OGGIA new Italian spot has opened at the Shoppes at Ardrey Kell in Ballantyne. OGGI is family owned and makes their pastas and desserts from scratch daily. They serve a number of salads such as Insalata Gabriella with chopped romaine, red onions, olives and fresh mozzarella and Insalata Capresse with beefsteak tomatoes, basil, basil and fresh buffalo mozzarella. Pastas are plentiful: handmade lasagna, fettuccini Carbonara and penne vodka with chicken are all on the menu. A number of fish, veal and chicken entrees are offered, as well as a healthy choice menu with gluten free options. Take out is available at OGGI; they are open for dinner and lunch Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday.• OGGI 16646 Hawfield Way Drive 704-716-9400 www.oggicharlotte.com.Nan and Byron’sComing soon to the former Vinnie’s Grill and Raw Bar spot in the historic South End, Nan and Byron’s will be a traditional American eatery. MAP Management team Mills Howell, Alejandro Torio, and Patrick Whalen, along with partner Executive Chef Jamie Lynch will head up the project. The MAP team also opened 5 Church uptown, and plan to have Nan and Byron’s open summer 2013.• Nan and Byron’s 1714 South BoulevardSalsarita’sA new, hot salsa is on Charlotte-based Salsarita’s menu this year and guests have a chance to name it and win a trip to Cancun. The salsa is made with a roasted tomatillo base with four peppers: chiles de arbol, chipotles, habaneros and serranos. Salsarita’s chairman, Phil Friedman says, “Salsa is America’s favorite condiment. As our customers’ taste buds become more adventurous we are going to offer them flavors they have never had before.” To name the salsa and enter the contest, visit www.SalsaIsOurLife.com. Entrants can win a visit to the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun for six nights with all expenses paid including roundtrip airfare, meals, drinks, snacks and non-motorized water sports. Visit www.salsaritas.com for complete listing of Charlotte locations.Paco’s TacosMidwood SmokehouseBad Daddy’sOn Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 3, FS Food Group’s restaurants Paco’s Tacos, Midwood Smokehouse and Bad Daddy’s are running $1,2,3 Apps and Drafts Superbowl specials for the game. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar will feature $1 sliders, $2 chips and dips and $3 nachos. Midwood Smokehouse will feature $1 BBQ sliders, $2 queso and $3 nachos. Paco’s Tacos and Tequila will run $1 tacos, $2 queso and $3 nachos.Plate Perfect Catering, the catering division of the above restaurants, is running their own Superbowl promo. Visit their Facebook page to enter a contest to win a catered Superbowl party for 10 people. The catered meal includes a slider and a wing platter, three pounds of chicken tenders, a gallon of chili topped with cheddar and scallions with sour cream on the side, a salad, banana pudding and sweet tea.• Paco’s Tacos and Tequila 6401 Morrison Boulevard 704-716-8226 www.pacostacosandtequila.com.• Midwood Smokehouse 1401 Central Avenue 704-295-4227 www.midwoodsmokehouse.com.• Bad Daddy’s 1626 East Boulevard 704-714-4888 www.baddaddysburgerbar.com.Maverick Rock TacoMaverick has just begun serving a new, late night menu on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Items on the menu: chips and dips, chili- lime-tequila wings, burritos, jalapeno mahi tacos, chicken fajita chimichangas and more.Maverick will also be hosting Superbowl Sunday on Feb. 3 with half price appetizers all day. Order trays to go for game day by February 2: ribs, wings, burritos, tacos and sides. Call Maria Cajiao to place an order: 704-527-1400.• Maverick Rock Taco 1513 Montford Drive 704-527-1400 www.maverickrocktaco.com.PalmA Steak Your Claim menu with three courses for $49.95 is offered through March 31. Starter choices include a classic Caesar, a roasted beet and goat cheese salad or lobster bisque. For entrees: a coffee and ancho chili rubbed filet mignon, a veal porterhouse chop or a prime skirt steak frites. The dessert selection for the prix fixe meal is a chocolate chip brioche bread pudding with sun dried cherry compote. Call or visit their website for reservations.• Palm 6705-B Phillips Place Court 704-552-7256 www.thepalm.com.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
SuperBowl Sunday specials abound, eat in or take
Also, 2 new restaurants, salsa naming contest
A new, hot salsa is on Charlotte-based Salsarita’s menu this year and guests have a chance to name it and win a trip to Cancun.
On Super Sunday, Feb.3, FS Food Group’s restaurants Paco’s Tacos, Midwood Smokehouse and Bad Daddy’s are running $1,2,3 Apps and Drafts Superbowl specials for the game. Midwood Smokehouse will feature $1 BBQ sliders, $2 queso and $3 nachos.
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have restaurant news or a story idea for Jenny? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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