A la Carte
News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene
NoDa's hip hangout Amelie's French Bakery (2424 N. Davidson St., 704-376-1781), known for its salted caramel brownies and cool late-night crowd, has doubled in size. The bakery offers more meeting space for everything from private dining to dance classes. And now, those craving the brownies in the SouthPark area are in luck. A Slice of Amelie's has opened in Café Monte next to Phillips Place, offering the same sweet treats alongside the café's French dining.
New Around Town
Anthony Quartapella and Randy Powell have recently opened Real Foods Charlotte. Located in Atherton Mill on South Boulevard, Real Foods serves predominantly raw food and offers vegan, organic, and local seasonal items. Look for healthful wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads, juices, and homemade breads.
This fall, Cyros Sushi, the official sushi provider for the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, will open its first full-service sushi and sake bar. Owners Cy Santos and Ro Lawsin are designing the new SouthPark location (still undisclosed at press time) with the goal of providing “a New York-style sushi experience in Charlotte.”
A little farther south, in Ballantyne, restaurant chain Salad Creations recently opened in the Ballantyne Commons East Center (15201-B John J. Delaney Dr., 704-542-4644). The new restaurant features “Create-Your-Own” salads as well as wraps, burritos, and soups.
More Fried Pickles
Fans of The Penguin's classic food and low prices have cause for celebration: the diner's managers have announced plans to open a second location by November. Located on the corner of West Morehead Street and Freedom Drive, Pinky's will be bigger than the Penguin, have a patio, and offer expanded vegetarian options as well as a '60s atmosphere.