Legion Brewing opened their brand new restaurant and taproom last week in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. There has been a lot of excitement and anticipation for the newest brewery location. The actual building two-story building is located just behind the Piedmont Tower Center across from the Harris YMCA Express. The wood ceiling, walls, and brewery tanks give create an inviting atmosphere for customers. I really liked the attention to detail in the decor. Their restaurant area resembled a inviting home-like atmosphere that complimented their farm-to-table menu options.
The downstairs area of the location contains a taproom and full service restaurant. While I did not try their food, the large pretzels and dips were very popular. They offer a large selection of Legion beers along with some wine options. I also saw other local beers available in cans. The upstairs area contains a smaller bar with plenty of space for mingling. There is a back room behind the upstairs bar for private parties and general use.
A great outdoor patio circles the building for customers to enjoy. They had a few corn hole games setup for general use. I did not see anyone serving drinks or food outside. All of the customers outside had to go inside to order drinks at the taproom bar. The restaurant was very crowded and on a wait for a table. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of staff running the bars and serving in the restaurant area. The place looked well prepared for serving a large crowd. Once they have a grand opening in October, I would like to go back and try some of their food options. You should definitely stop by Legion Brewing's newest location next time you visit the SouthPark area. You will not be disappointed.
I went to one of Charlotte's newest restaurants, Let's Meat, for my birthday last month. Let's Meat KBBQ is a Korean BBQ restaurant where you grill meats and vegetables at your table. It is an authentic experience for enjoying Korean BBQ. If you have never tried a grill-your-own restaurant before, it can be a little overwhelming. Knowing what you are getting into and having a great server will go a long way.
The menu at Let's Meat may look overwhelming, but it is fairly straight forward. For $30 a person, it is all you can eat for 2 hours. You can choose from a variety of meats and side dishes. Some of the meats are marinated and others come as expected. Examples of meat options include varieties of chicken, pork, streak, and shrimp. The side dishes are also enjoyable. Some examples of side dishes are brown rice, salad, and picked vegetables. You can order three meats at a time to cook. This may seem like a restriction, but the grill can only hold so much at one time.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. They have a large variety of Asian alcoholic beverages that come in different flavors. Craft beer and wine are available for those interested in typical alcoholic beverage options. I would recommend trying some of the more interesting beverages as they were better than expected.
Using the grill can be challenging for your first time. Ask your server for cooking tips when you order different meats and vegetables. You are given a pair of tongs and scissors to assist with cooking. I would suggest not sharing a grill with more than three other individuals. Having five or six people sharing one grill makes it challenging to feed everyone in a timely manner. However, cooking and socializing with friends over Korean BBQ is a fun experience. If you love meat and Asian cuisine in general, definitely give Let's Meat a try. Even if you are a vegetarian, they have plenty of options for you as well.
Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of college football season with the National Football Season starting soon after. Charlotte, NC has grown to become a football city with calling the Carolina Panthers its hometown professional team along with other local colleges. In addition, multiple neutral site college games, such as the 2018 Belk College Kickoff between the West Virginia Mountaineers and Tennessee Volunteers.
Last month, I attended the preseason Panthers game at home against the Miami Dolphins. I had a great time watching the Panthers win with friends and my fiance. The Panthers season opener is this coming weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. We hope to make it to a regular season game later in the year.
The highest profile Division 1 college team in Charlotte is the University of North Carolina 49ers. They won their opening game against Fordham last weekend. The 49ers are a relatively new program as their first season was in 2013. This season, the 49ers are playing against two strong teams. Appalachian State is their opponent this coming weekend. They face off against Tennessee later in the season. While these teams are not in the 49ers conference, it provides them opportunities to grow and shine on a larger stage. There is plenty of great football to watch in Charlotte between college and professional this season.
Last weekend was the 2nd year for the Queen City Anime Convention in Charlotte, NC. The convention was held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. There were multiple panel rooms, main event room, dealer room, game room, and a great outdoor area. This convention was one of the smallest I have attended, but still offered multiple panels and main event entertainment. There were plenty of water stations and the amount of people roaming the halls never felt overcrowded. The dealer room was surprisingly full of vendors and artists offering a wide assortment of merchandise. I enjoyed seeing many creative cosplayer costumes throughout the convention weekend. One of my personal favorites was a female cosplaying Veronica from Fire Emblem: Heroes, a mobile Fire Emblem game. I mentioned the game in one of my first posts on this blog due to its Gacha mechanic.
I attended a few panels including one hosted by my friend on Japanese baseball. Dan's panel content was interesting and information. The panel covered the history of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), star players that came to the United States, stadium information, and other informative facts. It was a great introduction to the Japanese national sport. Dan and I attempted to play a few video games in the game room on Saturday, but most of the popular console games were always full. They did not have any arcade games to try like some other conventions offer. I managed to check out part of a rap concert on Saturday in the main events room. While I was surprised by how few people attended the performance, I thought the gentleman did well.
My panel on traveling to Japan was on Sunday. I created a 40 minute presentation that is geared toward individuals who would like to plan a trip or visit Japan for the first time. Most of the information I cover is from previous posts and the other pages on this website. There were around 30 people in attendance for the panel. I was pleased with the great questions and engagement from the audience. I hope to have the opportunity to present again next year.
My friend and I went to Seoul Food Meat Co. last weekend for wings and beer. I was told they have an awesome Hitachino Beer selection along with great wings. Seoul Food is a BBQ restaurant with Korean inspired offerings located in Charlotte's South End neighborhood. They offer outside seating, an inside bar and dining area, and a back porch bar with full menu. Since my friend brought his amazing dog with us, we went to the back porch bar to try out the restaurant.
Seoul Food offers an assortment of street food options such as wings, tacos, BBQ, and sides. A couple sitting next to us ordered the wings with ramen mac & cheese. We thought the wings looked amazing and ordered a 20 piece with half soy garlic and half spicy BBQ. I was very excited to learn that Seoul Food carries the most Hitachino Nest Beer varieties I have ever seen. They actually had all of Hitachino beers available in bottle on display. I enthusiastically ordered a Nipponia and my friend got a NoDa Brewing Company Cavu. Both beers are Blonde Ales.
Service was fast and the food came out quick. The wings at Seoul Food are quite large and filling. Both sauces were equally good and we ate the whole order. I also had a Hitachino Weizen at the bar. The outside bar offers other amenities such as lawn games, a dog park, and beer pong tables. Another fun fact about visiting Seoul Food is that they play Korean Pop music videos and songs throughout the restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, drinks, and experience. I definitely recommend visiting Seoul food and will have to try more of the beer and food options next time.