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).
Sisters and native Charlotteans Neha Negandhi and Monika Shah didn?t let respective stints in Seattle and Alaska keep them away from their hometown arts scene. Inspired by similar BYOB painting sessions seen during their travels, they harnessed their diverse experiences with event management and Alaskan train tours to open their own studio, where they encourage students of all artistic levels to tap into their inimitable creativity just as they did. Joined by an impressive cast of local artists, the sisters unfurl a calendar stocked with a barrage of painting options, allowing students to portray a sailboat with an impressionistic mast or a seahorse wearing a gilded saddle.
After traveling to cities outside of Charlotte, earth enthusiasts Fiona and Marley began envying the other towns' stockpiles of eco-friendly stores. Back home, they could always buy green products on the web, but since they had no opportunity to sample or even look at them before delivery, they were frequently disappointed with their purchases. They decided to take matters into their own hands in January 2011 by establishing ecolicious—a one-stop market for vegan and eco-friendly wares.
Each item at ecolicious bears a product tab with a review by staff members, who personally test the goods they shelve. Jewelry crafted by local artisans hangs near vintage clothing, raw snacks, and cleaning supplies made from humanely harvested soap bubbles. Within the store's bright blue walls, Community Supported Agriculture members can also pick up their seasonal shipments of local produce.
"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." Originally voiced by Dr. Ann Wigmore, this belief is now echoed by NoDa Produce MarketPlace in practice and on its Facebook wall. But it is this guiding principle of eating well to be well that inspires the local grocer to stock its shelves with local and organic fruits and vegetables. Visitors can meander carts through the store’s aisles to pick up yellow crookneck squash, dinosaur kale, and eggplant—to name just a few—for dinner recipes and imaginary friends who may have just gone vegan. Guests can also discover conventional produce and a selection of international items to fill out their diets and their cobweb-filled cupboards.
Each morning at City Deli & Bagel Company is like Christmas?if Santa filled stockings to the brim with piping hot stew, that is. In the restaurant's kitchen, chefs mix and cook soups that change daily, which may include cream of potato, minestrone, or beef vegetable. They also assemble different wraps and sandwiches, and accompany it all with a selection of fresh desserts, such as cakes and cannoli. Of course, one thing is always present on the day's menu: plenty of fresh bagels.
Whether getting drinks after work or going on an intimate date, visitors to Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar can expect a certain level of comfort and casual, low-key vibes. Bartenders shake and strain more than 30 martinis into awaiting glasses, serving drinks alongside a menu of small plates that are ideal for sharing or making others uncomfortable while you eat and they don't. In addition to the 25-foot-long granite-top bar and a handful of bistro-style tables, Sydney's is also home to clusters of chocolate leather sofas and easy chairs, where visitors can take their drinks and nibble bites at their leisure.