Wine or Dine, You Can’t Lose
The South Charlotte restaurant scene shouldn’t be ignored, and the residents living here have no shortage of choices. From fine dining to roadside diners, there are handfuls of eateries frequented and enjoyed day in and day out in the Charlotte area. Among the varied selection of cuisine, located in the oldest shopping center in Charlotte, Burtons Grill & Bar brings something fun and fresh to the table. Burtons’ mission is simple: Delight every guest, one at a time.
Located in Park Road shopping center, Burtons Grill serves an eclectic American menu, fresh from the kitchen every day, all day long. In terms of offerings, whether you’re a walk-in or just taking out, Burtons’ menu has something for everyone’s tastes. The atmosphere is a polished casual concept, and the kitchen works from scratch daily. The produce is fresh—nothing but the best. They source from local farms when they can, and they spare no expense. Every three months, their menu rotates, and nothing comes from the freezer here.
Burtons is also heavily conscious of food allergens, and the scratch kitchen allows them to omit certain ingredients easily if requested. In 2018, Burtons Grill & Bar was voted No. 1 in the Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurants category by AllergyEats.com.
The menu itself offers a wide variety of American staples: the Classic Burger with charbroiled Angus beef, cheese and a griddled bun; Pasta Carbonara; or even the delicious Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowl, just to name a few. Options abound, and appetizers, soups and salads are served for those looking for smaller bites. General Manager Marc Habbouche says their menu is valuable real estate, so there’s no way to lose. Whichever mood strikes you, Burtons Grill & Bar can whet your appetite.
Burtons is also home to a welcoming enclosed patio, open rain or shine all year, depending on the temperature, of course. Thankfully, this isn’t much of an issue in the Carolinas, and seating is available outside for 10 months of the year on average. Flowers and curated landscaping make for comfortable seating, and the views from the patio are lined with beautifully maintained historic storefronts, such as a 78-year-old theater with its vintage sign still intact. One can feel the historic Charlotte roots in this part of town.
Aside from the cuisine, Burtons offers a full-service bar. Wine, spirits and beers fill the glasses of those needing to mellow out after a full day’s work or those looking for fun on Sunday afternoon. Twelve beer taps are always rotating, mostly serving locally brewed craft selections.
“You can throw a rock and hit a brewery here,” Marc says, jokingly. “It’s almost like they’re competitors.”
Jokes aside, he and the staff are grateful to have such a variety of beers coming into the bar. Burtons cross-promotes with the breweries in town, so everyone benefits. It’s one of the secrets to their success in finding fun while working to make their restaurant the best it can be.
Who: Burtons Grill & Bar
Where: 1601 E. Woodlawn Road A, Charlotte
What to Order: Burtons old-fashioned, stuffed grilled zucchini, Asian Ahi salad and the street tacos