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contents spring 2011
on the cover 12 off to the races
mark your calendars because april is all about horses - put on your finest hat and polish up the silverware, it’s time for steeplechase in north carolina
features 20 celebrate black history month
make your way to exhibits that highlight the history of race relations and examine the physical concept of race, or take a tour of charlotte’s african-american history and culture
33 for the love of... southern comfort look no further - the rich flavors of southern cuisine can be found all over the queen city from down home cooking to upscale uptown dining
38 destination: belmont j ust a short drive from charlotte you’ll find the quaint town of belmont, with charming boutiques, antique shops and old-fashioned general stores, along with a great steak and handmade ice creams
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talk of the town
style 16 monarch
what’s happening 8 around town 18 uptown charlotte
find your way around 7 greater charlotte 24 uptown 41 southpark 42 south charlotte 43 lake norman 44 dilworth/southend 45 cabarrus county/university
charlotte’s newest upscale consignment boutique emerges on east blvd
entertainment 26 comedy zone
what to see 15 area attractions 22 uptown attractions
uptown welcomes a new home for laughter and cheeky good fun
what to do 27 entertainment
queen’s gems 31 latibah collard green museum
dish & dine
a tribute to african-american heritage and the quintessential vegetable of southern cuisine
first bite 34 halcyon: flavors of the earth check out the newest uptown eatery at the levine center for the arts
where to eat 28 uptown 34 around the city
ride the rails 32 lynx light rail line helpful numbers 46 travel info and relocation
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publisher’s note Trying new things and history are central themes in this issue, as well as many of our lives. The New Year challenges us to look at what lies ahead and what we might accomplish for ourselves, our families and our work. History reminds us of the progress we’ve made, the challenges we have overcome, and hopefully, reminds us of what we can accomplish by working together. The features in this issue try to strike a balance between the joy and great expectations of exploring new places, and the determination and hardship that shaped today’s African-American culture in Charlotte, if not the entire nation. February is Black History Month and you will find fascinating exhibits talking about the people and events leading up to the Brown vs. Board of Education landmark case (Courage at the Levine Museum of the New South), and another exhibit that examines racial relations and perceptions of our fellow man (Race at Discovery Place). Charlotte will host the 99th Annual CIAA Basketball Tournament from February 28 to March 5. Help us welcome the nearly 200,000 visitors who will come to the Queen City to support the Historic Black Colleges and Universities’ basketball teams. It’s events like these that allow us to showcase the city of Charlotte, our Southern hospitality, and the good people that call Charlotte home. Tourism and events like this are critical to our local economy. Did you know that we welcome nearly 17 million visitors annually? We do, and they spend about $4 billion every year. As I write this letter, Charlotte is getting back to normal after three snow days, which also means many of us have been trapped at home and need an escape. A trip to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the Orchid Conservatory will reinvigorate your senses and get you dreaming of springtime. A stroll through nearby Downtown Belmont should help you rediscover memories of small town America with its quaint shops and brick sidewalks.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Don’t miss the variety of equestrian events near Charlotte during the month of April. The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is a springtime favorite. The fans adorn their finest or funniest hats, lay out the ultimate tailgate spreads complete with candelabras, and enjoy the horse races all day. If that’s not enough, read on to learn about other equestrian events you might add to your social calendar. Finally, all good things end in food and, in our case, it’s Low Country cuisine. In “For the Love of… Low Country” (page 33), we take a look at some Charlotte favorites to get your shrimp and grits fix. From soul food favorites at La’Wan’s to upscale dining at Uptown’s Mimosa Grill, you are sure to find a new Southern favorite. Read on to learn about a new addition to the Uptown restaurant scene, Halcyon. If you’re a visitor, a recent relocator or a long-time resident, we hope you find some ideas in these pages for having some fun with family and friends. So get out there, explore and discover the best of Charlotte.
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what’s happening family fun JAN 14 – MAR 14
FEB 20, MAR 20, APR 17 (1-4pm)
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont (704) 825-4490. Tickets up to $12. Captivating and complex. Exquisite and exotic. Stunning and simply spectacular. Orchids are the jewels of the botanical world. The Fourth Annual Orchid Spectacular features educational classes, workshops and a dazzling display in the region’s only glasshouse dedicated to the display of orchids and tropical plants.
Mint Museum UPTOWN 500 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 337-2000. Free to members or after admission (tickets up to $10). It’s family time Uptown! Try out a new scavenger hunt in the museum galleries, see a performer or artist demonstrating, and enjoy kid-friendly activities. Each month we’ll celebrate a new theme! Feb 20– Art, Supersized; Mar 20 – Crafting Critters; Apr 17 – Earth Day Art – with demo by potter Greg Scott.
MAR 12 - 13
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Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $25 - $67. The Hans Christian Anderson tale comes to life with colorful fish, sparkling seahorses, slithering eels and tumbling starfish. Despite warnings by her father, the Sea King, the Little Mermaid can’t help but to be curious of humans on dry land. After swimming to the surface one day, the Little Mermaid falls in love with a handsome Prince who she dreams of joining on land.
Mint Museum UPTOWN 500 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 337-2000. Museum admission up to $10. Comprising more than 60 contemporary works, New Visions highlights the strengths of Bank of America’s postwar collection and reveals a wide variety of artistic philosophies, approaches, and movements that extend into the early 21st century. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper of major artists.
Living History at Latta Plantation Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville (704) 875-2312. Tickets prices vary. Feb 12-13: Valentine Sweetheart Tours. Feb 19: What’s Cookin’ at Latta? Mar 5-6: Art of the Blacksmith. Apr 23: Easter Egg Hunt. Pre-registration required.
McGlohon Theatre 345 North College St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $25. Gallagher, to this day, is one of the most recognizable names in comedy. With inspired wit and keen observations on both the obvious and absurd, Gallagher challenges his audiences to look at the world through a slightly different perspective - always to hilarious results. Adult Language and Content
McGlohon Theatre 345 North College St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $42. Laugh for the Fun… Laugh for the Cause… Laugh for the Cure! Don’t miss Charlotte’s premier night of comedy and charity. LFTC begins at 6pm with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction held in the atrium. Guests must be seated by 7:15pm for the live auction and hilarious PG comedy show featuring James Sibley and Greg Hahn.
New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection
Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $12.50 – 25.50. “Sam I Am” comes to the Symphony in a skillfully staged and delightfully designed musical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. Green Eggs and Ham celebrates rhyme and reason and introduces young people to the beauty and versatility of the human voice and the wonders of the orchestra. Pre-concert festival, featuring The Symphony Guild of Charlotte “Musical Petting Zoo,” begins at 10 am.
THRU APR 17
Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Green Eggs & Ham
10th Annual Laugh for the Cure
Niki de Saint Phalle, Star Fountain (installed at Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago 2007) © 2010 NCAF. Photo: Thomas Marlow
MAR 18 - OCT 3
Niki de Saint Phalle: Creation of a New Mythology Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 420 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 353-9200. Museum admission up to $8. This exhibit celebrates the artist’s extraordinary appetite for myths and legends as interpreted through dynamic and often provocative sculpture, paintings and prints. The Bechtler Museum of Art presents 60 works inside the museum and five large-scale outdoor works across the street, in addition to the Firebird sculpture that graces the museum’s plaza.
music FEB 4, MAR 4 and APR 1
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art 420 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 353-9200. Free with museum admission. Mid-century art meets mid-century music on the first Friday of each month. Concerts are performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum lobby and feature local and regional jazz artists. Concerts are free with museum admission. Feb 4: Jazz for Lovers Mar 4: Le Jazz Hot Apr 1: Tribute to Miles Davis
Bojangles’ Coliseum 2700 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte (704) 372-3600. Tickets $45 - $55. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Loretta’s arrival in Nashville. In addition to being “first,” she was also “great” and “different.” Loretta Lynn’s instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest country-music voices in history. Like the lady herself, Loretta Lynn’s songs shoot from the hip.
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $29.50. Just when you think that you have seen the best that Irish music has to offer, Celtic Crossroads presents Irish music like never before. They redefine Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms with inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves.
Jazz Concert Series
An Evening with Loretta Lynn
Bojangles’ Coliseum 2700 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte (704) 372-3600. Tickets $46 - $76. Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966 and then formed a group called the Band of Joy, with drummer John Bonham. Ultimately, Bonham and Plant were joined with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones to become The New Yardbirds which became Led Zeppelin. Since 1980, Plant has put his wide-ranging musical fascination to good use on solo albums and in recordings with bands like The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion, and Strange Sensation. His performances reflect his embrace of West Coast psychedelic rock, roots blues, African music and traditional folk.
Loretta Lynn Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $30 - $42.50. Sweet Thunder: Duke & Shak, is a theatrical jazz production honoring Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare featuring internationally acclaimed trombonist, composer, producer and 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient Delfeayo Marsalis and actor Kenneth Brown, Jr.
DRUMLine Live Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $25. The amazine DRUMLine Live brings the black marching band tradition to the theatrical stage for the very first time. Featuring a large cast of colorful and flamboyant performers from America’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the production presents the rousing and rhythmic sounds of the great brass past including Earth, Wind, and Fire and Tower of Power side by side with the hottest contemporary hip hop and R&B.
The Pink Floyd Experience Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $39.50. Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. The Pink Floyd Experience echoes everything that made Pink Floyd one of rock & roll’s greatest icons. Complete with 200,000 watts of light, full quadraphonic sound and six brilliant musicians.
Legends of Jazz: Al Jarreau Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $38.50 - $75.50. Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time. Performing for more than 30 years, Al Jarreau is undoubtedly “the greatest jazz singer alive.”
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Robert Plant and The Band of Joy
Blue Man Group
FEB 26 - 28
APR 19 - 24
Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $39.50. Frankie Valli was catapulted into rock and roll stardom after his iconic American Bandstand performance of “Sherry” with The Four Seasons. As a solo artist and with the Four Seasons, Valli has produced 19 top ten hits and sold over 100 million records worldwide.
Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $20. Best known for their theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology, the Blue Man Group returns to Charlotte. With no spoken language, the Blue Man Group is perfect for everyone and a show you will never forget!
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Blue Man Group
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Don your finest hat and polish up the silverware, itâ€™s time to steeplechase in North Carolina. Mark your calendars because April is for horsing around.
for a Day at the Races
By Michele Huggins
Not far from the urban street scene of uptown Charlotte, acres of rolling green fields and pastures provide wide-open spaces for horses and horse lovers, and fans of the spring steeplechase fanfare. Each spring horse competitions and steeplechases fill the calendar in the Piedmont and foothills of the Carolinas. Horse-wise spectators attend horse competitions to observe the finer points of dressage and equitation. The novice spectator, however, can appreciate the grace, athleticism and showmanship of horse and rider, especially at cross-country and hunter-jumper events, as well as a steeplechase. 12
Horses, riders and spectators show their best at spring equestrian events
A steeplechase is race for Thoroughbred horses and jockeys, and unlike flat-track races, steeplechases include fence jumps. Steeplechase race tracks are 2-2.5 miles long and include 11 or 12 jumps, and most include 5-7 races. Steeplechases are not only a showcase of superior Thoroughbred race horses and jockey talent, they are grand occasions for socializing. For many locals, nearby steeplechases are an annual rite of passage into the season, and opportunity to show individual style, both in fashion and fanfare. The heritage of steeplechasing includes magnificent lawn parties and tailgate spreads. From silver candelabras and champagne to barbecue and beer Koozies, tailgate parties encircle the racecourse at Brooklandwood, the 280-acre home to the Queen’s
Cup, located less than an hour from Charlotte. Steeplechase-goers celebrate the time-honored pageantry of the sport by wearing elaborate, fanciful hats and ponying up elegant tailgate spreads. Queen’s Cup festivities include the much revered hat and tailgate contest, plus jockey-course walk, Jack Russell terrier races, pony rides, and a military display with a Humvee and helicopter. The Queen’s Cup takes place the last Saturday in April each year. The Stoneybrook Steeplechase – held April 9, 2011 – is another spectacular showing of magnificent horses and riders, but is also a social gathering for people-watching at its best, The race is the cornerstone event at the Carolina Horse Park and attracts the horses and jockeys from around the nation. Founded more than five
decades ago, Stoneybrook moved to the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, near Southern Pines, in 2001 and has seen phenomenal growth as competitors vie for top honors and part of the $50,000-plus purse. Last year’s crowd was estimated at 7,500. It’s a family affair at most steeplechases, Stoneybrook included. With a designated kids’ area, pony rides, petting zoo, climbing wall and stick horse races, plus the best of show hat contests and a tailgate contest and horse races, there’s excitement and fun for all ages. The Block House Steeplechase is the granddaddy of North Carolina Steeplechases and has run every year since 1947. The event is held at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon, and includes the social aspect with competitive tailgating and hat february - april 2011
a day at
• Block House Steeplechase: www.trhcevents.org. • Carolina Cup: www.carolina-cup.org. • Outdoor Heritage Days: www.forkstables.com. • Queen’s Cup Steeplechase: www.queenscup.org. • Stoneybrook Steeplecase: www.carolinahorsepark.com. • Tanglewood Cup Steeplechase: www.tanglewoodcup.org.
wearing, as well as the Old Tryon Foot Beagles, Green Creek Hounds and Paso Fino horses. The 2011 race takes place April 23. Just a brief jaunt south of Charlotte down Interstate 77 in Camden, S.C., the horses run the 2011 Carolina Cup on April 2. More than 65,000 fans flock to the Camden Cup each spring. In addition to thrill of the six horse races held throughout the day, the array of spectators’ spring fashions, elaborate tailgating spreads and magnificent hats has made the event a rite of spring for generations. Prizes for most outrageous, most creative and most beautiful tailgates are part of the fun at the Tanglewood Cup in Clemmons near Winston-Salem. The steeplechase takes place at Tanglewood Park, a public park, and features five races, tailgating and hat contests, terrier races and a children’s paddock. Hat contest categories include: “Best ‘Do You Dare Wear That’ Hat,” “Most Elegant and Classic Hat,” and “Best Children’s Hat.” The Tanglewood Cup was revived in 2010 to raise money for an equestrian center at Tanglewood Park, which offers guided rides and lessons. The 2011 event happens May 14. Forty miles east of Charlotte, The Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood hosts
Outdoor Heritage Days, and is home to the Fork Horse Trials and a three-star ranked Concours International Combiné. The free, four-day event each April includes dressage, cross country and show jumping. The competition showcases more than 300 top rider-and-horse combinations from all across the United States, as well as a stable of other nations. The 2010 event featured horses and riders from England, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Ecuador, Canada, Argentina and Belgium. Many of the 2012 Olympic hopefuls will compete at the event April 7-10, 2011. Outdoor Heritage Days also features a wine festival, a sporting-clay competition, local artisans and vendors, plus pony rides, face painting and other kid-friendly activities. Though jockey-andhorse winners walk away with victory spoils, fans are guaranteed an exhilarating day at the races, as well as memories of a day of fun in the country. For a crash course on what you can expect to find at equestrian events, visit www.useventing.com. For more information about steeplechases, visit the National Steeplechase Association’s website at www. nationalsteeplechase.com.
Michele Huggins is a Charlotte native, who has been published in several local magazines, including The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Parent Magazine and Today’s Charlotte Woman, and loves to discover new places to explore nearby the Queen City. 14
explore the attractions Billy Graham Library
Carolina Raptor Center
Historic Latta Plantation
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Historic Rosedale Plantation
4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte (704) 401-3200. Admission is free. Mon - Sat 9:30am - 5pm. Closed Sunday. State-of-the-art exhibits. Multimedia displays. A lifetime of memorabilia. Come to the Billy Graham Library and discover how God used an ordinary man to do extraordinary things.
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville (704) 875-6521. Tickets up to $10. Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm; Sunday noon - 5pm. The Raptor Center is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through education, research and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.
4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte (704) 359-8442. Tickets up to $11. Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm. Sat 10am - 5pm. Learn about aviation’s great history. See aircraft, memorabilia and more. Younger visitors love the interactive displays... but we have noticed aircraft buffs of all ages climbing into the pilot’s seat.
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte (704) 568-1774. Tickets up to $6. Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 1 - 5pm. The Museum and Hezekiah Alexander Homesite showcase Charlotte’s regional history, from early Indian Villages to present-day, and is also home to the American Freedom Bell.
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte (704) 372-6261. Tickets up to $6. Tue - Fri 9a - 5pm; Sat 10a - 5pm; Sun 12 – 5pm. Wander Charlotte Nature Museum and encounter the finned, furred and feathered. Little ones will experience the natural world in a fun environment.
1444 Brattonsville Road, Mc Connells, SC (803) 684-2327. Tickets up to $6. Mon - Sat 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1 - 5pm. Experience living history, including the African American story, at this 775-acre Revolutionary War site. Explore the Bratton Plantation, owned and lived on by three generations of the Bratton family.
5225 Sample Road, Huntersville (704) 875-6521. Tickets up to $8. Open Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 1 - 5pm. Historic Latta Plantation is a circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm. Seasonal war reenactments. Guided and self-guided tours.
3427 North Tryon St., Charlotte (704) 335.0325. Tickets up to $5. Guided Tours Thur - Sun at 1:30pm and 3pm. One of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in the state, circa 1815. The plantation promotes the heritage of the southern Piedmont.
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte (704) 337-2000. Tickets up to $10. Tue 10am - 9pm (free 5 - 9 pm), Wed - Sat 10am - 6pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Housed in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, the Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 as the first art museum in the state.
N.C. Transportation Musuem
411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer (704) 636-2889. Ride tickets up to $6. Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm; Sunday 1 - 5pm. Located on the site of what was once Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility, you’ll find an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a 37-bay Roundhouse. Train rides!
Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum
North Carolina Zoo
1507 Camden Road, Charlotte (704) 375-0850. Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5pm. Trolleys built Charlotte’s earliest neighborhoods and moved people around town. Learn and have fun on Charlotte’s favorite mode of transportation.
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro (800) 488-0444. Tickets up to $14. Open 9am-5pm April-October; and, 9am-4pm November-March. Visit the zoo for face-to-face animal encounters, to enchant and educate children or just enjoy the glorious gardens. Connect your life... with wildlife!
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
U.S. National Whitewater Center
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont (704) 825-4490. Tickets up to $12. Open everyday 9am - 5pm. Spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, and guest pavilion await you.
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte (704) 391-3900. Tickets up to $49. Open dawn to dusk, call for activity times. The world’s premier outdoor adventrure center! Rafting, hiking, climibing, zip lines and more! Buy the AllSport Pass and play all day! For information on attractions in Uptown Charlotte, please go to pages 22 and 23. february - april 2011
The vibrant Dilworth neighborhood has a cool and eclectic new shopping destination in monarch, a consignment boutique for both men and women. Proprietors Stephanie Dooley Sellers and Cindy Siesel say monarch offers a modern take on an old concept, as the store will offer a wide variety of upscale options for the consignment shopper. Designers such as Chloe, Valentino, Haute Hippie and Sass & Bride are featured. The duo also plans to collaborates and partner with other local consignors and small businesses. Shoppers will be able to buy or rent handbags from locally owned Swap Handbags. And Shawna Robinson, creator of Happy Chair, has outfitted is outfitting the space with unique, heartwarming upholstered furniture. Sellers worked for 15 years in the corporate retail industry with companies such as Estee Lauder and Ralph Lauren. Siesel, a mother of two daughters, loves shopping almost as much as she does exercise. Both women are also active in Charlotteâ€™s non-profit community. They say monarch will provide shoppers with an artful, classy atmosphere with unparalleled customer service.
monarch 1222 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203 (980) 613-8395 monarch-boutique.com
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what’s happening theater FEB 11 - 13
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $39.50. It’s a life lived out loud in this exhilarating new musical about “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. This theatrical event weaves myth, memory and music as it tells the uplifting and poignant story of one of the greatest jazz/pop vocalists of 20th century music.
Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $20. Spring Awakening is the groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that has awakened Broadway like no other musical in years. Experience the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget. Adult Language and Content.
Ella The Musical
FEB 15 - 20
In the Heights Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $20. An exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community - a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Find out what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home…In the Heights.
MAR 15 - 20
Young Frankenstein Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $20. Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. Frederick Frankenstein inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, and the fun begins!
MAR 2 - 5
APR 5 - 10
Duke Energy Theatre 345 North College St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $22. The play starts off in a sleepy southern town during the Jim Crow era. Its white citizens are ready for another day for business as usual, until they realize that all of their black citizens have disappeared without a trace. The town eventually falls into panic and will never be the same again.
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $20. Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Mature audiences.
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Charlotte Symphony: Romeo and Juliet Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $26.50 - $82.50. The greatest love story ever told receives full musical expression in this romantic Valentine’s concert. In between the brooding and beautiful tales of young love, the CSO’s own concertmaster, Calin Lupanu, performs Tchaikovsky’s spectacular violin concerto, one of the most famous – and most difficult – pieces for the instrument.
Video Games Live Bojangles’ Coliseum 2700 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte (704) 372-3600. Tickets $25 - $49. Picture the excitement and energy of a rock concert coupled with the power and emotion of the Charlotte Symphony orchestra. Now combine that with the technology, stunning visuals, and thrill that video games provide and you can begin to imagine Video Games Live.
MAR 11 - 12
Charlotte Symphony: Wagner and Bruckner Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $21.50 - $80.50. Conductor Laureate Christof Perick returns for a feast of late-Romantic grandeur. Two thrilling works by Wagner, “the noble master of poetry and music,” are followed by composer Anton Bruckner’s “Wagner Symphony.”
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $30, includes appetizers, museum admission and a drink ticket. Experience the symphony in a whole new way! Enjoy cocktails and appetizers before the concert, and stroll through the Bechtler Museum’s new exhibit of works by Niki de Saint Phalle, creator of the museum’s iconic “Firebird” sculpture afterwards. From Handel’s Fireworks to Stravinsky’s Firebird, this concert’s music burns with flames, love and passion. Pre-concert cocktails and goodies at 6:30 pm in the Knight Theater lobby. Concert begins at 7:30pm. 18
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Charlotte Symphony KnightSounds: Light My Fire
APR 1 - 2
Charlotte Symphony: Brahms Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $21.50 - $80.50. New Music Director Christopher Warren-Green conducts an all-Brahms program that combines the master’s beloved First Symphony with the brilliant Academic Festival Overture and two profoundly moving choral works – a lamentation and a Song of Destiny.
APR 8 - 9
Charlotte Symphony POPS: Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $32.50 - $76.50. A treat for the eyes and ears, this brilliant production combines beautifully re-mastered footage from the great movie musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, such as Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, with original vocals and a live soundtrack performed by the Charlotte Symphony.
film FEB 8, MAR 8 and APR 12
Music & Movies at The Mint Mint Museum UPTOWN 500 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 337-2000. Movie admission $5. On the second Tuesday of each month, enjoy free Jazz in the Atrium from 6-7 p.m. and then stick around for movie night starting at 7 p.m. Free for Mint Members and $5 for non-members. Jan 11: Tony Hayes/ “Encounters at the End of the World”, an Artist’s Pick by Janet Biggs Feb 8: Ocie Davis Trio/”The Hurt Locker” Mar 8: Calvin Edwards Trio/”Who the Bleep is Jackson Pollock?” Apr 12: Ron Brendle/”Key Largo”, an Artist’s Pick by Gary Noffke
FEB 3 - 6
La Traviata Belk Theater 130 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $20 - $130. The timeless story of Camille is retold in Verdi’s classic of a Parisian courtesan who surrenders to love. La Traviata (the fallen woman) tells the story of Paris’ most famous courtesan, Violetta Valéry, who leaves her destructive life to live with her first real love, Alfredo Germont. But social bias and Violetta’s failing health turn love to tragedy and remorse.
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MAR 10 - 12
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $20. The revolutionary dance company MOMIX brings its breathtaking fantasy piece Botanica to Charlotte for its debut appearance. Legendary choreographer Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and pure talent to create a fantasy world of surreal images and childlike wonder.
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $25 - $79. Celebrate NC Dance Theatre’s 40th Anniversary with Director’s Choice. Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux chose Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux by legendary choreographer and Bonnefoux’s teacher and mentor George Balanchine, Satto by Salvatore Aiello, and Le souffle de l’esprit by Jiri Bubenicek. Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden presents a world premiere inspired by the life and work of Charlotte artist Romare Bearden.
MAR 25 – 26
Coppélia by the Charlotte Youth Ballet Dale F. Halton Theatre 1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets $12 - $25. The story of Coppélia is a comedic tale of mistaken identity. Frantz, a young villager, falls for Dr. Coppélius’ strange invention, a life-size dancing doll. Franz falls for the lifelike doll and dismisses his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde.
THRU MAY 31
Discovery Place 301 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-6261. Tickets up to $8. Join American climber John Harlin as he embarks on a perilous yet deeply meaningful ascent up the legendary mountain that took his own father’s life nearly four decades prior. Harlin takes on Switzerland’s deadly Eiger North Face Mountain on a personal journey to conquer this feared and revered area of the Alps.
PHOTO: MAX PUCCIARIELLO
Discovery Place IMAX: The Alps
MAR 31 – APR 3
Garth Fagan Dance Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 430 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704) 372-1000. Tickets start at $24. Garth Fagan Dance, now in its 39th year, is at the top of its profession. The dance troupe is a staple in the world of dance, winning numerous awards and producing famed dancers such as Natalie Rogers and Norwood Pennewell. february - april 2011
black HISTORY MONTH
by Bea Quirk
Charlotte will be hosting two powerful exhibits during Black History Month that will resonate with visitors of all races and ethnicities and impact them for many months into the future.
Discovery Place is offering RACE: Are We So Very Different?, a project of the American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit explores three primary themes – the science of human variation, the history of the concept of race, and the contemporary experience of race and racism in the U.S. -- through 30 exhibits, multimedia presentations and interactive activities. Discovery Place, located in uptown, is one of only two Southeastern museums that will host the exhibit, which runs in Charlotte through May 8. (www. discoveryplace.org) Two blocks away, at the Levine Museum of the New South, COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America has returned to the museum that created it for a year-long run ending in January 2012. The national award-winning exhibit is part of the museum’s 20th anniversary. It compellingly tells
the story of how residents of a small South Carolina town filed the first national lawsuit against segregated schools, which eventually became the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 school desegregation decision Brown v. Board of Education. (www.museumofthenewsouth.org) Those thought-provoking exhibits will certainly be the highlight of anyone’s visit to the Queen City during February. But there are many other sights, sounds and experiences to savor for those looking to celebrate African-American history and culture. As a start, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for AfricanAmerican Art + Culture is a must. Named after Charlotte’s first black mayor who served from 1983-1987, the Center is gaining a national reputation for its exploration of African-American arts and culture in all its dazzling and diverse forms. In addition to exhibits, there are workshops, lectures, films and artists in residence programs. (www.ganttcenter.org).
“What are you?” asks artist Kip in his photographic installation, The Hapa Project. As they encounter a multiplicity of answers, visitors reflect on the sharp contrast between common conceptions of race and the fluidity of personal identity.
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A trip to the campus of Johnson C. Smith University (www.jcsu.edu) is another highlight of the black experience in Charlotte. This historically black college was founded in 1867 as Biddle Memorial Institute, funded by white Presbyterians from the North and lovingly built by former slaves. Biddle Hall has been beautifully restored by the university and was the tallest building in Charlotte when it was built in 1884. Other historic buildings, such as Carter Hall and the college’s original Carnegie Library, are also to be found on the campus, which is located just outside of uptown in the historic black neighborhood of Biddleville. Nearby, the Excelsior Club, built in 1944, was for many years the leading private African-American social club in the Southeast and one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. It’s still a popular night spot. For an historic look at plantation life where slave labor was an integral part, visitors can tour the 1799 Latta Place (www.lattaplace.org) and 1815 Historic Rosedale (www. historicrosedale.org). If you are seeking an in-depth look at the city’s black
On a large map of the world, visitors trace their ancestors’ journeys and discover that every human has a common origin.
history, Charlotte, NC Tours (www.charlottenctours.com) offers its African-Americans in Charlotte - From Slavery to Freedom Tour. One is via van, and the other by segway. Each one explores the history of African Americans in Charlotte from the Revolutionary War to present day, and the $80 cost includes museum admissions and lunch. Reservations are required. Queen City Tours and Travel (www.queencitytours.com) also offers black-oriented tours. For those who prefer to explore on their own, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission has a driving tour of African-American historic sites and buildings available online. (www.cmhpf.org) Of course, no visit or celebration would be complete without food. The uncontested best soul food restaurant in town is Mert’s Heart and Soul (www.mertsuptown.com) in uptown Charlotte. Owner Chef James Bazelle serves up such favorites as mac and cheese, cornbread and shrimp and grits. You also don’t want to miss Sadie’s Soulful Southern Experience (www.facebook.com/sadiesoul) in east Charlotte that has received a Hoodie Award from Steve Harvey for Best Soul Food. Its signature dish is a sweet potato waffle with chicken wings. And for a Cajun experience, Bite Your Tongue (www.charlottecajunrestaurant. com) offers authentic New Orleans’ cuisine from owners Lucius and Martine Johnson, who resettled in Charlotte in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And for those returning to the Queen City in the fall – or thinking about it – there will be citywide celebration of the 100th birthday of internationally renowned Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden. Among the activities will be Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections, curated and hosted by the Mint Museum of Art Uptown beginning September 2. (www.mintmuseum.org) february - april 2011
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Billy Graham Library
BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Charlotteâ€™s Newest Museum! A Must-See!
Discover the Extraordinary!
HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE
Welcome to Charlotte's new, world-class Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The museum features the private art collection of Andreas Bechtler and his family, with more than 1,400 artworks created by major figures of 20th century modernism. The collection is also accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating the personal connections between the artists and the Bechtler family. 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte (704-353-9200). Tickets up to $8. Mon 10am-5pm; Wed-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm. Open until 9pm on the first and third Fridays each month. www.bechtler.org
Discovery Place is dedicated to inspiring exploration of the natural and social world through extraordinary exhibits and educational programs that inform, challenge and engage audiences of all ages. Discovery Place offers visitors the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting. 301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte (704-372-6261). Tickets up to $12, or up to $18 including IMAX. Mon-FrI 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12-5pm. www.discoveryplace.org
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly known as the AfroAmerican Cultural Center) has celebrated the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture for 35 years and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte. (704-547-3700). Tickets up to $8. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. www.ganttcenter.org
Preserving and promoting African American art, culture and history for all to enjoy.
The Mint Museum Uptown
Levine Museum of the New South
HISTORIC FOURTH WARD
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STATUES AT TRADE AND TRYON
Uptown’s historic Victorian neighborhood
North Carolina’s First Art Museum
The Heart of Uptown Charlotte
Charlotte’s uptown residential districts are divided into wards. The Fourth Ward is a neighborhood of beautiful Victorian homes set in the shadows of 20th century skyscrapers. Pick up an information guide for the selfguided tour at the Visit Charlotte tourist office located at 330 South Tryon Street. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or just stroll through the Fourth Ward neighborhood at your leisure. West 7th and Poplar Streets, Charlotte (800-2314636). Stroll through at your leisure.
The Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally-renowned Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Cell phone audio tours available for the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Release your child’s inner artist in the Lewis Family Gallery and browse the Museum Shop’s rich selection of hand-crafted afrtworks. 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte (704-337-2000). Tickets up to $10. Tue 10am-9pm (free 5-9pm); Wed-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1-5 pm. Closed Sundays and major holidays. www.mintmuseum.org
At the intersection of Trade and Tryon, each corner is graced with a statue by Raymond Kaskey. "Transportation" is represented by a railroad worker holding a hammer. The woman holding a child represents the "Future" of the city. "Commerce" is symbolized by a gold miner spilling money on the head of a banker. Do you see a resemblance to Alan Greenspan? "Industry" is represented by a woman in a bonnet, symbolizing early industry of the area. At the intersection of Trade Street and Tryon Street, Charlotte. Stroll through at your leisure.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MINT MUSUEM, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF CLARE
Igniting the Imagination of Young Minds ImaginOn, a joint venture between the Children’s Theatre and the local Public Library system, entertains children and families from preschool to late teens with its imaginative programs. The entire family can enjoy interactive games and exhibits, award-winning theatre performances and classic storytimes. Teens can make their own film at Studio-i. 300 East 7th Street, Charlotte (704-973-2780). No charge for library services, Children’s Theatre shows typically require a ticket. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri, Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 1-6pm. www.imaginon.org
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH Life in the New South from 1865 to today The nation's only history museum focusing on the people, places and a period of time - from 1865 to today. It reveals new ways of thinking about economic, political and cultural life in the South. Exhibits feature post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War. 200 East 7th Street, Charlotte (704-333-1887). Individual tickets up to $6, family is $17. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm. Closed major holidays. www.museumofthenewsouth.org
EXPLORE THE BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Introduce yourself to Charlotte’s newest art museum and come face to face with works by Picasso, Warhol, Calder and Miró. Visit them and other 20th-century masters at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. 420 S. TRYON ST. CHARLOTTE, NC 28202 704.353.9200 WWW.BECHTLER.ORG
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ptown Charlotte is where the action is, day and night. It hustles and bustles all day long with business enterprise and sightseeing. The NASCAR Hall of Fame and two new museums were added to Uptown’s offerings this year. Graze in The Green with its six feet tall fish and other whimsical statues. Stroll through the Fourth Ward to see colorful, historic Victorian homes. When the sun goes down this town rocks. Find casual and upscale restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Al fresco dining beckons along the main drag, Tryon Street, so grab a seat and people watch. Take a tour by horse and buggy, hop on the Gold Rush for a free ride, or ride the Lynx Line to Historic South End and points beyond. Five local theaters present Broadway, Off Broadway and intimate solo shows. Jazz, blues, salsa, martinis, award-winning wine or brew - you will find it here in Uptown.
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The Comedy Zone Late Night Laughs are Coming to the NC Music Factory
by Sam Boykin
Folks looking for a fun and funny night out on the town are in luck. This spring a new Comedy Zone is scheduled to open at the NC Music Factory in uptown Charlotte. Brian Heffron, president of the Charlotte-based Heffron Talent International, which owns The Comedy Zone, said the new venue will feature stadium seating, a full dinner menu, and host comedians from TV and the movies, as well as variety acts, improv and sketch artists. Heffron said he scouted locations around Charlotte for over a year before he settled on a 7,000-square-foot space at NC Music Factory, a series of old textile mills that have been converted into a mixed-use entertainment complex. The new Comedy Zone, which will seat about 400 people, will add to the many entertainment options at the NC Music Factory, which has two live music venues, and a number of bars, clubs and restaurants. The Comedy Zone is the countryâ€™s largest comedy club network. It has over 50 franchise locations throughout the country, including one in Huntersville and another in Fort Mill. Heffron Talent International books all the comedians for shows at The Comedy Zone clubs, as well as shows at college campuses and corporate events. 26
Other Charlotte-area Comedy Zone locations The Comedy Zone in Fort Mill Features shows every Friday and Saturday night Madisons on the Corner 900 Crossroads Plaza Fort Mill, SC 29708 803-802-3990
The Comedy Zone Lake Norman Features shows every Tuesday night The Galway Hooker 17044 Kenton Dr. Cornelius, NC 28031 Phone: (704) 995-2658
ATTIC BAR Your Bird’s Eye View of Uptown Action Experience a saloon for the 21st century where old world meets new age technology. Located in the heart of the Uptown entertainment district, sit back and watch all the games on plasma TVs or meet friends for a drink on the patio overlooking Tryon Street. The last Thursday of every month is Carribbean Vibe! Enjoy drink specials and relax to the soothing sounds of calypso and reggae music. 200 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704-370-0690). Mon-Sun 3pm-2am. www.theatticuptown.com
BREAKFAST CLUB Dance to the Best Mix of 80s Music in NC DJs Jody and Spider will keep you dancing in this three-level nightclub. Videos from the early days of MTV and clips from your favorite “Brat Pack” movies entertain you while party with your friends. Enjoy the outdoor patio and Tiki bar. Fridays feature the best drink specials in Uptown with $1 beers and $3 mixed drinks. Birthday, Bachelor, Bachelorette and large parties are welcome. 225 North Caldwell St, Charlotte (704-373-1982). Mon-Sun 8:30pm-2:30am. www.that80sclub.com
CONNOLLY'S ON 5TH
HOWL AT THE MOON
Uptown Charlotte’s Authentic Irish Bar
World’s Greatest RockNRoll Dueling Piano Bar
Your home away from home! Grab a pint and hang out with your friends at the bar or on the outdoor patio. Check out original music by Jimmy Brown every Wednesday night at 9pm and traditional Irish music the last Sunday of every month. Connolly's is a proud sponsor of Charlotte's Annual Irish Summer Festival. Come to Uptown Charlotte to celebrate all things Irish! "If you can't drop in, smile as you pass." 115 East 5th St, Charlotte (704-358-9070). Mon-Sun 3pm-2am. www.connollysirishpub.com
A total entertainment experience where dueling piano players, the band, staff and even guests are all part of the show! Bring your best singing voice and get ready for non-stop fun! The audience gets in on the act during Showtime - singing TV show favorites and commercial jingles. Join the party, sway to the music and belt out your favorite tune! Located on the third level of the EpiCentre. 210 East Trade St, Charlotte (704-936-4695). Wed, Thu 6pm-2am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 6pm-2am. www.howlatthemoon.com
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CAPITAL GRILLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$$$ Dry-Aged Steaks, Award-Winning Wines The perfect setting for a romantic dinner or special occasion. The Capital Grille couples mouth-watering appetizers, the freshest seafood, dry-aged steaks, irresistible desserts and award-winning wine list with out-of-this world service all served in a warm, club-like atmosphere. Try the signature Stoli-Doli pineapple martini at one of Uptown’s best bars. Complimentary valet parking. 201 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704-348-1400). Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri. Dinner only Sat & Sun. Full bar. Steakhouse. www.thecapitalgrille.com
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A Simple Taste of Italy in Uptown Charlotte
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An authentic Italian osteria, Coco Osteria features delicious house-made pastas and other entrees in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. CoCo’s wine list features a variety of award-winning Italian and American wines, with a selection of fine imported and domestic beers. Eat inside or dine al fresco on the courtyard patio. Located in the Hearst Tower, facing Tryon Street. 214 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704-344-8878). Mon-Thu 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Fri 11am-3pm, 5-11pm; Sat 5-11pm. Full bar. Italian. www.cocoosteria.com
CUSTOMSHOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$$ Contemporary Creations, Sophisticated Flavor Owner/Chef Trey Wilson brings you a modern Roman trattoria with a neighborhood feel. Enjoy an eclectic mix of traditional and innovative American dishes, inspired by Italian, French and Spanish cuisines. Weekly menu changes are tailored to seasonal availability of local, organic produce, and the weekly catch. All pastas are made in-house. The outstanding wine list has many selections under $50/bottle. 1601 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte (704-333-3396). Mon-Sat 5:30-10pm; Sun 11am-3pm, 5:30-10pm. Full bar. Eclectic. www.customshopfood.com
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FIG TREE RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . $$$ Exceptional Fine Dining in Historic Elizabeth
Sunday Sunday Brunch: Brunch: 11-3 11-3 Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:30-10 Fri-Sat 5:30-11 1601 1601 Elizabeth Elizabeth Ave Ave •• Charlotte Charlotte 704.333.3396 704.333.3396 customshopfood.com
Dine in a beautifully restored historic 1913 bungalow and experience seasonal continental cuisine inspired by the wine county of Europe and grounded in American tastes. Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Let the servers assist you with the international wine list. Their delicious desserts will complete your evening. Dine inside or on the romantic outdoor patio. Reservations recommended. 1601 East 7th Street, Charlotte (704-332-3322). Mon-Thu 5:30-10pm; Fri, Sat 5:30-11pm; Sun 5-9pm. Full Bar. French American. www.charlottefigtree.com
FUEL PIZZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ Hand-Crafted New York-Style Pizza Enjoy hand-crafted New-York style pizza by the slice or buy the whole pizza. Vintage fuel station memorabilia covering the walls and ceilings may spark childhood memories! Get your pizza fix at two uptown locations, in the Hearst Tower at 6th Street and College Street or across the street from the Convention Center at 500 South College Street. Delivery to Uptown locations is available. 500 South College St., Charlotte (704-370-2755). Mon-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu-Sat 11-2am; Sun 11am10pm. Beer. Italian. www.fuelpizza.com
LA VECCHIA’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Culinary Adventures from the Land and Sea From the most pristine water around the world come the exquisite creations of the sea conjured up by Poseidon himself. LaVecchia’s offers Maine lobster, fresh and saltwater fish, and an assortment of shellfish and aged beef. An extensive wine list includes nearly 120 selections with 25 wines by the glass. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Reservations recommended. 225 East 6th Street, Charlotte (704-370-6776). Mon-Thu 5:30-10pm; Fri, Sat 5:30-11pm. Full bar. Steak & Seafood. www.lavecchias.com
MERT’S HEART & SOUL . . . . . . . . $ Low Country and Gullah-Inspired Favorites Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, Mert’s Heart and Soul is one of the most delicious dining destinations in the Queen City. From the award-winning macaroni and cheese, to the sweet, buttery cornbread, to the shrimp and grits - Mert’s leaves guests with an unforgettable, home-cooked experience. Stop by Mert’s today to find out what locals already know - Mert’s is the heart and soul of Charlotte. 214 North College St, Charlotte (704-342-4222). Tue-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-2pm. Beer and wine. Low Country, Southern. www.mertscharlotte.com
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MEZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Entertain the Palette. Engage the Moment. Mez is a hip, stylish space where restaurant, bar and lounge merge to offer the finest in food, cocktails and service. It provides an ideal setting for business clients to congregate for lunch, and at dinner time families come in for our heralded menu featuring flavors of the world. As the evening progresses a pre-party crowd mingles with martinis in hand while the music keeps the energy level high. 210 East Trade St, Charlotte (704-971-2400). Mon, Tue 11:30-12am; Wed-Sat 11:30-2am; Sun 11:30-12am. Full bar. Global. www.mezcharlotte.com
Chef Owned and Operated • Fine Dining in a Restored Historic Bungalow Wine Spectator Award of Excellence • Exceptional Service
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NIX BURGERS & BREW . . . . . . . . . $ Burgers and More Served with Attitude With close to twenty different half-pound burgers, there is no doubt that Nix celebrates chowing down! The space is a fusion of biker decor and sleek modern design - parts of kegs hanging from the ceiling and images of flames throughout. Cozy up to the bar or find a seat to watch your favorite team on one of six plasma screens. Don't miss the Disco Fries served with a heap of melted cheese, crisp bacon & gravy. 201 North Tryon St. (facing 5th St), Charlotte (704-347-BREW(2739). Open 7 days, lunch, dinner and late night. Full bar. American. www.nixburgers.com
SOHO BISTRO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Casual Chinese dining with family & friends The pleasant, contemporary atmosphere is perfect for casual Chinese dining with family and friends. You can dine at our cozy restaurant or take advantage of our takeout or delivery service. The menu features a great selection made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Dinner and weekend delivery to Uptown locations is available. 214 North Tryon St. (facing College), Charlotte (704-333-5189). Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 12-10pm; Sun 12-9pm. Beer and wine. Chinese. www.sohobistro2go.com
SONOMA MODERN. . . . . . . . . . $$$ Farm to Table, Contemporary Elegance Sonoma chooses to serve fresh seafood from sustainable sources and celebrates the flavors of seasonal ingredients purchased from small family farms and artisanal producers. You’ll pass by the open kitchen where a skilled culinary team is on display to dine in a stylish and modern atmosphere. Enjoy impeccable service and outstanding menu selections from one of Charlotte’s favorite restaurants. 100 North Tryon St, Charlotte (704-377-1333). Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm; Sat 5:30-10pm. Full bar. Eclectic. www.sonomarestaurants.net
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE. $$$ Celebrating Seafood and Steak... and Life From humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. USDA prime-aged, hand-cut Midwestern corn-fed beef has earned Ruth's Chris critical acclaim and an international reputation as "The Home of Serious Steaks." Feel free to laugh out loud. Experience the sizzle. 222 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704-338-9444). Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri, Dinner only Sat & Sun. Full bar. Steakhouse. www.ruthschris.com 30
the queen’s gems by Genie Hufham and Mary Schultz
Charlotte Crown Guides, Genie and Mary
NoDa’s LATIBAH Collard Green Museum We bet by this time you know about the first and third Friday gallery crawls in NoDa. If not, you need to check out the great art, music, food and culture in the heart of the Historic North Davidson Arts District. But a little known gallery and museum located at 3103 Cullman Ave., just two blocks west of the North Davidson and 36th Street intersection, is a treasure to behold. Welcome to The ArtHouse and LATIBAH Collard Green Museum. The 9,000-square-foot warehouse at the end of the street houses 10 studios where artists in residence display various forms of expression, including dance, music, spoken word/poetry, drama, cinema, craft and visual arts. One of the resident artists, T’Afo Feimster, is responsible for the vision that created the connecting history museum known as LATIBAH – standing for Life and Times in Black American History. Feimster’s amazing exhibits reference the major historical periods that influenced the journey of African Americans through present day. From origins in Africa through life and times of enslavement and segregation to the fight for political and civil liberties, the installations and exhibits offer a fresh perspective in a space that transforms thought into a multi-sensory experience. You may ask, “Why collard greens?” Because collard greens were just one of a few select vegetables that African Americans were allowed to grow and harvest for themselves and their families throughout times of enslavement, and so over the years cooked greens developed into a traditional food. Besides being a staple in the African-American diet, they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants and are often found at church socials, parties and family dinners. Museum tours cost $3-$5 for individuals and may be offered to groups of up to 30 or more in conjunction with an interactive orientation given by various cultural educators. Additionally, the first Friday of every month the museum hosts a Black History lecture of varying content held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. On gallery crawl nights, you may see an emerging artist at work in addition to tasting – you guessed it – collard greens. For more information, call (704) 737-8097 or visit online: www.latibahmuseum.org. Charlotte Crown Guides is a tourism services company with emphasis on southern hospitality! We specialize in step-on guided city tours and group walking tours of Uptown Charlotte. We also provide instruction for the hospitality and tourism industry leading to the Crown Ambassador Certification. Allow us to both entertain and educate you on what we consider the Queen City’s most valuable hidden gems! For more information call (704) 562-5350 or visit us online at www.charlottecrownguides.com. february - april 2011
for the love of...
Comfort — Ashley Gailliard
A visit to Charlotte isn’t complete without trying some Southern comfort – comfort food, that is. Southern food takes its cues from its influences – everyone from Native Americans and African slaves to Scottish and French immigrants. Dishes were prepared with what was available – think of it as the original local food movement. For example, Lowcountry cuisine focuses on fresh fish and seafood and rice because that’s what was caught and raised in the coastal Carolinas. Soul food is another example of Southern food – it developed because of the staples and spices available to African Americans. Explore the variety of Southern cuisine right at your fingertips in the Queen City.
Flying Biscuit Cafe
All wrapped up in a colorful experience
Fine dining at its finest
La’Wan’s Soul Food Restaurant Secret recipes create signature throw downs
Flying Biscuit Café is known for its “fluffy” biscuits and keeping locals happy – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s known as a breakfast joint though. It’s tucked away in the outer shops of the Stonecrest at Piper Glen shopping center, and once inside, you get a feeling of happiness with its colorful décor and Southern, home-style feel. Traditional breakfast is served all day, but renamed with a twist. For a big breakfast, consider “Egg-stravaganza” with two large eggs over chicken sausage, crisp turkey bacon, creamy dreamy grits, whole wheat toast topped with raspberry sauce and honey crème anglaise ($8.99). All of their breakfast offerings are served with a biscuit and the restaurant’s famous homemade cranberry apple butter sauce. If you stop in for lunch or dinner, try the fried egg signature salad or my personal favorite, the BBQ chicken burrito – collard greens, BBQ chicken, bell peppers, sweet onions and cheddar cheese topped with salsa and sour cream ($8.99). Desserts are freshly made with a Southern flare, including Georgia peaches and cream ($4.49) and an indulgent chocolate “biscuit” bread pudding ($4.49). At Flying Biscuit, the idea is to gather with family and indulge is a great Southern taste mixed with a colorful experience.
Fifteen years ago, Mimosa Grill opened in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at 327 South Tryon Street and within walking distance from hotels, museums and the Charlotte Convention Center. Its menu may be slightly high in price, but its romantic, contemporary candlelit interior with linenclothed tables makes it ideal for both formal and informal diners. There is plenty of scenic window seating with a view of a waterfall and outdoor veranda. Jon Fortes, the executive chef, is an expert at featuring global cuisine with a Southern twist. The “farm to fork” concept is embodied in the pecan-crusted brook trout glazed in peach chutney and honey-lemon butter with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes ($14). Traditional Lowcountry shrimp and grits is a highlight made with stone ground grits, jumbo shrimp and Andouille sausage covered in spinach, onions and tasso gravy. This spicy Southern dish is served for both lunch ($13) and dinner ($18). Mimosa Grill is a constant hit in Uptown Charlotte for residents and visitors alike. The restaurant has remained at the top of its game with outstanding food, presentation and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2003. For any newcomer looking to get bang for his buck, look no further than this uptown favorite.
La’Wan’s is an 18-seat joint hidden in a tight corridor along a strip mall on South Tryon at West Arrowood Road. From the outside appearance you wouldn’t give it a second glance, but don’t let the looks deceive you. La’Wan’s Soul Food is everything you’re looking for with that traditional, grandma’s kitchen flare. This family-owned restaurant is cooking up some secret recipes, including smothered pork chops, fish and grits, and salt and pepper catfish. I’m reminded of the Roberta Flack song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – the food is that good. The menu options are straightforward, with seven daily lunch specials ($7.50), two sides, cornbread or roll and a drink. Entrees include salt and pepper catfish ($9.59), fried whiting fish ($8.49) and, my personal favorite, shrimp and grits ($9.59) served with grits, onions, seasoned shrimp and “family secret” sauce. Top picks for sides are macaroni and cheese, candied yams and collard greens – all mouthwatering favorites. A visit here takes planning. It’s only open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there isn’t near enough seating. But the smiling and knowledgeable wait staff makes up for any shortcomings. You can’t go wrong stopping by for a delightful taste of true Southern comfort food.
Flying Biscuit Café, Stonecrest Shopping Center, 7930 Rea Road, Charlotte, (704) 295-4440; or Park Road Shopping Center, 4241 Park Road, Charlotte, (704) 714-3400, Flyingbiscuit.com
Mimosa Grill, 327 S. Tryon St., (704) 343-0700, www. harpersgroup.com
La’Wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, 7705 S. Tryon St., (704) 665-7225, lawans.com february - april 2011
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BONTERRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$$ Elegant Dining in the SouthEnd District
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Housed in a restored 110-year old church, Bonterra boasts an elegant, casual setting. You are invited to enjoy Contemporary American Cuisine paired with the most diverse selection of wines available under one roof. Our awardwinning wine selection includes over 200 wines by the glass with an additional 300 labels from our private cellar. 1829 Cleveland Ave, Charlotte (704-333-9463). Mon-Sat 5:30-10:30pm. Full bar. American. www.bonterradining.com
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MAC’S SPEED SHOP. . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Hot BBQ, Cold Beer and Smokin’ Bikes Housed in the former location of a classic Charlotte transmission shop, Mac’s is all about Hot BBQ, Cold Beer and Smokin’ Bikes. Thirsty? Behind the bar, Mac’s has over 200 beers including seasonal beer selections from your favorite breweries. Grab yourself a taste of what everyone’s talking about. Mac’s… Come hungry, Show off your ride. 2511 South Blvd, Charlotte (704-522-6227). Open 11:30am-2am daily. www.macspeedshop.com.
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by Bea Quirk
If you’re hungry after exploring the treasures at the Mint Museum Uptown or are looking for a unique, flavorful and sophisticated dining experience, then Halcyon Restaurant is the place to visit. It’s tucked away on the second floor of the museum, so you’ll have to be on the look out for it. But it is easily accessible by elevator from the plaza that is the heart of the Levine Center for the Arts. Owner Jill Marcus – who also runs one of Charlotte’s best catering companies, Something Classic – calls the cuisine “farmhouse chic.” Chef Marc Jacksina makes sure the menu lives up to the restaurant’s full moniker, “Flavors from the Earth.” Ingredients are purchased from local farmers, so every dish has that ‘just picked’ fresh taste. Meats, poultry and fish have come directly from farm (and river) to your fork. The chef knows 34
how to prepare and combine all of them in ways to dramatically bring out their hidden flavors. The menu changes regularly to reflect the bounties of each cycle in the growing season. Old McDonald never ate so well on his farm – or so elegantly. The small intimate space is decorated in warm earth tones, and the generous use of windows adds to the pleasing ambience. The views of uptown Charlotte – especially at night – are alone worth the trip. At Halcyon – named after a Greek Goddess, eating local is not just a fad. It’s a sustainable and delicious way to enjoy all the delights Mother Earth has to offer.
Flavors from the Earth 500 South Tryon St. (704) 910-0865 www.halcyonflavors.com Open for lunch and dinner.
The Best Wings and Beef on Weck in Town! Located in Charlotte’s Historic SouthEnd, Tavern on the Tracks delivers a laid back atmosphere, great food and friendly service. Their menu offers a wide selection ranging from signature buffalo wings to meatball sandwiches to classic shrimp ravioli. The outdoor patio is outfitted with four TVs to catch your favorite game. 1411 South Tryon St, Charlotte (704-372-0782). Mon-Sun 11am-2am. Full bar. American. www.tavernonthetracks.net
TYBER CREEK PUB . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ SouthEnd’s Only Neighborhood Irish Pub At the corner of South Blvd. and Tremont Ave., and just a short walk from the Lynx Line’s East/ West Station is a great Irish pub hangout where $3 get you a Guinness and a good time every day. Draft beer is just $2 on Thursdays. Tyber Creek offers a creative pub menu in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy music upstairs, both DJs and live bands. 1933 South Blvd, Charlotte (704-343-2727). Mon-Sun 4pm-2am. Full bar. Irish Pub. www.tybercreek.com
South Park AROOJI’S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ The Flavors & Romance of Tuscany Await You! Owner Steve Arooji and Chef Mario Flynn turn out hearty Tuscan fare at this South Park eatery. Aroooji's is a quaint restaurant with appealing and elegant ambiance. A great place for any occasion, corporate meetings, parties or a romantic dinner for two! Their wines are mostly Italian and all delicious. Dine in elegant surroundings and receive outstanding service at Arooji's. 720 Governor Morrison St, Charlotte (704-3666610). Lunch: Every day 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-9pm. Full bar. Italian. www.aroojis.com
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE . . $$$ Celebrating Seafood and Steak... and Life From humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to the world’s largest fine dining company, Ruth’s Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. USDA prime-aged, hand-cut Midwestern corn-fed beef has earned Ruth’s Chris critical acclaim and an international reputation as “The Home of Serious Steaks.” 6000 Fairview Rd., Charlotte (704-556-1115). Mon-Thu 5-10pm; Fri, Sat 5-11pm; Sun 5-9pm. Full bar. Steakhouse. www.ruthschris.com
THAI ORCHID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Charlotte’s Favorite Thai Restaurant since 1994 Dedicated to authentic Thai flavors and presentation, Thai Orchid uses only the freshest ingredients in their dishes. This Charlotte favorite delivers exotic flavors and will adjust the spiciness to your liking. Menu favorites include Mee Krob lettuce wraps and signature Spring Rolls, an assortment of soups and Thai Orchid specialties like Poh Tak. Don’t miss the pineapple fried rice! 4223-7 Providence Rd, Charlotte (704-364-1134). Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm. Beer and wine. Thai.
pints of guinness every day
south end’s only neighborhood irish pub
YAMA ASIAN FUSION . . . . . . . . . $$ East meets West in SouthPark Your senses will delight in Yama's traditional Japanese cuisine served with a modern flair. Find an extensive collection of the freshest Sushi, Sashimi and Hibachi grilled entrees. For a flavorful East meets West dining experience, complete with contemporary ambience and outstanding service, visit Yama Asian Fusion. 720 Governor Morrison St., Suite 130, Charlotte (704-295-0905). Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 5-10pm. Full bar. Japanese. www.yamaasianfusion.com
Open Daily from 4pm - 2am 1933 South Blvd. • 704-343-2727 www.TyberCreek.com february - april 2011
dish & dine University Area MONTERREY RESTAURANTE . . . $$ Mexico’s Finest Cuisine is Found at Monterrey Mexico’s best chefs, including our own, come from Monterrey, where fine cooking is both art and tradition. No matter what your appetite demands, Monterrey’s menu and friendly service will leave you and your family truly satisfied. 1001 East W. T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte (704-5930167). Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm. Full bar. Mexican.
NAKATO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$
A Charlotte Tradition Since 1976
QUAKER STEAK & LUBE . . . . . . . $$
The Nakato family invited you to dine at our restaurant and enjoy wonderful meals prepared by our expert Hibachi chefs in the traditional Japanese style of Teppan-Yaki. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy an outstanding variety of the freshest sushi and sashimi. The Nakato family offers delicious meals & outstanding service that has kept customers coming back for over 30 years. 8601 University Executive Park, Charlotte (704-5499966). Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm; Sat 5-10pm; Sun 12-2pm, 4-9pm. Full bar. Japanese. www.nakato.com
Rev-Up! Re-Charge! Re-Fuel! There is always something happening at The Lube from Bike Nite to Cruise-Ins to Family Fun Nights. Their delicious menu features succulent ribs, steaks, burgers and 16 varieties of awardwinning chicken wings. Try one of the 16 bottled sauces, also for sale. You’re surrounded by motorsports memorabilia from race cars to classic autos to motorcycles. 7731 Gateway Lane, Concord (704-979-5823). Sun-Thur 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am. Full Bar. American. www.quakersteakandlube.com
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EMMA’S CAROLINA CUISINE . . $$ Southern Hospitality on a Plate On the walls you’ll find photographs of people, places and things in North Carolina, and you’ll find great Southern cooking, inspired by the owner’s grandmother, on your plate. Whether you are in the mood to try something new or just want to enjoy some old favorites, Emma’s promises their inventive menu and attentive service will leave you truly satisfied. 11 Union Street South, Concord (704-788-7098). Mon-Tue 11am-2:30pm, Wed-Fri 11am-2:30pm; 4:30-9pm. Sat 11am-9pm. Full Bar. American. www.emmasinconcord.com
South Charlotte 131 MAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$
NAKATO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ A Charlotte Tradition Since 1976
131 Main offers fresh food and an inviting setting to meet friends, family and business associates. Relax in the elegant and warm surroundings while you eat a fantastic SlowRoasted Prime Rib. There’s none better! 131 Main uses the freshest ingredients, from the made-to-order quacamole to homemade caramel on the banana cream pie. 9886 Rea Road, Charlotte (704-544-0131). MonThu 11am-9:30pm; Fri, Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am9:30pm. Full bar. American. www.131main.com
The Nakato family invites you to dine at our restaurant and enjoy wonderful meals prepared by our expert Hibachi chefs in the traditional Japanese style of Teppan-Yaki. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy an outstanding variety of the freshest sushi and sashimi. The Nakato family offers delicious meals with outstanding service that has kept customers coming back for over 30 years. 8500 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte (704-543-8899). Mon-Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10pm; Sun 11:30am-3pm, 4-9pm. Full bar. Japanese. www.nakato.com
AROOJI’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$
We Define Fresh at 131 Main
The Flavors & Romance of Tuscany Await You! Owner Steve Arooji and Chef Illario turn out hearty Tuscan fare at this South Park eatery. Aroooji’s is a quaint restaurant with appealing and elegant ambiance. A great place for any occasion, corporate meetings, parties or a romantic dinner for two! Their wines are mostly Italian and all delicious. Dine in elegant surroundings and receive outstanding service at Arooji’s. Live music Friday & Saturday nights. 5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte (704-845-5244). Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am11pm; Sun 12-9pm. Full bar. Italian. www.aroojis.com
BUCA DI BEPPO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Celebrations are Better at Buca! Enjoy dining in a setting reminiscent of the 1940s - 50s Italian supper clubs. This Italian restaurant specializes in real family recipes from the head chef that are meant to be shared. Indulge in the Buca experience with unforgettable appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, entrees, desserts, beer and fine wine. Dine at the Popes Table! Place your To Go order online, curb service available. 10915 Carolina Place Pkwy, Pineville (704-542-5146). Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am9pm. Full bar. Italian. www.bucadibeppo.com
CANTINA 1511 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Cantina is Authentic Mexican Food It’s a fiesta at Cantina 1511! Try one of their 35 tequilas and enjoy regional specialties from the Yucatan coast or more traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Dont pass up the guacamole made tableside or the delicious tortilla soup. Try the enchiladas de Dennis, Red Snapper Veracruz or fajitas. Relax on the outdoor patio or cozy up in a corner booth. 7708 Rea Road, Charlotte (704-752-9797). MonThu 11am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm. Full bar. Mexican. www.cantina1511restaurant.com
DRESSLER’S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$$ Upscale Dining in Birkdale Village Dressler’s serves upscale, contemporary American cuisine overlooking Birkdale’s center fountain. Enjoy a wide-ranging menu in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Try Scallops and Brie or Low Country Crab Dip to start and then dig into one of the outstanding entrée choices like Herb-Grilled Mahi or Rack of Lamb. Don’t miss the Coca-Cola Cake for dessert. 8630 Lindholm Dr., Huntersville (704-987-1779). Mon-Sat 5-10pm, Sun 5-9pm. Full bar. American. www.dresslersrestaurant.com
KILLINGTON’S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Gastro Pub of the South Killington’s serves business suits to bathing suits, and serves up your trusted favorites from baby back ribs to wings, creative salads, killer sandwiches and burgers. Great atmosphere and people, outstanding food and service. Dine inside or relax outside on the patio. Don’t miss your favorite sporting event, NFL Ticket and major sports game packages. 10010 Rose Commons Drrive, Huntersville (704-948-3770). Mon-Thu 11-12am; Fri, Sat 11-2am; Sun 11-12am. Full bar. American. www.killingtons.com
LA UNICA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ Fast and Friendly, Local Favorite The facade may be simple but inside is Huntersville’s best Mexican cuisine! La Unica’s salsa is sure to please even the most discerning Mexican food lover. The pork carnitas and Unica tacos are local favorites. The staff is always friendly and the service is always fast. complete your meal with a delicious margarita! You can be sure - La Unica will satisfy! 9121-1 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville (704-8955378). Mon-Sun 8am-10pm. Full bar. Mexican. february - april 2011
Destination: Belmont by Sam Boykin
elmont, N.C., has gone to great lengths to preserve and revitalize its downtown, and it shows in the number of charming and vibrant shops, restaurants and other attractions that make it such a desirable place to visit. Situated in Gaston County about 15 miles west of Charlotte, Belmont was founded in the mid-1700s and like many Southern towns, flourished
because of the textile industry. A new railway system built in the 1800s attracted additional merchants and settlers to the area, which continued to help the town grow and prosper. While much has changed since then, the town continues to honor its heritage while also offering visitors new and exciting points of interest. Downtown’s decorative brick sidewalks, old-fashioned iron lampposts and beautifully detailed planters cre-
ate a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for an afternoon stroll. Along North Main Street you’ll find remnants of the small town’s old railway system with an authentic train engine, caboose and dining car display. Next door is the former Belmont Depot, which now is home to Jolie Boutique (www. joliebelmont.com), where you will find contemporary and stylish clothing and accessories for women. Another must-see downtown shopping destination includes Little Cuddle Bugs Boutique (littlecuddlebugsboutique.com). Located on the ground floor of a renovated 1925 building, the boutique carries fine children’s clothing, shoes, books, rocking chairs, blankets and accessories. There’s also Piccolo Antique Mall (www.piccoloantiquemall.com), which has more than 22,000 square feet packed with unique collectibles, vintage tools and funky home and garden accessories. And Second Fiddle is a 4,000-square-foot consignment and antique shop filled with furniture, home accessories, art and more. One of the newer stores in downtown is Blythe Gallery. Located in a historic 5,000-square-foot mansion, it’s home to more than a dozen independent dealers, offering a variety of antiques, furnishings, accessories and small gifts. And for more than 20 years, Stowe Mercantile (www.stowemercantile.com) has been a popular destination for shoppers. The old-fashioned country store sells everything from specialty foods, gift baskets, home décor and
Where Southern Charm Blossoms kitchenware to women’s apparel, accessories and bed and bath products. Inside the Stowe Mercantile building you’ll also find the Belmont General Store, which offers hardware, tools, dry goods, toys and even has an ice cream shop. Also inside the building are a fine jewelry shop and an art studio. After you’ve hit all these shops, you can rest your feet and kick back in one of the old rocking chairs in front of the building. There’s plenty of shopping opportunities for animal lovers as well. Marley Sporting Dog Supplies (www.marleydogsupplies.com) offers everything you could need for a hunting dog, including GPS dog tracking systems, collars, leashes, kennels and hunting gear. And Happy Dog Café & Boutique (www. happydogcafe.net) has gourmet dog and cat food, outdoor gear and apparel, beds, collars and even dog socials and birthday “pawties.” Bicycle enthusiasts should definitely check out Belmont Bicycles (www.belmontbicycles.com), which offers a wide range of road and mountain bikes for both kids and competitive cyclists, as well as bicycle repair services and special orders. Belmont has also integrated plenty of open green space into its downtown, such as Stowe Park on South Main Street. First opened in 1951, the park offers an ideal spot to relax and play with the kids. It has a concession stand, playground equipment, picnic shelter, walking track, natural amphitheater and soccer fields. The park also hosts several town festivals and concerts. And once you’ve worked up an
appetite, there’s no shortage of great restaurants and cafes in the downtown area to choose from. Across the street from Stowe Park is Old Stone Steakhouse (www.oldstonesteakhouse.com), which is owned and operated by the same folks behind LaVecchia’s Seafood Grille in Charlotte and is often considered the best steak restaurant in the area. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant is located in the former Belmont Police Department and Jail, and boasts a diverse menu including pasta, sandwiches, ribs, seafood and of course thick juicy steaks, which are cut daily in house. For more casual fare, check out Sammy’s Neighborhood Pub (www. sammysbelmont.com) next door to Old Stone Steakhouse, which offers tasty appetizers, salads, burgers, chicken wings, sandwiches and a full beer and wine list. A popular place for lunch or a
tasty snack is Cherub’s Café, a Holy Angels-run eatery that trains and employs people with disabilities (www.holyangelsnc.org), which has gourmet coffees, cappuccinos and lattes, handmade ice creams and fresh baked desserts, homemade soups and salads, and sandwiches. There’s also Caravan Coffee & Dessert Bar, a cozy gathering spot to relax, socialize and indulge your sweet tooth. Adding a twist to the downtown dining scene is The String Bean Market & Deli (www.stringbeanmarket.com). It has an extensive beer and wine list, along with sandwiches, burgers, pizza and desserts, and in the market section you’ll find a variety of fresh meat, seafood and poultry. For good times and live music, there’s Bentley’s Bar & Grill (www. bentleysbarandgrill.com) and JAX Backstreet Tavern (www.jaxbackstreet.com). Both spots feature casual
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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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bar fare, drink specials, team trivia games and live music on the weekends. If being outdoors is more to your liking then you’ll want to head south just south of town. It’s only about a 10-minute drive from downtown Belmont to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a renowned attraction located on nearly 400 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie. One of the garden’s highlights is the five-story orchid conservatory, a true marvel of lush artistry and tropical plant displays. The conservatory is the only glasshouse in the Carolinas open to the public. The 8,000-square-foot glasshouse features hundreds of colorful and beautiful succulents, ornamental tropical fruits, delicate miniature orchids, aquatics and a 16-foot tall tropical canvas full of epiphytes. This vibrant and aromatic attraction is sure to delight all your senses. But the conservatory is just the beginning. A wondrous and ever-changing collection of flowers, plants and orchids can be found along the pristine rolling meadows and woodland property. Artfully done walkways and paths wind through the many gardens and displays, passing by sparkling fountains, ponds and unique public art, most notably dozens of handcrafted benches and chairs that are part of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s “Come Sit a Spell: Views of the Southern Garden” exhibit. Need a break from a gray winter’s day? The fourth annual Orchid Spectacular should help brighten your demeanor. Held through March 14, the event features educational classes, workshops and a dazzling display of orchids and tropical plants. The Garden is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 6500 South New Hope Road in Belmont. Admission to the Garden is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-12. For more details, visit online: www.dsbg.org
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south park charlotte’s shopping mecca
hop till you drop in scenic South Park. Charlotte’s premiere shopping destination is SouthPark Mall, where you’ll find upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstom, along with a regional favorite, Belks. Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and so much more to fulfill your taste for the sublime. Every Sunday in June enjoy a summer pops concert on the lawn at Symphony Park. Come early to save your spot! It’s free! Don’t miss Phillips Place, especially at night when the trees are filled with twinkling lights and strolling, wining and dining is at its peak. Grab a latte, a movie, a dinner date, or an haute couture ball gown at this Old World style shopping plaza. Shops are plentiful and dining is superb in South Park.
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Ivy & Leo Lions Jewelers Orvis Outland Cigar Pickles & Ice Cream Winestore Wooden Stone
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long I-485, on the south side of Charlotte you’ll find Arysley, Ballantyne and the town of Pineville, the biggest “small” town around. Find quaint neighborhoods and antique shops in historic downtown Pineville. To the east of Pineville you’ll find Ballantyne, a master planned community with office buildings, golf courses, shopping villages and residential developments. A golf lover’s haven, Ballantyne offers public golf courses as well as private country club living. On the west side of I-77, you’ll discover one of the newest areas of Charlotte, Ayrsley. If you’re looking to make South Charlotte home, you’ll find a family and pet friendly community with outdoor festivals, weekly wine tastings, an indie-film movie theater and pedestrian shopping.
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lake norman fun in the sun
ome of the largest man-made lake in the state covering 520 miles of shoreline and 34 miles long, Lake Norman is your place for fun in the sun. Keep your eyes peeled when you’re on the lake, you might see a so-called monster in the murky waters, affectionately named “Normie.” Both old and new, the surrounding towns date back more than 200 years. The town of Cornelius traces its beginnings to a dispute over cotton and you’ll find a turn-of-the-century hardware store in Mooresville with its original floor and fixtures. The small town of Davidson is home to Davidson College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. New shopping malls, great restaurants and laid-back atmosphere await you at the lake!
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dilworth/southend charlotte’s first streetcar suburb
ilworth, Charlotte’s original “streetcar suburb” offers historic bungalow homes, elegant mansions and parks galore. Edward Dilworth Latta, entrepreneur and streetcar owner, built his home and fortune on East Boulevard in the late 1800’s. Discover bungalow neighborhoods, boutique shopping, art galleries, upbeat restaurants and coffee shops. Stretch your legs in Freedom Park. Explore the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Alley at the Charlotte Nature Museum. Historic SouthEnd is home to trendy boutiques, a doggy cafe and a great food and entertainment district all within a few steps of the Lynx Line’s Bland Street Station. Stroll through the neighborhood. Admire restored mill buildings. You’ll love this unique part of town.
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Near the intersection of South Boulevard and Tremont Avenue you will find The Atherton Cotton Mills, a historically significant building representing the emerging textile industry of the late 1800s. After the Civil War, business leaders began rebuilding the South with a focus on cotton textile production. The New South entrepreneur Daniel Augustus Tompkins (1851-1914) built the mill in 18921893 and it was the first industrial property in the Dilworth factory district, near the city’s first streetcar suburb. For decades this neighborhood would flourish as part of the important textile business in the southern Piedmont. By the 1920s, Charlotte had transformed from a trading town for local cotton farmers to a world-class textile center and symbol of the New South.
cabarrus county/university area the racing side of charlotte
elcome to the racing side of Charlotte! The history of this region dates back over 200 years and today it is home to friendly residents, thriving businesses and NASCAR. Here you’ll find Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord Mills, a premier shopping outlet and the #1 tourist attraction in the state, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Don’t miss the beautifully preserved, 1930s era movie theater in Kannapolis - the Gem Theatre - still in operation and just $5 for first-run showings. The new NC Research Campus is bringing Mallard together the best scientific minds to understand nutrition and Creek Park disease. Take the “Feel the Thrill” tour at the Speedway. Visit race shops, follow the Dale Trail. This area is destined for greatness! PER
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Hendrick Motorsports Reed Gold Mine The Dale Trail NC Transportation Museum
All Aboard! The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located on the site of what was once Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility. The site features an authentic train depot, antique automobiles, and a 37-bay Roundhouse that includes 25 locomotives, dozens of rail cars and other exhibit areas. Enjoy hands-on activities, take a train ride and stroll through the gift shop. It’s the museum that moves you! Open Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 4 p.m. Located at 411 South Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC. For more details, call (704) 636-2889 or visit online at www.nctrans.org.
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resources for the traveler and relocation If you’re traveling or new to Charlotte, this information is for you. If you need additional assistance please call the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce at (704) 378-1300 or the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority at (800) 231-4636.
AIR CANADA . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-247-2262 AIRTRAN AIRWAYS . . . . . . 800-AIRTRAN AMERICAN AIRLINES . . . . . 800-433-4300 CONTINENTAL AIRLINES .. . 800-525-0280 DELTA AIRLINES . . . . . . . . . 800-221-1212 JET BLUE AIRWAYS . . . . . . 800-JETBLUE LUFTHANSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-399-5838 MIDWEST AIRLINES . . . . . . 800-452-2022 NORTHWEST AIRLINES . . . 800-225-2525 UNITED AIRLINES . . . . . . . . 800-241-6522 US AIRWAYS . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-428-4322
AIRPORT MAIN NUMBER . . . . . . . . . 704-359-4000 AIRPORT PAGING & INFO ..704-359-4013 VISITOR SERVICES . . . . . . 704-359-4027
TAXI SERVICE CROWN CAB . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-334-6666 YELLOW CAB . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-332-6161
TRANSPORTATION AMTRAK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-USARAIL CHARLOTTE TRANSIT . . . . . 704-336-3366 DISABLED SERVICES . . . . . 704-336-2637 GREYHOUND BUS . . . . . . . 704-375-3332
RENTAL CARS ALAMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-359-4360 AVIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-831-2847 BUDGET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-527-0700 DOLLAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-800-4000 ENTERPRISE . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-736-8222 HERTZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-654-3131 NATIONAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-868-6206 THRIFTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-847-4389
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UNITED WAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-377-1000 LIBRARY DESK .. . . . . . . . . . 704-336-2725 BOARD OF EDUCATION. . . . 980-343-3000 BOARD OF ELECTIONS . . . . 704-336-2133
UTILITIES ELECTRICITY (Duke Energy) . . . . . . . . . . . 800-777-9898 NATURAL GAS (Piedmont Gas). . . . . . . . . . . 800-752-6500 TELEPHONE (AT&T) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-757-6500 WATER (CharMeck Utilities) . . . . . . . 704-335-9148
REAL ESTATE AGENCIES ALLEN TATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-277-6901 BISSELL HAYES . . . . . . . . . . 800-782-2453 DICKENS MITCHENER . . . . 704-342-1000 PRUDENTIAL . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-897-7356 REMAX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-549-3000
RELOCATION CHECKLIST to help you with your move!
One Month Before Moving
One To Two Weeks Before Moving
On Moving Day
Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations.
Contact utility services to connect new address. Inform electric, natural gas, water, newspaper, magazine subscriptions, telephone, internet and cable companies of your move.
Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic, basement and garage to be sure they are empty. Don’t forget any offsite storage you may have.
Fill out change of address form for the post ofﬁce.
Carry important documents, currency and jewelry with you, or ship with an insured carrier.
Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
Make travel arrangements for your family and any pets.
Pack and mark those boxes with day one essentials, like toilet paper, cleaning supplies and a change of clothing.
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Conﬁrm your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover your belongings during the move.
Set up new checking and savings accounts in your new city.
Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed, in the event you need to ﬁle an insurance claim later. Consider taking pictures or video taping your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment and appliances.
Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached in case of emergency.
Check with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another. Many states have restrictions on certain plants to prevent importing bugs that may destroy valuable crops.
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Update your driver’s license, auto registration and required license plates.
Set up new insurance policies.
Revise your will and other legal papers.
Locate the hospital, police station and ﬁre station near your home.
Change your billing address for your credit cards and other important accounts.
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