Category: Cuisine

Top tables for drinking and dining.

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…

Make It Whiskey in a Barrel, Neat

Local spots like The Ballantyne are crafting their own spirits with a Legendary Kentucky bourbon maker. As soon as The Ballantyne’s general manager Peter Grills learned that he could create a custom barrel of bourbon for his guests at Gallery Restaurant & Bar, he knew it was something he must do. Grills was on a trip with friends in Kentucky…

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…