Category: Cuisine

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Next Course

Charlotte’s dining scene is heating up fast. Chefs across town—and from out of town—are bringing exciting new flavors and concepts to the table. Mouths are already watering for these three highly anticipated spots on the culinary horizon. Copain Charlotte chef and restaurateur Jim Noble is expanding into the area adjacent to his Rooster’s restaurant in SouthPark. In addition to incorporating…

Open House

South Charlotte’s newest restaurant, the Porter’s house, is serving up southern hospitality and sophisticated fare. Jon Dressler, the restaurateur behind the two locations of Dressler’s restaurants and Dogwood Southern Table, has made a name for himself by creating upscale restaurants that feel familiar and approachable. His unending commitment to hospitality is part and parcel of the neighborhood feel that emanates…

Stories from the Kitchen

After lunch one day at Earl’s Grocery, photographer Peter Taylor was inspired. He’d spent the last hour listening to the banter between two friends and seasoned chefs Marc Jacksina and Clark Barlowe. “This is the conversation we should be sharing,” he told them. “Chefs talking to other chefs.” That’s when the concept of “order/fire,” a web series that explores untold…

Gather ‘Round

It should come as no surprise that the inspiration for many of the most popular menu items in Charlotte’s restaurants came from their chefs’ own Sunday dinners and childhood memories. Of course, there’s been a bit of tinkering—one recipe was developed from sheer exhaustion and another from literally just rolling in the dough. But ultimately all of these dishes have…

Toward Home

Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen brings this couple back to their roots. The activity inside the home of Luca and Jessica Annunziata defies the drizzly and unseasonably cold weather outside. Inside, we are gathered around the kitchen table drinking San Pellegrino with fat wedges of blood oranges. The conversation flits from stories of Luca’s youth in Italy to the endearing love…

Back at Baku

New owners and a fresh menu means it’s time to revisit the SouthPark staple. Last fall, Baku, a high-end Japanese restaurant located in SouthPark, came under new ownership. When it first opened in 2013, Baku was a refreshing metropolitan addition not seen before in the city. It was the first robata-style restaurant in Charlotte, and its original team was a…

Classic Twist

The Ritz-Carlton’s New lounge stirs up creative cocktails in a stylish space. Breakneck is a modest term for the pace of what’s happening in Uptown Charlotte. Just look at the skyline for a clue. As the city lights twinkle ever brighter with dazzling multiplicity, so does the food and drink scene below. No longer do the streets of Uptown fall…

Dine and Dish

NoDa’s newest restaurant is serving up Sleek Southern Charm. Charlotte has long been a New South city. Since its early transition from an agricultural town to an industrial city booming with the bulk of the Piedmont’s textile industry, the Queen City has aimed to become a contemporary Southern metropolis. That growth, built on industry, has often come at the expense…

Table Talk

Jamie Lynch is a New York native with a New England culinary degree. He had stints in notable kitchens in spots like San Francisco and New York City before moving to Charlotte in 2002. But since he and his partners opened 5Church here in 2012—followed by 5Church in Charleston in 2015 and in Atlanta in 2016—the South has officially adopted…