Sprouts Cafe specially crafts its earth-borne eats from organic and locally grown noshables, serving up a smorgasbord of sandwiches, smoothies, pizzas, and salads. Exercise a slurping muscle by grabbing a blended beverage, such as the Funky Monkey smoothie, a frosty blend of banana and nut butters ($5), or the Zack Attack, with strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and a protein-packing punch of hemp ($5). Diners not opposed to chewing may opt for a sit-down sampler platter, replete with hummus, toasted pita, veggies, olives, and feta ($6.50), or share slices of the Cowboy pizza, lassoing tongues around a wheat pita topped with turkey bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce, and wild bell peppers that have been humanely tamed ($6.50). The mediterranean vegetable wrap ($5.99), veggie burger ($6.50), and homemade pimento cheese ($6.50) give leaf-eaters a fair fare choice, while the clucking ultimate chicken salad ($6.75), and roast beef and swiss melt ($6.75) can satisfy the carnivorous cravings of any inner pitcher plant.
The interior of The Nut House eschews padded walls in favor of countless transparent bins showing off vibrant dried mango slices ($4.59 per pound), glistening chocolate-covered raisins, and more. Take home any item by its lonesome or pick up a gift basket perfect for any birthday or traffic-court appeal, featuring festive seasonal candies. Select from a plentiful bounty of nutrient-rich nuts such as hearty whole cashews ($8.59 per pound) or crisp almonds ($6.99 per pound). Full of "the good fat" and loaded with energizing protein, nuts are a heart-healthy way to muffle grumbling stomachs in between meals and enhance any salad or bowl of oatmeal with a piquant flavor enhancer that'll help you stay satisfied longer. Other options include My Color M&Ms—sorted into single colors ($11.99 per pound)—to coordinate with the palette of weddings, holidays, and sports teams.
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.
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.
Buying from local farms can reduce one’s environmental impact and make it easier to keep track of how food is produced. The meats at What’s Your Beef Butcher come from a farm in Union County, North Carolina, and are raised without hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. The butchers there age free-range beef for up to 21 days, letting it become tender and ideal for serving at steak dinners or bribing a judge who has dentures. The shop’s lambs feed on grass and unprocessed grain rather than the chemical-rich feed blends used by large commercial farmers. Bison serves as a high-protein, low-fat substitute for beef, and wild game, including cornish hens, duck, and rabbit, calls out to adventurous chefs from refrigerated cases.