SmallsLocated on Elizabeth Avenue, Smalls is a new, family-friendly restaurant by day and a lounge by night. Owner Joseph DiLeo says, "Food lovers will appreciate that we ground our beef, bake our bread and make our pasta in house." Executive Chef Zack Gadberry conceived the menu in collaboration with DiLeo; it includes many options in a variety of sizes. Small plates include oysters, confit Korean wings and sliders. Entrée choices include a Smalls steak burger with double smoked bacon and blue cheese and porcini pappardelle with oyster mushrooms. Smalls 1609 Elizabeth Ave.704-334-8338The PalmThe Palm's Prix Fixe menu is here through March 31. The menu is customizable and includes your choice of a first and second course with a side for $49.95. First course selections include Caesar salad, lobster bisque, mixed green salad or wild mushroom ravioli. Entrees offered are a 9-ounce filet mignon, tamarind glazed sea scallops or wasabi and panko crusted jumbo shrimp. A signature vegetable or a potato side are also included; choose Nova Scotia lobster mac and cheese for $3 extra. The Palm 6705-B Phillips Place Court704-552-7256www.thepalm.comRooster'sAn Evening with Duck Rabbit Brewery is happening here tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Duck Rabbit brews will be paired with creations from Rooster's chef. A peek at the menu: Rooster's charcuterie with artisanal cheeses, paired with Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale to start, followed by Maple Leaf Farms duck confit with Tega Hills lettuces and blood oranges paired with Amber Ale. Braised rabbit sugo with caramelized onion and cocoa crusted duck breast with coffee cured duck ham and Brussels sprouts are also on the list. Cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations. Look for the second Rooster's location to open in uptown toward the end of this month. Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen 6601 Morrison Blvd.704-366-8688www.roosterskitchen.comMaggiano'sCall to reserve your spot at Maggiano's upcoming murder mystery dinner on Jan. 27. "Lights, Camera, Murder" is a comic theatrical production paired with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. A three-course meal with a glass of red or white wine is included in the $68 per person cost for the evening. Dinner features crab cakes, lobster ravioli and more. Maggiano's 4400 Sharon Road704-916-2300www.maggianos.comCity TavernSan Antonio's Modern Mexican at SouthPark is being replaced by City Tavern. Construction has begun and the newest City Tavern hopes to be operational in March. Check their website for details. www.city-tavern.come2Located at 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, e2 is Emeril Lagasse's newest venture, opening Jan. 26. Described as "casual American," e2 serves everything from shrimp pizza to cocktails. Inside the restaurant, diners can enjoy a dining room, seafood/ raw bar and an open kitchen with a counter. Dining is also available on the patio. Call for reservations. e2 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts704-414-4787www.e2emerils.comBaodingBaoding has been serving Chinese fare in SouthPark for 19 years. In honor of this Chinese New Yearof the dragon, they are running a promotional menu. The special includes a choice of ginger salad ortaro roll, an entrée such as Baoding chicken or steamed flounder and a house special dessert all for $14.99. Baoding 4722 Sharon Road704-552-8899www.baodingsouthpark.com
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
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Specials, openings happening this month
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have a story idea or restaurant news for Jenny? Email her at Jenny Brantley firstname.lastname@example.org.
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