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Old 08-23-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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Hello all,

I am moving to Charlotte next week (I know there seems to be a ton of these threads) and would like some insight from some of the locals.

My girlfriend and I have moved around a lot for our education and career over the past 5 years - Miami, Denver and currently Pittsburgh. We have only been in Pittsburgh for 6 months but we both loath it here! I have accepted a job that allows me to live anywhere on the east coast. With Charlotte being a hub for US air and the mild winters - we chose your city.

We chose to live in Southpark and already have an apartment. In short, I am not looking for advice on should we move, where we should move or will we find a job.

We are excited to come to Charlotte and would like to get recommendations on restaurants, things to see and things to do. Could you please help point us to some of the things that make your city special? A local BBQ joint that's off the beaten path, a farmers market, an exceptional scenic drive to take.

Thanks in advance and we are excited to explore a new place!
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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Welcome. I have lived in Charlotte for 4 years. Here are some things I enjoy around town.

BBQ- Bill Spoon's on South Blvd, & Bubba's on Sunset Rd. Both locally owned dives, great food.

Burgers- Big Daddy's Burger Bar in Dilworth on East Blvd. Great atmosphere, awesome burgers. Have to park a few blocks away during peak times on weekends. Also a staple of local culture in the fast food department is the Penguin on Central Ave, a place that has been featured on several national TV shows. Small place, crowded, but awesome fried pickles & corn dogs.

Nice Drives- Myers Park, Quail Hollow area, Dilworth, Uptown. Look up Queens Rd, Colony Rd, Carmel Rd, etc. Great oak-lined streets with historic homes/mansions. Easy to get lost in these areas (Myers Park) with streets that have ever-changing names, but should be able to find your way out before Halloween.

You'll eventually want to check out the Parks & Rec department's website for the tons of local parks and greenways, something Charlottes is known for. The first one that comes to mind, one of my faves, is Freedom Park, located in Dilworth. When you go get your first burgers at Big Daddy's, you can walk there. McDowell Nature Preserve, located in Southern Meck. County is great for us outdoors types, it is on part of Lake Wylie, has lots of hiking and fishing.

I know you will get a lot more feedback, these are just a few things I thought I would share. Again welcome, and have fun.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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Thanks Peyton! Exactly the kind of stuff we're looking for.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Mint Hill, NC
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There are a number of Farmer's Markets around the area - I think there is a thread or two dedicated to them on here somewhere. My favorite is the Regional Market up on Yorkmont, near the airport. Not the most convenient part of town, but definitely the largest. During the summer they have two huge barns of vendors, and on Saturdays they have the Craft Barn with some great local craftsmen representing. Also in the spring they have the Greenery Barn - a great place to get a wide assortment of ornamental and edible plants, trees, herbs, etc.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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Thanks Elle. We need to get new plants. We had a little disaster with our plants and trees when we moved from Denver to Pitt Our loft in Pitt doesn't get enough sun so we haven't replaced them.

Our new apartment gets a lot of sunshine and has a small balcony so were going be looking to get new plants next week.
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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For BBQ, I like Mac's Speed Shop on South Blvd.

For things to do here is a link to a Google map I made.
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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GREAT map.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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For BBQ, I like Mac's Speed Shop on South Blvd.

For things to do here is a link to a Google map I made.
Wow!!!!!!!

Thank you bs13690. looks like we are not going to have a shortage of things to see and do That map is amazing!!!!!

My last day of work in Pitt is this Friday. We will be in Charlotte Saturday, can't wait to start checking out these recommendations!!!!!!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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Some of the best BBQ in Charlotte can be found here.

Bodrick's BAR-B-Q

I admit the building it isn't much to look at but that isn't the reason to go there. Usually packed with people at lunch. Takeout only.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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Wow!!!!!!!

Thank you bs13690. looks like we are not going to have a shortage of things to see and do That map is amazing!!!!!

My last day of work in Pitt is this Friday. We will be in Charlotte Saturday, can't wait to start checking out these recommendations!!!!!!!
I'm relocating there soon from the Pittsburgh area too (West Virginia on the border there). I know what you mean about loathing Pittsburgh. Good luck on your move. Maybe we'll run into you checking out those fried pickles. That solidified my desire to move in two words! LOL
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