Author: Keia Mastrianni

Southern Comfort

The Packhouse reimagines classic fare with a down-home treatment A section of East Morehead Street, known mostly for its sterile law offices, sleepy corporate buildings, and the Dowd YMCA, received a bit of down-home treatment from an Eastern Carolina girl. Just look for the rocking chairs out front. Restaurateur and philanthropist Deedee Mills recently opened The Packhouse, an homage to…

Soul Food

Asian flavors mix with local ingredients at Chef Tim Groody’s newest restaurant. It’s not often we ask you to venture outside of the loop for a new dining adventure, but some chefs warrant a drive north. Chef Tim Groody is one of those worthy reasons. His newest concept, Ramen Soul, lives high up in Mooresville (exit 35, to be exact)…

Raising the Steaks

SouthPark’s newest steakhouse features decadent flavors and decor. In recent years, SouthPark’s Sharon Square has transformed itself into a bonafide dining destination for Queen City dwellers. A summer stroll down Ashley Park Lane bears a multitude of options for the savvy eater, including its newest addition, Oak Steakhouse, located at the corner of Ashley Park Lane and Sharon Road. The…

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…

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…

Southern Sushi

South End goes global with a sleek new dining destination. If you want to feel the pulse of the Queen City at this moment, head over to South End and spend some time at Atherton Mill and Market. The property, once occupied by a handful of retail shops, restaurants, and a small, but growing community hub, now teems with activity.…

Veggie Heaven

Plaza Midwood’s vegetarian restaurant, Fern, has been replanted in Dilworth. A beloved corridor on Central Avenue, in the heart of Plaza Midwood, saw a mass exodus of businesses this past summer to make way, via new residential developments, for Charlotte’s metastatic growth. This left Fern, Flavors from the Garden looking for a new home. It didn’t take long, however, for…