Uptown Charlotte’s Queen City Q bringing barbecue to baseball
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Uptown Charlotte’s Queen City Q bringing barbecue to baseball

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    Fleming’s uptown will offer filet and pecan-crusted salmon for Valentine’s Day.
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    A sandwich from Queen City Q, the official barbecue of the new BB&T Ballpark.

Queen City Q

Queen City Q in uptown Charlotte has partnered with the Charlotte Knights as the official barbecue of the Charlotte Knights and BB&T Ballpark.

Bryan Meredith, Queen City Q’s Managing Partner, says, “We are incredibly excited to be working with the Knights and can’t wait to serve all their fans. We’ll be serving up a variety of great barbecue and some ballpark-only surprises.”

Queen City Q is known for its barbecue, made in-house from original recipes featuring a mix of eastern and western North Carolina and western South Carolina styles.

The Knights play their first game at BB&T Ballpark on April 11; look for Queen City Q locations within the park on game day. The new ballpark also will offer space for events and private functions. Tickets for Knights games can be purchased by phone at 980-207-0079 or via email: seasonseats@charlotteknights.com.

•  Queen City Q

225 E. 6th St.



Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris in SouthPark will host a Burgundy is the Best wine dinner Feb. 9 beginning 5:30 p.m. Burgundy Sommelier Steve Pignatiello will be on hand to discuss wine pairings for the evening and France’s Burgundy region.

A look at the menu finds buttermilk-fried poached oysters to start, a second course of toasted almond-encrusted N.C. rainbow trout with braised rainbow Swiss chard and potatoes Gaufrette, coq au vin for a third course, and finally beef bourguignon. A cheese tart with red onion and strawberry marmalade is the dessert.

Cost is $150 per person; call for reservations.

•  Ruth’s Chris

6000 Fairview Road



Cantina 1511

Dilworth’s Cantina 1511 is relocating to Park Road Shopping Center this summer. The eatery has been on East Boulevard for almost a decade; the owners plan to eventually refurbish that location as a different restaurant.

The Park Road location will have more parking and a bigger indoor dining space, as well as a large outdoor patio.

•  Cantina 1511

1511 East Blvd.



Rock Salt

Also coming to Park Road Shopping Center is Rock Salt. Expect a farm-to-table menu featuring ingredients from N.C. farmers, a wood-fired grill, an oyster bar and plenty of outdoor seating.

Owner Travis Croxton is a fourth-generation oyster farmer from the Chesapeake Bay area and was named the 2014 Restaurateur of the Year at the Elbys – Richmond, Va.’s, restaurant awards.

Rock Salt’s sister restaurant in Washington, D.C., Rappahannock Oyster Bar, has been named one of the top five oyster bars in the country by The Wall Street Journal.

Visit www.rroysters.com to learn more about the Croxton family’s oyster philosophy (they’ve been in the business since 1899), their company, Rappahannock Oyster Co., and to stay in the loop as information becomes available for Rock Salt in Charlotte.


Vida, at the EpiCentre in uptown Charlotte, serves brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Expect brunch fare with a Mexican twist: bacon, egg and cheese quesadillas; egg tacos; Mexican toast; and huevos rancheros. A kids menu is available and includes French toast sticks, bacon and eggs and a ham, egg and cheese pizza.

•  Vida Mexican Kitchen and Cantina

210 E. Trade St.



Passion 8 Bistro

Fort Mill’s Passion 8 Bistro offers a Sweetheart’s Cooking Class 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 8.

Chef Luca will provide couples with a cooking demonstration and a champagne toast for $75 per couple. Call for reservations.

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with a four-course menu for $140 per couple. Call or visit the website for reservations.

•  Passion 8 Bistro

3415 Highway 51



BLT Steak

BLT Steak in the Ritz-Carlton uptown is serving up a prix fixe blackboard menu for two on Valentine’s Day. Couples can choose an appetizer including a spinach-and-citrus-salad or beef tartare. Entrée choices include diver scallops or a 14-ounce bone-in filet; side selections are lobster orzo gratin or Tuscan kale.

For dessert, couples can choose from a chocolate soufflé or a Greek yogurt panna cotta. Cost is $60 per person; call for reservations.

Enjoy five assorted chocolate truffles and two glasses of Moet Champagne on Feb. 14 or 15 for $20.

•  BLT Steak

110 N. College St.




Enjoy a two-course Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 13-15 at Fleming’s in uptown. Choose from filet mignon paired with a lobster tail for $69.95 or a filet paired with pecan-crusted salmon for $59.95; both include a starter of a pan-seared scallop served over light goat-cheese polenta and a choice of salad.

A French Kiss 75 is the featured cocktail for the weekend and can be added for $10. Check out the house-made cinnamon donuts with homemade lemon custard and blueberry dipping sauce for $9.95 for dessert. Call for reservations.

•  Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

210 E. Trade St.



Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jenny? Email her at brntlyjnny@yahoo.com.

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