From its humble origins as a small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor operating out of a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, Ben and Jerry's now delights taste buds in locations across the U.S. and 25 countries. Their brand easily attracted customers??homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, high quality ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Feeding the discerning palates of the local community for more than 25 years, Great Wall of China South earns its longtime success with a sweet and savory smorgasbord of meat and vegetarian dishes. Inside the eatery, grandiose fish tanks and candles emit a soft glow on tables, from which plated Chinese fare wafts its spiced decadence and helps customers make decisions from the extensive menu offerings. Culling tastes from land and sea, chefs top pepper steak with onions, dunk chicken in sauces such as teriyaki, and marry dishes of shrimp and broccoli under the watch of their proud parents. Lavish Sunday lunch buffets line up the eatery's popular dishes in a sampling of eats that give guests ideas for what to order on their next visit.
Dive into the flavor ocean with LaVecchia's extensive menu. Surf-and-turf appetizer options include the tips and grits (grilled tenderloin with gorgonzola, caramelized onion, and red-wine shallot gravy, $8) with a half-dozen fresh blue point oysters ($12). Then set your sails for the house specialties, such as a Carolina Crabcake dinner (two cakes with seasonal vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes, $26), the stuffed jumbo shrimp, loaded with lump crab and boursin cheese, along with vegetables and buttermilk whipped potatoes, bacon, tomato, basil, and lobster beurre blanc ($24), or the USDA-prime 20-ounce bone-in ribeye, seared to marbley perfection and served on a bed of pure joy ($37).
The Taste of Charlotte unrolls a five-block red carpet of family-friendly merriment, presenting culinary celebrations from area restaurants, live music, and myriad entertainment options. Use the coins to score smoky samples from 2010 Best of the Taste winner Outlaw BBQ Shack or a decadent delight from Divine Pies Bakery (restaurant samples range from one to three coins). Take shelter from stampeding herds of street performers at the Tavern, in which hardworking taste buds can treat themselves to soothing sips of New Belgium beers and Twisted wines, including pinot grigio and moscato (beverages range from two to four coins).
Bakery on site! Dogs welcome. All natural, fresh baked treats. Great toy selection. Collars and leashes. Natural grooming products. Do-it-yourself dog wash! Made in the USA and eco-friendly products. Raw, canned and kibble canine diets. Holistic supplements. Natural bones and chews. Diners and bowls. Crates and beds.
• For $44, you get two upper-balcony (balcony rows LL–WW) tickets (a $68 value before fees, or up to an $86.30 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $60, you get two lower-balcony (mezzanine rows AA–KK) tickets (a $97 value before fees, or up to a $116.20 value online, including all ticketing fees).