South Charlotte

Restaurant news: Queen’s Feast returns to the Queen City

Charlotte Restaurant Week

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week will hold its annual winter installment Jan. 16-25.

Diners can choose from more than 100 popular restaurants in the Charlotte metro area, all serving a three-course or more, prix fixé dinner menu for $30.

Queen’s Feast is the perfect way to enjoy a great meal at some of the region’s best restaurants at an affordable price.

A look at a few participating restaurants by area:


BLT Steak, The Wooden Vine, Blue Restaurant and Bar, Bubble, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Fahrenheit, e2 Emeril’s Eatery, The Capital Grille, Morton’s.

Midtown: Dressler’s, Vivace, Mama Ricotta’s, The Melting Pot.

Elizabeth: Passion 8, Cajun Queen, Carpe Diem.

Myers Park: Lumiere French Kitchen, Napa on Providence, Primo Tuscan Grille.

South End: Nan and Byron’s, The Liberty, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Luciano’s.

South Charlotte/Ballantyne/Pineville/Fort Mill: Global, 131 Main Blakeney, BRAVO! Gallery Restaurant, Stone Mountain Grill, Vine American Kitchen, Villa Antonio, Waldhorn Restaurant, Mickey and Mooch, Lure Oyster Bar, New South Kitchen, Flipside Café.

SouthPark: Baku, Café Monte, Chuy’s, Dogwood Southern Table and Bar, Del Frisco’s, Upstream, Red Rocks Café, Georges Brasserie, Village Tavern, Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar.

The complete list of participating restaurants is online at, as well as tips on local hotel deals and transportation/parking information. Reservations are recommended; restaurants cannot guarantee seating on a walk-in basis.

The Improper Pig

New to Cotswold in the former Mama Fu’s location, The Improper Pig is serving barbecue with an Asian twist.

Pulled pork and brisket are offered, as are Korean barbecue salmon, Asian slaw, black-eyed-pea salad and sauces including Thai, Teriyaki and Eastern N.C. barbecue.

Menu highlights include barbecue kale chips; a Southern egg roll made with sweet-potato hash and collard greens; nachos with salt-and-vinegar chips made in-house and topped with pimiento cheese and cheese grits with jalapeños.

A full lineup of N.C. beers and a good-size list of bourbons and whiskeys, signature cocktails and wines are on the menu as well.

The Improper Pig is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Both gluten-free and vegetarian items are offered.


The Improper Pig

110 S. Sharon Amity Road


Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Potbelly Sandwich Shop has announced it will expand to North and Suuth Carolina in 2015, with the Charlotte area included in its plans.

The shop is known for warm sandwiches served on fresh-baked bread, which can be ordered in the “Original” size or “Bigs” that are 30 percent bigger. Diners also can choose more carb-friendly thin-cut bread, which offers a third less bread.

Soups, salads, sides and breakfast are all on the menu, as well as shakes, malts and smoothies.

• Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Rusty Bucket and Tavern

Rusty Bucket and Tavern is scheduled to open in SouthPark’s Sharon Square next summer.

Rusty Bucket has restaurants in four states – Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Florida – and SouthPark will be the first in North Carolina.

The eatery offers pub fare such as soups, salads, burgers and more, made from scratch and served alongside a massive selection of beers.

Rusty Bucket will join neighbors Dogwood Southern Table and Bar and Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Sharon Square.

• Rusty Bucket and Tavern