617 S. Sharon Amity Road; 704-442-0147; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Sunday; www.eddiesplacerestaurant.com.
Near Providence and Sharon Amity roads, Eddie's Place should be on your list of restaurants to visit as the Carolina Panthers football season kicks off. Named after co-owner Eddie Gallant, Eddie's Place has been at its Cotswold location for more than 10 years (Gallant and co-owner Judy Spurgeon opened a second location in Ballantyne about three years ago). This neighborhood restaurant, with a Cajun-style menu, serves breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner and has a loyal following.
THE SCENE: Eddie's Place is cozy and inviting. While there aren't a whopping number of giant flat-screen TVs here, it's known to attract a lot of Carolina Panthers fans on fall Sundays. Wooden booths and tables pack the dining area, often making it hard to get from one end to the other during crowded hours.
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THE MENU: With menu items such as French Quarter Steak Diane (grilled rib eye steak topped with mushrooms and green onions in a garlic-wine Diane sauce), New Orleans red beans and rice, Crescent City Creole (creole served over rice or pasta with your choice of smoked sausage, sautéed shrimp, sautéed crawfish tails or grilled chicken) and Jamie's creamy Cajun pasta, it's easy to see it was inspired in New Orleans.
THE CROWD: You'll see older couples dining next to a family with young children or a large group of college students.
WHAT THEY'RE KNOWN FOR: One of the best brunch spots. Most find the She Crab soup and the giant muffalatta sandwich to be memorable.
THE CHECK: Most breakfast and lunch menu items range from $6 to less than $10. The dinner menu is more expensive; entrees range from $12 to more than $16.
CASH OR CHECK: Cash, Visa and MasterCard.
VEGETARIAN ENTREES: There are plenty of salad options for vegetarians (including a salad plate that comes with raw vegetables and fruit). The veggie pasta, which offers an array of red onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, black olives and mushrooms over linguini-style pasta, is also a good choice.
KID-FRIENDLY: Eddie's Place is very family-friendly. You'll see many tables with children in high chairs and young families. The dining room can get loud at times.
FOR HERE OR TO GO? Both. Eddie's Place is a great spot to dine-in for Sunday brunch.
SMOKING, SMOKE-FREE? It's smoke-free inside, but there is a small patio with a few tables outdoors for smoking.