How did I come up with last week's list of 50 things that define the flavor of Charlotte?
I didn't approach it lightly. (If you missed it, it's at www.charlotte.com/food, along with photographer Gary O'Brien's map and pictures.)
I started in October with the numbers 1 through 50 on a legal pad. And within a couple of weeks, I was on my way to 100.
We also asked what you'd add. Personally, I think every person who wants to add something ought to have to decide what to take off. That's the hard part.
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But here are some of the
additions we've gotten
Jill Foster: “Wow, you missed anything on the Westside. How about Shuffletown Grill? Or Copal Grill or Bar B Q King on Wilkinson?”
Mort Stern: The turkey sausage breakfast platter at Sammy's, 1113 Pecan Ave.
Richard S. Greene, Boiling Springs: Alston Bridges Barbecue in Shelby, and the hot dog and bologna sandwiches at Tony's in Gastonia.
Marylyn Williams: Barking Dog Chocolates and Daddy's Girl flavored goat cheese – particularly Italian and chocolate at the Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market.
Corbin Brown: “How could you leave out Snoops, aka Spoons, on Hawthorne Lane? Hands down the best hamburgers.”
Linda Chappell: Suarez Bakery at Park Road Shopping Center. “You don't even have to open the door to smell a 10-pound gain in weight.”
Rickey McBride: The smell of the honey buns baking at Carolina Foods at West Boulevard and South Tryon Street.
Bob Tritten: Barbecue and brisket at Mac's on South Boulevard.
R.J. Dunn, Mooresville: Fried chicken at Julia's Talley House, 305 N. Main St. in Troutman.
Michael Jones: The Zack's Special at Zack's, Scaleybark Road and South Boulevard.