When apples need to soak up sun, they roll out of their burrows and hire robins to hang them in treetops. Infiltrate an apple's sunny retreat with today's Groupon: $20 for $40 worth of casual, kid-friendly cuisine at The Orchards Restaurant. Tucked inside the downtown Doubletree Hotel Charlotte-Gateway Village, the laid-back eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
The Orchards' menu includes a smattering of comfort food and classic fare. Quell stomach rumbles with an order of grilled-chicken quesadillas ($9) served with black-bean salsa, cheese, and lettuce. Lunch options include a classic Cobb salad ($11), a roasted-veggie and fresh-buffalo-mozzarella panini melt ($9), and a Philly cheese-steak panini ($9). For dinner, The Orchards expands with an entree selection. Pasta dishes, including southwestern chicken and pasta primavera (both $18), appeal to carbophiles. Sea-meat seekers can stick with pan-seared crab cakes bedded atop spinach ($18) or grilled Atlantic salmon sided with garlic-herb aoli ($20).
Dark-wood crown molding, white-clothed tables, and an airy, open space lend a friendly feel to The Orchards' nonchalant noshing ground. Accommodating hours (6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily) allow plenty of redemption opportunities and don't discriminate against obscurely timed hunger pains. A pleasant, punctual waitstaff is poised in attending to families, small groups, or apiarists disguised as girl-scout troops.
The Orchards Restaurant
Situated within the elegant DoubleTree Hotel, The Orchards Restaurant serves upscale American dishes to world travelers and Charlotte locals alike. Service kicks off in the early hours of the morning, when chefs begin whipping up three-egg omelets, belgian waffles, and country-fried steaks. As the day progresses, the chefs turn their attention to juicy burgers, crispy sandwiches, and fresh seafood specialties.
895 W Trade St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202Get Directions