Global Restaurant's Chef Bernard grew up along the sun-soaked shores of the southern French village of Nice, where his grandfather was a pastry chef and his father owned a fish shop. This rich familial and Francophilic culinary heritage inspired him to take chef apprenticeships in Paris, the United Kingdom, Russia, and upon globe-roving cruise ships. His travels infused an eclectic edge into his cooking, which still incorporates traditional meals, fusion concepts,
and a French spirit. His journeys also yielded him more than recipes — during one of his cruises, he met his wife, Shannon, whose experience with the front end of the food-and-beverage industry led the pair to open their own restaurant in Charlotte.
Inside the duo's creation, Global Restaurant, electric blues and oranges brighten the space, and crisp tablecloths lay a canvas for dishes with inventive flavors and artistic presentations. Chef Bernard's specialties include cauliflower-goat-cheese sauce, boldly splashed across a seared sea bass, and date chutney and caramelized apples that dance across an all-natural duck.
The menu, which is in many ways a travelogue of Bernard and Shannon's journeys, has snagged the attention of the Charlotte Observer and of WCNC's Charlotte Today, which invited Bernard on air for a live cooking demo, where he seared some of his famous diver scallops atop the weatherman's greenscreen.
Whether you need help waking up in the morning or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the coffee at Third Place Coffeehouse will do the trick.
The menu also includes a number of vegan items.
Third Place Coffeehouse is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Third Place Coffeehouse diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Big parties won't feel squeezed in at Third Place Coffeehouse, which offers great seating for large groups.
Getting online is easy with Third Place Coffeehouse free and convenient wifi.
Bring your favorite furball along to Third Place Coffeehouse — it has a dog-friendly policy and keeps its doors open to pooches.
Third Place Coffeehouse can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Third Place Coffeehouse for next to nothing.
Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
Selim Oztalay had been having sweet dreams of opening his own Italian gelato shop for many years. Growing up in Germany allowed him to not only be exposed to a variety of cultures, but also a variety of artisan gelato flavors that he missed when he moved to the United States. Hoping to expose American tongues to fine Italian flavors, he opened Gnam Gnam Gelato & Bistro. Named after the Italian saying for "delicious," Gnam Gnam makes visitors say just that with a rotating selection of more than 80 inventive gelato flavors made fresh and onsite daily. Servers heap scoops of the bistro’s namesake treat disguised as eggnog, tiramisu, and Nutella, and the spaghetti gelato reimagines its savory counterpart with vanilla gelato, strawberry syrup, white-chocolate shavings, and a longing for the old country. Those with larger hankerings can be sated with entrees from the full menu which features made-to-order artisan paninis, fresh salads, and combo meals.
Though high-school teacher Jason Knight had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and dreamed of opening a cookie and ice cream parlor, he also didn’t know “anything about making ice cream,” as he once explained to the Winston-Salem Journal. Intrigued by his friend’s dream and eager to support him on this endeavor, Edgar Everett—a chiropractor by trade—joined forces with his college pal, and the two immersed themselves in all things sweet, from ice-cream-making seminars to baking classes; thus Cookies + Cream was born, sating sweet cravings with batches of freshly baked cookies and housemade ice cream.
In the years since handing a freshly minted waffle cone to his first customer, Jason has spent countless hours perfecting the recipes for 45 different flavors of ice cream, including inventive options such as banana macadamia chip, cinnamon stick, and caramel latte. Warm, fragrant clouds of baked cookies and brownies escape the kitchen and flood the shop, and milkshakes and sundaes cool down mouths overheated from fielding crank phone calls from auctioneers. Guests can get their treats to go or snuggle into the seating area as they sip their coffees and plug into the shop’s free WiFi. Jason and Edgar also host fundraising events on a regular basis. For example, Doggy Day is a benefit for Stepping Stones Canine Rescue replete with doggy ice cream, face painting, and pet caricature drawings for pups able to laugh at the size of their snouts.
Relax and savor Serena Restaurant and Bar's casual ambiance and classic American cuisine.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Serena Restaurant and Bar has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Families will feel right at home at Serena Restaurant and Bar with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Serena Restaurant and Bar offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Serena Restaurant and Bar's complimentary wifi.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Feel free to bring your lil' tail-wagger with you — this restaurant is a pet-friendly place.
Dress is typically casual at Serena Restaurant and Bar, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Throwing a big party? Count on Serena Restaurant and Bar to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Serena Restaurant and Bar running under $30 per person.
Serena Restaurant and Bar accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Serena Restaurant and Bar, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
At Steve's Sweet Treats Bakery, husband and wife team Steve and Joy Morris pass their days together baking a menu of made-from-scratch treats in a homey caf? setting. Between bites of fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, or house-made snicker doodles, visitors can sip gourmet coffee and surf free WiFi as they bask in the shop?s comforting aesthetic, which pairs framed artwork and nostalgic knickknacks with mismatched antique furniture. Saturday mornings invite locals to linger longer over breakfast, and special orders allow customers to take a piece of the bakery home with them.
Custom cakes, cheesecakes infused with fruit or sandwich-style cookies, and cake pops that can be fashioned into edible cartoon characters are just a few of the shop?s sweet specialties, which may also be delivered locally to a home, office, or group of resourceful kindergarteners with convincing baritones.