Home Sweet Home

Our Queen City harbors a host of historic homes. Some of theme remain only in the shadows of old foundations; others still stand as the regal residences of Charlotte’s elite. A few have been updated and outfitted to house (literally) local businesses and eateries, including the memorable McNinch House.

Stoke the Flames

Locally-sourced. Seasonal. Made-from-scratch. Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke recognizes these are buzz words in Charlotte’s ever-expanding culinary scene. And though he’s certainly embraced such adjectives, the Charlotte native is intentionally doing things differently. “Stoke is similar to a lot of great Charlotte restaurants,” he says. “We source locally, we rely on the seasons to dictate the menu, we’re focused on…

Cookin’ With Beer

Hailed as one of the top beer gardens in the country, most Charlotteans have been into VBGB to grab a brew. With 30 taps, 29 of which feature craft beer from around the country (that 30th tap? the classic PBR), it’s the perfect place for pints. But what many locals don’t realize is that many of those bubbly beers also…

Holy Cow!

In the Carolinas, we like to shrug things off with a smile. We’ll laugh at familial tales and greet diminutives with a grin, but there’s one thing we take very, very seriously: barbecue. Which is why when five guys got together and proposed opening a barbecue restaurant in 2005—somewhere they would feel just as comfortable bringing their children as their…

The Queen City’s Cajun Queen

“We’ve been here so long that people feel at home,” says Tim Freer, partner and manager of Cajun Queen. And he’s right. The New Orleans-inspired eatery is as much a part of the fabric of Charlotte as our neighborhoods and sports teams.

Futo Buta

Press rice into sushi mold and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight. Mix all other ingredients in bowl. Remove molded rice and fry until golden brown. Layer mixture onto rice and serve with side of soy sauce with wasabi. It’s not easy to connect the red checkered table clothes and spaghetti stains of Goodfellas to the delicate and subtle dishes…

Fresh From the Garden

Southerners are inherent gardeners. We love our tomatoes warm from the sun and our carrots fresh from the earth. That’s probably why farm-to-table restaurants like Dogwood Southern Table of Rare Roots Hospitality are our favorite.

Great Plates

Located in the elegant Le Méridien Charlotte uptown, an elegant, artistically-inspired destination for Queen City travelers, you’ll find Evoke. It’s a chic eatery that effortlessly combines the traditional with the modern; warm, saddle-colored leather settees pair comfortably with Eames-esque mid-century modern chairs. Abstract art on the walls is cast in the warm, sunny glow that filters through wide windows and…

Kindred Spirits

When pasta is done, remove from water and add directly to non-stick skillet (do not discard the pasta water). Toss the pasta around with the shrimp and miso butter until all the miso butter is melted and evenly coats noodles. Add a cup of the reserved pasta water and cook it down, stirring frequently until reduced by about half. Add…