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Just the sign “Mi Barrio Halal Latin Grill” promises a mix-up adventure. “Mi Barrio” means “my neighborhood” in Spanish.

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.

Bars, restaurants and breweries all over Charlotte are making plans and vying for business during the World Cup. Many will open early and stay open late whenever games are on.

Good breakfast, with good coffee and classics on the menu, plus a gaggle of more interesting options, too?

Scores filed by Mecklenburg County Health inspections for May 21-27.

Savannah Red desserts and Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar appetizers.

Persuasian offers persuasive case for mix of Asian fare, good service, reasonable prices.

Sampling the barbecue queso and pimento cheese fries from Midwood Smokehouse, and the dessert bar at Crave.

Mike Nguyen and Michelle Tu came from San Jose to start Crackin’ Crawfish near UNC Charlotte.

Dilworth spot does double duty with separate lunch, dinner concepts.

Edmund’s Oast and Xiao Bao Biscuit are worth your time.

Let me take you out to the (new) (Knights) (minor-league baseball) ballpark – where the good news is: Beer!

The event raised money for two nonprofits that benefit veterans

BLT Steak will serve Easter breakfast 7-11 a.m. and brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with both a regular menu and some Easter-only dishes, such as goat cheese frittata and chocolate chip pancakes. 110 N. College St. in the Ritz-Carlton; 704-972-4380.

Local Loaf at 7th Street Public Market serves up some of Charlotte’s best sandwiches.

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