Fleming’sFleming’s Steakhouse at the Epicenter uptown has unveiled a two-course filet and stuffed shrimp menu for September. Cost of the prix fixe menu is $32.95 per person; reservations must be made online to take advantage of the promotion. Menu includes a choice of a new wedge salad or French onion soup and a filet mignon paired with crab-stuffed prawns served with mashed potatoes. The promotion runs through Sept. 30. Enjoy happy hour nightly at Fleming’s with their 5 for $6 ’til 7 deal: five appetizers for $6 each until 7 p.m. at the bar. A sampling from the menu finds jumbo shrimp cocktail, Fleming’s prime burgers, roasted mushroom ravioli and sweet chile calamari.• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 210 E. Trade Street 704-333-4266 www.flemingssteakhouse.comMellow MushroomMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers will be opening their newest location uptown next to the new Knights stadium overlooking Romare Bearden Park. Stay tuned. • www.mellowmushroom.com .Dickey’s Barbecue PitDickey’s Barbecue Pit plans to open its 15th location in North Carolina in the Ballantyne Commons East shopping center early this fall. Barbecue meats are on tap here: Texas-style chopped beef brisket, sliced beef brisket, pulled pork, Polish sausage, marinated chicken, turkey breast and more. Meats can be ordered on a sandwich or on a plate with sides such as macaroni and cheese, baked potato casserole or jalapeno beans. Giant baked potatoes are also on the menu: a pork and tangler tater comes loaded with pulled pork, fried onions and shredded cheddar and the beef and cheese tater is stuffed with shredded brisket, fried onions and cheese. Catering is available as are to-go packs to feed a crowd. Visit their website for menu and catering information.• Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 15201 B John J. Delaney Drive 704-341-7427 www.dickeys.com .Leroy FoxCotswold’s Leroy Fox Kitchen and Cocktails hosts a Leroy Fox for Principal back-to-school campaign on Sept. 18. The eatery will donate a day’s worth of sales to nearby Cotswold Elementary School that day. General Manager Brandon Foster says, “Charity and community involvement are the core value of our company.” The Fox team felt it was important to stress education in Charlotte and this was a great way to do it. Parents of elementary children can enter a raffle for a chance to win a $500 Target gift card; kids can get a free Leroy Fox for Principal T-shirt and bumper sticker.• Leroy Fox 705 S. Sharon Amity Road 704-366-3232 www.leroyfox.com .Nictoria Fine Italian SpecialtiesA new Italian market will be opening in Ballantyne’s Robinson Corners by the end of September. Owners and New Jersey natives Tom and Victoria Albetta named the shop after their children. The market’s specialty will be Italian comfort food to go in individual, family or party size dishes. The Albettas plan to have local markets deliver fresh ingredients daily, ensuring their hand-crafted dishes are prepared from scratch. Offerings will include recipes passed down for generations in the Albetta family such as Nonna’s Meatballs and Toni’s Chicken Rolled in Mozzarella.• Nictoria Fine Italian Specialties 11914 Elm Lane 704-996-3069 www.nictoriaspecialties.com .Fire in the CityThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture hosts the second annual “Got to be NC” dining competition, Fire in the City, through October 21. Top Charlotte chefs will compete to create dishes incorporating mystery ingredients revealed that day. Chefs may not recreate dishes from their own restaurants. Select culinary and media judges as well as audience members will determine the winners who will be competing for monetary prizes. According to the Fire in the City website, “the competition is a chance for local chefs to show off their skills, have some fun and celebrate North Carolina ingredients with the local dining public.” Blowing Rock, Asheville, Wilmington, Greensboro and Raleigh have also hosted the promotion. A peek at the lineup: Sept. 11, Chef Jon Fortes’ Mimosa Grill vs. Chef Sam Stachon of The King’s Kitchen; Sept. 23 Passion 8 Bistro’s Chef Luca Annunziata vs. Heist Brewery’s Rob Masone; Sept. 24 Barrington’s Chef Bruce Moffett vs. Cantina 1511’s Vincent Giancarlo. All competitions take place at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room and begin at 7 p.m. To reserve your spot, • www.competitiondining.com.UpstreamUpstream hosts its annual Oyster Bash from 6:30-9 p.m. on Sept. 20. Lovers of all things on the half shell can sample oysters such as Old Salt, Blue Point, Rappahannock and more. The oysters will be paired with wines such as Brageon Muscadet and La Marca Prosecco. Guests can vote on their favorite wine/oyster pairing for a shot at winning prizes. Live entertainment for the evening will be provided by guitarist and singer Thom Crumpton. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Kids First of the Carolinas, a nonprofit that helps families in need. A case of wine will also be raffled off to benefit the organization. Cost for the evening is $95 per person; reservations are required, 704-556-7730.• Upstream Seafood 6902 Philips Place Court 704-556-7730 www.upstreamseafood.com.Dunkin DonutsWord is a Dunkin Donuts plans to take over the Caribou Coffee spot at Colony Place at the corner of Colony and Rea. According to construction crew on site the store hopes to be open by November. Stay tuned.Cook OutAcross from Pineville Medical Center at Park Road and N.C. 51, construction is underway on the newest Cook Out location. The hamburger joint will share a parking lot with Black Lion, Consignment First and Aldi. Cook Out is known for its homemade, fresh burgers that are cooked “outdoors style” and milkshakes. Stay tuned. • www.cookout.com .
Friday, Sep. 06, 2013
Charlotte restaurant news
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