For foodies, Charlotte’s culinary scene packs an appetizing punch. Tasty city staples range from Mert’s Heart and Soul touting unforgettable Southern fried suppers to tender brisket that reigns supreme at Mac’s Speed Shop. Whether its savory lobster mac and cheese at Zink American Kitchen to French-inspired fine dining with panoramic views at Bernardins, this city literally is a feast for the senses.
Culinary giant Johnson & Wales University has graduated world-renowned masters of the menu like Emeril Lagasse, who is currently set to bring his mouth-watering menu to the Queen City in fall 2011. Charlotte boasts the Southeastern location of this culinary school, which since 2004 has widely infused the dining scene with flavor thanks to its students.
Meanwhile upscale options fuse flavors that crisscross the globe like the sophisticated small plates at Mez or the new Asian concept Kalu, one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants.” Inventive new options range from Bask, the brainchild of a local Johnson & Wales University master of the menu, or the upscale “meat and three” concept, King’s Kitchen, a nonprofit employing and training those in need.