5 Other Things To Do During Charlotte Restaurant Week
This story is from our good friend Alston Robertson with KAR Group.¬† KAR Group is a small marketing and public relations firm with a focus on the restaurant industry.¬† We asked her to come up with some fun stuff to do during Restaurant Week that did not involve actually participating in the 3 or 4 course meals.¬† Here are some good ideas.¬† Take it away Alston.
So, it’s that time of year again…when people all over Charlotte get excited to celebrate the Queen’s Feast.¬† Held twice per year, restaurants throughout the city participate in a three course for $30 “celebration” of all things food and drink from January 18 thru January 26.¬† What if that’s not your cup of tea though?
Hit up one of Jim Noble’s (that is him above) restaurants.¬† Historically crowded and historically delicious, both Rooster’s Wood Fired Kitchen (Southpark and Uptown) and The King’s Kitchen (Uptown) serve their regular menu during restaurant week.¬† Might just be an opportunity to get a prime reservation and try something new, like the Chalkboard Menu at Rooster’s in Uptown or a Rooster’s favorite like salmon, their awesome burger or a side like fresh succotash.
Sushi.¬† The city has all sorts of great Sushi hot spots but how do you know you’re getting only the best?¬† Yama Asian Fusion in¬† Morrison Place¬† (by EarthFare) always serves great Sushi and typically showcases a menu during Restaurant Week that’s even a better deal than 3 courses for $30.¬† Also, AZN Azian Cuizine in Piedmont Town Center is featuring 3 courses for $30 that includes several traditional dishes across the courses – including Sushi and their amazing Korean style Beef Short Ribs.¬† AZN brings in only top grade fish as well as premium meats, and you can taste the difference.¬† Good bang for your buck here.
Do something different.¬† How about bowling?¬† Ten Park Lanes is the newly redesigned bowling alley on Montford.¬† You can not only get in a couple of games but can watch your favorite sports on TV.¬† The food is really good too.¬† Fried Pickles are a favorite for a lot of people but have you ever tried them with Fried Jalapenos?¬† Ten Park Lanes hand-breads them.¬† They even have fresh salads and an impressive beer and wine list.¬† Not your typical bowling alley.
Go for a burger and a beer.¬† For a high-end burger, hit up Rooster’s or George’s Brasserie (although you might have to eat at the bar at George’s since it is Restaurant Week and the dining room will be packed)¬† The Liberty has been getting rave reviews for their burgers; they participate in Restaurant Week but a burger in their bar might just hit the spot.¬† Want something quick and kid friendly?¬† American Roadside Burgers in Southpark uses Sterling Silver premium beef on toasted Martin’s buns, plus there is an amazing amount of parking right by the building.¬† Avoid Southpark parking decks.
You can never go wrong with Italian.¬† The city’s best Italian can easily be Portofino’s.¬† With four locations in Charlotte (Park Road, Arboretum, Eastway and Ayrsley), Portofino’s has been serving up authentic Italian dishes for years.¬† From gourmet dishes like Osso Bucco or Veal Marsala to favorites like Lasagna and Fettuccine Alfredo, you won’t go wrong here.¬† In a word – amazing.
Whether Restaurant Week is your style or you avoid it at all costs, this week is a week for celebration in Charlotte.¬† Cheers to great food!