Thanksgiving may get all the attention this time of year (if you haven’t made plans yet, here’s your resource) but we know there’s still plenty of culinary news to cover around the Queen City. From openings to new menu offerings, here’s the food news you need to know for the rest of November 2019.

NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Indaco Charlotte – Open now

As part of Atherton’s new mixed-use development in South End, Indaco offers rustic Italian fare including wood-fired pizzas, pastas, cured meats and more. Brought to us by the restaurant group that also owns O-Ku, Oak Steakhouse and Sukoshi, you’ll find Indaco in Atherton Mill at 2046 South Blvd.

North Italia – Open now

North Italia is now open at 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 November 18

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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. They’ll open November 18-21 with a limited menu and on November 22 with their full menu.

Link & Pin – Opening soon

From the owners of Duckworth’s, this gastropub with a culinary focus is in its soft opening phases in South End. Expect a cozy, rustic environment with a bar, lunch and dinner menus and brunch on weekends. View the full menu here. Find them at 155 New Bern St.

Ava – Opening soon

Coming soon to Optimist Hall, Ava will offer handmade pasta and Neapolitan pizza cooked at 900 degrees in an authentic Italian-made pizza oven. 

Dressler’s Restaurant renovating Metropolitan location

Dressler’s will close Sunday 11/24 for the week of Thanksgiving to complete renovations on the dining room, bar, and private dining spaces. Reopening is tentatively set for Saturday 11/30.

Restaurant Closings

Sadly, we’ve also seen some recent restaurant closings. Art’s BBQ in Dilworth is set to close at the end of the month after more than 40 years in business. In addition, both the Ballantyne and SouthPark locations of Terrace Cafe have closed this month. Nova’s Bakery in South End also announced its closing, although their other locations in Plaza Midwood, Mint Hill and Rock Hill will remain open.

FOODIE EVENTS

15% off classes, gift cards and events at Corkbuzz Charlotte

Corkbuzz is getting in on the holiday shopping spirit with a Black Friday special. Enjoy 15% off online for classes, gift cards, and ticketed events. Promo code: BUZZSALE15. Valid from November 29th at 1 a.m. to December 2 at midnight.

Brunch at the Gateway Canteen
Sundays in November and December | Anne Springs Close Greenway

Starting November 17, you can enjoy a brunch buffet at the Greenway on Sundays through December. Brunch items include sweet and savory options, a carving station and a cook-to-order egg and omelet station. $17.95 per person, $8.95 for children 3-11. Entry to Greenway free to members, $5 for nonmembers.

Tour of Italy Wine Class
November 19 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.

Italy is home to more than 1000 native grape varieties, so we don’t blame you for feeling overwhelmed by the options in styles and nuances. This introductory class includes tastings of six wines from north to south and an overview of each. $65 per person.

Sushi Class
November 19 | Divine Barrel Brewing | 6:30 p.m.

Claim your spot for this hands-on intermediate class where you’ll learn how to make Saku blocks for sushi rolls, traditional Hawaiian poke, tuna nigiri, tuna sashimi, spicy tuna and more. $55 per person.

$4 Sushi for Co’s Fourth Birthday
November 20 | Co, Park Road Shopping Center

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Make plans to help Co in Park Road Shopping Center celebrate their fourth birthday with $4 sushi rolls all day. One per person.

Next Plate: Throwback to the Classics
November 20 | Camp North End | 7 p.m.

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At Camp North End, enjoy an immersive dining experience focused on casual Filipino fare featuring Chef Jordan Andino, Black Moth Bars, DJ Fannie Mae, and dueling hip-hop violinists.

Taste of Cuba: SIP
Discovery Place Science | 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to explore the museum’s ¡Cuba! exhibition at this night out featuring coffee tastings, drink mixing demonstrations and more.

Hello, Sailor Guest Chef Dinner Series
December 3 | Hello, Sailor | 7 p.m.

Head to the Lake for the second edition of Hello, Sailor’s chef series featuring James Beard Foundation semi-finalist Chef Cheetie Kumar. Tickets include multiple chef-prepared courses and paired drinks. $120 per person.

MENU UPDATES TO KNOW

Complimentary Cocktail Punch with Each Fin & Fino Private Dining Booking

Fin & Fino (and all Rare Roots Hospitality restaurants) is offering an incentive to book your holiday party in one of the private dining spaces. Book now and you’ll receive a complimentary holiday punch to enjoy at your party. Fin & Fino’s two private dining spaces offer capacity for 24 – 80 guests with access to outdoor patio space in Uptown Charlotte. Choose from a cocktail party or plated menus, or allow the chef to curate your event with an all out feasting called “The Treatment.” Fin & Fino has some availability left on weekends and weeknights in December. Visit them online to book.

Live music & daily specials at Dilworth Tasting Room

Your visits to Dilworth Tasting Room just got better. In addition to hosting live music by Fred Heintz on Wednesday, November 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Dilworth go-to offers the following daily specials:

  • Monday – Featured Wine Special (rotates weekly)
  • Tuesday – Free Cheese Plate with the purchase of a Wine Flight
  • Wednesday – $9 Ketel One Botanicals cocktails
  • Thursday – Half-priced select Pinot Noir (selection rotates weekly)

New & revamped menu items at Roots Cafe

Roots Cafe in South End has launched a refreshed fall menu with new and revamped items including a chickpea veggie burger, potato latke with creme and chives, avocado toast and the ROOTS classic pastrami. View the full menu here and visit at 2135 Southend Dr. Suite 109.