We may be halfway through October, but Charlotte’s restaurant scene isn’t showing any signs of slowing down through the rest of the month. Ready your appetites as we share the latest foodie news, menu updates and events:

 

NEW OPENINGS

The Waterman – Now Open!

The highly-anticipated new concept from Sea Level opened earlier this week to offer fresh seafood, craft cocktails and soon, Uptown views from a rooftop bar. Preview the menu here, which includes options like sharable oysters on the half shell, a catfish reuben, scallion pancake tacos, tinned sardines and squid and the bayou burger, their classic topped with Swiss, fried oysters and creole gravy. Find them at 2729 South Boulevard.

 

Sabor Latin Street Grill (South End) – Now Open!

The popular eatery also began serving Latin street food (favorites include carne asada fries, arepas, and taco Tuesday specials) in South End this week. Feed your cravings at 1616 Camden Rd.

 

Bistro la Bon coming to Cotswold

The Charlotte Business Journal reported that Plaza Midwood’s celebrated Bistro la Bon will expand to a second location in Cotswold Village. Expect a similar concept to the Plaza location, but in a more intimate atmosphere. Read more from the Charlotte Business Journal here.

 

 

MENU UPDATES 

New Fall Flavors at 5Church

Lobster and Butternut Squash Bisque with butter poached Maine lobster, chives

Seared Sea Scallops with butternut purée, caramelized butternut coins, maple-bacon jam, apple parsley coulis

Seared Octopus with marcon romesco, cucumber salad, black olive vinaigrette, oregano oil

Pan Roasted Veal Chop with roasted fingerling potatoes, pearl onions, roasted garlic, broccolini, natural jus

 

Fresh features at Dilworth Tasting Room

Each visit to Dilworth Tasting Room is a new flavorful experience, which is exactly how owner Jaffer Kovic and executive chef Brandon Riha intended it. Their new menu introduces guests to bold and interesting flavors, complimented by a new wine list with by-the-glass options. Thinking ahead to holiday parties? Book your space by emailing [email protected].

 

New sweet treats from Fahrenheit

Popcorn Crunch Sundae- Sweet Cream Corn Ice Cream, Caramel Corn, Chocolate Biscotti Brownie

Top off your dinner with a sweet treat and a skyline view. Share (or not) selections from their new dessert menu including a spiced rum cake (cinnamon ice cream, candied pecans, blueberry compote) and the popcorn crunch sundae (pictured).

 

Raise a glass at Merchant & Trade with new cocktails

Merchant & Trade’s Penicillin cocktail: Famous Grouse, lemon juice, honey and ginger syrup and garnished with Laphroaig float and candied ginger

Merchant & Trade, a go-to spot for crafted spirits, sharable dishes and stunning views of Romare Bearden Park, has introduced a new cocktail menu under lead bartender Henry Schmulling. The new drinks feature boutique spirits, house-made mixers and locally-sourced produce.

 

New menu additions at Reid’s Fine Foods Uptown

Burger at Reid’s Fine Food Uptown

Don’t miss new options from Reid’s newest location in Uptown. Weekly offerings include:

  • Monday: Burger with truffle fries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles + seared salmon with roasted potatoes and vegetable medley
  • Tuesday: Burger with truffle fries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles + Margherita Flatbread
  • Wednesday: Lobster Roll with housemade chips + Burger with truffle fries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles + Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with house chips, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles
  • Thursday: Prime Rib Sandwich with house chips, caramelized onions, horseradish sauce, and au jus + Burger with truffle fries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles +Shrimp and Chicken Fried Rice

 

New Italian-influenced dishes at Angeline’s 

Angeline’s Braised Lamb Sugo Rigati (charred eggplant puree, puttanésca, spiced heirloom carrots and marinated feta).

If you haven’t dined at this Uptown destination serving Italian-influenced modern American fare, here’s your chance. Executive chef Robert Hoffman has recently added new dishes to compliment Angeline’s focus on local ingredients wood-fired cooking. View the full menu here.

 

Refreshing cocktails at Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark

Cherry Smash cocktail at Reid’s Fine Food SouthPark

Make a toast to fall patio weather with new cocktails at Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark. New drink offerings include:

  • Cherry Smash with Knob Creek, muddled cherries, Fever Tree ginger beer
  • Razzmo with Stoli Razberi, Chambord, cranberry juice, and hand squeezed lime juice
  • Ginger Berry Mule with Tanqueray and Sunshine Ginger Berry

 

Vivace menu additions live up to its reputation 

At Vivace, executive chef David Lucarelli’s fall lineup includes Italian-style dishes that when coupled with the restaurant’s sophisticated yet approachable ambiance, evoke feelings of both comfort and continuous innovation. Try the tortellini with herbed chicken, pictured.

 

Make a Difference at The Cowfish with Save The Tatas-Tini

There is still time to drink up and make a difference at The Cowfish with Save The Tatas-Tini! $2 from each sold in October goes to Carolina Breast Friends to help out those affected by breast cancer.

 

Seasonal treats at Suárez Bakery

Just in time for all things fall, Suárez Bakery will have baked pumpkin doughnuts available each Saturday in October. Get there early to snag yours before the sell out.

 

 

FOODIE EVENTS

Monticello Vineyards Wine Dinner with Arthur’s Wine Shop
Thursday, October 18 | SouthPark Grill | 6 p.m.

Chef Andrés of SouthPark Grill will serve a dinner menu crafted to complement wines from Monticello Vineyards. Call 704.900.6945 to reserve your seat.

 

Verde’s $3.65 Birthday Celebration
Monday, October 22 | Verde

Celebrate Verde’s seventh birthday with signature creation salads or wraps for just $3.45 (regularly $6.95-9.95). Limit two per person. Find Verde’s Ballantyne location at 15105-F John J. Delaney Drive.

 

Collaborative Series: Dirt Candy + Bourbon
Tuesday, October 23 | The Asbury | 6:30 p.m.

Experience the flavors of fall as Special guest chef Kenny Gilbert of “Top Chef” fame joins Chef Matthew Krenz and The Asbury team for a five-course dinner featuring sweet potatoes (“dirt candy”) and bourbon. $65 per person, includes bourbon and whiskey pairings. Call 704.342.1193 to reserve or book your table online.

 

Orin Swift Wine Dinner
Tuesday, October 23 | Essex Bar & Bistro | 7 p.m.

Sip and savor at Essex Bar & Bistro with this six-course pairing dinner featuring Orin Swift Wines. View the full menu and reserve your seat here. $100 per person plus tax and gratuity.

 

Nightmare on Church Street
Saturday, October 27 | 5Church

If you dare, break out your Halloween costumes early for 5Church’s Nightmare on Church Street. Compete in a best costume contest for prizes, enjoy cocktail and beer specials, enjoy music by DJ Chopsticks and more. No cover.

 

Charity Servers Benefit Dinner
Monday, October 29 | Fahrenheit Charlotte | 7 p.m.

At the fifth annual Celebrity Servers Benefit Dinner, Shaq Thompson and his Carolina Panthers teammates will trade in their helmets for aprons in support of Roman Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the youth around us better and happier. Enjoy dinner, auctions, cocktails and art while supporting the cause.

 

Back to the Roots Wine Dinner
Tuesday, October 30 | Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence will team up with Laure Levesque from Queen of Wines for their second wine dinner of the season, where guests will taste wines from the major regions of France with Chef Nicholas’ seasonal pairings. $85+ per person. Call 704.332.1886 to reserve your seat.

 

Halloween in the Dark
Wednesday, October 31 | Caffe Siena | 6:30 p.m.

You’ll have to lean into your senses at Caffe Siena’s special Halloween dinner: a four-course menu served in complete darkness. Try and taste each course while blindfolded, with the menu kept a surprise until the very end. $45 per guest. Call 704.602.2750 for reservations.