Restaurant News & Reviews

Charlotte-area dining notes

JJ’s Red Hots

Charlotte locations of JJ’s Red Hots are featuring a taco dog for $4.99 through Monday in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The bacon-wrapped hot dog comes in a flour tortilla with beans, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole and chipotle cream.

Del Frisco’s

Del Frisco’s (4725 Piedmont Row Drive) will feature $10 mint juleps, Manhattans and Old-Fashioneds as well as bar bite deals in the bar Saturday during the Kentucky Derby. The party starts at 4 p.m. with prizes for best hat and best bow tie given as well as a horseshoe toss. 704-552-5502.

The Liberty

The Liberty (1812 South Blvd.) will offer a three-course Mother’s Day brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; $29.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids. Reservations: 704-332-8830.

Dilworth Grille

Dilworth Grille (911 E. Morehead St.) will feature a Mother’s Day brunch buffet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; $21.95. Reservations: 704-377-3808.


Morton’s (227 W. Trade St.) will host a spring mixer May 12 featuring Double Cross Vodka in a four-course menu paired with vodka cocktails; $65. Reservations: 704-333-2602.

The Secret Chocolatier

The Secret Chocolatier’s Ballantyne location (11318 N. Community House Road) will host a dessert night May 14 with three chocolate-inspired dessert courses created by pastry chef Bill Dietz; $25. Reservations: 704-323-8178.


Winemaker Patty Green of Patricia Green Wine Cellars will host a wine dinner featuring her pinot noirs at Upstream (6902 Phillips Place Court) May 13. Wines will be paired with a multi-course menu from executive chef Scott Wallen; $100. Reservations: 704-556-7730.

The Palm

The Palm (6705-B Phillips Place Court) is offering Palm burgers for $10 at lunch during May. A Ferrari-Carano Wines dinner will be held June 10 with reception and four course dinner with pairings; $150. Reservations: 704-552-7256.

Heirloom Restaurant

Heirloom (8470 Bellhaven Road) will host Carolina Bottle Shock June 26, with a blind tasting of six North Carolina and Old World wines and small plate menu from chef Clark Barlowe. Reservations: 704-595-7710.

Highland Avenue Restaurant

Highland Avenue (833 Highland Ave. SE, Hickory) was recently named one of the best Farm to Table restaurants in America by MSN. Highland Avenue, owned by the Locke Family, prides itself on its use of local farmers, purveyors and vendors.

Jennifer Brantley, correspondent