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Old 05-01-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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What restaurants would you love to see in Charlotte?? It would definitely be nice to see a Mandarin, Singaporean, German or a Brazilian restaurant in Charlotte. In-N-Out Burger would be awesome too.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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It would definitely be nice to see a ... German or a Brazilian restaurant in Charlotte.
Those are already here.

As always, my only request is for there to be more eclectic, local places where there are chefs who are creative and inventive that offer something unique. And that are affordable. These days it's getting really hard to justify spending money to eat out.

Oh, and a BBQ restaurant that would set a new standard for NC BBQ.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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nature's message, are you planning to move here? and, maybe open a restaurant?

I would just like to see more mom-and-pop type diners and less chain restaurants...

In-and-Out burger is actually owned by McDonalds, FYI
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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Those are already here.

As always, my only request is for there to be more eclectic, local places where there are chefs who are creative and inventive that offer something unique. And that are affordable. These days it's getting really hard to justify spending money to eat out.

Oh, and a BBQ restaurant that would set a new standard for NC BBQ.
you should check out the Common House...
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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Since they've started expanding restaurants, I'd kill to see a Pepe's Pizza (from New Haven, CT) here....mmmm I miss that place
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse!!!!
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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Starting a place form scratch in this economy is really tough. I doubt you'll see any mom and pop place springing up anytime soon. They weren't poping up large scale even in the best of times. You need lots and lots of capital to get a start up on its legs and keep it running until you can build momentum. Zoning issues and rental rates are really unreasonable as well.

It is also extremely difficult to get started from a bureaucratic standpoint. Mecklenburg (as well as Union Co.) has the most convoluted system for getting through the public works/health/building permit process that I have experienced in a long time. Unless you have deep deep pockets or the backing of a big corp, then you are pretty much wasting your time trying to open a place up here. Independents are going to have a hard time making it in Charlotte even in the best of times.

That said, Charlotte does have some great resturants. You just have to go find them, there not on every corner, and they are not specifically in the downtown area (even though there are some fine places there too). But many independents are struggling big time or have folded (Good ol' Days, McIntosh, Press Box etc.), while the chains continue to thrive and do fairly well. They need our support!

I am generally disapointed in the BBQ here though. There are a couple of decent places, but in Charlotte proper there should be and could be much more. It would give Charlotte a real definition from a culinary standpoint and it is something that the city has lacked forever.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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What restaurants would you love to see in Charlotte?? It would definitely be nice to see a Mandarin, Singaporean, German or a Brazilian restaurant in Charlotte. In-N-Out Burger would be awesome too.
Brazilian - Brazas do Brazil (Independence Blvd) and Chima (uptown). Chima is a chain, it's supposed to be very good. I bit pricey but I've been told that in Sundays it is half-price

In-N-Out - Don't think they will ever expand from the West coast. The east coast alternative is Five Guys. Same concepts and just as good in my opinion.

German - Waldhorn Restaurant in Pineville. I highly recommend it. Everything is home made. Main owner is a CIA grad and wife does all the bakery, pretzels, breads.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:03 AM
 
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Those are already here.


Oh, and a BBQ restaurant that would set a new standard for NC BBQ.
Bill Spoon's BBQ in South Blvd is very worthy of a Eastern NC BBQ award. They cook the whole pig, not just the butts. It's a charlotte tradition from the last 40 years

My only warning is that you will only find vinegar based BBQ here..so if it's not your thing, you will not likely
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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A good Tex-Mex Restaurant would be awesome . There is a place (think it's still there ), called Bar J in Woodbridge, VA. A total dive from the outside, but inside the food is awesome. They make their own salsa (never have given it out). We really miss this place.
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