Food & Drink in Charlotte

Up to 50% Off Improv at Charlotte Comedy Theater

Wet Willie's

$20 $10

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Interactive, R-rated performances featuring both long- and short-form improv

44% Off at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers

Charlotte

$16 $9

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Eatery serves homemade chili on top of 100% grass-fed Angus patties, hot dogs, and cheese fries

$30 for Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger

Uptown

$40 $30

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Japanese steakhouse with classic hibachi entrees, like filet mignon, and specialty sushi, with ingredients such as BBQ eel

55% Off Barbecue-Sauce Sampler at Chicken Magnificent

Back Creek Church Road

$42 $19

Sauces include a signature chicken marinade, a sweet-and-spicy sauce for veggies, and a blend of wheat, corn, and spices for breading

45% Off Italian Cuisine at Open Kitchen

Wesley Heights

$30 $16.50

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Chefs craft Italian dishes such as italian sausage steak, eggplant parmigiana, and chicken barcelona

Up to 50% Off at Local Loaf Bakery & Restaurant

Uptown

$46 $23

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Enjoy sandwiches made with homemade, artisanal breads; or mix together cookies and seven-layer bars in a sweets platter

50% Off at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

University

$10 $5

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Traditional roasted pork served with tortillas, sour cream, and guacamole; beef simmered in tomato and pepper sauce; tacos and tostadas

50% Off American Food at Bad Dog American Pub

Charlotte

$14 $7

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Burgers made from prime angus beef pair with all-natural buttermilk chicken bites and salads

55% Off at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

Plaza Central

$40 $20

Using spongy injera, diners scoop up mouthfuls of spicy slow-cooked lamb or chickpeas with curry and onions; hookahs offer flavored smoke

47%Half Off at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

Intermezzo Cafe & Pizzeria

$30 $16

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Authentic Serbian entrees of eggplant musaka served alongside hand-tossed pizzas topped with wood-grilled mushrooms or housemade mozzarella

Up to 56% Off Cupcakes and Pie

Uptown

$21 $11

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Bakery maestros whip up daily selection of fresh, made-from-scratch cupcakes, as well as homemade pie available by pre-order

Up to 50% Off Salads and Wraps at Crunch Bistro

Southpark Mall

$10 $6

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Healthy options include signature salads, wraps, and flatbreads, or build-your-own salad or wrap from more than 50 ingredients

50% Off Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South

McAlpine

$16 $8

Chinese restaurant with classics such as egg rolls, sesame beef, chicken fried rice, and shrimp lo mein

50% Off at Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill

Elizabeth

$30 $15

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Pub cuisine includes American classics and Irish mainstays such as burgers, shepherd's pie, and fish ‘n’ chips

50% Off at CC's Sweet Potato Pies

Charlotte

$30 $15

Baker with 25 years of experience has perfected recipes for sweet potato and apple pies

45% Off at The Pub at Gateway

Fourth Ward

$20 $11

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Comforting pub food such as wings and gourmet sandwiches served until 1:30 a.m. every night amid live DJs and poker

Up to 45% Off at City Deli & Bagel Company

Elizabeth

$10 $5.50

In addition to fresh bagels sold to go or by the dozen, this restaurant serves a variety of soups and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch

50% Off Deli Fare at Comet Grill

Dilworth

$15 $7.50

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Chefs serve up classic grill fare like burgers, sandwiches, and salads

50%f Off Locally Sourced Dinner at Pure Pizza

7th Street Market

$20 $10

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Farm-to-fork pizzeria tops its sprouted wheat dough with local veggies, smoked salmon, and pulled pork from inside 7th Street Public Market

50% Off Café Cuisine or Catering at Bella Fresco Cafe

Charlotte

$40 $20

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Signature salads, shawarma, paninis, pita sandwiches, and pizzas; gelato and sorbetto in flavors such as mint chip and peach

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Charlotte SMS Atrium

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

Up to 56% Off at Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar

Piper Glen

$40 $20

Rich Italian dishes such as flounder topped with lobster, shrimp, and crab in a creamy cognac sauce and veal in lemon butter rosemary sauce

$10 for American Food at Eastfield Bar & Grill

Highland Creek

$20 $10

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Entrees such as the Three Alarm burger—an Angus beef patty topped with jalapeño-smoked bacon, habanero hot sauce, and spicy relish

Half Off Baked Goods and Desserts

Charlotte

$10 $5

Freshly baked goods such as sweet breads, tarts, and cheesecakes, plus custom cakes for birthdays and other events

Up to 53% Off Cafe Food at Nona's Sweets

Shops at Worthington

$25.80 $12

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Award-winning cafe serves chipotle chicken paninis, hearty soups, and breakfast dishes such as strudel french toast

51% Off Wine-Tasting Dinner at Bubble Charlotte

EpiCentre

$200 $99

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As diners nibble through dinner, each of the four courses is paired with wine samples

47% Off at Riccio's Italian Restaurant

Touchstone Village

$30 $16

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50-year-old neighborhood favorite serves veal piccata, linguine carbonara, pizza with housemade sauces, fresh veal, and sweet cannoli

50% Off at Carnitas Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$15 $7.50

Authentic Mexican cuisine such as pork carnitas, roasted chicken, enchiladas, and flautas served in a restaurant with a full bar

Up to 42% Off at Pie Five Pizza Company

Matthews

$19.99 $12

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Pizza professionals create made-to-order pizzas with toppings like bacon, black olives, cheddar cheese & more; cooks in five minutes or less

50% Off at Tacos & Tequila Cantina Grill

Matthews

$30 $16

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Upscale south-of-the-border cuisine and beverages, including extravagant seafood dishes, burritos, tacos, and top-shelf tequila

$7 Off Japanese Food at Sake Express

San Carlos

$20 $13

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Sushi plus classic Japanese hibachi options, including chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

Up to Half Off at Center Street Tavern & Restaurant

Historic Downtown Cramerton

$20 $11

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Fried pickles and green beans, North Carolina barbecue, shrimp and grits, and other recipes inspired by the American South

Half Off at Catawba Ave BBQ & Grill

Belmont

$20 $10

Menu features an abundance of smoked barbecue meats, burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, and specialty sandwiches

50% Off North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival Ticket

Huntersville

$44 $22

Music by Greensky Bluegrass, Sol Driven Train, and Big Daddy Love fills the night as guests scoop up tasty eats and drink craft beers

50% Off Tapas at Cloud 9 Martini & Tapas Bar

Fort Mill

$30 $15

Tablemates share tequila-lime-shrimp tacos or steak bites with horseradish sauce at a blue-lit bar or amid lounge seating

50% Off at Prosciutto's Pizzeria & Pub

Cornelius

$30 $15

Pastas & white & red pizzas with fresh sauces served in sports-friendly bar with kids section complete with video games

Up to 53% Off at BW Sweets Bakery

Cornelius

$17.10 $9

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Made-from-scratch pastries, cupcakes in flavors such as pink champagne and sweet-potato pie, and custom cakes with imaginative designs

50% Off at Sushi @ the Lake

Cornelius

$40 $20

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While noshing on specialty maki rolls or hibachi dinners, patrons watch sports on one of seven TVs or sit at a sushi bar to observe chefs

The HoneyBaked Ham Company — 50% Off Deli Meals

Concord

$15.56 $7.75

Sandwiches stacked with HoneyBaked ham, smoked turkey, roast beef, homestyle chicken salad, fresh vegetables on bakery fresh breads

Half Off Asian Cuisine at Chef Thai and Sushi Bar

Concord

$25 $12.50

Fresh sushi and Thai specialties such as drunken noodles and coconut curry with duck

Italian Food at Romano's Pizza (50% Off)

Concord

$12 $6

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Family-owned restaurant makes Sicilian and New York style pizzas from homemade dough as well as Italian specialties such as shrimp scampi

50% Off Thai Cuisine at Thai House

Gastonia

$24 $12

Handmade teakwood accents adorn the walls of a Thai eatery where the owners cook curries, noodles, and rice reminiscent of their native land

35% Off Japanese Food at Sake Express

Gastonia

$20 $13

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Classic Japanese sushi rolls and hibachi fare with chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

45% Off Beverages and More

Sharonwood

$20 $11

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 60% Off Morgan Ridge Vineyards Tour

Morgan

$40 $18

Winemakers Tommy and Amie Baudoin welcome guests to newly built winery with views of charming vineyards and tasty cheese plates.

Up to 50% Off American Food at Derby Casual Restaurant & Bar

Monroe

$10 $5.50

Diners can enjoy meals made of comforting and familiar foods such as pulled barbecue pork, hearty sandwiches, and housemade soups

Up to 52% Off Tour Package at Treehouse Vineyards

Monroe

$24 $12

Guides lead tour of winery’s inner workings and ply guests with two glasses of wine made from local grapes; souvenir glasses to take home

Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting and Cheese Plate

Monroe

$32 $15

Guests can choose 8 wines to sample from a selection of 24 wines

Up to 49% Off at Southern Medley Wine Cellar

Uptown Wadesboro

$27.50 $14

Choose from seven wines produced and bottled onsite; packages include tastings, bottle of wine, and appetizers or desserts

Half Off Tapas at Olive Martini Bar

Mooresville

$24 $12

Small, shareable plates served at a martini bar that offers more than 20 types of specialty cocktails; live DJ's every weekend

Up to 51% Off at Turn 4 Pizza

Mooresville

$28.48 $14

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Hand-tossed pizzas decked in toppings such as barbecue sauce, chicken, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar, and onions

Half Off Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at TK Sushi

Mooresville

$20 $10

Friendly staff serves sushi and other Japanese cuisine including hibachi steak entrees and spicy shrimp

40% Off Italian Food at Italy Cafe

Mooresville

$20 $12

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Chefs treat guests to rich, flavorful Italian cuisine, from toasty paninis and subs, to bubbling pizzas and sauce-laden pastas

45% Off at Tap’s Pourhouse and Eatery

Mooresville Town Square

$20 $11

Hearty menu that includes hickory-smoked wings, blue cheese burgers, and beer chili nachos

Half Off at Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse

Mooresville

$40 $20

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Hibachi steaks, tokyo shrimp kabobs, and sushi rolls fashioned from fresh seafood and vegetables

Up to 53% Off European Dinner at Willow Creek Inn

Vale

$170 $85

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Organic-greens salads and champagne sorbet prime appetites for chicken or beef bourguignon and glasses of wine, followed by cherries jubilee

50% Off Wine Tasting at Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

$32 $16

Each session includes one glass of wine per person, one take-home wine glass per person, and a sampling of handcrafted local cheese

Up to 55% Off Cuban Dinner at Mambo Grill & Tapas

Salisbury

$60 $28

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Pork, fish, and steak flaunt tropical spices inside a Cuban restaurant, where flavorful plantains are featured as both starters and entrees

Up to 50% Sushi at Katana Japanese Fusion

Salisbury

$38 $19

Sushi chefs build traditional and specialty rolls using fresh ingredients; combo plates include paired proteins

Half Off Hibachi or Sushi at Kimono Japanese Restaurant

Salisbury

$20 $10

Chefs create specialty sushi rolls and hibachi meals of seafood or chicken paired with veggies and rice

Up to 48% Off at Honey Baked Ham & Cafe

Multiple Locations

$8.97 $5

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, served on sandwiches with cookies and beverages

45% Off Small Plates at MGLounge

Salisbury

$20 $11

Menu rotates every few weeks, and might include options such as mahi fish tacos or salted caramel ice cream with bourbon bacon topping

Up to 51% Off Wine Tasting

Endy

$28.50 $14

Guests enjoy a complimentary tasting with six wines in souvenir glasses, two glasses of wine and a take home bottle of wine

Half Off at Stony Mountain Vineyards

East Albemarle

$32 $16

Follow one of the vineyard’s owners around the winery and sample wines

50% Off at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Statesville

$10 $5

18 weekly-rotating frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as new york cheesecake, sweet coconut, and georgia peach

50% Off Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Statesville, NC

Statesville

$10 $5

18 frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as new york cheesecake, sweet coconut, and georgia peach

Up to 75% Off at Kyjo's Japanese, Thai and Sushi Bar

Troutman

$23 $13

Chicken and steak sizzle on hibachis as chefs roll sushi and mix multicolored curries with meat and bamboo strips

Up to 50% Off Pizza and Sandwiches at Revolution Ale House

Hickory

$20 $11

Pizzas and sandwiches crafted from locally-sourced ingredients at ale house with more than 24 beers on tap

$10 for $20  Worth of Premium Olive-Oils and Vinegars

Spartanburg

$20 $10

Guests get a taste for a range of unique olive oils and balsamic vinegars in specialty shop that also stocks jams and toffee

40% Off Groceries at European Market

Spartanburg

$20 $12

Meats, snacks, baked goods, and other products imported from 25 countries, including Germany, England, Poland, Greece, and Russia

Jenny Craig – Up to 49% Off Membership

Multiple Locations

$195 $99

A week of well-balanced meals helps members establish healthy habits, and weekly one-on-one meetings keep them on track

Mellow Mushroom Spartanburg – Up to 54% Off Pizza and Hoagies

Spartanburg

$20 $12

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Made from dough with natural spring water, pizzas and calzones emerge from stone hearths

47% Off at Old Richmond Grill

Old Richmond

$15 $8

Barbecue ribs, cheese burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken sandwiches and lunch specials available daily

Up to 52% Off Steak-House Food at Bistro 135

High Point

$39.90 $19

Locals and hotel guests alike can enjoy 12-oz. new york strips, grilled Atlantic salmon, or grilled portobello sandwiches

Up to Half Off Comfort Food at Golden B Restaurant

High Point

$48 $24

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Cozy eatery serves up American food with Italian, Greek, and French influences

45% Off Italian Food at Marozzi's Pizzeria

High Point

$20 $11

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Hand-tossed, freshly made dough forms the foundation of New York–style and Sicilian-style pizzas in an eatery with a varied Italian menu

36% Off Mexican Cuisine at La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano

Multiple Locations

$20 $12.75

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Family-owned eatery voted Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row by Times-News readers serves up freshly prepared Mexican cuisine

53% Off Mexican Food and Drinks at San Luis III

High Point

$15 $7

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Chefs whip up plentiful Mexican favorites, including chalupas, enchiladas, chiles poblanos, and 10 fajita varieties

Up to 55% Off Tea at Hampton's at J.H. Adams Inn

High Point

$31 $15

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Elegant interior of Italian Renaissance–style mansion serves as backdrop for afternoon tea with light snacks

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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.

3520 Toringdon Way
Charlotte,
NC
US

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic at Jake’s Good Eats. For starters, the cozy eatery is housed in a converted 1930s gas station, and—with vintage Coca-Cola and motor-oil signs scattered across its whitewashed walls—it's decorated to match. But the nostalgia doesn’t hit full force until the first bite of Jake and Gordon Stegall's homestyle Southern food. Bone-in, maple-glazed pork chops dotted with candied apples, free-range barbecue chicken, and blackened grouper smothered in the house's original crawfish sauce are just a few menu highlights that have made Jake's worthy of a feature on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and a place on Guy Fieri's speed dial. And that’s just the Stegall brothers’ take on what they call “more refined country cooking.” They also assemble oyster po’ boys, pit-smoked barbecue sandwiches, and even hot dogs—in homage to their days as car-show vendors—topped with chili and slaw.

Best of all, from the brown sugar to the blackening rubs, the brothers make practically everything from scratch. And what they can't handle, their Mama Jean can; according to Creative Loafing Charlotte, she bakes all the biscuits and desserts, including banana pudding and chocolate-peanut-butter pies that “are everything to make your mouth happy.”

12721 Albemarle Rd
Charlotte,
NC
US

The textile warehouse had seen many uses since it was built in 1925, but it had been empty when Susie Peck and her friends moved in. They saw its hardwood floors, exposed brick, and massive timber ceiling beams as warm and rustic—the ideal setting for the new Pewter Rose Bistro. Named for a small, pewter tin the original Pewter Rose Bistro owner purchased on her worldly travels, the now collectively owned restaurant posits a distinctively American take on casual European fare, which the agile hands of head chef Cory Zupon bring to fruition at every service.

The kitchen blends southern-style comfort fare with Mediterranean dishes and other ethnic cuisines, with many dishes assembled from local produce and fresh seafood into risottos and finely cooked filets. Dishes pair with more than 170 wines, each handpicked to join the eatery's focused collection, which features California and European varietals. At weekend brunch, more than 25 à la carte offerings rise from foundations of egg, toast, and produce, which also evoke the eatery's signature creative touches. On some evenings, aromatic tendrils rise from tables to mingle with strains of live music from the laid-back Pewter Lounge bar area, where guests relax on padded couches or chairs to listen to acoustic strains and jazz on Wednesday and Thursday.

1820 South Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.

Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.

210 E Trade St
Charlotte,
NC
US

There’s nothing more quintessentially Irish than Guinness beer, a fact not lost on the chefs at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub. Led by Deacon Ovall, recently featured on Fox Charlotte's Chef Spotlight, the kitchen staff pairs house-cured corned beef and cabbage with Guinness au jus, smothers flank-steak shepherd's pie with Guinness gravy, and batters fried cod fillets in Guinness batter. But the menu is nothing if not multifaceted, with offerings ranging from traditional Irish eats and hearty half-pound Black Angus burgers to nearly a dozen freshly tossed salads.

Diners can pair their upscale pub eats with a hearty selection of pours. Four of the eight draft beers on tap hail from Ireland itself, and the servers also mix up "Lucktinis," including the Spiced Leprechaun made with Bacardi Oakheart, sour-apple Schnapps, and pineapple juice. Big-screen TVs dazzle eyes as flights of Irish whiskey tantalize tongues. Every Wednesday at 9 p.m., rounds of trivia keep brains from forgetting little-known factoids, such as the name of George Washington’s least-favorite fruit.

201 E 5th St
Charlotte,
NC
US

According to Villa Antonio's chef, there are only two secret ingredients in romantic fine dining: abundance and flavor. The menu strikes a careful balance between the two, from the New Zealand lamb chops crowned with melted gorgonzola to the mandarin-orange pesto in the grilled diver scallops to the dessert trolley's pilings of cannoli, tiramisu, and italian cheesecake.

That abundance extends to the spirit of the staff—who upholds the restaurant's motto, "Where you are never a stranger twice"—as well as the decor. At the Ballantyne location, a stone rotunda fitted with hand-blown glass looms over the dining area, while a fountain casts shimmers of colored light across the outdoor patio. At the South Boulevard location, eyes are drawn to the bar area via the black-and-gold flower pattern that dominates the floor. Additional audio-visual flavor can be found on Friday and Saturday nights, when live music helps conjure a romantic atmosphere, much like the sound of Barry White cackling like a witch.

4707 South Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US