CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 13, 2014) – Forget the weight-loss resolutions and ring in the New Year with a refreshing roster of new restaurants, breweries and fun for foodies. Here’s a quick sampling of new eats and treats to crave in the Queen City in 2014.
1. Dine like royalty Jan. 17-26 at Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. This 10-day eating extravaganza showcases the best of Charlotte’s restaurant scene from Lake Norman to Fort Mill with a variety of $30 three-course meals.
2. Discover the charming character of one of the city’s beloved neighborhoods on Feast Food Tours’ new Dives to Dining Plaza Midwood Tour. You’ll sample and sip your way through Historic Plaza Midwood and its architecture, art and culinary artisans.
3. Satisfy your chocolate craving on a private, customized Dessert Tour with Tour De Food. Explore the sweet side of Charlotte at several savory shops serving wine, coffee, chocolates and other decadent delights.
4. Tantalize your taste buds with Nan and Byron’s meatloaf topped with spicy Sriracha ketchup. Serving up American cuisine with a southern twist, the concept for the recently opened Nan and Byron’s came from Grant Wood’s well-known 1930 “American Gothic” painting of the man and woman (Nan and Byron) holding a pitchfork in front of a farm.
5. Experience the exotic flavors of Baku’s trendy take on Japanese cuisine. In true Japanese fashion, try a shared plate of Kurobota Pork Belly or Tea Brined Duck Breast or stop by for late-night to enjoy a Japanese Pear or Lotus Blossom specialty cocktail.
6. Jam out to live music at the EpiCentre’s Tin Roof where you can savor the sweet flavors of The Tin Roof sandwich made with grilled chicken, peanut butter and honey.
7. Get a real down-home experience at Tupelo Honey Cafe. The Asheville-based restaurant opened a new store in Charlotte in December offering up a fresh interpretation of traditional southern eats.
8. Escape to northern Italy with rich, homemade Italian cuisine at La Tagliatella at the EpiCentre. Try a traditional pizza or one of the 400 combinations of pasta and sauces. Finish it off with an Italian wine and homemade tiramisu.
9. Enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline at Charlotte’s first open-air rooftop restaurant and bar--Fahrenheit Charlotte. The hot, new culinary concept from Food Network star Rocco Whalen features American regional cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian accents.
10. Show your adventurous side at Unknown Brewing Co. in South End, just three blocks south of Bank of America Stadium. Try one of their three signature craft beers: Over the Edge USPA, Head First Pale Ale or No Shame Wheat.
11. Quench your thirst at one of Charlotte’s newest and hoppiest hotspots—the Craft Beer Garden at Time Warner Cable Arena. Before, after or during the next show or game you attend, be sure to try one of the nine North Carolina craft beers.
12. Experience the raw, fresh taste of kombucha, an effervescent fermented tea, at Lenny Boy Kombucha in South End. The certified organic kombucha and wild ale brewery is the first in the Southeast and one of the only kombucha breweries in the country.
13. Let your taste buds roam at Free Range Brewing. Scheduled to open in the NoDa neighborhood in 2014, Free Range Brewing’s farmhouse brewing approach incorporates local fruits, vegetables and herbs resulting in award-winning, flavorful brews.
14. Ride the LYNX Light Rail to Sycamore Brewing in South End in late spring 2014 to experience the fresh ingredients and all-natural brews handcrafted by husband-and-wife team Justin and Sarah Brigham. Expect classic styles, seasonals and creative, experimental recipes on tap at this 15-barrel brewery.
With so much to see and do, there is no better time to explore Charlotte. For more information on events, attractions, hotels, dining and more, go to charlottesgotalot.com or call the Visitor Info Center at (800) 231-4636. Get the latest updates on what to do, see and eat in town at facebook.com/fan.charlottesgotalot, twitter.com/charlottgotalot, instagram.com/charlottesgotalot, pinterest.com/charlottgotalot and youtube.com/charlottesgotalot.
About Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to ensure the visitors and events that choose Charlotte have a positive experience. Responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot,’ and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities, which include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. CRVA’s mission seeks to leverage its hospitality marketing and management expertise to maximize the impact of the Charlotte region’s economy, creating opportunities and jobs for the community. charlottesgotalot.com