Restaurant News & Reviews

Dining notes

Dine Out for Kids

Eighty-four area restaurants plan to participate in Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s (CIS) 18th annual Dine Out For Kids fundraiser Tuesday, which benefits public schools and economically disadvantaged students. A portion of that day’s sales at these places will be donated to CIS. Among them: Alexander Michael’s, Bad Daddy’s, Brio, Brixx, Crepe Cellar, Dogwood, Eddie’s Place, Five Guys, Bravo! Cucina Italian, Dressler’s, Mama Ricotta’s, Harpers, Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, The Melting Pot, Aria, Mert’s, Tupelo Honey, Reid’s, Sonny’s, Midwood Smokehouse, Nothing But Noodles and Village Tavern. New restaurants this year include 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails, Haberdish, Letty’s on Shamrock, Piedmont Social House, The Porter’s House and Which Wich. Visit for a full list.

Dogs for Dad (and more)

▪ JJ’s Red Hots (1514 East Blvd. and 15105 N. John J Delaney Dr.) is giving dads a free signature hot dog for Father’s Day. Each dad who visits their Dilworth or Ballantyne locations Sunday receives one free dog (prices start at $4.99). Purchase required, dine-in only.

▪ Global Restaurant & Bar (314 Main St., Pineville) serves Father’s Day Brunch Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. First course features as choice of eggs benedict, French toast, fruit bowl or shrimp cocktail followed by an entrée of Western omelet, prime rib au jus, or shrimp and grits with strawberry parfait or chocolate roulade for dessert. Mimoas and Bloody Marys will also be served. $35. Children under 10 $12. Reservations: The Pineville restaurant also celebrates its first anniversary Tuesday with complimentary champagne or wine and Hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 6 p.m.

▪ The three-course Father’s Day meal at Morton’s (227 W. Trade St., Suite 150) includes choice of salad, entrée with potato or vegetable side, and soufflé, key lime pie, or chocolate mousse for dessert. $59. Reservations: 704-333-2602.

▪ Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (Piedmont Town Center, SouthPark) opens at noon Sunday in honor of Father’s Day. Holiday features include the Wagyu Tomahawk Chop 32 oz. rib-eye, the blood orange Manhattan and signature six-layer lemon cake.

Dinner, drinks, dancing

▪ If whiskey is your drink of choice, Ruth’s Chris (6000 Fairview Rd.) hosts a five-course Jack Daniel’s dinner that pairs Tennnessee Honey, single barrel rye, Black Label Lynchburg lemonade, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra with dishes like smoked chicken and sharp cheddar sliders, stewed skillet white beans and andouille sausage, grilled salmon salad, and braised BBQ short ribs over grits with asparagus tips and chipotle cornbread. Dessert, too, for $95. Reservations:

▪ Nourish chef Julia Simon will join Bell’s Best Berries for a third annual joint farm-to-table dinner Saturday. The vegan, gluten-free, and organic meal will include macaroni et “Fromage” au Champignons de Homard, heirloom tomato fondue with sourdough baguette, and Nicoise salade with summer fruit, served with your choice of non-alcoholic or alcoholic sangria. $90,

▪ Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Flipside Café (3150 US-21, Fort Mill) co-host a five-course beer dinner Tuesday at the S.C. restaurant. Pairings include the Mecklenburger Helles Lager with pork and pickles (country pate with pretzel crostini and sweet and sour blackberries, Helles mustard and Mecklenburger pickle), Southside Weiss with Jimmy Red Corn crusted oysters, and Captain Jack Pilsner with Carolina grouper with hoppin’ john, crispy okra and beer-boiled peanut broth. $48 per person. Reservations: 803-802-1711.

▪ Ri-Ra celebrates the 20th anniversary of Riverdance Thursday with dinner, dance and a debut. Dancers from the Walsh Kelley School of Dance will perform a tribute to Riverdance and guests will have a five-course menu and samples of Guinness products, including one that’s never been served in the United States before, according to the restaurant. The menu puts an Irish twist on chicken scallopini, curried lamb skewers, crab cakes, and cinnamon and cayenne-spiked chocolate mousse. $50 per person.