Observer dining critic Helen Schwab offers her restaurant suggestions inside Charlotte's I-277 loop.

For the Democratic National Convention vistors, the Observer is taking a look at some of the people, places and events that might surprise people about the region.
We call it home
Southern Drawl
Jewish life
Globalizing city
Segregated past
Rural poverty
Gateway to city
Still Bank Town?
Flying the flag
Booster gene

These days, Charlotte has got so many great places to shop for food, we can't list them all. To give you a taste, here are 10 specialty food stores, from Italian to Asian to gourmet.