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Le Meridien

Le MĂ©ridien’s Evoke Adds Distinctive Personality to Charlotte Culinary Scene

It’s no secret that Charlotte is but a small blip on the culinary radar of the southeast. This year, Charlotte got snubbed once again by the James Beard Awards, marking the 25th consecutive year that ... »

Chef Stephen Schmitt Gets Us Ready For Valentine’s Day

Chef Stephen Schmitt Gets Us Ready For Valentine’s Day

Many readers may be fretting over how to impress their significant others this Saturday (it’s Valentine’s Day if anyone needed a reminder). When reservations seem too easy, and some heart-... »

Wrapping Up Restaurant Week at McCormick & Schmick’s

Wrapping Up Restaurant Week at McCormick & Schmick’s

As Charlotte Restaurant Week comes to an unfortunate end tonight, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to spend it dining at McCormick & Schmick’s in SouthPark. Upon walking in, my Restaurant Traffi... »

Red Rocks Will Leave You Satisfied

Red Rocks Will Leave You Satisfied

Restaurant Traffic has teamed with Uber again for the last few days of Charlotte Restaurant Week. For those who haven’t used Uber before, enter promo code RESTAURANTTRAFFIC to instantly get $20 off of... »

Seizing the moment at Carpe Diem for Restaurant Week

Seizing the moment at Carpe Diem for Restaurant Week

After finding a last minute reservation (after 9 p.m.) at Carpe Diem in Elizabeth, we needed a ride there since Saturday nights rarely end after dinner. Luckily, we not only spread the gospel of Uber,... »

Mimosa Grill: Night One of CLT Restaurant Week

Mimosa Grill: Night One of CLT Restaurant Week

TGIF and a happy kick off to Charlotte Restaurant Week, friends. All week I’ve been sitting at my desk, drooling over the delicious Restaurant Week menus, and counting down the minutes (very sim... »

Restaurant Traffic

Leroy Fox: A Foxy New Menu

Leroy Fox made quite a splash in the Cotswold food scene when they opened in early 2012. Judging by a decent crowd this past Monday night, I’d say little has changed. After a year and half in Charlott... »

Team Traffic Digs In at Chicken Salad Chick

Team Traffic Digs In at Chicken Salad Chick

Last Friday, two Restaurant Traffic chicks decided that it was finally time to check out the new Chicken Salad Chick, located a mere block away from our office in the Carmel Commons shopping center. S... »

Carolina Panthers

Draught Opens Just in Time for the Panther’s Season

I work and and live in the Third Ward area of Uptown. So, as you can imagine, Draught opening on Cedar St. is a Godsend. I had the pleasure of sampling the menu and select beers last during their medi... »

Rippington’s Anchors Downtown Waxhaw Dining Scene

Rippington’s Anchors Downtown Waxhaw Dining Scene

With recent word that City Tavern is going to come to Waxhaw and try to make it in the former Lavecchia’s restaurant space where so many have failed (the last place put their signs up and never ... »

Matt’s Chicago Dog  Brings Windy City Flavor To Crown Town

Matt’s Chicago Dog Brings Windy City Flavor To Crown Town

Back when I sold advertising for BellSouth, Matt’s Chicago Dog was one of the first customers I ever called upon as a fledgling adman in the dying yellow pages business. This was in the early part of ... »

Exploring the Charlotte Food Truck Scene

Exploring the Charlotte Food Truck Scene

Food trucks are the “it” thing in the world of foodies, and everybody seems to be doing it—myself included. So what’s the hype about? For a bustling bee like myself, who works 9-5 days uptown but not ... »

JJ’s Red Hots Is Burning Up Crown Town

JJ’s Red Hots Is Burning Up Crown Town

Back in early 2012, we caught word of a new hot dog spot opening on East Blvd. We slapped up a fast and loose post about JJ’s Red Hots to get the rumor mill going and used some generic stock pho... »

Curate Stands Out in the Restaurant Town of Asheville

Curate Stands Out in the Restaurant Town of Asheville

Ever since Allan Richman named Curate one of the “12 Must Eat Restaurants of 2013“, Curate is a tough table. Even more important than Richman’s review was the recommendation of a foo... »

Saturday Night at Soul Gastrolounge

Saturday Night at Soul Gastrolounge

I have heard great things about Soul Gastrolounge since I moved to Charlotte, but until last weekend I hadn’t experienced it for myself.  Soul more than exceeded my expectations from start to fi... »

Everyday is Mardi Gras at Cajun Queen

Everyday is Mardi Gras at Cajun Queen

Let me preface this by saying that it isn’t very often I have a restaurant experience that I feel immediately compelled to talk about. However, once in awhile there’s that one dish that just makes you... »

Checking Out Bravo! Blakeney With CLT Bloggers

Checking Out Bravo! Blakeney With CLT Bloggers

Last week Vanessa Capece with Yellow Duck Marketing invited Restaurant Traffic to join other CLT bloggers to sample the fare at the new Bravo! Cucina Italian in Blakeney. Bravo took over the space pre... »

Meet The Brewers Night At VBGB Brings Out Charlotte’s Best Craft Beer

Meet The Brewers Night At VBGB Brings Out Charlotte’s Best Craft Beer

As I arrived at the NC Music Factory for the Meet The Brewers event the CRVA threw last week, I paused in the parking lot and admired the view of the Uptown skyline. It was about seventy-five degrees ... »

BB&T Ballpark: Another gem in Charlotte’s crown

BB&T Ballpark: Another gem in Charlotte’s crown

Driving past uptown this summer, motorists on I-77 and I-277 will notice a glow to uptown Charlotte, something usually only reserved for a Sunday or Thursday night once or twice season at Bank of Amer... »

Oak Table Reviving Downtown Columbia Restaurant Scene

Oak Table Reviving Downtown Columbia Restaurant Scene

The Oak Table is a relatively new and trendy spot, perfectly situated in downtown Columbia across from the state house. Dishing up their interpretation of “modern American cuisine for progressive pala... »

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