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Draught Opens Just in Time for the Panther’s Season

For someone like me—who not only works, but also lives in the Third Ward area of Uptown—the opening of Draught is a Godsend. I had the pleasure of sampling the menu and select beers last during their ... »

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... »

Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen Rolls Over The Competition

Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen Rolls Over The Competition

Who knew the best barbecue in Charlotte comes from a food truck? A couple weeks back one of my Restaurant Traffic counterparts, Adam Williams, posted a picture on our Instagram and Twitter feed of Dan... »

Saving The Best For Last At The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Saving The Best For Last At The Flying Biscuit Cafe

When it comes to breakfast, I find myself returning time and time again to The Flying Biscuit Cafe. Flying Biscuit is a restaurant concept with two locations here in Charlotte (Stonecrest and Park Roa... »

Road Trippin’ North Of Chicago: Milwalky Trace

Road Trippin’ North Of Chicago: Milwalky Trace

In my other life, I get to travel outside NC from time to time. Hustling from customer to customer is busy work and I stay vigilant for local joints with full parking lots. The Google Maps and Yelp ap... »

Another Trip Back To Cantina 1511

Another Trip Back To Cantina 1511

Since the Dilworth location opened 10 years ago, Cantina 1511 has remained a frequent fallback for me when I’m in the mood for Mexican food. Both the East Boulevard and second location in StoneC... »

Vapiano Adds Breakfast Uptown

Vapiano Adds Breakfast Uptown

Lars Kruz has been telling us about his plan to add breakfast to the menu for close to a year now. As with any large company, it is not always easy to think outside the box. Even though breakfast is r... »

Luna’s Living Kitchen Makes It Easy Being Green

Luna’s Living Kitchen Makes It Easy Being Green

A chalkboard above the little open kitchen at Luna’s Living Kitchen reads “We believe that Living Food is a labor of love, that health, beauty, & art can be served on a plate. We belie... »

Pizza Peel Opens to a Packed Crowd in Plaza Midwood

Pizza Peel Opens to a Packed Crowd in Plaza Midwood

Living within walking distance from Plaza Midwood makes the Pizza Peel opening significant for me. I love the Cotswold location but I like to stay within the Elizabeth/Plaza Midwood bubble if I am goi... »

Nan & Byron’s Changes Brunch in South End

Nan & Byron’s Changes Brunch in South End

Brunch is one of the highlights of the weekend. It is a chance to relax with friends and family and/or have a little hair of the dog that bit ya bloody Mary style. South End is becoming a brunch desti... »

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