Hounds, will you help a northerner out?
We'll be in Charlotte from mid morning till evening so can get in two meals.
Between us we've got good spanish, portuguese, french, a little russian.
We've all eaten great food in scary places all over the world (and scary food in great places). Offal is good, as are whole chicken feet. Spicy is great. We don't mind being the only people in the place who can't read the menus.
What we all like to do is share, swap, and try lots of small things. A top-of-the-line place with a tasting menu would be great, so would a really good ethnic neighborhood place where they wouldn't mind that we were playing musical plates.
We don't really care where the cool people hang out, we just want to eat.
Starting the day with fancy pastries and ending with brain tacos off a truck would be perfect, so would starting off with hash at a truck stop and ending with white-tablecloth.
Extra points for local grown, Central/South American, or North African.
Not afraid of "bad" neighborhoods.
Three adults, two older kids with excellent manners who will eat the same things the grownups do. (We're well-traveled but poor academics, not jetsetters)
Tell us where to go -- and then when you come to Vermont, I'll tell *you* where to find the good stuff!
(PS, I have searched the board, but many listings are about sentimental fixtures or hot trends -- or they're a few years old)