Friday May 22 | Charlotte Food Critics

May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am | Posted in Coming Up | 12 Comments

Charlotte’s top restaurant critics join us to discuss the latest news on the culinary scene. They’ll share their best dining experiences and perhaps a place or two that fell short of expectations. Chef Peter Reinhart helps lead the discussion on new restaurants, old favorites and what is changing on the region’s culinary landscape. We’ll also get a few tips on “dining on a dime” around Charlotte.

Peter Reinhart
– Chef-on-Assignment, Johnson & Wales University
Helen Schwab – Food Critic, Charlotte Observer
Patricia Childress – Food Writer, Creative Loafing
Heidi Billotto – Food Writer, Charlotte Living

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  1. On the way to the Ocean Isle Beach, we used to stop at the Todd House (I think) in Tabor City. Great southern cooking.

  2. Owens in Nags Head is some of the best food I have ever had.

  3. Go to Fulton Five in Charleston – it will be one of the best meals of your life!

  4. We did a winery tour – the Swan Creek Wineries – and visited an Amish bakery (Shiloh Bakery) where you can get a made-to-order sandwich on there homemade bread. The wineries are just off US 421 very close to I-77.

  5. Christo’s in Salisbury. Fantastic wings, favorite of Livingstone and Catawba students.

  6. Two good restaurants in Beaufort, NC:
    Beaufort Grocery

    And Caprice Bistro in Wilmington, NC was mentioned. If you go there, be sure to walk upstairs where my son is one of the bartenders and the current artist with paintings on the walls upstairs.

  7. Hi from Sherrill’s Ford:

    As a chef and caterer, I search out places you folks have been talking about. I tuned in late but here are some area favorites:

    The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway: The view at 6.000 feet is spectacular and the cuisine matches it. Lunch on Mother’s Day was exceptional. They have a Cruvinet system with a delightful selection of unusual wines. They also serve 7 days a week.

    The Balsam Inn in Waynesville: 1909 Railway hotel with an award winning dining room and a Wine Spectator Award for the wine list.

    The Lobster Trap in Asheville—Who Knew? Spectacular seafood in the NC Mtns. 35 Patton Ave. Really fresh and local or wild caught whenever possible.

  8. I emailed in the comment about Rockefellers earlier. If you guys are in Myrtle Beach, make the quick ten minute drive up to 3613 Hwy 17 South
    North Myrtle Beach and give them a try. They have a really good Happy Hour menu from 4-7, amazing Kettle Steamed oysters. Tell them you heard about the place from Andy on NPR.

  9. If you are in the lake norman area, check out the Cookhouse Restaurant in Cornelius.Good food at reasonable prices.They do a nice breakfast and it is served all day.Lunch and dinner too with a good menu with a nice variety of items. I think the most expensive item is the prime rib for a little over ten dollars. Most entrees are less than that and are served with soup, 2 sides,cornbread and buscuits. I have never had a bad meal there.

  10. Years back, before it became a murder and mayhem program, “48 Hours” ran a show about places with exceptional customer service and featured a steakhouse somewhere in NC. I know, this narrows it right down. I recall it would send out free appetizers if your party was stuck waiting for a table and so on. Service was a big deal to them but the food was good too. Does anyone know where this place is? And what it’s called? Also I have 2 places near Andersonville Prison whichi is in the national park system for historic travelers. One is Daphne’s Lodge near Cordele, Ga and the other is Yoder’s Cafe (I think, it’s Yoder’s something or other and is on the website) which had, at the time, the best fried chicken I ever had. This was years back though. I am a former midwesterner now moved down here and wish I could recall the NC steakhouse and hope someone out there does.

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