You may have enjoyed some lazy days of summer, but Charlotte’s bustling restaurant scene certainly didn’t take any time off. Here’s a recap of what’s new, what’s opening soon and what we’re watching on the foodie front in our first #scoopEATS for fall: Charlotte Restaurant Openings + Food News.
The inaugural supper club will be featuring Wines from Gramercy Cellars in Washington State with Food & Wine Magazine’s 2016 Sommelier of the Year, Jeff Kellogg and a four-course menu created by Chef Blake Hartwick. Highlights include Moroccan spiced rack of lamb, smoke duck breast and roasted scallops with zucchini pappardelle. $60 per person. Call 704.333.9463 to reserve your spot.
Happy hour? The SoCo Bar at the Westin prefers “Cocktail Hour”
Wind down the workday with Cocktail Hour at the SoCo Bar. On Thursdays, they serve up meat and cheese plate specials, a raw bar, $8 Belvedere and Hennessey cocktails along with wine and beer specials from 5-8 p.m.
Fall specials at Tavolo
In addition to their tempting offer of three traditional Italian courses for just $35, take note of Tavolo’s specials throughout the week:
- Monday through Friday | 4-7 p.m. : $5 bar bites
- Monday : Half-priced bottles of wine
- Tuesday: $5 glasses of wine
- Wednesday: Half off specialty martinis & craft cocktails
- Thursday & Sunday: $15 carafes of wine
New menus and hours at Corkbuzz Charlotte
Leroy Fox brings popular Cotswold concept to South End
Fried chicken, cocktails and the bacon marmalade – your Cotswold favorites can also be found at Leroy Fox’s new South End location that opened last week. Find them at 1616 Camden Road, Suite 150.
Don’t Miss Foodie Events
Panther Fozzy Whittaker and teammates serve guests to benefit hurricane Harvey victims
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar | Wednesday, September 12 | 4-8:30 p.m.
Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker, his wife Jasmine Mario Addison and teammates Christian McCaffrey, Russell Shepard, Jonathan Stewart and Darryl Williams team up with Cowfish to raise money to support those recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Whittaker’s hometown of Houston, Texas. The Cowfish team will put the special guests to work serving lucky diners from 4-8:30 p.m. The Cowfish will donate $3 for every entrée sold to his nonprofit Fozzy’s Future Heroes, and donations will go directly to helping Sarah’s House,Pearland Neighborhood Center and other Hurricane Harvey victims in the greater Houston Area.
The Pump House, Rock Hill | Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Alto Piemonte Wine Dinner
Reid’s Fine Foods Southpark Mall | Thursday, September 14 | 6 p.m.
Henri Gabriel, owner of Advintage Wine Distributors, leads this exploration of Alto Piemonte, a region where the Nebbiolo grape made a welcome reappearance. The chef-driven menu includes three courses, each paired with curated wine. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call 704.377.7686 and ask for the Wine Department.
Ormanni Wine Dinner
Corkbuzz Charlotte | Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30 p.m.
Hailing from the Tuscany region in Italy, and a winery dating back to the 13th century, Ormanni World Ambassador Giorgio Rocco will lead this four-course wine dinner. Menu highlights include grass fed flank steak, pork belly and a roasted cauliflower, lobster and plum Salad. $90 per person. Reserve your seat online.
Live Music Fridays
JP Charlotte | Beginning Friday, September 15 | 5-7 p.m.
The first Live Music Friday Series at JP Charlotte kicks off this week on the terrace. Head over for live music, half off appetizers, specialty cocktails and specials on beer and wine.
Southern Tier Beer Dinner
The Liberty | Friday, September 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Don’t miss your chance to sip on one of the rarest brews in the south (Southern Tier’s Belgian Sleeper) at this special dinner celebrating the brewery. Dine on three courses, each paired with a Southern Tier brew, plus enjoy a reception. View the menu here. $40 per person.
Pig & Pilsner
Vivace Charlotte | September 17 | 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Feel the pride of the Queen City after the Carolina Panthers’ first home game at Vivace’s inaugural Pig & Pilsner. Executive Chef Caputo will be serving a menu worthy of a post-game toast featuring pesto-rubbed slow smoked whole pig, housemade pickled vegetables, tomatoes salad, grilled corn and fig panzanella and polenta fries. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery joins in with $3 OMB Captain Jack Pilsner and gluten-free Glutenburg Pale Ale. $25 per person.
Westin Charlotte Courtyard | Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Get ready for the Panthers’ first home game of the season in the Westin Charlotte Courtyard. Feast on food truck fare from Bebo’s Mac Truck, The Dumpling Girls and Papa Robbs Paradise Ice, along with BBQ from the Westin. Wash it down with NoDa Brewing beer and Jim Beam specials, corn hole and a broadcast of the game.
Mushroom Tasting Menu
Heirloom | Sunday, September 17 | 6:30 p.m.
Discover Chef Clark Barlowe’s favorite mushrooms as he prepares a five-course tasting menu for guests on September 17. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu. $60 per person, $85 with wine pairings.
Southern Beer + Southern Food
The Asbury | Monday, September 18 | 6:30 p.m.
We couldn’t think of a better pairing ourselves. Fluster Brewery and CurEat team up to host this celebration of Southern beer and Southern food. What could be finer? Preview the menu here. $65 per person. Reservations are required online or by calling 704.342.1193.
Charlotte Restaurant Openings and Opening Soon
303 S Church St.
Don’t mistake these for your typical hotel restaurant and bar. Angeline’s, an Italian-influenced modern American restaurant, and Merchant & Trade, a 19th floor rooftop bar and lounge, are two highly-anticipated additions to Charlotte’s culinary and nightlife scene. Led by Executive Chef Robert Hoffman, Angeline’s will feature a warm and vibrant setting, a bustling look at Third Street from the patio and an intimate dining room. While nineteen stories up, Merchant & Trade offers city views, handcrafted cocktails and music. Both ventures are anticipating an October opening.
Help celebrate Smashburger‘s grand opening with week-long giveaways and events
4444 Park Road
Smashburger is opening its third location in Charlotte with a series of fun events beginning on September 25. Mark your calendars, save up your appetite and support multiple local non-profits!
- Monday, September 25: “Pay What You Want” from 11am – 2pm with 100% of proceeds benefitting Thompson Child & Family Focus.
- Monday, September 25 “Pay What You Want” from 5pm – 8pm with 100% of proceeds benefitting The Sandbox.
- Tuesday, September 26 “Pay What You Want” from 11am – 7pm with 100% of proceeds benefitting Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids.
- Wednesday, September 27 Free Regular Classic Smashburgers from 11am – 7pm for guests, including an opportunity for the first 100 guests to win Regular Classic Smashburgers for a year.
- Thursday, September 28 Grand Opening with the full menu being served at regular prices.
Turns out we’re not the only ones counting down the days until the unveiling of Joe and Katy Kindred’s new venture. Hello Sailor, which is taking over the old Rusty Rudder space, landed on Eater’s list of “Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2017”. Read more from the Kindred’s and their targeted October opening date.