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Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

Queen’s Feast offers array of restaurants

  • Want to go?

    What: Queens Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week.

    When: July 18-27.

    Price: Three-course meal for $30, not including tax and gratuity.

    The special is for dinner only at participating restaurants. Early reservations are encouraged. If a reservation cannot be kept, participants are encouraged to cancel as soon as possible.

    For a complete list of participating restaurants and to make a reservation, visit www.charlotterestaurantweek.com.

  • Participating restaurants

    Cotswold

    • Mezzanotte

    Dilworth

    • 131 Main - Dilworth

    • 300 East

    • Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

    • Copper Modern Indian Cuisine

    • Dolce Ristorante

    • Fiamma

    • The Summit Room

    Eastover

    • Napa On Providence

    • Primo Tuscan Grille

    Elizabeth

    • The Cajun Queen

    • Carpe Diem

    Lake Norman / North Mecklenburg / Iredell / Lincoln

    • 131 Main - Lake Norman

    • The 220 Cafe

    • Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails

    • BRAVO! Cucina Italiana - Northlake

    • Campania Cafe

    • Chillfire Bar & Grill

    • Dressler's - Birkdale

    • Epic Chophouse

    • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Northlake

    • Fireside Bar & Grill

    • Jeffrey's Restaurant

    • Kabuto Japanese Steak House & Sushi - Lake Norman

    • The Melting Pot - Lake Norman

    • Mickey & Mooch - Lake Norman

    • Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge - Lake Norman

    • Red Rocks Café - Birkdale

    • Trattoria Al Gusto

    • Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill

    • Verde Urban Mexican Grill & Cantina

    Matthews

    • Amor de Brazil Steakhouse

    • Café 157

    • Santé Restaurant

    Midtown

    • Dressler's - Metro

    • Maharani Indian Cuisine

    • Mama Ricotta's

    • The Melting Pot - Midtown

    • Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge - Charlotte

    • Vivace

    Mountain Island Lake

    • Heirloom

    Plaza Midwood

    • Bistro La Bon

    • Fern, Flavors from the Garden

    South Charlotte / South Perimeter (Ballantyne / Arboretum / Pineville / Waxhaw / Fort Mill)

    • 131 Main - Blakeney

    • Blackthorne Restaurant & Bar

    • BRAVO! Cucina Italiana - Blakeney

    • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Stonecrest

    • Fish Market Bar and Grill

    • Gallery Restaurant

    • Global

    • Maestro's Bar & Bistro

    • Mickey & Mooch - Arboretum

    • New South Kitchen & Bar

    • Passion8 Bistro

    • Stone Mountain Grill

    • Terrace Cafe - Ballantyne

    • Trattoria Antica

    • Trio

    • Villa Antonio

    • Vine American Kitchen

    • Waldhorn Restaurant

    South End

    • The Liberty Gastropub

    • Luciano's Ristorante Italiano

    • Nan and Byron's

    • Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    • Sullivan's Steakhouse

    SouthPark

    • AZN Azian Cuizine

    • BAKU

    • BrickTop's

    • Café Monte

    • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

    • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - SouthPark

    • Georges Brasserie

    • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks - SouthPark

    • The Men’s Club

    • Paco's Tacos & Tequila

    • Red Rocks Café - SouthPark

    • Ruth's Chris Steak House - SouthPark

    • Toscana Ristorante Italiano

    • Upstream

    • Village Tavern

    • Wolfgang Puck Pizza | Bar

    University / Concord

    • Rocky River Grille

    • The Speedway Club

    Uptown

    • 3 Trade Food & Wine

    • 5Church

    • Aria Tuscan Grill

    • Bernardin's at Ratcliffe

    • Blue Restaurant & Bar

    • Brazz Carvery and Brazilian Steakhouse

    • Bubble Charlotte

    • Caffe Siena

    • The Capital Grille

    • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

    • e2 emeril's eatery

    • Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

    • Fahrenheit

    • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

    • Luce Ristorante e Bar

    • Malabar Spanish Cuisine

    • McCormick & Schmick's - Uptown

    • Mimosa Grill

    • Morton's The Steakhouse

    • Osso Restaurant & Lounge

    • Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

    • Room 112 Modern Asian Cuisine

    • Ruth's Chris Steak House - Uptown

    • Savannah Red

    • Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar

    • Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina

    • The Wooden Vine

    Gaston County

    • Nick’s Steak and Taphouse

    • Old Stone Steakhouse

    • Rodi Med-American Grill

Always wanted to try that restaurant your friends talked about?

Now you can.

Queens Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week will be July 18-27 and will feature more than 100 of the area’s finest eateries, some in the south Charlotte-Ballantyne area.

Restaurant week is a chance for residents to experience a variety of cultures and cuisines, said Bruce Hensley, who, with his wife, Jill Hensley, founded Charlotte Restaurant Week.

“You can go out and try something new and different,” he said.

The Week, which started in July 2008 with 42 restaurants, has grown every year, Hensley said. It is held twice a year in late January and late July.

In January 2014, Charlotte Restaurant Week generated approximately 150,000 dinners and more than $6.8 million in revenue for 118 participating restaurants, according to a news release.

This year, numerous new restaurants have been added to the mix, including BAKU, a Japanese Robata restaurant in SouthPark, Heirloom at Mountain Island Lake and The Summit Room in Dilworth.

Fahrenheit, 222 S. Caldwell St., sits on the 21st floor of the high-rise Skye Condos in downtown Charlotte. Visitors can enjoy Vietnamese chicken spring rolls or sausage gravy and biscuits, followed by fried goat-cheese salad or Tega Hills Farm greens. Entrée choices include coffee and mustard crusted pork tenderloin, king salmon and seared scallops.

This year, The Gallery Restaurant at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway in Charlotte, will feature a King’s Feast along with its regular restaurant-week menu.

For an upgrade to $45, dinners can start their meal with wild mussels, scarlet-bibb lettuce wedge salad or Carolina gold tomato gazpacho. Entrees include the 10-ounce beef-strip loin, grilled Block Island swordfish or Gallery fried chicken. Indulge at the end of the meal with the banana claflouti, molten chocolate cake or baked Alaska, according to the Charlotte Restaurant Week website.

The Gallery was named to Charlotte Magazine’s “25 Best Restaurants” list in 2013, according to the website.

Other participating south Charlotte restaurants include Terrace Café, Fish Market Bar and Grill, Villa Antonio and Vine American Kitchen.

Matthews residents and visitors can enjoy a salad and steak or salmon followed by New York cheesecake or Belgian chocolate mousse cake at Café 157 at 157 N. Trade St.

Diners also may visit Amor de Brazil Steakhouse, 2225 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite C, which will feature cheese bread and fried bananas for the table, followed by a salad bar and top sirloin, chicken and Parmesan pork. The meal wraps up with either passion fruit mousse or Brazilian flan.

Lake Norman, North Mecklenburg, Iredell and Lincoln boast a variety of options, including Italian wedding soup followed by lasagna Bolognese and crème brulee or tiramisu at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, 6581 Northlake Mall Drive in Charlotte.

Lake Norman’s 131 Main, at 17830 N. Statesville Road in Cornelius, starts the meal with a choice of one of six appetizers, including cornbread, deviled eggs or salad. The meal is followed by even more entrée options, including meatloaf, classic cheese burger, Ahi tuna salad and queen cut prime rib. Finish it off with a choice of homemade brownie, key lime pie or peanut butter pie.

Interesting atmospheres and unique dining options are what drive success during restaurant week, Hensley said. Many participating restaurants have reported that 75 percent of their customers are new for restaurant week, with many returning later in the year.

“People are looking for the best menus and best deals,” Hensley said. The goal is to “get people out into new places.”

Amanda Harris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Amanda? Email her at amanda.d.phipps@gmail.com.

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