For the last year, the closest we could get to a restaurant was the curb… on occasion a sparsely populated outdoor patio. We watched our favorite waiters and waitresses fill their time with side gigs as COVID decimated the area’s thriving restaurant business. We felt sad reading about another closure and rooted for the ones either brave enough, smart enough or crazy enough to give it a go during the pandemic. The creative ones shifted and adjusted in the hopes that one day we would all return….. AND NOW WE CAN for Charlotte Restaurant Week!
Restaurants are once again bustling around the Queen City. Local spots are feeling the employee crunch and working diligently to get back up to full staff again to meet the demand. It’s a beautiful thing.
That makes this year’s Queen Feast (aka Charlotte Restaurant Week) so much more special! July 16-25th is the time to go back to your favorite spots or support a new one.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse in SouthEnd is known for its hand-cut steaks and the sounds o jazz filling the classic space. The Filet Mignon with the shrimp-lobster bisque and desert is a classic choic that’s a real deal at the price.
Bulla Gastrobar in SouthPark is a hip place serving up Spanish tapas like ham croquettes and Arroz Caldoso. Of course, don’t forget the Churros Con Chocolate for desert. You’re welcome.
Sea Level in Uptown was named one of Charlotte Magazines 50 Best Restaurants and captured voter’s choice for ‘Best Seafood’ and ‘Best Happy Hour.’ Oysters, clams, Salmon, Shrimp and swordfish are all the special price fixe menu.
Restaurant Week is the perfect time for that date night you haven’t had time for if you can get a seat at 5Church, Fahrenheit or La Belle Helene. Speaking of date nights, I have to mention BLT Steak in the Ritz Carlton since Wine Spectator named it as having one of the best wine lists in Charlotte with more than 700 bottles!
So go and eat! Enjoy the 3 courses at the same pre-covid $30 or $35 per person price. BUT be warned, you won’t be the only on there so make a reservation if you want to be sure to get a seat at the table! Note to the social planner in the family: check out restaurant sites for reservation details as not all of the participating restaurants use OpenTable.
If you can’t get into one of the participating restaurants, try to get a table at one of my go-to’s. I live just a few blocks from one of the best restaurants in Charlotte, and that’s not just according to me. Wine Spectator and Open Table feel the same way. It’s not an inexpensive meal. However, with the best wine list in town, the Fig Tree has absolutely the best service. I also have to shout out the best bartender, Mark Smith. Let’s linger here on service for a moment. It’s not pretentious. It’s really friendly with an accommodating staff. They actually know our names. We have seen the same staff and their friendly, lovely faces since we have been frequenting this restaurant. Truly the exceptional menu and level of care with food and presentation, make this worth the splurge. Oh, The Fig Tree is in a beautiful historic home with the best front porch dining. The Fig Tree is my palette’s and heart’s favorite. By the way, the dessert menu is especially extraordinary. Not just sweets. Craft combinations of flavors spices and fruits presented in the most beautiful way by the resident chef/baker. Ok, I’ll stop. Just do yourself a favor and put it on your list!