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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Phat Burrito expand hours; Amelie's opens new shop

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Everyone always has something to bitch and moan about. One place isn't open "early enough," while others are "too far" to drive to. So, here's to hoping this news inspires you to appreciate the little things (which can also be big things - especially if you're a fan of burritos and pastries!).

Forget Taco Bell, because Phat Burrito is now open for breakfast. The long time South End location is opening shop at 7 a.m. to serve its giant burritos - now with optional stuffings of scrambled eggs, sausage and more. Set your alarms and do what you need to do to make this an extra morning stop. Phat Burrito, 1537 Camden Road. 704-332-7428. 

Amelie's opened its newest location in Carmel Commons on Saturday. This comes after expansions to Rock Hill, SC and Atlanta, GA. If NoDa and Uptown aren't in the territory you frequent, here's to hoping this sweet new spot at the intersection of Pineville-Matthews Road and Carmel Road is. And remember to say "Merci!"Amelie's Carmel Commons, 7715 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 34B. 704-376-1782.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Craft brewers in the crosshairs of regional distributors

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 11:44 AM

As detailed in my previous writing, a “grassroots” campaign of lies and deceit has begun, and North Carolina’s homegrown craft brewers are in its crosshairs. A regional distributor has launched a fight against two bills working through the N.C. General Assembly (H278 and H625) that would allow for continued expansion and success for homegrown brewing operations.

If you’re fuzzy on the background of this dire situation, please take a moment to get caught up. Once you have the appropriate amount of outrage over this smear campaign, I’ll tell you why they’re doing it.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Air date announced for Charlotte-themed Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Just last month, Guy Fieri and Co. were hitting some hotspots around Charlotte, tasting some of the Queen City's finest treats for the Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." There are at least two episodes that will feature Charlotte restaurants, the first of which is set to air on May 1 at 10 p.m.

Driving Through Charlotte
This trip, Guy Fieri's checkin' out high octane joints in Charlotte, N.C., with NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. First, the relocated Triple-D alum dishing out dynamite burgers and a unique spin on shrimp. Then, the go-kart track serving revved-up sandwiches like steak with fig preserves and smoking hot chicken. And parked at the Charlotte Speedway, the funky food truck firing up tasty flavors like chana masala tacos and buffalo cauliflower sliders.

The following episode also includes Charlotte, but an air date has not been announced yet.

Indulgent Dishes
This trip, Guy Fieri's indulging himself in righteous, rich recipes. In Charlotte, N.C., the crazy seafood spot reeling in off-the-hook gumbo and a spicy mahi mahi specialty. Across town, the mother-daughter team serving up savory lamb ragout and a decadent ice cream sandwich. And in Los Angeles, the Korean-German combo firing up drunken chicken and a killer burger.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Could it be? A ramen house is coming to Charlotte?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Although a press release says it'd be more appropriate to call Futo Buta a Japanese bistro, the new restaurant opening in South End May 1 will offer authentic ramen, with noodles made in house. Chef Michael Shortino, formerly of Baku, will be manning the kitchen.

If ramen isn't your thing — what's wrong with you? — the menu will also include steamed buns, fried dumplings, Japanese fried chicken, sushi and more. And we're excited to hear that the restaurant plans to have local beer on tap, in addition to sake.

Did South End just get a little more cooler? I think so.

Futo Buta will be located at 222 Bland St.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives returns to Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has hit Charlotte this week. On Tuesday, Pinky's Westside Grill posted a photo of owner Greg Auten in front of the restaurant with show host Guy Fieri and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer:

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SouthPark Eats Alternatives takes food to the streets for spring kickoff

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 2:54 PM

The food trucks are back full swing in SouthPark, and the sun is out full force (well, kind of). Hello spring.

Southpark Eats Alternative, Charlotte’s local food truck rally at Fairview Plaza every Wednesday, will be hosting its Spring Kickoff this Wednesday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

So what’s the big deal? Well, S.E.A. is now boasting a lineup of six food trucks compared to the previous two trucks that braved the winter.

On the line-up for this week are some local favorites, including Tin Kitchen, Papi Queso, Ooowee BBQ, Maki Taco and Cupcake Delirium, to name a few.

Plus, King of Pops is back too. Tomorrow’s upper 70s weather and the contagious spring fever going around are the perfect combination to try an icy treat, and not one that resembles Elsa’s big freeze.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Solo Date Idea: Gigi's Cupcakes and Undercover Boss

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Are you chilling at the house tonight on your lonesome because you're single, your boo is working/out of town or you generally do not leave home when it's below 30 degrees outside? Me, too!

Let's start a Twitter chat and watch Undercover Boss together tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS. We'll see glimpses of Gigi's Cupcakes (located on Sharon Road) on the show, and our hearts will be warmed from whatever generous thing CEO Gina "Gigi" Butler does for her employees at the end.

Of course, we'll need snacks. See Gigi's Valentine's Day Menu, available today through Sunday. The Smooch Box comes with 12 mini cupcakes. Perfect for those celebrating Single Awareness Day.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Dilworth coffeeshop conundrum solved

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM

A couple of months ago, I made a point to meet a new contact at the coffeeshop in Dilworth. Eight years in Charlotte and I'd never been to Dilworth Coffee — shameful! It turns out, as I pulled into the parking lot adjacent to Harris Teeter's, I actually still have not been to a Dilworth Coffee, as this shop was called Dilworth Espresso.

Last month, the Observer wrote about a legal battle between the quarter-century old Dilworth Coffee and Dilworth Espresso, which opened in July in the original DC storefront. A story like that lent itself to the obvious, awesome lede: "A fight is percolating between two Charlotte coffee purveyors over whether their names are so similar that customers will be confused."

Yes, as a thirsty coffee drinker that day in Dilworth, I was confused.

Today, the daily reports that both coffeeshops have dropped their suits, and the owner of Dilworth Espresso has agreed to change the business' name to Kenilworth Espresso.

Whew! Thank goodness. I'm happy to support any business who will caffeinate me, but it's nice to know what I'm walking into.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Charlotte’s first edible walkway is planted

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The historic Wilmore neighborhood made history on Saturday as the first neighborhood in Charlotte to plant an edible walkway at the intersection of Mint Street and Kingston Avenue. In a most excellent display of community, Wilmore residents, church members of Calvary United Methodist (the church that owns the property where the walkway is planted) and sustainably minded Charlotteans gathered together on a chilly Saturday morning to plant fruit and nut trees that will one day bear fruit for all of its residents to eat.

The idea stemmed from an observation made by Wilmore resident Kris Steele, who witnessed children walking up the street to get “food”, only to see them coming back from the convenience store with processed food items laden with salt, sugar and fat. Steele, who is also co-founder of Crown Town Compost, had a vision for something better and dreamed up the idea of an edible walkway. In Steele’s mind, an edible walkway would provide a sustainable source of fresh food, accessible to all.

“Imagine being able to just grab a piece of fruit from a tree,” says Steele.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Yolk re-opens in Rock Hill

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Last year, the Charlotte food scene was abuzz about a great new breakfast place in Rock Hill called The Yolk. Located in a dumpy strip mall, it boasted a homey atmosphere, intriguing specials and lines out the door every weekend. Say the word "pancakes" near me, and I'll tell you the best ones I've ever had were at the Yolk (and believe me, I've had my share of pancakes).

Owners Greg and Subrina Collier already had a relocation in the works when an electrical fire last August shorted out their plans. Finally, after months of insurance claims, construction and inspections, the Yolk has risen from the ashes, opening its new doors last Wednesday.

The restaurant's second home at 1912 Mt. Gallant Road is another shopping mall, only 50 years newer and in a better location. Ignore the old "Big Wok II" sign high on the façade and look for the small banner over the door announcing that breakfast is back in town.

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