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.
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.