Flour Shop is a gourmet American style restaurant located on the backside of Park Road Shopping Center in Charlotte, NC. They opened for business in January of 2018. The inside of the restaurant centers around the open air kitchen where you can watch the owner make pasta or see meat cooked over an open flame. As of November 2018, Flour Shop offers Open Table reservations for guests. I recommend you take advantage of Open Table since the restaurant is quite popular. Outside the back of the restaurant is a nice patio for drinks and food with casual seating. The true magic happens at the bar with the kitchen in front and your favorite date to the side.
Flour Shop is open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. My wife and I went for during during the week and waited around 20 minutes for bar seats. Their drink menu is larger than the dinner menu. They offer a lovely wine list along with mixed cocktails and craft beers. There are many wines available by the glass that you are welcome to try before placing a drink order. Many local craft beers are on draft. You will surely find a drink of choice during your visit. My favorite choice for dinner was the Napa, California Cabernet Sauvignon pictured.
The dinner menu contains about 17 different food choices between appetizers and entrees with a few specials as well. While the options are somewhat limited, the taste and quality of them is very high. We enjoyed the mussels appetizer special with a tasty red sauce containing chucks of pork. For dinner, we decided to order two entrees and share them.
Flour Shop makes their own fresh pasta. I encourage you to try at least one pasta dish during your first visit. My wife has been to Italy multiple times and believes the pasta at Flour Shop was just as good. She ordered the Strozzapreti with shrimp, breadcrumbs, and pistou pasta. It was a great choice and they were even able to make it without butter.
Our server highly suggest we try the Barbecued Spanish Octopus with chorizo, potato puree, and saffron broth. He said it has been a staple on their menu since opening. This dish was the best Spanish octopus dish we have had in Charlotte. The pieces were large and flavorful along with the chorizo. The egg and potato pulled everything together nicely. The broth of the dish has an olive oil base. I especially enjoyed eating the puree soaked in the both between bites of the chorizo and octopus.
It is rare for my wife and I to order desserts when dining out. However, my wife really likes olive oil cake and wanted to try it. She has enjoyed it immensely in Italy, but is usually disappointed when she has it in the United States. After one bite of the cake, she was praising its moisture and flavor. She said it was the best olive oil cake she has ever had outside of Italy.
We thoroughly enjoyed every dish ordered at Flour Shop as well as the wine. I wholeheartedly recommend you make plans to visit Flour Shop for your next date night or dinner outing with friends. I know my wife and I will be back again before Christmas to experience more of the menu and cozy atmosphere.
I had the opportunity to take out-of-town guests to Bang Bang Burgers in Charlotte's Southend neighborhood. The Southend location opened in March of 2018. The original Bang Bang Burgers restaurant is located in Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood. Both locations are open 11am to 10pm daily. The signature dishes at Bang Bang Burgers are their double patty gourmet burgers. A great burger starts with its ingredients. Bang Bang Burgers uses artisan breads and quality meat to craft multiple burger options. They also have a few non-beef sandwich options as well as salad bowls. Their burgers and sandwiches come a-la-cart with optional sides such as fries and onion rings.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I would have to agree that the photograph of the Seoul 2.0 with fries speaks for itself. This delicious burger option comes with a beef patty, pork belly, burger toppings, and a spicy mayo sauce. The french fries are also very good and a recommended add-on. For those interested in something with less calories, Bang Bang Burgers offers a few different salad bowl options. The one pictured below is a Salmon Bowl. I was informed that the quality and taste was great.
When it comes to beverages, Bang Bang Burger offers non-alcoholic fountain beverages and craft beer. I was pleasantly surprised to see local craft beer available on draft. The prices were reasonable for food and drinks considering the quality of food served. There is a side room for people to gather and a nice front porch for outside seating. My guests enjoyed Bang Bang Burgers for lunch and would definitely return again. I recommend you visit Bang Bang Burgers on your next Southend adventure for a casual and tasty meal.
I spent the last weekend in uptown Charlotte with friends and family. Many of us visited the 7th Public Street Market for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The market is a great location for reasonably priced food and beverages while in uptown. There are two shops at the market that sell local crafts and wine in case you want to shop a bit. A light rail station sits conveniently outside the building for quick and easy access to Charlotte. Out of the 13 vendors inside the market, my personal favorite is Bonsai Fusion.
Bonsai Fusion sells sushi, poke bonsai, and bonsai burritos. The poke bonsai are similar to a poke bowl you would order at other restaurants. Each poke bonsai is priced at $8.50 for a small and $14.50 for a large. Bonsai burritos are basically a poke bowl with sushi rice wrapped inside a tortilla. The Chop Chop, pictured below, includes sashimi fish, carrots, lettuce, jalapeno, beets, and spicy mayo. I also like to add soy sauce to the wrap as I eat it. Each burrito is $11.00 and come in various configurations.
The 7th Street Public Market is open daily with varied weekend hours. If you are planning to drive, you can get parking validated for the first 90 minutes with any purchase. Just make sure you park in the 7th Street Parking Garage. I hope you give Bonsai Fusion a try during your next trip to Uptown Charlotte.
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.