OK, this post comes a little late… but I remember going to Landmark Diner on Central Avenue on many many occassions after late night studying or after coming from the clubs during my college days at UNCC. All kinds of food and dessert… makes my mouth water. Definitely good cheap road food, it opens til 2 or 3 am.
The Open Kitchen is a great little Italian restaurant downtown, on West Morehead. It’s been in business for more than 50 years.
I can second the Bill Spoon’s Barbecue recommendation. Everytime I am in Charlotte on Wednesday, my office orders bbq from there, and it is pretty good. Not on a par with Lexington #1, but the best around Charlotte that I have found.
If you have time, need to check out the Barbecue King, on Wilkinson Blvd. This place is not really known for it’s bbq, but does have a great perch sandwich and hamburger steaks. Plus, it’s one of the last of the old time drive-ins. Bad neighborhood, though. I was glad that NC recognizes my GA concealed weapons permit the last time I went there.
I’ve only been to Tryon House once and came away unimpressed. I cannot remember what I had, but it was probably a meat and three type dish. I just got the sense that an awful lot of what I was eating came out of a can. For meat and three type food, I have had better meals at Gus’ Sir Beef, Diamond and the now-closed Cupboard. Not to mention the aforementioned Coffee Cup.
I’m open-minded and am willing to give the place a second chance, however. What is it that you find special about Tryon House?
oops – definitely did that wrong! I would highly reccomend the Tryon House, sorry can’t find the address right now
Mimosa Grill is excellent. Just note that it is an upscale restaurant, not a Roadfood kind of place,
Price’s Chicken Coop is alive and doing well. Not to be missed. Some operation there, have never seen a busier take out operation in my 62 years on planet earth. Try it for lunch one day. Downtown I would recommend a lunch or dinner at Mimosa Grill. Electic southern dishes. Have had some very good Crab Cakes on Fried Tomatoes and my wife loves their Mussels….. MIMOSA GRILL, First Union Plaza, 327 S. Tryon St.; (704) 343-0700.
I’d heard that Price’s had closed down, but upon investigation, I found it here on a Feb 2005 "best of" list:
I live in Charlotte and have never heard of a BBQ restaurant in the Park Hotel if that tells you anything. I went to their website to check it out and while it is called Smokey’s it is definitely not a BBQ restaurant by NC standards. I often hear of locals going to the Park for breakfast but I have never heard of anybody who went there for lunch or dinner.
I’ll second the recommendations of Coffee Cup for a casual breakfast or lunch and of Price’s for chicken (note that it is take out only and they close very early at dinner time).
If you are interested in NC BBQ and have time, I recommend a one hour drive to Lexington or Shelby. If you don’t have the time for that trip, I would recommend Bill Spoon’s (they only serve lunch on weekdays) on South Blvd.
If you want more, let me know how much time you have and your more specific interests and I’ll try to help.
Jim in NC
Price’s Chicken Coop serves the best fried chicken in NC.
If you have a second breakfast, you can never go wrong at the Original Pancake House, just south of Downtown, near the pink tower. Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s way ahead of the pack.
Thanks, guys. We will definitely check out the Coffee Cup. I wouldn’t give up the opportunity to have fabulous mac & cheese – it would be a sin!
Anyone know about the BBQ restaurant at the Park Hotel? We are staying at the Park, and have not heard if it is any good or not.
I second the Coffee Cup Cafe. It’s such a shame that the now defunct McDonald’s Cafeteria (no relation to the [xx(] chain) is no longer around.[:(]
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