Helen Schwab

Countdown to next Charlotte Restaurant Week: three weeks

Keyed up for the next Charlotte Restaurant Week? The website just went live, and the deal, aka Queen’s Feast, will be Jan. 22-31, with 133 restaurants and two price points: $30 and $35. As always, that’s before tax and tip, and in most cases you’ll be getting three courses. Some places throw in an extra course, or a beverage.

You’ll be able to see which are doing what, for how much, and click through to make reservations for most (but not all) at www.charlotterestaurantweek.com.

Here’s the list of participating places by locale; scroll through the whole list to see the areas, since some aren’t obvious in their assignments (there’s both a Dilworth and a South End, for example).

Eleven are first-time restaurants, seven in the Charlotte area: ROCKSALT and CO (both at Park Road); ; Corkbuzz and Rusty Bucket near SouthPark, plus Pearlz and Gusto! in Ballantyne and Smoke at StoneCrest. Four are farther: Block Bistro in Huntersville, Union Street Bistro in Concord, Lily’s Italian Bistro in Gastonia and the Trail House in Indian Trail. And four other first-timers are hotel restaurants: JP Charlotte (Westin), Libations (DoubleTree) and Social Bar & Kitchen (Sheraton), all uptown, and Rexford Park Public House in the SouthPark Marriott.

A handful that look interesting from a quick perusal: Lumiere (which is throwing in an extra tidbit to start, and offering several signatures for $35 – which not all places do); Fiamma (which is offering a whole lot of choices including 17 entrees for $35); the sibling Flipsides in Fort Mill ($30) and Rock Hill ($35) doing different menus; ROCKSALT (which is adding sides for every table for $35); Sante and Vivace (also doing several mainstays); Heirloom (whose $30 menu is as specific in provenance as its regular, lengthier one); Bistro La Bon (throwing in an extra course, for $30); 300 East and New South Kitchen (stalwarts both throwing in a glass of wine); and Aqua e Vino, Corkbuzz, BLT Steak, Capital Grille and Evoke (where you can get a pretty good discount if you order right).

What looks most like what you’re looking for? And what do you look for? The basic premise is that people can try restaurants they’ve never been to, or get a discounted meal at a place they might not otherwise go. For that, the major chain steakhouses are a particular draw – but check menus first, if that’s your aim, since the big steaks you may be picturing might either not be on this menu or come with a hefty supplemental charge.

Two more quick notes: Be gracious and tip on what you would have spent; servers are doing just as much work as if your meal was full price, and sometimes in crazily busy situations. Have a problem? Relay it to managers (graciously if possible!) and see how they respond: That’ll tell you whether you want to go back for a second chance.

Belmont / Gastonia / Gaston

Lily's Italian Bistro ($30)

Old Stone Steakhouse ($30)

Dilworth

131 Main - Dilworth ($35)

300 East ($30)

Bonterra Dining & Wine Room ($35)

Copper Modern Indian Cuisine ($30)

Dolce Ristorante ($30)

Fiamma ($35)

Fran's Filling Station ($30)

Eastover

Lumiere French Kitchen ($35)

Napa On Providence ($30)

Primo Tuscan Grille ($30)

Elizabeth

The Cajun Queen ($30)

Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers ($35)

Passion8 ($35)

Fort Mill / Rock Hill / York

Fish Market Seafood Bar and Grill ($30)

The Flipside Cafe - Fort Mill ($30)

The Flipside Restaurant - Rock Hill ($35)

Freedom Park / Myers Park

CO Pan Asian Cuisine ($35)

ROCKSALT ($35)

Hickory / Catawba

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar (formerly Youssef 242) ($35)

Indian Trail / Waxhaw / Union

The Trail House ($30)

Trattoria Antica ($30)

Lake Norman / North Mecklenburg / Iredell / Lincoln

131 Main - Lake Norman ($35)

The 220 Cafe ($30)

Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails ($30)

BLOCK Bistro ($35)

Chillfire Bar & Grill ($35)

Dressler's - Birkdale ($35)

Eddie's Seafood & Raw Bar ($30)

Epic Chophouse ($35)

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Northlake ($35)

Jeffrey's Restaurant ($30)

Kabuto Japanese Steak House & Sushi - Lake Norman ($35)

The Melting Pot - Lake Norman ($35)

Mickey & Mooch - Lake Norman ($35)

The Prickly Pear ($35)

Red Rocks Cafe - Birkdale ($35)

Sabi Asian Bistro ($30)

Smoke Modern Barbeque - Birkdale ($30)

Trattoria Al Gusto ($30)

Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill ($30)

Verde Mexican & Nuevo Latin Fusion ($30)

Matthews

Amor de Brazil Steakhouse ($30)

Cafe 157 ($30)

Sante Restaurant ($35)

Midtown

Dressler's - Metro ($35)

Maharani Indian Cuisine ($30)

Mama Ricotta's ($30)

The Melting Pot - Midtown ($35)

Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge - Charlotte ($30)

Vivace ($35)

Mountain Island Lake

Heirloom ($30)

NoDa

Heist Brewery ($35)

Plaza Midwood

Bistro La Bon ($30)

Fern, Flavors from the Garden ($30)

The Peculiar Rabbit ($30)

South Charlotte / Pineville

131 Main - Blakeney ($35)

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Stonecrest ($35)

Gallery Restaurant ($35)

Gusto! Fresh Pasta, Tapas & Sangria ($30)

Harper's - Carolina Place ($30)

Maestro's Bar & Bistro ($35)

Mickey & Mooch - Arboretum ($35)

New South Kitchen & Bar ($30)

Pearlz Oyster Bar ($35)

Sky Asian Bistro ($30)

Smoke Modern Barbeque - Stonecrest ($30)

Stone Mountain Grill ($30)

Terrace Cafe - Ballantyne ($30)

Trio ($30)

Vine American Kitchen ($35)

Waldhorn Restaurant ($30)

South End

The Liberty Gastropub ($30)

Luciano's Ristorante Italiano ($30)

Nan and Byron's ($30)

Sullivan's Steakhouse ($35)

SouthPark / Foxcroft

Aqua e Vino ($35)

AZN Azian Cuizine ($30)

BAKU ($35)

Cafe Monte ($30)

Chuy's ($30)

Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar ($35)

Dean & Deluca Wine Room ($35)

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House ($35)

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar ($35)

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - SouthPark ($35)

Flagstones at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark ($35)

Georges Brasserie ($35)

Harper's - SouthPark ($30)

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks - SouthPark ($35)

Paco's Tacos & Tequila ($30)

Red Rocks Cafe - SouthPark ($30)

Rexford Park Public House ($35)

Rusty Bucket ($30)

Ruth's Chris Steak House - SouthPark ($35)

Toscana Ristorante Italiano ($35)

Upstream ($35)

Village Tavern ($35)

Southwest Charlotte / Rivergate

River Bleu Steak & Fish ($30)

University / Concord / Cabarrus

Rocky River Grille ($35)

The Speedway Club ($35)

Union Street Bistro ($30)

Uptown Charlotte

5Church ($35)

Aria Tuscan Grill ($30)

Bernardin's at Ratcliffe ($35)

BLT Steak ($35)

Blue Restaurant & Bar ($35)

Brazz Carvery and Brazilian Steakhouse ($35)

Bubble Charlotte ($35)

Caffe Siena ($35)

The Capital Grille ($35)

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse ($35)

Eight Sushi Asian Kitchen ($30)

Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar ($35)

Evoke ($35)

Fahrenheit ($35)

Fitzgerald's ($30)

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse ($35)

JP Charlotte ($30)

Libations Kitchen & Bar ($35)

Luce Ristorante e Bar ($35)

Malabar Spanish Cuisine ($30)

The Mandrake small plates + wine ($35)

McCormick & Schmick's - Uptown ($35)

Mimosa Grill ($35)

Morton's The Steakhouse ($35)

Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi ($30)

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Uptown ($35)

Social Bar & Kitchen ($30)

The Wooden Vine ($35)

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