The new year brings new menus at area eateries
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

The new year brings new menus at area eateries

BLT Steak

BLT Steak will begin serving brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays in January.

To celebrate the New Year and the new menu, the uptown spot will feature braised collard greens and black eyed peas on Jan. 5. The newly added brunch items are: two eggs any style, country buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict and a three egg omelet. Brunch items are served with toast, preserves and a choice of home fries or grits. Lunch items also will be available and include an array of salads such as chopped vegetable, lobster Cobb and tuna tartare.

An organic chicken and pesto Panini, hanger steak and frites and grilled tuna with ginger ketchup are also offered. A variety of burgers are offered including the BLTC, a burger with double smoked bacon and American cheese topped with BLT sauce, a turkey option and a swordfish burger with avocado, red onion and cilantro.

• BLT Steak

110 N. College St.




Celebrate New Year’s Day at Ballantyne’s Gallery with a plated brunch menu and a special entrée for the day: malt braised pork belly with braised black kale and smoked hock braised black eyed peas.

A tasting Jan. 10 will explore Pinot Noir and Jan. 24 will feature dessert wines. Cost of $25 per person includes local cheeses and lavosh; tastings begin at 6 p.m. Call for reservations at 704-248-4100.

The Scotch Society of Ballantyne meets at Gallery Restaurant and Bar on Jan. 31 6-8 p.m. The flavors of Glenmorangie will be explored for $40 per person. Call 704-248-4100 or email for reservations; tasting is limited to 20 guests.

• Gallery Restaurant and Bar

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway


Jersey Mike’s

For the fourth consecutive year, Jersey Mike’s franchises have donated to Wreaths across America, an organization founded to continue the tradition of wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries.

Jersey Mike’s stores collected donations Oct.1-Nov. 11 for a total of $305,000.

“The veterans we honor committed themselves unselfishly at the most critical moments in our nation’s history,” said Karen Worcester, WAA’s executive director. “The generous support of the wonderful people at Jersey Mike’s ensures that we will be able to continue our efforts in remembrance of these brave men and women.”

The donation of $218,282, raised in 2012, from the restaurant group allowed more than100,000 wreaths to be laid at Arlington National Cemetery and elsewhere on National Wreaths Across America Day.

Visit for a complete listing of their Charlotte area stores.

• Jersey Mike’s Subs

1300 East Blvd.


Village Tavern

SouthPark’s Village Tavern has revamped both its dinner menu and interior.

The restaurant and bar are no longer separated by a wall giving the space an open feel. The new dinner menu has plenty to offer in the appetizer and small plate category: baked brie, Thai chicken nachos, spring rolls and bacon wrapped scallops to name a few items.

Salads are available in both the appetizer and entrée sizes and are plentiful. A look at their steak and seafood features finds a New York strip, prime rib au jus, NC mountain trout, 10-spice glazed salmon and grilled tilapia. Entrees include: fish and chips, grilled meatloaf, shrimp and grits, BBQ St. Louis ribs and pasta dishes. Sliders, street tacos, burgers and sandwiches are also featured. Desserts are made in house; check out the key lime pie, apple cobbler or warm butter cake.

The resturant also offers Sunday brunch including the full menu plus Benedicts, French toast, waffles and omelets. Gluten free menus are available for brunch, lunch and dinner.

• Village Tavern

4201 Congress St.


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

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