From openings and closings to menu changes, the Charlotte food scene has plenty going on this month. Make plans to go out or stay in with to-go orders and virtual foodie events with the help of our round-up of must-know news.
OPENINGS & CLOSINGS
Snooze, now open in South End
Snooze is now open in South End. The concept’s second Charlotte location offers creative takes on breakfast fare, including the pumpkin pecan pie pancake (pictured). Guests can dine in or on the 22-seat outdoor patio. Find them at 2041 South Boulevard.
Panca Peruvian Street Food, open now
Former Hornets Chef Kyle Van Hess and his wife Candy, an experienced restauranteur, opened Panca during the COVID-19 crisis as stadiums across the country closed. Expect a variety of authentic Peruvian dishes inspired by Candy’s upbringing in Lima, including a menu of ceviches and anticuchos (meat dishes) which are are seasoned and marinated in-house, then grilled on an imported robata grill. Find them at 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road Unit 10A-2.
Blue Smokehouse and Bar, now open in Fort Mill
New to Fort Mill, this locally owned and operated fast casual smokehouse serves barbecue plates, sandwiches and a la carte sides, plus a full service bar with eight local drafts. View the full menu here and find them at 1500 Fort Mill Pkwy #111, Fort Mill.
The Southern Pecan, now open in SouthPark
Make plans to dine out at The Southern Pecan, a new addition to Phillips Place in SouthPark. Expect a menu brimming with Gulf Coast cuisine classics like Louisiana BBQ shrimp, a selection of po boys, gulf oysters and a southern pecan shrimp boil, plus blues and jazz-inspired artwork and music. Find them at 6705-C Phillips Place Court.
Link & Pin Huntersville – Open now
Link & Pin’s second location is now open in NorthCross Shopping Center in the former Mickey & Mooch building. Expect lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. Find them at 9723 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.
Farm Haus – Open now
On the south side of town, the newly opened Farm Haus offers guests an expansive beer garden, a meat-focused menu, outdoor games and a stage for live music. Find them at 9762 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, SC.
Plant Joy, opening soon in Camp North End
From food delivery service Nourish Charlotte’s founder/executive chef Julia Simon and partner Erik Berns comes Plant Joy, a brick-and-mortar concept coming soon to Camp North End. The food stall, Camp North End’s fourth and final, is expected to open this month with a focus on local, organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Menu headliners include the Socca (chickpea crepe), Rainbow Toast (featuring loaves from Verdant Bread), locally made vegan croissants and the Falafel Stack (all the best parts of a falafel sandwich, presented nacho-style). The menu will also feature select locally sourced pastries and a Community Plate, where customers can donate funds toward a future meal for someone in need.
Sal’s Pizza Factory, opening soon in Dilworth
Exciting news, pizza lovers: Sal’s Pizza Factory is opening a second location in the heart of Dilworth. Soon, you’ll be able to get to-go, delivery and slices at 2212 Park Road (by WashHouse and Ed’s). According to their social media channels, watch out for a November opening.
Superica in Strawberry Hill, opening soon
Per their Facebook page, Superica will open their second Charlotte-area location in the SouthPark development of Strawberry Hill in November. Find them soon at 4219 Providence Road.
La Belle Helene – Closed
The Uptown favorite, which opened in 2018, has closed. Parliament Espresso & Coffee, owned by the same operating group, has also closed.
Ilios Noche Quail Corners – Closed
After eight years, Ilios Noche at Quail Corners has closed. Their location in Rea Village will remain open.
Rita’s in Plaza Midwood – Closed
Per Unpretentious Palate via Instagram, the Rita’s location in Plaza Midwood closed on Oct. 25. Be on the lookout for a new location to open in the University area in February.
NEWS & MENU UPDATES
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Brunch is back Nov. 7 at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
On Nov. 7, pop-up brunch at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen is back for pre-order, take-out only orders. Along with an apple strudel special, the breakfast menu includes a savory bowl with Anson Mills stone cut oats, rice grits and buckwheat with pumpkin and spicy maple syrup, choice of sage or tempeh sausage wilted kale and a fried egg. Also on the menu is the Leslie Knope Waffle (pictured) topped with berry compote, hazelnut butter whipped cream and hazelnut brittle. Order online and view the whole menu here.
Extended hours and Sunday brunch at Bar Marcel
In addition to their existing Tuesday – Saturday dinner service, SouthPark’s Bar Marcel is now also open on Monday nights from 4-9 pm. Prefer a leisurely weekend brunch? Bar Marcel has re-started their Sunday brunch as of Nov. 1. Visit from 10:30 am – 3 pm to enjoy dishes from Executive Chef Joshua Oakley and Chef de Cuisine Eduardo Rios, plus a Bloody Mary bar menu.
Enjoy a taste of fall at The Stanley with new menu items
Led by Chef Paul Verica, The Stanley offers the following current fall menu items with more seasonal changes to come as the temperature drops:
- Seared Tuna, curried rice, minzuma, miso, radishes, and coconut
- Scallops, risotto, Asian pear, butternut squash, greens, walnuts, cider-ginger glaze
- Foie Gras “ganache” and apples a few different ways
Dilworth Tasting Room announces new seasonal menu items and cocktails
Looking for a drink to accompany your meal? Led by Chad Whittington, Dilworth Tasting Room is toasting to the season with these fall cocktails:
- Peary Pomegranate – Pear vodka, pomegrante liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla fall spice syrup & champagne
- Espress Yourself – Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Kahlua Especial, Maple Syrup, Orange Bitters, grated nutmeg
- Pretty In Pink – A choice of your favorite spirit, ruby red grapefruit juice, vanilla fall spice syrup, lime juice, grapefruit soda
- Let’s Keep it Royale – Amaro Montenegro, Domaine de Caton, lime juice, Champagne, grated nutmeg & strawberry
Don’t miss the mozzarella platter and new fall cocktails at Little Mama’s Italian
If you’re feeding a small crowd (or would just like an alternative to your go-to take-out orders), try the mozzarella platter from Little Mama’s Italian. The $50 platter Platter includes artichoke hearts, herby goat cheese, giardiniera, grilled zucchini, gruyère, Muenster, sopresata, salami, prosciutto, oven dried tomatoes, Sicilian peppers, calvestrano olives, kalamata olives, pepperoncini and Mama’s fresh made fior di latte. They’re made to order and available for pick-up only.
Thursday nights | 7th St. Public Market
The weekly Raclette Night at 7th St. Market is back with a few changes to keep everyone safe. Now, they’re accepting limited reservations in three seatings. Your plate will come with a generous portion of Raclette cheese scraped onto potatoes and served with baguette, cornichons, mixed greens and mustard with an option to add charcuterie. A dessert of Chocolate Pots de Crème is included in the price.
All-You-Can-Eat Oyster Roast
Nov. 8 | 12 and 4 pm | Catawba Brewing Co.
Catawba Brewing and Sea Level NC will team up to host a limited-capacity, all-you-can-eat Oyster Roast benefiting non-profit, The Bulb Mobile Markets on Nov. 8. Guests can choose from two seatings at 12 pm and 4 pm in Catawba Brewing’s new, tented seating area. $50 includes unlimited steamed oysters, New England style clam chowder, live music from Turpentine Shine, plus two beers.
Burgundy Wine Dinner with Joseph Drouhin Wines
Nov. 9 | Foxcroft Wine Co-SouthPark | 7 pm
Explore the full range of Burgundy wine styles and vineyards at this wine dinner featuring four courses and eight wines, with special guests Natali Schlottig of Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. and James Corbin of Grapevine Distributors. $99 plus tax and gratuity.
Virtual Class: Fall Pies from Scratch
Nov. 10 | 5:30 pm
In this virtual SkillPop class, Keia fromMilk Glass Pie will teach attendees how to make an apple pie from start to finish and discuss techniques and tips for baking a custard pie. $20.
Bernardins Wine Dinner
Nov. 12 | 7 pm | Bernardin’s Charlotte
Enjoy an evening at Bernardin’s with a wine dinner featuring five courses and five wines. $100 plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating.
Virtual Class: Build the Perfect Brunch Board
Nov. 15 | 10 am
Start your Sunday off right as local cheese enthusiast & caterer, Tori Tippin, leads this virtual SkillPop class covering the art of placement, cutting, board size, photography tips and brunch pairings. $24.
In-person Class: Pie Making
Nov. 17 | Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Chef Alyssa will teach you how to whip up sweet treats for the season. The menu includes sweet potato pie with ginger meringue, apple and rosemary hand pies, and squash and goat cheese galette.
“Taste of the Season” at Carowinds
Nov. 21 – Dec. 20, select days
Carowinds’ Taste of the Season outdoor experience includes 30 samples of holiday sweets and savories, specialty drinks from Santa’s mixologists, holiday décor, seasonal shows and select family rides. Season Passholder reservations available starting November 9th. Daily Tickets (which include your reservation) are available starting November 11th.
Half off all items at Mi Pueblo Nov. 23
Mi Pueblo Day returns as a way for the family business to thank customers and celebrate more than 30 years in business. On Nov. 23, enjoy Mi Pueblo favorites like tacos, enchiladas, chalupas, fajitas, quesadillas and the ever-popular Arroz Con Pollo Supreme for 50 percent off at all 10 locations across the Piedmont.
Counter | Nov. 24-28
Counter is celebrating the holiday with six courses of re-imagined holiday favorites with pairing options available. $85 per person.