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…

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…

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…