South Charlotte

Restaurant news: Don't be afraid to try Halloween specials


On Nov. 3, Rooster's presents an evening with Highland Brewing Company, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Courses include fish and chips with malt vinegar aioli paired with Kashmir India Pale Ale, Harmony Ridge Farms sweet potato gnocchi with turkey sugo and spiced nuts, paired with Gaelic Ale and espresso crusted wild antelope with chestnut puree and Brussels sprouts leaves, paired with Wine Barrel Aged Porter. Don't forget dessert: a poached apple with pink lady fritters and mascarpone fritters served with Highland's Thunder Struck Coffee Porter. A limited Barrel Aged Oatmeal Porter will also be a highlight. Cost per person, $50 plus tax and gratuity; reservations are required, 704-366-8688.

Rooster's Wood-fired Kitchen

6601 Morrison Blvd.


Star Deli

Star Deli is now open on Conlan Circle in Ballantyne. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Star offers mile-high New York-style deli sandwiches, traditional Italian sandwiches, soups (including Matzo Ball daily) and a large selection of baked goods like butter cookies and rugalach. Catering and take out is available, call for details.

Star Deli

14027 Conlan Circle



Arooji's Wine Room in Ballantyne is running two entrees and two glasses of wine for $50 Sunday through Tuesday. Wine tastings happen every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, select wines are half off. The SouthPark location is offering three courses for $30: salad, entrée and dessert.


5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway


720 Governor Morrison St.


Duke Mansion

Chef Harrison Booth cooks gourmet Halloween fare at Duke Mansion's Halloween Costume Party and Haunted Mansion on Oct. 28. The annual fundraiser for the preservation of the mansion includes Halloween-themed food, music by the Bad Daddies and an auction. Guests can bid on art, Panthers tickets, trips and more throughout the evening. Samplings from the menu: pumpkin squash soup served in the "great pumpkin," baked sea scallops with a parsley walnut breadcrumb crust, cinnamon sugar pumpkin spice donuts and late night snacks. Tickets are $125 per person; $75 is tax deductible. Members of the Duke Preservation Society get in free. Call 704-714-4445 or email for reservations.

The Duke Mansion

400 Hermitage Road



A Halloween Happy Hour party is happening here on Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m. Complementary appetizers, drink specials and free facial adornments for all. To get on the guest list, log onto Facebook and like Encore's page. Leave a comment on their Halloween Happy Hour event page and you will be on the guest list.

Encore Bistro and Bar

9824 Rea Road