Cured meats line the wall of Beef Jerky Outlet, a Concord shop that hosts a varied kingdom of beef jerkies, deep-fried peanuts, jerky seasonings and cures, and more. Meat suitors can freely enlist the courtship of the cherry-maple turkey jerky ($6.99/4 oz.), honey-barbecue beef jerky ($6.99/4 oz.), or teriyaki jerky ($6.99/4 oz.). Or spicy up a meal or daily vitamin intake with Carolina Blues hot sauce ($6.49, mild or hot), Dave's Insanity Sauce ($7.95), or Satan's Blood ($19.99). Beef Jerky Outlet also supplies at-home flavor mavens with seasoning and cures, such as the barbecue-bourbon jerky cure ($6.99).
Since its maiden curing of 1947, the Phillips Brothers Country Hams family has been transmogrifying plain old pork into the Southern country-style hams that earned them the National Country Ham Association’s 2004 smoked-ham grand-championship trophy. The magic begins as each lucky leg marches through two pampering cycles of cure-mix massage and relaxation in chilled oak bins for 40–45 days. After a quick dip to remove excess salt, heroic hocks bask in dry heat for at least 25 days before their debut. Customers exercise culinary imaginations with a whole country ham ($49.95) or staple packages of Phillips wafer-thin slices ($8.99/lb.) together to construct an edible self-portrait. The Midnight Snack pack, a down-home treasure chest of biscuit-cut country ham, baking mix, syrup or jelly, and grits, begs to be assembled into a late-night buffet ($37.95). Accent savory tastes using condiments including Saluda honey on the comb ($24) and locally made jellies ($5), with varieties such as garlic pepper and raspberry brandy complementing each ham's flavor, coloring, and collection of novelty shotglasses.
The non-traditional bar food menu features a variety of apps, salads, sandwiches, and build-your-own burgers and quesadillas. Your Groupon can be used toward anything non-alcoholic on the menu, but does not include the chicken wings, as they are harvested from rare flying chickens and therefore cannot be legally discounted. Start with bacon and asparagus frites served with house avocado-ranch dressing ($6.50) or a cup of big, bad Corey's chili ($4.95). Lettuce lovers will go green with joy for salad selections including the toasted walnut and pear with blue cheese served with white-balsamic vinaigrette ($8.95). Build your own burger, starting with the basic hand-pattied burger ($6.50), and then add your choice of free toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles) and non-free toppings, like chili, fried egg, or blue-cheese crumbles ($0.25–$0.75). The custom build-a-dilla ($5.50) gets the same treatment with the extra bonus of adding additional meats ($1.25–$1.50).
Simply Divine Sweets owner Yaschica Sloan-Mills believes her purpose in life is to make others happy with her treats. A few years ago, she began doing just that while selling desserts to her family, friends, and coworkers. Soon, though, with the opening of her shop, it was more than just Yaschica's loved ones and acquaintances reaping the benefits of her devotion to decadence. At Simply Divine, Yaschica bakes every cupcake from scratch and presents batches in an artful, sophisticated manner. She also offers a wide range of gourmet flavors, from cherry vanilla to Kickin' key lime.
At Holistic Wellness Center of Charlotte, co-founders Dr. Arthur Cushing and Mr. Kristien M. Boyle work together to treat patients with research-based holistic and functional medicine. After watching his late first wife react adversely to multiple allergens, Dr. Cushing made it his life’s mission to root out allergy causes, developing the AllerCease technique in the process. This holistic method uses vibrations to bring the body’s frequency in harmony with the frequencies of different allergens, thus curing the body of the ailment. In addition to his allergy expertise, he also treats patients with services such as kinesiology, scar-tissue therapy, weight loss and detoxification, and trigger-point-release therapy. A licensed practitioner of oriental medicine and acupuncture, Mr. Boyle uses his vast medical knowledge to treat patients via blood work, saliva testing, acupressure, and Chinese and Western herbology.
Charlotte magazine isn't coy in its praise of Clean Catch Fish Market. "Simply stated, Clean Catch Fish Market is the fish market Charlotte has been waiting for," it raved when it awarded the market its 2012 Editors' Choice Award for Best Fish Market, citing the "quality and freshness." The market also came out on top in that year’s Voters' Choice Awards.
Living up to the accolades, staffers curate seasonal selections of the freshest fish possible, such as Alaskan cod or swordfish caught wild in state. Though they're continually searching for exciting, new seafood, they always offer a selection of sushi-grade fish, oysters, and shellfish. Clean Catch Fish Market dedicates itself to sustainable seafood, and the vast majority of catches are wild.
The market's chefs can give shoppers tips on how to cook their finds or give recipe suggestions, but they also whip up dishes of their own, such as shrimp gumbo, jumbo crab cakes, and complete fish-taco kits. Every day, staffers post links to the day's offerings on their Twitter page, and they allow customers to text in their orders to the shop rather than making them send their overworked carrier pigeons.