Jazzy Cheesecakes’ oven masters whip up their creative desserts for birthday parties, corporate proms, and everyday sweet-tooth cravings taking place all over Charlotte. Their menu of creamy cakes includes spins on favorite flavors such as red velvet and Reese’s, as well as seasonal choices such as pumpkin, sweet potato, and wrapping paper. Their eponymous cheesecakes also come in cupcake form, along with chewy brownies, specialty cakes, and pies.
While its menu is a nostalgic throwback to simpler times, American Roadside’s physical locations are a nod to a sustainable American future. They boast ecologically amenable fixtures such as reclaimed barn siding on walls and chairs made from recycled materials. The kitchen team, however, flame-grills each premium beef burger anew, before piling them with a variety of toppings, such as housemade chili, pepper jack cheese, and bacon. Sandwiches pack everything from Carolina-style barbecued pork to grilled chicken, while all-white-meat chicken tenders present a breadless option and Roadside wings tossed in barbecue, Mild Fire, chipotle, or Blazin’ Hot sauce present a flammable option. Fries, onions rings, and mac 'n' cheese accompany meals, which can be washed down with one of the eatery's handmade milkshakes. Beer and wine also make an appearance on the menu.
When Rich LaVecchia first started the American Roadside franchise in North Carolina, he appointed his 8- and 13-year-old children as chief taste-testers. Today, he pays them—and kids across the country—back by donating a portion of all burger sales to American Roadside charities, such as Classroom Central and the Autism Foundaton of the Carolinas.
Georges Brasserie’s executive chef Andrew Dodd conjures hearty platters of French-influenced fare infused with upscale flair. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. noshers can choose from the full-service lunch menu with its classics such as the croque-madame ($9) and trout served with almonds, roasted potatoes, haricot verts, and brown butter sauce ($13). Fromage and charcuterie platters ($11–$14) dazzle taste buds with local cheeses and a rotating daily selection of house-made charcuterie. Patrons can also go with something from the lighter and quicker bistro menu, such as white wine mussels and frites ($9), soup and salad ($7), or Georges Philly ($9), in which sliced new york strip steak mingles with sautéed peppers in a three-cheese mornay sauce for a French take on the Philadelphia classic.
With today's Groupon, $57 gets you six healthy, pre-assembled meals (each serving two to three people, a $99 value) plus two sides (a $15 value) to cook at home from The Dinner A’Fare, a $114 total value. Cheaper than any meal you can assemble from store-bought ingredients, and all without the spice-aisle mulling, chopped-onion sobbing, burnt-rice scrubbing, and mixing-spoon bleaching that comes part and parcel with the normal kitchen skullduggery.
Terrace Café is a locally owned eatery and drinkery that recently extended its breakfast and lunchtime services to include the hours and delights of dinner. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offer creative variety, featuring fresh ingredients, healthy recipes (items marked with a "Y" denote a YMCA nutritionist's approval), and enjoyable menu items for both kids and adults trapped in children's bodies due to a worldview-expanding body-swap plotline.
Patrons who pass beneath Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro's bold red awning seemingly zoom across the Atlantic into a Parisian bistro hung with French artwork and vintage photographs. Platters of mussels arrived drenched in white wine and butter, and pommes frites proudly share the spotlight with steak and french green beans. In the kitchen, chefs sizzle crêpes to a golden brown for breakfast, or fill them with savory lobster and crab for lunch and dinner. Patrons can dine alfresco on an outdoor patio or linger inside the eatery's canary-hued walls, where satisfied customers gather around a piano to sing odes to their favorite French pastry chefs.