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Art’s Delight

With inventive cuisine and modern, elegant decor, Peppervine is a treat for the senses. by Cathy Martin Like kudzu, peppervine is a vigorous, climbing plant that traces its roots to Asia and runs rampant across much of the southeastern U.S. The team behind Peppervine restaurant, which opened at Piedmont Town Center in March, thought it a fitting depiction of their…

Going Green – Local restaurants, cafes, and more are breathing new life into their interior décor with vibrant, indoor greenery

Indoor plants are having a moment in Charlotte. The trend is known as “greening,” or bringing the outdoors in with plant life, and the refreshing interior design move is sweeping the city in restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. The organic additions are aesthetically appealing, of course—the splash of color adds a certain organic glamour to an interior—but there’s a wellness…

Inside The Crunkleton, Charlotte’s most buzzed-about private club, with cocktails and live-fire cooking

Live fire cooking, upscale libations, and Southern hospitality come together for an unmatched experience at long-awaited The Crunkleton Charlotte in historic Elizabeth. More than just UNC Chapel Hill graduates had been anxiously awaiting the opening of The Crunkleton Charlotte. More than 1,200 people had already paid the $10 annual fee to be a member of the private, members-only club—before it…

10 openings we’re looking forward to most in 2019

This year brought us plenty of awesome openings that have certainly made our wallets a little slimmer and clothes a little tighter. Make sure to keep those sweatpants on, as it looks like 2019 will bring in another slew of mouthwatering restaurants and go-to bars and cocktail spots. Here are 10 openings we’ve already got marked on our calendars.

Where to find the best hot chocolate in Charlotte, whether you prefer traditional or spiked

There is nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up as the winter weather rolls in. Whether you prefer a mug that’s bittersweet or indulgently rich, you can find delicious hot chocolate orders at the following spots this season: Amelie’s Various locations. $3.50 for a 12 oz. cup.  Listed in French as “Chaud Chocolat,” this hot chocolate…

Your guide to Bardo in South End, one of the city’s top new restaurants that’s still under the radar

Over the summer, one of the city’s best new chef-driven restaurants quietly opened in South End’s emerging Gold District. It didn’t have the local chef star power of other new spots like Paul Verica’s The Stanley or the multi-million dollar build-out of Uptown’s La Belle Helene. But there was a buzz about the creative dishes being served at a tiny newcomer led by a notable former Chicago chef.

November’s five essential dates

November 1 Join readers, writers, and five New York Times best-selling authors at the Verse & Vino. The Queen City’s literary tradition supports the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, and this year’s lineup includes Elliot Ackerman (Dark at the Crossing, a finalist for the National Book Award) and Paula McClain (The Paris Wife). The event starts at 6 p.m. at the…