A new altar awaits the nectar of the gods inside Atherton Mill Market, and tonight, the bean worshipers will join in celebrating the newest location for The Not Just Coffee Shop. For weeks now, coffee heads have been sniffing around the custom wooden bar inside the market, driven by the smell of freshly roasted beans only to get but a sip every Saturday when the coffee bar would open for limited hours.
Tonight, Not Just Coffee celebrates the opening of its second location (the first is inside the 7th Street Public Market) with a grand opening party beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Herban Legend food truck will be on site along with the King of Pops serving popsicles. Best of all, The Not Just Coffee Shop will be serving its signature brand of slow coffee with handcrafted espresso and pour over coffee all evening long. Let's get coffee wasted!
Atherton Mill Market is located at 2104 South Blvd.
After teasing Charlotte for what feels like forever, the champagne bar Bubble Lounge finally opened this past weekend.
In addition to serving Dom Perignon by the glass, getting all mad scientist on us by steaming martinis with liquid nitrogen and creating "spherical flavor pearls" that add a "touch of color" to the drinks on the Slim List (that would be your low-calorie cocktails), Bubble will offer a "small but challenging and approachable menu," says operating partner Bourke Floyd. In the kitchen is chef Jason Kerton, an alum of the Culinary Institute of America.
"Challenging and approachable"? I'll say. On Media Day, we sampled a Caprese Napoleon, tomato, mozzarella and basil stacked like the strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream; and a Foie Gras PB&J, foie gras with Muscat grape jelly and almond butter atop toasted brioche; amongst other dishes.
Bubble Lounge is located on the second floor of the EpiCentre, near Suite, and is open daily at 4 p.m.
Oh, and don't be surprised to see a familiar face adorning the walls in decor.
When I think of Asheville's culture, I think of my grandmother using such eloquent phrases as, "He hasn't got a pot to piss in." It goes without saying that there are better ways to capture the best of my hometown's multiple worlds from its hippies to its country folk, and a new restaurant coming to Charlotte does just that.
According to WCNC, the popular Asheville restaurant Tupelo Honey Cafe plans to open a new store in Charlotte's South End. The restaurant will be moving into the location where Pewter Rose resided for 25 years before it closed in January.
Tupelo is straight out of the Blue Ridge Mountains and comes with a menu so much country twang and Southern hospitality that you might slip in a few "have mercy's" and "bless your hearts" before the meal is ordered. With its New South approach and mountain roots, it appears that Tupelo embraces the quintessential elements that Asheville has to offer: locally grown food, good old-fashioned Southern grease and a menu with more country clichés than even my grandmother could throw out.
And it's not an Asheville-inspired restaurant without the moonshine, and that they have (the legal kind, of course). Tupelo also offers the best from the other side of Asheville - think hippie-inspired: a menu with a range of gluten-free, soy-free and vegan options.
With six locations (Charlotte will make seven), Tupelo's "fluent in flavor" approach has garnered a lot of popularity for itself. So far, there is no date set for the open yet, other than "the near future," proprietor Steve Frabitore told NBC Charlotte a month ago.
If you're feeling particularly Southern today or just want to see what the buzz is all about, check out Tupelo's website. Just try to read it without a Southern drawl.
Sure, maybe The Palm's (6705 Phillips Place) not the first place you'd think to go to for lunch - well, it wasn't for me. But a recent press release announcing its new lunch menu captured my attention. In and out in one hour, it promised. Chicken and avocado sandwich, it teased.
So I had to check it out. Here are some photos. My companion and I chose offerings from the Three-Course Power Lunch. Sure, it sounds a little gluttonous ... who am I kidding. It was completely gluttonous.
For dessert, I chose cheesecake. Sorry, I inhaled it before remembering to take a photo.
Here's a link to the new menu.
And be on the lookout for assistant manager Fernando Rodriguez. He's a pusher. See? Gluttony at its finest.
No one was more surprised than me when I saw that Vinnie's Raw Bar had closed their doors a couple of months ago. South End is growing so fast, so it's been a huge disappointment that Charlotte staples like Vinnie's and Pewter Rose haven't been able to make it in the boom.
But now my restaurant-loving soul can rest a little easier because I finally know what's going to be put in Vinnie's old restaurant space.
The same guys who brought you 5Church in Uptown are developing an entirely new restaurant concept that will be housed in the space. While 5Church features new American on their menu, Nan and Byron's will be all about traditional American on their menu.
I know I'm not a true foodie at heart. Why? Because I'm slightly troubled at the idea of an onsite butcher shop within a few feet of my table as I enjoy a hearty steak - as is the case at the recently opened Block & Grinder.
But, oh, how that slab of meat was so tasty. I also have to admit, I can't wait to go back to gorge myself on the Breslin Lamb burger.
Block & Grinder (located at 2930 Providence Road) opened to the public yesterday, March 18. From the press release:
With the assistance of Sous Chef Mike Courie, Block & Grinder will offer cuisines ranging from premium all natural steaks to their signature ground beef steak burger and several wild game dishes. The menu will rotate dishes seasonally and includes items such as Veal Osso Bucco, seared Magret Duck Breast, Veal Sweetbreads and house made charcuterie.
"Food is my art. I love to create something that takes people on a journey and lets the senses meld together," said Chef Kent Graham. "At Block & Grinder we will offer exceptional food that ranges from simplistic familiarity to more adventurous offerings and my goal is for our customers to experience both sides of that spectrum."
Maybe there's something to be said for fresh off the block. Have you checked out this new restaurant concept yet? What are your thoughts?
There's a new school bus ... er, I mean food truck in town. That big silver bullet you see cruising up and down the streets of Charlotte is Chrome Toaster, a food truck specializing in what Chef Aaron Rivera calls "American street sandwiches."
Old houses sometimes merit renovations, and that was the case for the property at 1300 Central Ave. It's now home to Joe Hooper's Beverage & Sandwich Exchange, an eatery specializing in burgers and sandwiches. Previously occupied by Stackers Sandwich Shoppe and, before that, a barbecue joint, the Plaza-Midwood restaurant reopened in January after getting a facelift.
Hooper's is owned by Bottle Cap Restaurant Group, the same folks who own Brazwells Premium Pub, Whiskey Warehouse, All American Pub and Jack's Corner Tap. It's small - 1,800 square feet, with only 63 seats - but its down-home, warm vibe makes up for its size.
Though the eatery isn't doing groundbreaking things - a burger bar/sandwich shop isn't exactly a new concept - they are striving to take the dining experience up a notch.
Now pizza lovers in Charlotte can enjoy more than just the leftover pizza that has been sitting out on the counter overnight for breakfast. Mellow Mushroom in Myers Park now offers brunch at their Selwyn Avenue location from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays.
The brunch features two premade breakfast pizzas: The Rising Sun and The Morning Glory.
THE RISING SUN
Egg base, spinach, mushroom, onion, green peppers, mozzarella, diced tomatoes
THE MORNING GLORY
Egg base, sausage, bacon, ham, onion, green pepper, mozzarella, cheddar
The pizza palace will also feature a build-your-own breakfast pizza option. Beginning at noon, patrons can enjoy $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Last Thursday, a packed room of concerned citizens, local farmers and students came together on the second floor of Harvest Moon Grille to kick off the grassroots campaign to label genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in North Carolina.
The discussion was led by Renee Maas, a senior organizer with Food & Water Watch along with local blogger and passionate activist, Vani Hari, known around town as the Food Babe. The ladies outlined the potential dangers of GMOs and more importantly, empowered the crowd to take action by sharing tips and strategies for organizing. The idea, the ladies said, was to stop waiting for the federal government to do something and begin rallying for change at the state level.
Last fall, a legislative initiative to label GMOs in California was defeated in a David versus Goliath campaign that pitted large companies like Monsanto, Nestle and Hershey against smaller companies that could not stand up to the deep pockets of the mammoth corporations.
Genetically engineered foods are causing concern among many groups of people, from farmers who are losing local control of their crops to average citizens concerned about their health. The ladies presented several compelling reasons why we need to label GMOs. Here are just a few:
1. GMO labeling is regulated in more than 60 countries including all European Union member states, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The European Union, in particular, requires all food, animal feeds and processed products with biotech content to bear GE labels.
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