John Critchley of Brine Restaurant in the Washington D.C., area, is now overseeing the RockSalt menus in Charlotte's Park Road Shopping Center as well.
Owner Travis Croxton said, “Critchley brings to RockSalt menu items with a bit of Mediterranean style, meaning the food isn’t too heavy, but vibrant and will still leave you full.”
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Critchley said he “uses simplistic ingredients to make complicated flavors.”
Count on plenty of seafood and oysters caught right off the coast as well as a number of small plates with options for sharing. New entrees include whole grilled fish, marinated tuna, N.C. sea scallops with a ham broth pour over and Critchley’s famous burger from his days at Brine. The burger was recently featured on BurgerDays.com as one of the best in the D.C. area.
RockSalt’s head shucker George Hastings recently came in third place at the U.S. National Shucking Competition in Maryland. To celebrate, RockSalt is offering $1 oysters all day long, every day through the end of November. RockSalt is open for lunch and dinner every day beginning at 11:30 a.m.
512 Brandywine Road, 704-503-9945
5Church/Nan and Byron’s
A new fall menu has been unveiled by Chef Jamie Lynch at 5Church uptown. Highlights include yellowfin tuna au poivre with oyster mushrooms and glazed fingerlings, grilled venison loin with chipotle BBQ and broiled oysters with quail egg and creamy grits.
5Church’s sister restaurant, Nan and Byron’s in South End, also has a new fall menu. On it are pan roasted chicken pot pie with peas, carrots and sweet potatoes and puff pastry, lump crab cakes, bucatini pasta with caramelized Brussels sprouts and applewood smoked bacon, and a smoked spring roll with ginger BBQ slaw.
Dogwood Southern Table
SouthPark’s Dogwood is currently featuring a Wednesday night Cocktail Lab with bar manager Brian “The Hammer” Lorusso. Each week Lorusso will roll out a new cocktail using new ingredients and different techniques. The featured cocktail will be $5 for that evening only.
Need a break from holiday shopping in SouthPark? Happy hour specials at Dogwood run Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. Featured are $1 N.C. oysters and $5 grass-fed burgers in the bar and lounge areas.
▪ Dogwood Southern Table
4905 Ashley Park Lane, 704-910-4919
Rusty Bucket, a new restaurant and tavern, is scheduled to open in Sharon Square behind Whole Foods Nov. 18. This is the first Charlotte area location, with up to seven more planned for the future. The casual, family friendly concept will serve burgers, sandwiches, salads, wings and more. Plenty of beers will be on tap, including a few local selections. Currently Rusty Bucket has locations in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Indiana. Visit the restaurant’s website to stay up to date on opening information and to view the complete menu.
▪ Rusty Bucket
4810 Ashley Park Lane, www.myrustybucket.com
A Caymus Family Wine Dinner is happening Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Georges in Piedmont Town Center. Executive chef Jeff Schriber will prepare a five-course menu for the evening with roasted pheasant, lamb wellington, a bison short rib and more. The selected dessert is a spiced apple panna cotta with confit chestnuts. Cost is $110 per person; reserve a seat at 980-219-7409.
▪ Georges Brasserie
4620 Piedmont Row Drive, 980-219-7409
Ruth’s Chris in SouthPark hosts a Greatest Wines You’ve Never Heard Of dinner Sunday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Included in the price of $100 per person is a five-course menu featuring pan-seared sea bass, a steak pinwheel stuffed with blistered poblanos and dessert.
A peek at the wine selections shows a 2012 Fritz Chardonnay, a 2013 No Fault Cabernet and a 2013 Michel Thomas Sancerre. Call to reserve a spot at 704-556-1115.
Ruth’s Chris SouthPark: 6000 Fairview Road, 704-556-1115
Woody French and Amy Ash from Anderson’s Conn Valley will host a wine dinner at Ruth’s Uptown Sunday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The three-course menu includes Heritage Farms pork tenderloin with fennel and leek gratin and grilled asparagus and a bone-in strip served with gruyere potato hash and blistered heirloom tomatoes. Cost is $110 per person; reservations are required at 704-338-9444.
▪ Ruth’s Chris Uptown: 222 S. Tryon St., 704-338-9444
Reid’s Fine Foods
Reid’s will be opening their newest Charlotte-area store this month at SouthPark Mall in the former City Tavern space. The gourmet market will offer meat, cheese, specialty foods, a wine bar and patio seating. Other Reid’s locations include Fort Mill and Myers Park.
▪ Reid’s Fine Foods
4331 Barclay Downs Drive
The Fig Tree Restaurant
The Fig Tree Restaurant, located in the Elizabeth neighborhood, is hosting a champagne dinner Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Chef Greg Zanitsch will prepare five courses paired with five French champagnes. The vintner line up: Gaston Chiquet, Pierre Peters, Jose Michel, Aubry and Vilmart & Cie. Expect lighter dishes paired with the bubbles such as shellfish and caviar. Cost is $90 per person; reservations are required.
The Fig Tree Restaurant is also hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.- noon to benefit the Assistance League of Charlotte. Pancakes, eggs and sausage or bacon are all included for a minimum donation of $10 per person or a new children’s winter coat. Coats and donations will go to Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell program, which provides winter coats for children in need.
▪ The Fig Tree Restaurant
1601 E. 7th Street, 704-332-3322
On Friday, Nov. 20 SouthPark’s Palm hosts a Caymus wine dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Executive chef Colin Johnson will prepare a four-course meal paired with select Caymus wines. The menu includes a choice of braised veal osso bucco served with wild mushroom risotto and black truffle demi or pan seared Alaskan halibut served with goat cheese whipped potatoes. Cost is $175 per person; contact Leigh Whicker at email@example.com or call 704-552-7450 to reserve your seat.
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Palm Restaurant with a choice of soup or salad, an entrée of hand carved turkey breast with pan gravy, cranberry sauce, creamed spinach and stuffing topped with fried onions along with a choice of mashed or sweet potatoes. Pumpkin pie, NY cheesecake, pecan pie and flourless chocolate cake are all offered for dessert. The cost is $55 for adults and $24 for kids 12 and under. Palm is open from 2- 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
▪ Palm Restaurant
6705 Phillips Place Court, 704-552-7450
The Ballantyne Hotel
Love to make gingerbread houses? It’s time to get entry forms in for The Ballantyne Hotel’s annual Gingerbread Lane Competition. In addition to professional and amateur categories, for the first time children ages 12 and under are invited to participate. Entries are due in via email by Tuesday, Dec. 1; contact Charlene Smith at 704-248-7017 or firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms. Gingerbread creations are to be delivered to the hotel between Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. to Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Judging for the contest will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner from noon-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. Carving stations, salads, desserts, decorative displays and live music are all included in the price of $75 for adults and $35 for kids ages 5-13. The meal is complimentary for kids under the age of 5. Private dining rooms are available for larger groups; call 704-248-4100 for details and to reserve your spot.
Gallery Restaurant at the hotel will offer its regular menu on Nov. 26 along with a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner special. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100.
▪ The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, 704-248-4000
Celebrate Thanksgiving at BLT Steak uptown with a special prix fixe menu available from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 26. Three courses will be offered, with guests choosing one item from each. Featured are butternut squash soup, roasted organic turkey, prime rib, Scottish salmon and family style sides such as Brussel’s sprouts, mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. Dessert options include warm apple crisp, pumpkin cheesecake and caramel pecan cake. The cost is $75 per person; reservations are required at 704-972-4380. BLT Steak will also be open on Thanksgiving Day for regular breakfast hours from 7-10:30 a.m.
▪ BLT Steak
110 N. College St., 704-972-4380
The Asbury, located in The Dunhill Hotel Uptown will offer two separate seatings on Thanksgiving Day this year as well as dinner to-go. Seatings are at 12:30-1:15 p.m. or 3-3:45 p.m.; carry out orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 24. The three-course menu features a choice of soup or salad, ham, herb stuffed turkey with bourbon pan gravy or pan seared trout and a variety of sides such as cornbread dressing, cranberry chutney, whipped potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts as well as apple pie.
Parking is available in the parking deck behind The Dunhill Hotel on Sixth Street; make sure to bring your ticket to The Asbury for validation. Cost for the dinner is $55 for adults, $25 for kids 6-10 and free for children 5 and under. Reservations are required at 704-342-1193.
▪ The Asbury
235 N. Tryon St., 704-342-1193
SouthPark’s Del Frisco’s is serving Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26 from noon-8 p.m. The prix fixe menu includes a choice of appetizer – butternut squash soup or a mixed greens holiday salad, an entrée of slow roasted turkey breast with sweet onion apple-sage stuffing, mashed or chateau potatoes, green beans and cranberry relish. A choice of homemade pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode is also included. Cost is $49 for adults and $24 for children. Call or visit the restaurant’s website to make a reservation.
▪ Del Frisco’s
4725 Piedmont Row Drive, 704-552-5502
SouthPark’s Cowfish has introduced a new Thanksgiving roll, the Gobble-Gobble-ooshi roll. Think of it as a complete Thanksgiving dinner all in one bite; the roll is packed with roasted turkey, fried green beans, sweet potato strings and cranberries. Like gravy? It’s part of the deal, too.
The Cowfish is giving back to the community by donating 20 percent of proceeds from sales of each Gobble-Gobble-ooshi roll to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
“We’re excited to help raise money and awareness for an organization doing vital work in our community,” said Marcus Hall, The Cowfish cofounder. “During a season of giving, it’s important to us that we do something to help our neighbors who are hungry.” The roll is available through Thanksgiving.
▪ The Cowfish
4310 Sharon Road, 704-365-1922
Harper’s Restaurant Group
All three Charlotte-area Harper’s Restaurant Group restaurants are cooking on Thanksgiving Day.
SouthPark’s Upstream will offer a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 26. The buffet will offer everything from sushi to turkey to prime rib. Cost is $44.95 for adults and $19.95 for children. Upstream is located at 6902 Phillips Place Court. Reserve a table at 704-556-7730.
Uptown’s Mimosa Grill will serve a Southern Thanksgiving buffet on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Roast turkey, prime rib, salmon, sides and desserts are included in the price of $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 12 and under. Mimosa is also offering Turkeys on the Run, their Thanksgiving carry out option. A complete, traditional Thanksgiving dinner is boxed to go for $34.95 per person with a minimum of 4 people per order. To-go orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 20 for pick up on Nov. 25 or 26. Mimosa Grill is located at 327 S. Tryon St.; reserve your spot at 704-343-0700.
Harper’s in SouthPark will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. complete with turkey, ham and jalapeno cornbread. Cost for the meal is $30 for adults and $11 for children 12 and under. Turkeys on the Run is also offered here with a choice of roasted or Cajun turkey included in the dinner. To-go orders need to be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 24 for pick up on Thanksgiving Day. Harper’s SouthPark is located at 6518 Fairview Road. Call to reserve for Thanksgiving dinner at 704-366-6688.
Harper’s at Carolina Place will be offering Turkeys on the Run. Call 704-541-5255 by Wednesday, Nov. 25 for meal pick up on Thanksgiving Day. Harper’s at Carolina Place is located at 11059 Carolina Place.
Coastal Kitchen & Bar
Coastal Kitchen & Bar at Charlotte’s Hilton Center City is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $30 per person, or holiday dinner to-go. Included in the price are soup, salad, choice of roast turkey or ham and three sides. A choice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie for dessert is also included. Reservations are required and can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant. To-go dinner orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 for pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. A number of to-go packages are offered, with prices starting at $60 for a dinner that will serve four to six people. Call or visit the restaurant’s website to order and for complete carry out details.
▪ Coastal Kitchen & Bar
222 E. Third St., 704-331-4360
Uptown’s Blue Restaurant is serving Thanksgiving brunch with live jazz music from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost is $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. Reservations are required at 704-927-2583.
▪ Blue Restaurant
206 N. College St., 704-927-2583
Capital Grille uptown will serve Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The menu: turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry pear chutney and mashed potatoes. The cost is $36 for adults and $15 for kids. Call or visit the restaurant’s website for reservations.
▪ Capital Grille
201 N. Tryon St., 704-348-1400
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer: email@example.com.