Plenty of choices for holiday dining in Charlotte
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Plenty of choices for holiday dining in Charlotte

    The Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery warehouse is full aging bourbon. Uptown's e2 will feature the distillery’s bourbon at an upcoming dinner.
    e2's General Manager, Milan Nikolic, holds a bottle of Buffalo Trace Bourbon that will be used as part of a special dinner menu.


South End’s Sullivan’s Steakhouse has a new fall menu. A look finds a Mediterranean Farmers Salad with fresh greens, baby arugula, feta and cucumbers tossed in lemon vinaigrette, an Asian Crunch Salad with Napa cabbage, mango, chilled noodles and more, a New England Lobster Roll on a buttered brioche roll, a shaved steak sandwich with horseradish and au jus and pulled chipotle chicken tacos. Also new is a prix fixe item, The Mixer. The Mixer allows guests to choose a starter such as a Caesar salad, an entrée such as filet medallion sliders and a side like parmesan fries for a complete lunch.

•  Sullivan’s Steakhouse

1918 South Boulevard



Uptown’s e2 hosts the Bourbons of Buffalo Trace Distillery at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. Buffalo Trace’s brand manager Kris Comstock will be on hand to discuss the distillery’s finest bourbons while guests enjoy Chef de Cuisine Brian Mottola’s five-course menu. The courses will each be paired with selected bourbons. The menu: rabbit gumbo, fresh lamb Merguez with crushed sweet potatoes, raisin chutney and spiced broth, a cedar planked strip steak with Aligote pomme Dophisine and orange-ginger carrot and a vanilla smoked duck breast with caramel hominy and parsnip chip. Pecan pie with an oatmeal shortbread crust, white chocolate ganache and tangerine caramel will be the fifth course. Call 704-414-4787 for reservations.

•  e2 Emeril’s Eatery

135 Levine Avenue of the Art

704-414-4787 .


Chef Gene Briggs’ Uptown restaurant Blue celebrates 10 years in the business from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. on Nov. 22. Party will feature some of Charlotte’s best local musicians including Alex Myrick, butler passed canapés and dinner and drink specials. Call for reservations: 704-927-2583. Thanksgiving Brunch is also happening at Blue on Nov. 28 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A carving station will feature spiral sliced glazed ham and roast turkey, a number of salads, fruit and cheese platters, corn beef hash, a Spanish frittata and crepes and omelets made to order. Dessert selections include pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake, seven-layer bars, coconut cake, fruit tarts and a sundae station. Cost for the meal is $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under eat free. Call 704-927-2583 for reservations.

•  Blue Restaurant and Bar

206 N. College Street

704-927-2583 .

Block & Grinder

Cotswold’s Block & Grinder hosts a Beaujolais Release Party on Thursday, Nov. 21. Wines from Domaine Marion Pral near Beaujolais, France will be featured along with Chef Ben’s new appetizers. Call 704-364-2100 to reserve a seat.

Block & Grinder is offering sides to go for Thanksgiving. You provide the turkey and their chef prepares the sides. The selections: roasted asparagus, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato mash, pan fried corn, braised greens, mac and three cheese, garlic cream mashed potatoes and more. Call for details.

•  Block & Grinder

2935 Providence Road

704-364-2100 .


The Liberty partners Matthew Pera and Chef Tom Condron’s new spot in Myers Park is aiming for a December opening. Expect fine French dining in an intimate setting. Stay tuned.

•  Lumiere

1039 Providence Road


Ruth’s Chris

SouthPark’s Ruth’s Chris hosts a five-course Riedel Wine Dinner on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Danny Sanford of Fine Wine Trading Co. will discuss select wines paired with a special menu. Highlights from the menu include fall squash bisque with a quail egg and chive, a prime beef medallion with black truffle butter and a coffee rubbed lamb chop. Glazed mini pumpkin muffins with candied walnuts are the dessert selection. Cost for the evening is $99 per person. Call 704-556-1115 for reservations; each guest will receive a souvenir Riedel Cabernet glass.

•  Ruth’s Chris

6000 Fairview Road

704-556-1115 .

The Liberty

A Thanksgiving cooking class happens here on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. Chef Tom Condron will teach the class how to prepare a great holiday meal. Participants get to sample their creations while enjoying paired wines selected by wine pro James Corbin. Call 704-332-8830 to save your seat. A three-course Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11:00a.m. – 6p.m. at The Liberty for $29.95 per guest. First course choices include roasted butternut squash soup, baby arugula and goat cheese salad and a smoked trout and jumbo lump crab cake. A choice of Belle & Evans Heritage Bronze turkey, slow roasted Brasstown Farms prime rib of beef, wild Scottish salmon and a duo of Heritage Breed duroc pork are the entrées; sweets include warm pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake. Call 704-332-8830 for reservations.

•  The Liberty

1812 South Boulevard


City Tavern

Opening at noon on Thanksgiving Day, City Tavern will be serving traditional holiday fare. A turkey dinner with three sides is $17 for adults with a second serving for just $5. Kids 5-10 are $8 and children under 5 eat free. Menu includes roasted turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, macaroni and cheese and more. A limited menu featuring some of City Tavern’s favorite entrees, appetizers and salads will also be available. Call for reservations.

•  City Tavern

Stonecrest: 7828 Rea Road


SouthPark: 4331 Barclay Downs Drive


Rivergate: 14142 Rivergate Parkway



Uptown’s Chima will be open from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering their full rodizio menu along with holiday favorites. Call 704-601-4141 for reservations.

•  Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

139 S. Tryon

704-601-4141 .

The Palm

SouthPark’s Palm is open from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving. A three-course Thanksgiving menu is here with slow-roasted, hand- carved turkey for $49 for adults and $22 for kids under 12. Call for reservations: 704-552-7256.

•  The Palm

6705-B Phillips Place Court

704-552-7256 .

Red Rocks

Strawberry Hill’s Red Rocks hosts their annual Thanksgiving all-you- can-eat buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with turkey and prime rib carving stations, spiral-cut ham and Atlantic salmon. All the trimmings and sides plus a dessert “extravaganza” will cost $27 for adults and $13 for kids. Call for reservations, 704-364-0402.

•  Red Rocks Café

4223-8 Providence Road

704-364-0402 .

Mac’s Speedshop

Mac’s annual Turkey Smoke happens Nov. 27 at their South Boulevard location. Turkeys and hams are brought in fresh by Mac’s pitmasters, smoked on site then delivered to customers right from the smokers. Hickory smoked turkeys will be available in 10-12 or 22 pound sizes; 8-pound, house-cured smoked hams will also be available to order. Sides serving 12-15 guests each are also offered; choices include country-style mashed red potatoes, sweet potato casserole, Mac’s fresh cranberry chutney, sausage and herb stuffing, Mac’s famous mac and cheese and green bean casserole. Turkey gravy to go will be on site for just $5. For dessert choose from homemade apple, spiced pumpkin and bourbon pecan whole pies. While the Turkey Smoke happens at Mac’s South Boulevard location, turkeys, hams, sides and pies can be picked up from all three Mac’s locations. Call 704-529-1900 to place your order by Monday, Nov. 25. Orders are to be picked up on Nov. 27 from 2-4 p.m. at all three stores. Look for Mac’s Hogzilla in the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day parade this year.

•  Mac’s Speed Shop

Southend: 2511 South Boulevard


Steele Creek: 2414 Sandy Porter Road


Lake Norman: 19601 Liverpool Parkway

704-892-3554 .

The Ritz-Carlton

Uptown’s Ritz-Carlton unveils their holiday tree on Nov. 26. The eight-foot tree, crafted entirely of French macarons, will be on display through Dec. 29 in the lobby. . Also in the lobby, a four-foot sleigh made of sugar and a crew of chocolate reindeer.

Thanksgiving pies are for sale at Bar Cocoa located within the Ritz. Pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan can be preordered at 704-972-4397.

The Ritz’s BLT Steak is serving a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for $68 for adults and $12.95 for kids. BLT Steak will be open from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 28 and is accepting reservations at 704-972-4380.

Urban Sip, also at the Ritz, is hosting a holiday tea on Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sandwiches, holiday sweets, tea and treats from Bar Cocoa are included in the price of $32 for adults and $12 for kids 11 and under. Reserve your spot at 704-547-2244.

•  Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

201 E. Trade Street

704-547-2244 .

Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have restaurant news or a story idea for Jenny? Email her at

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