Blaaaa is for blaaaannnndddd! Yuck!
Loved this restaurant! A new scene for Clt. My steak was too salty.
People need to get over this blind allegiance to their neighborhood. God forbid there be something a little bit different offered! The fact of the matter is, people don't like this restaurant because it is nothing like anything else in the area really. Besides The Liberty in Southend, real gastropubs don't really exist in Charlotte, and even that place while astoundingly delicious, has caught flack as well. Southerners like their southern food, 5 page menus with photos, and a bill no higher than 25 dollars.
This really is a restaurant styled like the pubs up north (NYC, Philly, Boston) plopped in the middle of a southern city who doesn't really like much of anything tinkered with. Short, concise menus and fresh ingredients and this place is a total hit. Nevermind what the actual building looks like, it can fit a lot of people and the rooftop is simply awesome. Beer list is large, but the actual offerings leave a bit to be desired. The food is spectacular. I highly recommend stopping by for brunch on the roof once the weather is nicer. Spend a little more money and try something different and you might be surprised.
I disagree with CLT too. You can park other places that are a really short walk away, and the food is worth it. I've had the cheese fries with oxtail gravy and the pork belly entree. The fries were really good and obviously fairly unhealthy, in a good way. The pork belly was completely perfect, and I wish I could eat it every day. Prices aren't bad, either. $40 for 2 people with an appetizer is right for this kind of food.
Sorry CLT, but I happen to like the place and don't understand the bad wrap its gotten. I never used that lot to park, so I have been parking a few blocks away on Commonwealth and walking down as I always have. I've been pleased with their bar, MOST of the food I've gotten, have found both levels to be fairly crowded the 3 times I've been there, and really enjoyed the rooftop when the weather was nice. I haven't seen a thing on the menu that I thought was overpriced, and my whiskies have always been cheap and generous actually. Frankly I think it needs to settle in to itself for a while since the interior smacks of newness, but I think it'll actually age well.
So help me out, is all the indignation from the neighborhood a result of the parking thing (which I DO think is a lame move, but of no real consequence) leading to the nitpicking of everything else about it? Or is any new establishment that is primarily new construction, not reusing an older idiosyncratic building, considered inauthentic and unwelcome in PM? Is it the clientele?
In any case, why do you expect the reviewer to take up your cause and play petty neighborhood politics instead of giving a bias-free review as she has?
If you really knew the neighborhood, you'd understand that this place is viewed as a black eye. Pay to park? Two identical levels, a menu that's all over the place and a sloppily assembled/thought-out nightclub? I gave it a chance when it initially opened, and it was empty and overpriced. I like Jack's, but this is a huge miss. We patronize small establishments who've earned their stripes, not imposing, three-story restaurants that assume they've won your business solely by showing up. Why would anyone be fiercely loyal to that model of business?
I'm so proud of you for writing this article Mrs Childress! :D
Last night 10/24/12 was my first time ever going to a Brazilian Steak House well let me tell you it was the best thing ever the sevice is beyond good the food OMG the best ever I will go back often and bring my friends THANK YOU for a spectacular evening.. Michelle Gustafson Finance MGR Scott Clarks Toyota
It was the Hotel Charlotte, not Charlotte Hotel. And its a shame it was replaced by yet another Martin Sprock restaurant-in-a-box. When will he leave Charlotte alone?
I agree, looooove the burger. It is so good!
Tricia - where on South Boulevard is Lupita's opening? Thanks!
Have eaten at both places and am glad to have them in the neighborhood. GREAT for take out too.
I was just on New Year's Day 1/1/12 with a party of 7. Service was horrible. We had to repeatedly ask for items and it would take forever to get something from the kitchen. I think we had ordered a fish congee and it took around 20 minutes to get out to us. Regarding the carts, by the time it got to where we were sitting in the back room, a lot of the good stuff was gone and they couldn't bring us any directly from the kitchen. Out of all the items we got, the only things worth going back for are the baked bbq pastry and the har gow.
I think 5 out of 7 of us would prefer to go back to Dim Sum restaurant because of the selection, service and taste.
Larry, you're crazy. The veggie burger is one of the best I've ever had, and every time I've been in, the place has been packed out. I don't think the prices are driving anyone away. Long live Fern!
I would kill for an authentic doner...the best I have had are surprisingly in Germany.
the food is good but prices are WAY high...$10-11 for a veggie burger???...c'mon its pretty good but its a normal size, nuthin fancy burger...should be priced at $7-8 TOPS...similiarly other items seem like they're about 25% too high for what they are and what u can get elsewhere...great idea for P-Wood but not sure if you have clientele in that area to supprt that pricey a veggie restaurant
I cook lebanese food so I decided to check out the zeitooni grill. It was wonderfull. The food was great and the cleanliness of the whole place was very noticeable. will be back
Oh my gosh...my wife and I were in Charlotte killing time and we saw the review for here and decided to give it a try. Our meal ended up being the highlight of our trip. I have no idea how it stacks up to "authentic" Arabic food, but I gotta tell ya..this was delicious!!! I mean really delicious!
We split the Mezza platter, and it was fantastic! It came out so good, we took a photo of it first and sent it out to our friends. They cook everything to order and it tastes as good as it looks. I had no idea good healthy vegetarian cuisine could be so darn good!!!
We wrapped up with Baklava and Turkish coffee. The staff is very friendly, the owner sat and talked with us as we had our pastries and coffee.
Don't let the strip mall location fool you. This place is top notch!
I moved to North Carolina from new jersey 3 month ago and if your Arabic you know that the best mediterranean food is in NJ/Ny and nothing can compare. When I read this article I was so happy finally I can find a place to eat good food like home. So I went this weekend hoping that I found a place to eat real Arabic food in NC. But I was right nothing compares to the tri state. The bread was like eating sand paper u can cut your lips eating that bread. The chicken was dry and had to much seasoning. The best thing was that the plates were small and I didn't have to throw a lot of food in the garbage. I haven't found pita bread like NJ/NY. I was disappointed with the food the You should throw your money in the garbage before trying this food. Nothing like NJ Arabic food in fake here
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