Between anticipated openings, new menu flavors and foodie events, Charlotte’s culinary scene shows no signs of slowing down. Read on for the latest news you need to know going into November.
NEW, CLOSED & COMING SOON
Foxcroft Wine Co. Waverly – Now Open
Foxcroft Wine Co. soft opened their third Charlotte-area location in south Charlotte’s popular Waverly development. Find them at 7416 Waverly Walk Avenue Suite H-1.
Ace No. 3 – Opening Nov. 5
Opening on November 5 in the Belmont neighborhood, Ace No.3 will offer shakes, beer and burgers, including the classic ACE with a double patty, two slices of American cheese, house made pickles, onions and comeback sauce. Find them at 1001 Belmont Ave.
North Italia – Opening Nov. 13
North Italia will open as part of South End’s RailYard mixed-use development on November 13. Expect a stunning interior and patio, and menu offerings including chef’s daily choice pizza, pasta made from scratch, weekend brunch and happy hour specials. Find them at 1414 S Tryon St. Suite 140.
Volo Ristorante – Opening this month
Coming soon to the heart of Myers Park, Volo Ristorante will serve Italian small plates in trios for an ever-evolving culinary experience: one from the garden, one from the pasture and one from the sea. Pair them with complementary wines coordinated by Volo’s chef and in-house sommelier.
As part of Atherton’s new mixed-use development in South End, Indaco will offer rustic Italian fare including wood-fired pizzas, pastas, cured meats and more. Find them soon at 2046 South Blvd.
The Improper Pig Rea Farms – Now open
Barbecue lovers in South Charlotte can now enjoy The Improper Pig’s classic and distinctive takes on Southern fare. Guest favorites include traditional pulled pork and St. Louis-style ribs, which share a menu with globally-inspired flavors like Korean barbecue salmon and Thai and hoisin sauces. Find them at 9855 Sandy Rock Place, Suite A
Closings in Plaza Midwood
Sadly, late October saw the close of two Plaza Midwood spots. The beloved Dairy Queen on Central Avenue closed after almost 70 years in business. Sushi Guru, also in Plaza Midwood, shuttered its doors after less than two years. UPDATE 11/5 Sushi Guru has also closed its SouthPark location.
International Sherry Week at Fin & Fino
Fin & Fino is celebrating International Sherry Week with specials on sherry flights and snack pairings, including $15 for a 2oz sherry and snack pairing and a flight of three select sherries for $10.
Dogwood’s 5-year Anniversary
November 4 | 5-7 p.m.
Dogwood: A Southern Table will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a pig roast on the patio. $25 tickets include pork, fixins, dessert and beverages.
Sensi Wine Dinner
November 6 | Sensi Charlotte | 7 – 10 pm
Sensi’s Michelin starred chef will take you on a gastronomical trip to Italy with dishes he’s created for their new fall/winter menu. Complemented with select Italian wines. 5 courses Menu including wines $75 per person. Rvsp Only | [email protected] | 980 224.99.54
Brisket & Brews
November 7 | Wing Haven | 6 p.m.
Relax in the surroundings of Wing Haven Nursery while enjoying barbecue from The Improper Pig, local brews from Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop, specialty cocktails from Doc Porter’s Distillery and other refreshments. $60 per person.
November 9 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 2 p.m.
You don’t have to know everything about wine to enjoy it, and Corkbuzz is offering novices a great place to start. This introductory will explore wine basics, including regions, storage, pairings and styles. $65 per person.
Raid the Cellar: Napa Cabernet vs Old World Cabernet
November 13 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.
Join Master Sommelier Laura Fiorvanti at her popular Raid the Cellar series. Laura will be showcase eight of her favorite wines from the Bordeaux region of France and other old world gems to compare to those from Napa Valley. Taste and learn about the different wines, plus enjoy paired snacks. $85 per person.
Next Plate: Colors of Fall
November 13 | Camp North End | 7-9 p.m.
Save your seat for The Next Plate series dinner, an immersive dining experience that includes a multi-course meal with seasonal flavors, live fire cooking and visual and performing arts performances. $90 per person.
Wine and Dine with Chef Luca
November 14 | forchetta | 6 p.m.
Join Chef Luca Annunziata for a thoughtfully prepared four-course meal with wines paired to each dish. $75 per person.
Cooking Class – Holiday Tarts
November 15 | Amélie’s French Bakery & Café | 6 p.m.
Learn to make a rose apple-almond tart and mini fresh fruit tarts in this class led by pastry chef and educator Joleen Usher. $70 per person.
Smallcakes Utopia Anniversary Party
November 16 | 6925 University City Blvd, Unit #415
Smallcakes Utopia will host its one-year anniversary party on November 16 complete with specials, door prizes, a DJ and more.
Don’t Forget! Upstream’s Sushi Lunch Unlimited $18
Looking for a better than run of the mill lunch? We recommend Upstream’s unlimited sushi lunch Monday-Friday for $18 per person.
ON THE MENU: UPDATES & NOTEWORTHY DISHES
Pumpkin Pie Doughnuts at Suarez Bakery
Doughnut of the month at Suarez—Pumpkin Pie 🥧 Pumpkin pie custard filling, pumpkin pie spice sugar, pie crust leaf. Available until they run out every day in November.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies at Cupcrazed
Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with a Brown Sugar Maple filling
Fall Flavors on Bar Marcel’s New Seasonal Menu
Executive Chef Nicholas Tarnate blends the roots of Italian and French cuisines with influences from Morocco, Tunisia and Spain in the restaurant’s new fall dishes. New offerings include celery root velouté (truffle custard, brioche melba, micro celery), garganelle (prosciutto, parmesan crema, arugula, shaved truffle) and crisp duck breast (French lentils, celery root, fig compote, madeira reduction). View the full menu here.
Fin & Fino has named Dominic Cerasaro as executive chef of the “social seafood house” located in Uptown Charlotte. Chef Dom has been on the team of Rare Roots Hospitality Group for more than three years, working in the kitchens of Fin & Fino, Dogwood, and The Porter’s House.
Angeline’s and Merchant & Trade Team up for Charity
Angeline’s and Merchant & Trade will both offer special Friendsgiving menus from November 14-30 in support of charitable partner No Kid Hungry. On these dates, Merchant & Trade will donate $1 from each Wild Turkey Whiskey Flights sold, and Angeline’s will offer a family-style three-course dinner and donate 10% of the proceeds.
Wine Clubs to Join at Cicchetti
Uptown’s new hotspot Cicchetti isn’t just a wine bar and destination for Italian fare, it’s also a retail wine shop with more than 400 selections.
For those wanting to expand their palate and knowledge about wine, Cicchetti also offers the following two wine clubs:
- Monthly selections (varying from 2 to 6 bottles) highlighting farmer/family-owned producers and their wines
- Unique, high-quality wines with limited or exclusive availability in the market
- Option to purchase the month’s offering for $75
- Pick-up party for orders on the first Wednesday of every month with wine and food tastings
- Monthly selection of 12 wines chosen from around the world and focusing on an upcoming season, holiday, or other theme
- Option to purchase the month’s offering for $120
- Pick-up party for orders on the third Wednesday of every month with wine and food tastings
Fahrenheit’s Fall Menu Additions
Head up to Fahrenheit to try their newest menu additions, including the Washed Ashore Cocktail crafted with Kirk & Sweeney 12 year rum, West Indian orange bitters, angostura bitters, Aztec chocolate bitters, cinnamon syrup and a torched cinnamon stick. From the food menu, a popular choice are the Grilled Maine Diver Sea Scallops with Parsnip Puree, Roasted Roots, and Salsa Verde.
Dogwood Launches Bar Menu
Grab a seat at the bar, a cocktail and get ready to enjoy Dogwood’s new curated selection of entrees and small plates on the bar menu. Options include beer mussels (cherry stout, country ham, grilled bread), steak frites (anger steak, house jus), scallops (mushroom risotto, duck marmalade), brisket slider (smoked brisket, bourbon BBQ, house pickles) and fried green tomatoes (whipped goat cheese, chow-chow). Offered in the bar area during dinner service Sunday – Wednesday 5pm – 9pm and Thursday – Saturday 5pm – close.
Live Music and Fall Cocktails Meet at Dilworth Tasting Room
Mark your calendars: Dilworth Tasting Room will be hosting live music by Fred Heintz on Wednesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 20.
It’s the perfect opportunity to try sips from their revamped fall cocktail menu launched in late October. Options include The Cider House Rules (pictured), Oh, Honey Beehave, Cranksets Apple Crush and a Fall Spice Bellini.
Toast to Fall at WP Kitchen + Bar
In SouthPark, Michael Mascali has developed fresh new cocktail flavors for fall. Sip on the Apple Jack (Jack Daniel’s, apple butter, house-made cinnamon simple syrup and club soda), Manhattan in the Fall (Jim Beam Bourbon, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, fresh mint, powdered sugar, and bitters) and the Bubblerita (Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, lime juice, agave nectar and Prosecco).