A CLTure Guide to Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week

 By Haley Clanton 

January 18, 2018

The start of a new year brings joy to many who love great food and company at a reasonable price. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again for Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week.

From January 19-28, 130 plus Charlotte-Metro area restaurants come together to offer us their best three-course dinners for only $30-$35 per person. To get you off to a good start, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Reservations. Making a reservation guarantees you and your friends a spot for dinner with no wait. When making your reservation keep in mind the day and time you make it. If you don’t want to deal with the party crowd on the weekends, make sure you book your reservations during the week. Restaurant Week is usually hell for most people in the service industry, so be patient and kind to the staff. 

Photo by Jonathan Cooper

If you think you’re going to be late due to traffic, call the restaurant and let them know. This will help you keep your reservation, since many restaurants have a policy that if you’re late, your reservation will be lost.

Get Creative. Restaurant week is a time for you to try some new Charlotte restaurants and discover something fresh. Each restaurant offers one of their specialty dinners at an affordable price, so why not try something you’ve never had before? Give your taste buds something new.

Now you may ask: “How do I choose a restaurant and make my reservation?” It’s simple. Go online to Charlotte Restaurant Week and you’ll find a list of all participating restaurants. Click on a restaurant that interests you, and you’ll be redirected to a page where you will find available dinner options and a place to make your reservation. But don’t forget, you are not limited to only what is included in the dinner special. To get the most bang for your buck, add one of the restaurants’ marvelous cocktails or a locally brewed craft beer.

Photo by Jonathan Cooper

The hardest decision you’re going to be faced with is picking which restaurant. To help make it a little easier, here are some of our top picks:

Fran’s Filling Station: Fran’s Filling Station has one main motive: to bring tasty, inexpensive food that warms the heart of every person who dines there. Fran’s is the perfect choice if you’re looking for some good homestyle fare.

Bonterra Dining and Wine Room: Located in historic Dilworth, Bonterra is a restaurant full of history. Chef Blake’s years of culinary experience shines through with his Southern cuisine and local flavors. Aside from the food, Bonterra is home to killer martinis and an excellent wine menu. 

FlipSide Cafe: Fort Mill is home to this locally owned and operated restaurant by Jon and Amy Fortes. Combining their love for food and Southern hospitality, this power couple brings us a low-key atmosphere to enjoy fine regional cuisine. Join the FlipSide Cafe for dinner to indulge in their version of a low country boil called the Low Country Bouillabaisse.

Loft & Cellar: Located at the juncture of the historic Third and Fourth Ward, Loft & Cellar offers a unique vibe in Uptown. Sourcing and importing only the finest ingredients, Chef Daniels gives us a globally inspired menu. Join him for dinner and try the Monkfish En Croute.

Heirloom: You never know what you will experience when you walk through the doors. With the menu changing daily, Heirloom wants to make sure every aspect of North Carolina is brought to your plate. Chef Barlowe also brings locally produced wines, spirits and beers to this restaurant making it strictly North Carolina based.

Chef Clark Barlowe photo by Kurt Shackelford

Lumiere French Kitchen: If you’re looking for a perfect one-on-one date night with an intimate vibe, look no further. The restaurant group that brought you The Liberty offers fine French dining in the heart of Charlotte. 

Maharani: Strictly traditional Indian Cuisine, Maharani brings a blend of Indian dishes right to our backyard. They offer a hearty buffet for lunch, but you can get more intimate for dinner. Take a step into Indian culture and give the traditional dish Dahi Bhindi a try for dinner.

Luca Modern Italian: Modernizing the way we eat Italian cuisine, Chef Luca Annunziata and his wife Jessica bring us classic Italian entrees with a twist. A beautiful mix of southern-inspired italian style dishes. 

Jessica and Luca Annunziata. Photo by Jonathan Cooper

Cajun Queen: Live music and elegant dishes, the Cajun Queen brings Mardi Gras to Charlotte everynight. This place has something for all to enjoy, from a full bar to romantic dining. The Cajun Queen’s love for New Orleans shines in their dishes, especially their Gumbo.

300 East: If you’re trying to wine and dine your date, this is the spot to pick. 300 East is one of the best date night spots in Charlotte and with an affordable wine and dessert menu, you’ll find something for the both of you to enjoy.

300 East photo by Jonathan Cooper

Restaurant Week gives us an opportunity to get out of the house and reconnect with friends new and old with something we all love, food. Give yourself an excuse to explore a different part of the Queen City.

Check out all of the participating restaurants for Queen’s Feast: Restaurant Week.

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