pistachios, with pistachio oil in the dressing!!! That was wonderful!! tasty and fresh and very different. For main I had the lamb chops served over a garbanzo and swiss chard stew. My only complaint is that I found the chops a little difficult to eat: they were thick and awkward and maybe not as tender as they could be. But they tasted good!! Others in the group really liked their mains as well....Desert was wonderful: a cranberry bread pudding. There were only about three left and we fought over them!! Someone also had something decadent and chocolate....very rich and creamy. Dinner for 14 including about six bottles of wine was an even 1000 including tax and tip.....and service was exemplary. I also liked the fact that they didn't add an automatic gratuity even with such a large group....the restaurant is very comfortable and we had a nice table "tucked away" in the back and were very comfortable....
I had dinner my first night at Mert's Heart and Soul. I still love this place...good food and great prices. Shrimp and grits, greens, and cornbread with a sweet tea (forgot to ask for unsweetened!) came to under 20 bucks including tax and tip. Can't beat that!! I gave up on watching the Cubs; just as well....
Had lunch at Copper yesterday. I really want to go back and try it for dinner sometime. I found the lunch menu somewhat limited. I had scallops in a goan sauce and my friend had the vegetable korma, and we shared. The scallops were very good, and the sauce delicious...although I think they were a touch underdone. The vegetable korma was creamier than I am used to....almost tasted like there was a bit of creme cheese in there. A little TOO fusion for this girl; and not nearly spicy enough. The vegetables WERE fresh and crisp, a nice change from the usual frozen fare you get with the dish. The location is beautiful...again, I would like to go back at dinner. There were only about seven choices on the lunch menu; just a little limiting for me.
Now, my quick question: There is a BarBQ place on Wilkinson on the way to the airport. I have passed it dozens of times....it looks like an old drive in complete with the mikes you use to talk to the carhop...you expect someone to come out on roller skates. North side of the street I think, about two miles from the airport..... I can't remember the name of the place...but I'm curious: Charlotte hounds, is it worth the stop for some Q to take on the plane?? I go to Charlotte frequently on business, and have long been curious......Anybody recognize this place?? BarBQ King, maybe???? TIA!!
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