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Especially for Halloween, I offer five foods that diners often tell me they fear, and a few Charlotte places that might just get you over it.

Sycamore Brewing in Charlotte will have its grand opening 2-9 p.m. Nov. 1.

Where to find vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free restaurants in the Charlotte area.

The Summit Room aims high, with a menu from chef Brent Martin that’s imaginative, yet consistently identifiably Southern.

Persis Biryani Indian Grill, a franchise based in New Jersey, has two locations in Charlotte, one of which you should check out.

Two new spots, Eight Sushi Asian Kitchen in NC Music Factory complex and Bakersfield in Dilworth, zero in on what’s been missing – and what hasn’t been.

At last, a concept, a sandwich and an execution worth noting, culinarily speaking, from the Carolina Panthers:

End-of-summer travels turn up two restaurants to file away.

If you want to join in on Fire in the City, the Charlotte stop in the statewide Competition Dining event, you have to figure out which ticket will be the hottest one – and grab it quick.

Let’s peek in at the new Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and the new (but-not-brewery) Draught Charlotte.

Stagioni is, by design, a shifting concept, adapting to each season’s foodstuffs. It’s increasingly more daring – but also with hits and misses.

Late summer’s bounty is showing up in bright, creative dishes on Charlotte restaurant menus.

Let’s peek at two, long-awaited, that opened in the past week and a half: Earl’s Grocery and littleSpoon.

Just the sign “Mi Barrio Halal Latin Grill” promises a mix-up adventure. “Mi Barrio” means “my neighborhood” in Spanish. But “Latin Grill” is in English. And “Halal” – that’s the Arabic word for meat prepared according to Muslim rules of purity.

Midscale Mexican is nearly nonexistent in these parts, as is regional Mexican that embraces notes of Central and South American cooking. So Verde wins a point for rarity-of-menu before you even get in the door.

Jerusalem Cafe is a spare little spot in a Matthews strip mall, with food served quickly and pleasantly, and a few nice surprises.

At ilios noche at Quail Corners, you’ll find vibrant Mediterranean dishes well beyond what that moniker usually connotes around Charlotte.

News and notes from the local restaurant scene: Rocco Whalen, chef/owner of Fahrenheit in uptown Charlotte, has rolled out a new summer menu.

Dinner Lab, in which chefs ‘play,’ plans to start in Charlotte.

Red Ginger offers some handsome sushi, but little else.

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This pasta dish from Brio is a customer favorite because of the combination of flavors and the lightness and “simplicity” of the sauce.


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