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The special ingredient in some of Charlotte’s best cocktails may shock you—but it’s delicious

Mushrooms are getting a makeover. From a decadent truffle creation to a Manhattan made with foraged fungi, innovative mixologists are incorporating this unexpected ingredient into some of the city’s best libations. In The Woods It should come as no surprise that Heirloom Restaurant, known for its foraged fare and locally-sourced drinks, would be one of the first to offer this…

S’mores galore: Where to satisfy your throwback craving—without the campfire and sticky fingers

Satisfy your summer s’mores craving, but skip the sticky fingers and campfire. Top chefs around town are drawing inspiration from the crunchy graham cracker, gooey marshmallow, and melted chocolate combination to create luxe desserts sure to have you going back for, well, s’more. 5Church Featuring a chocolate brownie and crushed graham streusel topped with marshmallow that’s toasted for an authentic…

Farm to City: Uptown’s new restaurant Haymaker serves up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting

Uptown’s newest restaurant, Haymaker, is serving up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting. When it comes to farm-to-table fare, Chef William Dissen is the real deal. Haymaker’s owner and chef hails from the mountains of West Virginia, where he grew up spending time on his grandparents’ farm and in his grandmother’s garden-fed kitchen. He attended the Culinary Institute…

Hello, Tandur: Check out SouthPark’s new hotspot for approachable Indian cuisine.

The SouthPark area just welcomed another must-visit restaurant, Tandur Indian Kitchen (tandur.com), in April. The fast-casual spot is next door to EarthFare at 721 Governor Morrison St., and serves up everything from tikki masala to local fare with Indian flare, such as The Carolina barbecue wrap with slow-roasted Tandur pulled pork. “We really wanted to present Indian food in a…

Your Asheville bucket list: What to eat, drink, and do on your next weekend getaway

Known for its small-town charm and welcoming feel, Asheville has stepped into the national spotlight in recent years, becoming a top destination for North Carolinians and world travelers alike. Just last year, Lonely Planet ranked it the No. 1 place to visit in the U.S. And it’s easy to see why: The “Land of the Sky” is nestled in the…

BLT Steak unveils its new Sunday Roast—and it’s positively marvelous

The Sunday Roast may be a quintessentially English meal, but there’s no reason to let the Brits have all the fun. The latest offering from Uptown’s chic BLT Steak is an all-inclusive Sunday meal for $49 featuring a chef-selected roast with accompanying sauces, a classic side (think jalapeno mashed potatoes), and mini versions of the restaurant’s famed fluffy popovers—perfect for…

What not to miss during the 10-day Sensoria festival—an all-you-can-eat buffet of music, theater, Pulitzer-Prize-winning literature and food

Americans love self-help. There’s no archetype we admire more than the Person Who Pulled Himself Up by His Bootstraps. “There’s a sense that we can fix anything if we just learn the keys,” says abstract artist Felicia van Bork. But some things that break, of course—from dinner plates to democracies—are beyond repair. You can see the artist’s take on our…

16 places with poke bowls to try, from Ballantyne to South End

By now, you’ve likely heard of—and maybe even eaten—poke (pronounced POH-kay). The wave of this Hawaiian raw-fish dish trend, which washed over the West Coast a few years ago, has finally hit Charlotte in recent months. From fast-casual spots such as the new Seoul Bowl on South Boulevard to upscale restaurants like Park Road Shopping Center’s CO, the bowls of…