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.
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.
Did you know there is Japanese restaurant located next to Sycamore Brewery in Charlotte's South End? Yamazaru at 2173 Hawkins Street opened in early 2017 with minimal advertising and press. The menu is large and offers appetizers, soups, sushi rolls, sashimi bowls, ramen, and even more options. The quality level of their food is high along with a great selection of saki and other alcoholic beverages. You can view pictures of the menu and additional information in this Charlotte Agenda article. I have had the opportunity to go three times in 2018 and enjoyed each visit. Yamazaru offers some of the most authentic Japanese cuisine in Charlotte, NC.
The long list of appetizers can seem overwhelming at first glance. Edamame and pork gyoza are always crowd pleasing, but my personal favorite is their seasonal quail egg and tuna tartar dish. I would highly recommend it for those interested high quality, raw ingredients. I am also a sucker for anything that comes with chips. I have not had an opportunity to try their soups and salads, but I have eaten the tonkotsu ramen bowl. It was quite tasty and not overbearingly salty. The ramen dish fulfilled my expectations and satisfied a craving since visiting Japan. The portion size is fairly large and pairing it with a smaller specialty roll will suffice your hunger.
The main attraction at Yamazaru is their sushi offerings. They have a large list of specialty and maki rolls. Prices are very affordable with the highest priced specialty roll at $11.00. I would recommend ordering three to share with another person and maybe add in a small appetizer. The Rainbow Roll offered is not the usual California Roll with salmon and tuna on top. Their version comes with with assortment of fish including squid and masago. Another great option is the Ichiban roll with shrimp tempura, crab salad, and eel. For those interested in sashimi or a truly authentic dish, look no further than the Chirashi rice bowl. For $15.00, this dish comes with 10 pieces of assorted sashimi over a bed of rice. What makes this rice bowl an amazing meal, beyond the price point, is the quality of rice served. One of the key indicators of a great sushi restaurant is the quality and texture of the rice. This dish truly took me back to Tokyo, Japan and was on par with many sushi samplings I enjoyed overseas. If you are a fan of sushi or any kind of Asian cuisine, definitely visit Yamazaru for a wonderful meal and experience. They are open for dinner starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Last weekend I visited the Super G Mart on Independence Blvd. in Charlotte, NC. It was my first time going to the international food store after a friend told me about all of the great products they carried. According to their website, Super G Mart is the largest international grocery store in North Carolina. They also have another location in Greensboro, NC.
Walking into Super G Mart, I was amazed by the great looking produce section. All of the staple items you would find at a regular grocery store were present along with additional special produce that caters to their customer base. A nearby aisle carries the only alcoholic beverages in the store along with carbonated beverages. There was a selection of assorted Ramune flavors that I quickly threw into my cart along with a bottle of sake. Along the back of the store is an impressive assortment of fresh meats and seafood. They carry the normal cuts of beef, chicken, and pork you would expect. However, they carry additional items that not commonly found such as pork hearts. The seafood area had frozen items along with fresh whole fish, filleted fish, and shellfish. It looked like a popular section of the store as the fish counter was always busy during my visit. In front of the seafood area are a few rows of freezers carrying common frozen items and some specifically tailored for certain customers. My favorite aisle in the store was a short distance away from the freezer section.
The main snack aisle was incredibly overwhelming with an amazing assortment of interesting and delicious products. They have plenty of options including those with a sweet tooth. I grabbed a couple flavored crackers and chips as I made my way to the Pocky and Kit-Kat section. I was not disappointed by the selection of Pocky and related items. They carry a few varieties of the popular flavored Kit-Kat bars as well. I went a little overboard on the snacks, but they all looked delicious.
One of the unique products sold at Super G Mart is the Japanese style toilet with all of the bells and whistles. The price of them was extremely high compared to a standard toilet, but who does not want a heated toilet seat? I will have to save some pennies for a future toilet upgrade.
Near the toilet section was a whole aisle full of ramen! It was quite overwhelming looking at the many noodle bowl options. There was ramen as far as the eye could see. As you walk to the right of the ramen aisle, you will also find multiple restaurants inside the store. I did not have time to try any of the food options, but plenty of customers were waiting to order lunch. My first experience at Super G Mart was very enjoyable and I plan to visit again soon.