A la Carte
News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene
Two Charlotte restaurants are adding new locations south of the city. Dilworth’s favorite burger joint, Big Daddy’s Burger Bar
, is setting up shop in Ballantyne Commons East, and uptown eatery Cosmos Café
recently opened a second location at the Village at Robinson Farm (8420 Rea Rd., 704-372-3553).
New in TownRita’s Water Ice
, the Philadelphia-based chain known for its tasty Italian ice and frozen custard, opened in Galleria Commons (1605 Galleria Blvd., 704-847-4827). Two more locations at Ayrsley Town Center and Ardrey Kell are slated to open soon.
Switching PlacesTanner’s Snack Bar
, which used to be on Old Pineville Road, has reopened on South Boulevard as Tanner’s Snack Bar & Maryland Fried Chicken
(3401-C South Blvd., 704-679-9900). Now, in addition to favorite summer foods such as burgers, hot dogs, and hot-shelled peanuts, you can also find Maryland-style fried chicken (pressure-fried with lots of seasoning) and fresh fruit drinks. Harper’s restaurant group has opened the new Harper’s Grill
(120-100 W. Trade St., 704-372-7792) in the uptown space that Arpa
, another of the group’s restaurants, previously occupied. The grill offers many of the same American-style dishes from the Harper’s Restaurant menu, including Betty’s Pimento Cheese Burger, grilled chicken salad, and chicken tenders.
New LodgingJ. D. Duncan
and Chef Blake Hartwick
, of Bonterra
and Las Ramblas
fame, are trying something new with their latest venture, a sports bar in south Charlotte. The Lodge
(7725 Colony Rd., 704-554-5226), open now in Colony Place, serves fairly typical bar food with a few fancy touches, such as bison, venison, and tuna burgers in addition to regular and veggie varieties.